From Handbook to Scripture, Day 169
READING: ISAIAH 6
Isaiah has been called “the Shakespeare of the prophets” and “the Mt. Everest of Hebrew prophecy” for good reasons. This comprehensive and superbly written book is the high-water mark of Messianic prophecy, and it can be regarded as the Bible in miniature. The first 39 chapters loosely correspond to the 39 books of the Old Testament in their condemnation of sin and emphasis on judgment, while the last 27 chapters loosely correspond to the 27 books of the New Testament in their message of consolation and hope.
Chapter 6 presents a vision of the majesty of the living God and the commissioning of Isaiah to a prophetic mission to God’s rebellious people.
Prayer: Lord, You are awesome in holiness, and the whole earth is full of Your glory. I thank You that You are concerned for the welfare of Your people and that You want us to find life, blessing, and hope in You.
Meditation passage: verses 1–5
From A Simple Book of Prayers
Discerning Between Good and Evil
Lord, I give thanks for Your greatness, Your goodness, and Your love; and I now draw near to enjoy Your presence.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
The world and all who dwell in it.
For He founded it upon the seas
And established it upon the waters. (Psalm 24:1–2)
God sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
He reduces rulers to nothing
And makes the judges of this world meaningless. (Isaiah 40:22–23)
Take a moment to consider God’s awesome majesty, and thank Him that He loves you and wants an intimate relationship with you.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who practice His commandments have a good understanding. His praise endures forever. (Psalm 111:10)
I ask for a wise and understanding heart to discern between good and evil. (1 Kings 3:9, 12)
Lord, I praise You. You will be exalted and reverenced among the nations. I thank You for a kingdom that cannot be shaken. May I have a wise and understanding heart.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: The Works of God—Redemption
Jesus took the twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be handed over to the Gentiles and will be mocked, insulted, and spit upon; and when they have scourged Him, they will put Him to death. And on the third day He will rise again.” (Luke 18:31–33)
The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10)
Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest! (Luke 19:38)
On the cross, Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him: “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other, answering, rebuked him and said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:34, 39–43)
After His resurrection, Jesus said to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, “Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself. Later, He appeared to His disciples and said to them, “These are the words I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” (Luke 24:26–27, 44)