Summarize the day’s reading in one paragraph
Isaiah, the prophet, is prophesying a vision he received from the Lord. In the vision, the Lord talks about the detestable things that Israel were doing in the sight of the Lord, how the whole nation was rebelling against God. He goes on to talk about how Jerusalem and Judah will be judged according to the things that they have done and even talks about how the rulers will be ruled over by children. At the end of the reading, he provides comfort with the Branch of the Lord where those who are still obedient to the Lord and follows his commands and decrees, they will be lifted up and will be taken care of by the Lord in a new Jerusalem.
What is one key verse? Why?
Isaiah 4:5-6- Then the Lord will create over all Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
This verse is important because he is bringing back hope for a new Jerusalem for those who follow his commands and regulations. Just like back in the earlier times of Israel, God lets the people know that he will guide them through troubling times. The heat of the day, the storm and the rain seem to be tests from other nations around them and sin in their community as well but God promises that he will protect them from that if they follow him and turn from their ways of sin.
How does what you read change your vision of God?
It shows that God is very forgiving and compassionate. Although all around Jerusalem and Judah, people are sinning and doing detestable things in the eyes of the Lord, God still sees the hope that the people need. He still gives the people hope that if they change their ways, he will protect them and exalt them which shows his forgiveness of his people even though they have been sinning.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
It shows me that God is compassionate and sometimes I forget that. I could sin and expect to do something for God as a way to make it up; but at the end of the day, we just need to repent and turn from our ways of sinning and God will forgive us just like he gave the chance to be forgiven and forgave his holy people.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I think that we should thank God on a continual basis for forgiving us because in our culture, it is very hard to get people to forgive you. I think that we should be quick to forgive our brothers and sisters just like God is quick to forgive us. Sometimes it can be very hard to forgive a brother and sister, but remember that Jesus would forgive that brother and sister.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
I saw Jesus in the way that God forgives his people. Jesus forgave many people that came up to him for healing and miracles. Multiple times in the gospels, Jesus says, “Your sins are forgiven”. Jesus forgave the people and died for us so that we could have the chance to have our sins forgiven as well.