7.24 Isaiah 28-30

John Carlson

7.24.2020

Isaiah 28-30

Summary: Just like today, thousands of years ago the Israelites were leading double lives – they were hypocrites.  Showing and saying all the right things that they thought would make them look good it the eyes of God, but then doing whatever they wanted in the ‘world’ – sinning.  They were total hypocrites in that they knew what they were doing themselves was wrong, but they would then look down on others doing the same thing.  Isaiah challenges his fellow Israelites to change their ways and get on the one path of goodness.

Key Verse:

Isaiah 30:18 “… the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion…”

Vision of God: This necessarily didn’t change my vision of God, but it reinforced what I already know about him – he is Merciful, Gracious & Loving; no matter how much I screw up

Vision of Me: I need to be more intentional of living for God and not let myself slip into ‘double life’ situations.  It is super easy of me to be critical of others when, in all actuality, I should be critical of myself.

Go w/ God: Because of this reading, I think for me ‘Go with God’ more I need to be less critical of others and be more like God – merciful, gracious and loving.  I need to realize that, just like me, others struggle with everyday life and handle situations differently that what I think how “I would do it”.

Jesus: I saw Jesus in this reading just as I always see Jesus – showing others respect, compassion and love.  These are things that I long for in my own life and I need to show these to others in order to receive them ☺

7.23 Isaiah 24-27

Ariel Buckhannon

7.23.2020

Isaiah 24-27

Summary: 

Isaiah 24-27Chapters 24-27 discuss Isaiah’s prophecy about how God’s judgement on the earth will be the dismantlement and destruction of the earth by God to teach the people of the world what is right and how to be righteous. Those who are righteous are given hope as seen in chapters 26 and 27.


What is one key verse? Why?

Did the Lord strike Israel as he struck the one who struck Israel? Was he killed like those killed by him?  Isaiah 27:7

This verse stood out to me because it can be seen to instill hope among Isaiah’s audience and even for myself when I look at the times I sin- God promises me a future like Israel, if I choose to change, repent, and continue being with him. The same can not be said about Israel’s opponents who were not given the same hope.


How does what you read change your vision of God?

This passage shows me how important God values us to seek and continually learn how to be righteous. Also how God is always looking out for us when we don’t deserve it-providing us with continued hope.

How does what you read change yourself/ your view of others?

This reading encouraged me to check myself to see if I am continually seeking God’s righteousness- Isaiah 26:9, ” My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. for when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.”


How will you go with God because of this reading?

I will follow Isaiah’s warning to the people and evaluate what I love and find glory in to align with what glorifies God.

Where did you see Jesus in these Chapters?

Jesus came to be the bridge for us to God, to one day help us be with him during the ultimate time of destruction. He helps us understand how to live out the righteousness God desires us to pursue.

7.22 Isaiah 21-23

Robert Buckhannon

7.22.2020

Isaiah 21-23

Summarize what you read in one paragraph:

Bad news for five nations! Babylon, Dumah, Arabia, Jerusalem and Tyre have judgment pronounced against them by means of beautiful poetry and the expanding empire of Assyria. Babylon’s gods are shattered in the dust. Dumah’s watchmen watch all night and only have reprieve from worry for the day, until the next night. While the inhabitants of Jerusalem tear down their houses to fortify the siege on their city wall; their Shibna (a title of a high up individual who is a steward under the king) picks out a nice tomb to be remembered by. God has plans for this selfish guy! (Read 22:15-21!) Tyre’s pride in a strong trade economy will be humbled. 

What is one key verse?

“The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea” Isaiah 21:1

Hebrew poetry is so good! The “wilderness” is an uninhabitable desert and the “sea” is a wild dangerous place. The author overlays hopeless and frightening miles of sand on the image of overpowering waters.The dry and the wet, both so intense; put them together it just makes sense!  Every name and image in the poem has meaning like every Disney movie has easter eggs and themes that resonate with the zeitgeist. (See what I did there?) Really look to appreciate the poet’s work to bring deeper ideas and feeling into the poem.

Here is a helpful video on Biblical Poetry from the Bible Project: https://youtu.be/q9yp1ZXbsEg

How does what you read change your vision of God?

I used to be confused why God dealt out judgment and allowed for cities to be wrecked by invading nations; but after understanding these poems I see God’s perspective and goal. When humanity builds cities that worship idols, military might, selfish glory and riches He turns them over to be broken down so they can return to Him. 

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

I am stubborn to turn from my comforts and crutches of security that I think are good. That is a scary place to be. It’s better to let God define good and evil than myself. 

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

I need to really consider how to listen to “prophets” and the spirit to honor God and avoid being humbled. I will take some time to look at myself and repent from the things I trust or give allegiance to over God.   

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

All these nations had the rock fall on them instead of falling on the rock. I am so grateful for a meek and mild Jesus who I can relate to and understand me. Jesus by means of discipleship and the Spirit offers to help me love God. That give me a lot of hope! 

“And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” – Matthew 21:44

7.21 Isaiah 17-21

Michelle Horn

7.21.2020

Isaiah 17-20

Summary

Chapter 17 is a continuation of thought from chapter 7 and is fulfilled later in the invasions of Tiglath-pileser and Sargon. Chapter 18 seems like a prophecy of doom but is more of excitement and a rallying of troops. Chapter 19 covers a period of internal conflict and tells of the disintegration of Egypt that is to come. Chapter 20 is a warning about these nations being stripped of power and taken captive.

Key Verse

At that time gifts will be brought to the Lord Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned, from a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers- the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the Lord Almighty.

Isaiah 18:7

This was an aggressive nation that was feared far and wide. They were powerful on their own and even they knew they were no match for the power of God. They acknowledged this and offered gifts to God in submission of what was rightfully his.

It really does not change my view of God. It is just further proof of God being the ultimate power. The gifts that these people gave were gifts that a defeated side would give the winning side. They recognized that they were no match for God’s power and bowed before him in submission. Unfortunately, I struggle epically with fully submitting to God. I am stubborn to the bone also my enneagram is 6. I am continually working on it in my relationship with God and with others.

There will come a day when we will all bend a knee and confess Jesus is lord. It will not just be certain nations like in today’s reading but every person of this world. He has all authority and power over heaven and earth.

7.20 Isaiah 13-16

Bradley Horn 

7.20.2020

Isaiah 13-16

This was a very dark read, but it def. is a big wake up call in many regards. When reading through these prophecies, I couldn’t help but picturing the Hulk with all the powers from the other avengers; slaying and destroying everything in its path. God aint messing around when it comes to the wicked not obeying and being in a deep relationship with him. Unlike the Babylonians, scripture said what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah will happen to them. We all know what happened it wasnt good. God will totally wipe out life as if it didn’t exist. That goes to show the power from the Almighty and the seriousness. God showed compassion for Jacob people and Iseral.

Isaiah 16:5 “In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it one from the house of David one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness.” 

Why?   It helps to cling on the fact that the Messiah (Jesus) is being referenced here that soon Jesus will be our judge that seeks justice and righteousness not some leader that will lead us astray/ it’s a huge Faith builder for sure.  WHO/WHAT ARE YOU FOLLOWING???

My vision changed after this read while I noticed that even though nations were being wipped out, it brought others to mourning and to lower themselves to lamenting and repenting.  

In a time right now, I think to myself. is this a time that God is trying to wake me up from my slumber, or trying to get me to snap out of it whatever the case maybe. Trying to get us to see the big picture here. 

the next action step would be taken a step back during very difficult times and have a faith check and what am I going to do about it. have self-pity or actually rely on God and have faith that moves mountains. (Proverbs 3) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths staight.” 

I saw Jesus in these prophecies when it ended with people weeping and waling towards the end of the reading. Ultimately, Jesus will oppress the proud and show favor to the humble at the end of the day.  God will bring us low if he needs to to help us see him and to understand His path of righteousness.    

7.18 Isaiah 9-12

Eddy Gonzalez

7.18.2020

Isaiah 9-12

Summarize the day’s reading in one paragraph. 

Isaiah in chapters 9-12 begins with addressing the coming of the Messiah, and Gods anger toward Israel for turning to idols, and the Assyrian nation. He goes on to prophesize about the New Jerusalem, heaven on earth, and ends with songs of praise.

What is one key verse? Why? 

The wolf with live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and the little child will lead them.

Isaiah 11:6

That verse speaks to the peace we will have in heaven, and helps me rise above my circumstances, knowing that this peace is a promise from God.

How does what you read change your vision of God? 

Instead of looking at what is going on in the world right now, and blaming God for it, I know that God is working toward an expected end, a New Jerusalem where there will be no more death, sorrow, or crying, and no more pain.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

This makes me less critical of myself and others, knowing that God is working in all of us to lead us to the New Jerusalem.. 

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?) 

I will be less critical of God and what is happening in the world.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?) 

I see Jesus as Isiah describes him. Wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father and Prince of peace. 

7.17 Isaiah 5-8

Sophia Schmidt

7.17.2020

Isaiah 5-8

Summary

Chapters 5 through 8 chronicle Isaiah as a prophet and his vision of judgment upon wicked people.  It begins in chapter 5 as he prophesies the end of the wicked people of Judah.  Isaiah is then needed to warn the people of Judah of their impending doom; he sees that the people will hear his warnings but not respond.  This leads to Isaiah doubting his own abilities to be a worthy follower of God. The last chapters are about Ahaz and his reluctance to heed Isaiah’s warnings.  

What is one key verse and why?

Isaiah 6:5-7: “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”  Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tings from the altar.  With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

These verses are so impactful for me because they show a sinful person acknowledging their sin for the first time.  We all have that moment where we finally “see” God and this forces us to acknowledge and come to terms with the sin in our lives.  We know God = We know our sin.  This can be a really hard thing to accept but the important thing to remember is we then have the opportunity and the privilege to be forgiven and saved by God.

How does what you read change your vision of God?

This passage allows me to see how God sees us as sinners and does not turn His back on us.  God has a willingness to save us and give us grace that is incredibly overwhelming and beautiful.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

I think, “woe is me,” far too often, especially when confronted with my own sin or when affected by the sins of others.  Quickly, this will lead to negativity and judgment of myself and everyone around me.  My perception needs to change by remembering that God knows me and knows I am worthy of forgiveness.

How will you go with God because of this reading?

I will work to communicate better with God.  Sometimes crying out and admitting I have “unclean lips” is necessary to becoming closer to God and allowing His forgiveness to wash me clean.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters?

What is Jesus known for? Loving us and saving us.  We see Jesus forgive sinners time and time again through the New Testament.  Amen!

7.16 Isaiah 1-4

Kyle Mathis

7.16.2020

Isaiah 1-4

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.

7.15 Song of Songs

LaShaunte Mitchell

7.15.2020

Song of Songs

Summary

        Song of Songs, also called Songs of Solomon is an interesting read. It is a collection of poems involving a man, a woman, and some friends. Throughout the Song of Songs. The man and woman are searching for each other, longing for one another. The texts are very descriptive. There is a theme in Song of Songs of longing, seeking, and finding or losing. This pattern continues until the end of the poems where it is not concluded. Throughout the passages they refer to each other as “Beloved “. Many don’t believe that these texts were written by or to Solomon, especially because he had over 700 wives and concubines, but that it was written in his era of reign. 

Key Verse

        Throughout these passages of descriptive words there laid a scripture of warning. The scripture is repeated three times, Song of Songs 2:7, 3:5, and 8:4. It reads, “Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” This verse seems pretty practical but is deeper after first glance and harder to put into practice. This passage says to me, be patient, don’t pursue a relationship until that person seeks you and desires you. (I don’t know if this is how it was meant to be interpreted) But the idea of sitting in wait is so unnatural to the American mind where you’re so accustomed to always be moving and being productive. 

Vision of God

        During this reading I attempted to see God as pursuing me in the way that the man pursued the woman. It was a bit weird. But the usage of words, the longing, the seeking. It seems like so much effort, that it is a bit overwhelming. To be so emotionally invested into finding me. It warmed my heart. It made me think how can I be worthy, how am I worth all of this effort. But I realized I am not. It is because of his love for me. It is his love that drives him to pursue in such a passionate way. Not anything that I do or did. Not because of my looks. Not because of what I can do for him. Gods love is abounding and overwhelming. He pursues all of our hearts.

Vision of Self

        These passages also made me put myself in the position of the woman. The woman pursuing God. It made me think an I putting in this effort? Do I describe God in this way? passionately? It made me ask myself, how do I see God and how would I describe him to someone else? I am not big in giving words of affirmation and am even worse at receiving them. But this challenges me in my prayer life to really worship God in my prayers. To lift him high with words of praise. 

Application

        After reading these passages, I am encouraged to pursue Good more intently. To see him in my life. Logically I know he’s there, I know he has a hand in everything. He has plans for me. I will take steps to see his hand and acknowledge them more regularly. I know he’s always seeking me, pursuing me, so I don’t have to wait on him to love me but I do need to accept that I am worthy of his love and his grace. I will praise him with more passion and awareness.

Jesus

        Jesus is another example of God pursuing me. He went to the extreme to create Jesus so that we can be together. Creating a physical being for him to dwell in then to come and live on Earth. Through a common life, where he lived as a servant, not admonished. Who lived with trials and persecutions and died in the worse way for ungrateful people. All in hopes that I would seek him. Jesus is the ultimate act of God’s Love and his pursuing of Me. The laying down of one’s life. 

7.14 Ecclesiastes 7-12

Gabriel Cross

7.14.2020

Ecclesiastes 7-12

Summarize the day’s reading in one paragraph

Life is meaningless.  No matter what one does, the truths of life cannot be changed.  There is suffering, God is our ruler, and people die.  Therefore, everyone should enjoy life.  Even wise people die.  Sometimes the righteous get bad things and sometimes the wicked get nice things.  Therefore, worrying about the intricacies of life is meaningless.  Just enjoy your time on Earth while you can, since our lives are fleeting.  It seems Solomon was pondering his own life as he was getting closer to death and was looking back at his own life and what it entailed.

What is one key verse?  Why?

There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 8:14-15

There are a lot of things to question in life.  Sometimes, it is better to trust in God and believe in his truth, even when bad things are happening to righteous people.  When life seems unfair, The Lord is still with us.

How does what you read change your vision of God?

This passage shows me that God loves us all, and reminds me that His love and human love look different.  God wants us to seek a relationship with Him and love Him, but that doesn’t mean evil ceases to exist.  Solomon was given wisdom as a gift, yet his life was filled with sin and wickedness.  Doesn’t mean God doesn’t love him.

How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?

This reading helps me to better understand those that are very often extremely joyful.  No matter what happens, God is always good and is always present.  Since we don’t know the future, that is a universal truth that will never change.  That is truly a reason to be joyful.

How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)

I will complain less and work to be less jealous of those that seem like they “have it all” because the things of this world are fleeting.  I will be a light of joy to those around me so that they can better understand the beauty of God’s work on our lives.

Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)

Obey the king’s command, I say, because you took an oath before God. Do not be in a hurry to leave the king’s presence. Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases. Since a king’s word is supreme, who can say to him, “What are you doing?”

Ecclesiastes 8:2-4

Solomon is talking about earthly kings, but Jesus’s obedience to God, the true king, is unparalleled.  I think his ability to obey, even when it was hard, is something to look to for guidance and replicate.