Daily Archives: April 15, 2018

April 15 – Isaiah

In April and May, we are reading through the book of the prophet Isaiah. Its major themes are judgment, comfort, and hope, applicable to Jerusalem then in the 8th century B.C. and to us now. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Isaiah 18

A Prophecy Against Cush

Woe to the land of whirring wings
    along the rivers of Cush,
which sends envoys by sea
    in papyrus boats over the water.
Go, swift messengers,
to a people tall and smooth-skinned,
    to a people feared far and wide,
an aggressive nation of strange speech,
    whose land is divided by rivers.
All you people of the world,
    you who live on the earth,
when a banner is raised on the mountains,
    you will see it,
and when a trumpet sounds,
    you will hear it.
This is what the Lord says to me:
    “I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place,
like shimmering heat in the sunshine,
    like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”
For, before the harvest, when the blossom is gone
    and the flower becomes a ripening grape,
he will cut off the shoots with pruning knives,
    and cut down and take away the spreading branches.
They will all be left to the mountain birds of prey
    and to the wild animals;
the birds will feed on them all summer,
    the wild animals all winter.
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.

SOAP Note

Trust in Me, Just in Me | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Isaiah 18:7

Observation

Despite receiving an offer from Ethiopia to help Judah against their enemies, the Lord encourages His people to put their trust solely in Him. He alone has the power to defeat their enemies. And through this act of faith, they’ll see that one day these Ethiopian people will turn to God as well.

Application

People are always quick to judge Christians. The moment we slip up, outsiders tend to put that on Christianity as a whole. It’s a lot of pressure, but God can handle it. When I’m facing an attack, my response makes all the difference. So I need to put my trust in God first and foremost and let Him handle it. And soon others will see how great my God is and turn to Him too!

Prayer

I want my life to be a light that leads to You. Show me how I can respond to situations in life that will make You more appealing to others. Help me to put all my trust in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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