May 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 52

Awake, awake, Zion,
    clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendor,
    Jerusalem, the holy city.
The uncircumcised and defiled
    will not enter you again.
Shake off your dust;
    rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
    Daughter Zion, now a captive.
For this is what the Lord says:
“You were sold for nothing,
    and without money you will be redeemed.”
For this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“At first my people went down to Egypt to live;
    lately, Assyria has oppressed them.
“And now what do I have here?” declares the Lord.
“For my people have been taken away for nothing,
    and those who rule them mock,”
declares the Lord.
“And all day long
    my name is constantly blasphemed.
Therefore my people will know my name;
    therefore in that day they will know
that it is I who foretold it.
    Yes, it is I.”
How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of those who bring good news,
who proclaim peace,
    who bring good tidings,
    who proclaim salvation,
who say to Zion,
    “Your God reigns!”
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;
    together they shout for joy.
When the Lord returns to Zion,
    they will see it with their own eyes.
Burst into songs of joy together,
    you ruins of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people,
    he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord will lay bare his holy arm
    in the sight of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth will see
    the salvation of our God.
11 Depart, depart, go out from there!
    Touch no unclean thing!
Come out from it and be pure,
    you who carry the articles of the Lord’s house.
12 But you will not leave in haste
    or go in flight;
for the Lord will go before you,
    the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

The Suffering and Glory of the Servant

13 See, my servant will act wisely;
    he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
    his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
    and his form marred beyond human likeness—
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,
    and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
    and what they have not heard, they will understand. 

SOAP Note

Captive No More! | Shiree King

Scripture

Isaiah 52:1-2

Observation

I started reading a book at the beginning of the year that began by dissecting these two verses (“Out of Control and Loving It” by Lisa Bevere).  It describes a captive woman, but not just any woman – a daughter of the King.  This “captive daughter” is trapped by her past, yet afraid of her future. She’s in danger of remaining captive if she doesn’t do something about it.  She is given several action instructions: get dressed (put on the garments which may have represented crushed hopes and discarded dreams), shake it off (aggressively remove all of the stories, wounds, and failures that haunt us from our past), rise up (no longer sit in the past and take the throne prepared for the daughter of the King), free yourself (take the key to freedom that is already hidden in our hearts – the key to Someone, not something).

Application

I started reading this book in January but had a really difficult time connecting with the imagery of this “captive daughter”, so I haven’t made it past the 4th chapter.  But, maybe God is using this reading as a reminder to pick it up and try again.  Maybe “now” is the time to be free?  I am struck with the action required by the captive daughter.  As a captive, we feel helpless, unable to free ourselves, but God is offering us this freedom and opportunity to walk in the freedom only He can offer us.

Prayer

Dear God, Thank You for not leaving us in the captivity we find ourselves in or put ourselves in.  I need Your help to awaken, get dressed, shake it off, rise up, and to be free.  Awaken the hopes and dreams in me that may be dormant.  Open up opportunities for me to be all You’ve created me to be and to be captive no more.  Amen.

The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.

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