May 17 – 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 54

The Future Glory of Zion

“Sing, barren woman,
    you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
    you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
    than of her who has a husband,”
says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
    stretch your tent curtains wide,
    do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
    strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
    your descendants will dispossess nations
    and settle in their desolate cities.
“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
    Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
    and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
For your Maker is your husband—
    the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
    he is called the God of all the earth.
The Lord will call you back
    as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
    only to be rejected,” says your God.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
    but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
In a surge of anger
    I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
    I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord your Redeemer.
“To me this is like the days of Noah,
    when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,
    never to rebuke you again.
10 Though the mountains be shaken
    and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
    nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
    says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
11 “Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted,
    I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise,
    your foundations with lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your battlements of rubies,
    your gates of sparkling jewels,
    and all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children will be taught by the Lord,
    and great will be their peace.
14 In righteousness you will be established:
Tyranny will be far from you;
    you will have nothing to fear.
Terror will be far removed;
    it will not come near you.
15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing;
    whoever attacks you will surrender to you.
16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith
    who fans the coals into flame
    and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
17     no weapon forged against you will prevail,
    and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
    and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.

SOAP Note

God With Us | Becky Newman

Scripture

Isaiah 54:13

Observation

Isaiah 54 speaks of a time of redemption and prosperity of God’s people under the New Covenant of peace. We’ve seen the rest of the story and know this New Covenant is Jesus. Through this time, the promise given to Abraham that his descendants would number as the stars will continue. The people will prosper in peace, in relationship to God, and so will their children.

Application

As another school year wraps up in the next week, I find myself looking back in gratitude and at peace with all You did for us to ensure that my children are and will be “taught by the Lord”. You brought us through a season of failures and frustration at our previous school to guide us to a greener pasture, a school where You have aligned God-fearing teachers and staff to do Your work and will, growing our children in the knowledge of their Lord and Savior so they can grow in peace in relationship to You. I am so thankful for Your servant, Mrs. Burkett, and her investment in my daughter, who has blossomed in this greener pasture, maturing, finally reading, and growing in her personal relationship with You which I can hear in her prayers. You’re right, my peace is great, and my kids’ peace will be great too, being taught by You!

Prayer

Lord, thank You for Cornerstone Christian School and guiding us there! I am also thankful for the peace You sprinkled into a shower over my family through this last year in the transition from worldly teaching to Godly teaching. You are the source of all wisdom and knowledge, not a textbook. Thank You for a teacher who loves and serves You and the work You are doing in my daughter!

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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  1. Becky – It was so refreshing to read this! When you “invite” someone into a part of your life, you hope they have the same good experience as you, but there’s always a chance that they don’t! Mrs. Burkett was a blessing to us as well. 🙂

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