Daily Archives: May 24, 2018

May 24 – 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 61

The Year of the Lord’s Favor

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
    that have been devastated for generations.
Strangers will shepherd your flocks;
    foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
And you will be called priests of the Lord,
    you will be named ministers of our God.
You will feed on the wealth of nations,
    and in their riches you will boast.
Instead of your shame
    you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
    you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
    and everlasting joy will be yours.
“For I, the Lord, love justice;
    I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
    and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be known among the nations
    and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
    that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”
10 I delight greatly in the Lord;
    my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
    and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
    and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
    and praise spring up before all nations.

SOAP Note

Clothed in Your Righteousness | Becky Newman

Scripture

Isaiah 61:10-11

Observation

Lots of hope in Isaiah 61! Jesus quotes verses 1-2 in Luke 4:16-21 when he speaks in a synagogue to let them know that these verses are describing him. And of course, he’s then abruptly chased out of town. When my heart is willing to please God, He adorns me with righteousness. Jesus is the bridegroom in verse 10; he is the priest, or mediator, between the church, which includes me, and God. The church of believers is the bride. But God is the One who grows righteousness, praise, blessing, and fruit.

Application

I love Biblical garden analogies! They speak to my heart! Too long have I looked at righteousness as something I have to try harder at, to obey all the laws and do all the right things and be oh-so legalistic. But doing all of this independently, I will always fail — every single time. As I’ve been preparing our next Discover One Thing online study of the Beatitudes (starts June 3rd!), You’ve been pushing me toward a perspective change. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) I can never quench this hunger and thirst alone. Only You can satisfy and fill. In fact, with my salvation, You adorn me in righteousness clothing. My job is to seek to please You (adorning myself with jewels), as a bride seeks to please her bridegroom, and You’ll pretty up my heart with an abundantly fruitful garden, making me pure and clean before You when that day comes at Your throne.

Prayer

Thank You, Lord! My soul rejoices in You for clothing me with garments of salvation and arraying me a in a robe of Your righteousness, a banner saying, “I’m Yours!” Help me to seek to please You every day, so my heart is ever-ready for sprouting and praising.

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