Daily Archives: May 27, 2018

May 27 – 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 64

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
    that the mountains would tremble before you!
As when fire sets twigs ablaze
    and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
    and cause the nations to quake before you!
For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
    you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
Since ancient times no one has heard,
    no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
    who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
    who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,
    you were angry.
    How then can we be saved?
All of us have become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
    and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
No one calls on your name
    or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us
    and have given us over to our sins.
Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
    We are the clay, you are the potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
    do not remember our sins forever.
Oh, look on us, we pray,
    for we are all your people.
10 Your sacred cities have become a wasteland;
    even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our ancestors praised you,
    has been burned with fire,
    and all that we treasured lies in ruins.
12 After all this, Lord, will you hold yourself back?
    Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?

SOAP Note

Spread the Seeds | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Isaiah 64:1

Observation

It’s crazy how this chapter was written centuries before Jesus came to earth, and yet this is exactly how it went down! He did burst from the heavens and come down. The earth did tremble in his presence. Some loved it, some hated it. None of us deserved it, but we were all forever changed as a result.

Application

At the zoo the other day, one of the trees was dropping white, fluffy seeds like crazy. Watching from inside through a window, it was thrilling to see. Almost like snowfall on a green, sunny day! But while we experienced joy, others grumbled. Allergies, mess, etc. Those people went to great lengths to avoid the shower, while we went to dance in it! Funny thing, some seeds stuck to us. So as we walked around the zoo, the seeds were with us and would randomly drop in different places. Sounds a lot like the message of salvation. Some choose to dance in it. Others grumble and try to avoid it. But we are all affected. And some of us even spread it!

Prayer

Thank You for a beautiful day at the zoo and for the awesome illustration You showed me. I love finding Your nuggets where I least expect it! But most of all, thank You for coming down and changing the world, for the gift of salvation. Equip me to spread the message, regardless of the reaction I receive in doing so. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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