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April 22 – 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 27

Deliverance of Israel

In that day,
the Lord will punish with his sword—
    his fierce, great and powerful sword—
Leviathan the gliding serpent,
    Leviathan the coiling serpent;
he will slay the monster of the sea.
In that day—
“Sing about a fruitful vineyard:
    I, the Lord, watch over it;
    I water it continually.
I guard it day and night
    so that no one may harm it.
    I am not angry.
If only there were briers and thorns confronting me!
    I would march against them in battle;
    I would set them all on fire.
Or else let them come to me for refuge;
    let them make peace with me,
    yes, let them make peace with me.”
In days to come Jacob will take root,
    Israel will bud and blossom
    and fill all the world with fruit.
Has the Lord struck her
    as he struck down those who struck her?
Has she been killed
    as those were killed who killed her?
By warfare and exile you contend with her—
    with his fierce blast he drives her out,
    as on a day the east wind blows.
By this, then, will Jacob’s guilt be atoned for,
    and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:
When he makes all the altar stones
    to be like limestone crushed to pieces,
no Asherah poles or incense altars
    will be left standing.
10 The fortified city stands desolate,
    an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the wilderness;
there the calves graze,
    there they lie down;
    they strip its branches bare.
11 When its twigs are dry, they are broken off
    and women come and make fires with them.
For this is a people without understanding;
    so their Maker has no compassion on them,
    and their Creator shows them no favor.
12 In that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, Israel, will be gathered up one by one. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.

SOAP Note

The Good Gardener | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Isaiah 27:4-5

Observation

God is the gardener, carefully tending to His vineyard. There will still be briers and thorns to deal with, but it’ll be a fruitful vineyard He can be proud of.

Application

I am a work in progress. I need constant care and supervision because I have the tendency to make stupid choices: anger, worry, doubt, pride – the list goes on. The bad things that crop up need to be dealt with quickly before it completely takes over and ruins me. But God’s up to the challenge and is working around the clock to ensure I’m the best me I can be. But I have to be willing to let Him do the work that needs to be done. I have to trust that He knows what He’s doing and is working in my best interest – a ridiculous notion considering who God is, but sometimes it’s difficult to let Him do what He does best.

Prayer

Right here, right now I declare that I trust You and I want You to do the work You want to do in my life. Letting go isn’t easy and I’ll try to fight it, but I pray for the peace between us that You promised. Help me to be more trusting, to relinquish control, and to live in a peaceful relationship with You as a fruitful vineyard. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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