June 24

Today’s Texts: Isaiah 5:24-30, 1:27-31, 2:19-3:7, 1:18-20, 4:2-6, 2:1-5, 2 Kings 15:19-33, Isa 6:1-13, 2 Chron 26:22-23, 2 Chron.27:1-6.

Highlights: These early sections in Isaiah continue to describe the sinfulness of Judah and how God is going to raise up “nations from afar” to punish them.

There is also much hope: “Though your sins are as scarlet they can be as white as snow – if you are willing and obedient.” (1:18-19). The beginning of chapters 2 and 4 picture a great and glorious time of peace for God’s people which is difficult to imagine given the current state of affairs.

The readings close with some historical information – changes of regime in the Northern Kingdom as the Assyrians begin to subdue Israel. In the South, Uzziah dies and his son Jotham, a good king, begins to reign

The vision of Isaiah’s call (Chapter 6) contains an interesting statement: “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ “Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed.” (Isaiah 6:9-10).

It sounds like God didn’t want them to change! Jesus quotes this and applies it to those who rejected his teachings. Did God not want them to repent? Why couldn’t they understand? What do you make of this?


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3 Responses to June 24

  1. Mary K

    The direction in Isaiah 6 is somewhat baffling to me, and since it is repeated by Jesus later on, it seems particularly important to understand. Here’s my take away, but I’m on shaky ground here. I hope others will post in so I can learn from their perspective.

    My take away is that if one is too stubborn to listen to what God is telling him his heart (the “organ” essential to salvation) is going to become blacker, not better.

  2. The truth didnt need to be revealed to people who weren’t receptive of God’s message revealed by Isaiah. Like the parables of Jesus later on. The wicked didnt understand and weren’t mean to. Perhaps spiritual blindness for those who wouldn’t accept or acknowledge the messages.

  3. Jimmy

    My thoughts on this…Jesus quotes it after giving the parable of the sower it explaining why he spoke in parables; then Paul quotes it in Acts 28 when he arrives in Rome and the Jews there reject the gospel.

    Jesus used parables to make it easy to understand for those who were willing to hear. I believe in any of these cases the message was easy enough to grasp, lack of understanding wouldn’t be the issue, but pride would, some (especially the Jews encountered by Isaiah, Jesus, and Paul) were not willing to humble themselves and accept God’s word.

    God wants all to be saved and has a simple message, so that those who want to be saved can be, but those who reject it truly are hardening their hearts,

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