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THE BOOK OF ISAIAH (or as the Jews call the prophet Yeshayah ) *

June 7, 2010

THE BOOK OF ISAIAH (or as the Jews call the prophet Yeshayah ) *

* The so-called Old Testament is known to Jews as the Written Torah or the Tanakh.

Key words: Old Testament, Isaiah, Prophets, RH Schuller,
Possibiliity Thinkers Bible

“Hope is the anchor of the soul.”

The Book of Isaiah is a beautiful example of God’s strength and the promises He gave to the people, when they needed them most.
God sent the Prophet Isaiah to forewarn and prepare the people of Israel for the problems that were to beset them. Like a novelist foretelling his readers of future tragedies and events, God sent the prophet to announce the coming captivity by warring nations and the destruction of Jerusalem.
Throughout the historical narrative of these happenings is interwoven the thread of hope – the coming of the Messiah.

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”
– Isaiah 7:14 (New King James version)

Isaiah promises the people that the coming Messiah will bring them into a loving relationship with God (see Chapter 53)

In comparing their lives to the desolate wilderness area, the Prophet Isaiah promises that:
“Every valley shall be exalted
And every mountain and hill brought low;
The crooked places shall be made straight,
And the rough places smooth.”
– Is 40:4

God promises that even the most desolate and unfortunate life will become successful and productive with His power. God responds to our desperation. We can look to God for strength, for we know that the ultimate outcome is in His hands.

“Behold, I make all things new” (Rev 21:5)

Key word: “Salvation Is of the Lord”

“All we like sheep have gone astray.”

Key Chapter: Isaiah 53

“Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying:
‘Whom shall I send.
And who will go for Us?’

Then I said: Here am I! Send me.'”
6:8

THE DESERT – A GARDEN
“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”
– Is 40:8

God will make the deserts in our lives bloom with new growth… with perseverance and patience on our parts.

FACE REALITY WITH HOPE

Whether your problem is big or small, don’t run from it. Instead, face it and give it back to God. Today face reality with hope, and begin to turn your life around. Remember, with God all things are possible!

Light in a Land of Darkness
“The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light:
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.”

“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid.”
12:2

“Now go, write it before them on a tablet,
And note it on a scroll,
That it may be for time to come,
Forever and ever.”
30:8

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ON WINGS OF EAGLES

The psalmist compares God’s care for His people to the eagle’s wings. “Hide me me under the shadow of your wings.”
Ps 17:8

Attempt to do something great for God, even though you might fail, rather than do nothing and succeed.

“But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength.
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
40:31

“Behold My Servant whom I uphold
My Elect One in whom My soul delights!
I have put My Spirit upon him.
He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.”
42:1

“He will bring forth justice for truth.
He will not fail nor be discouraged
Till He has established justice in the earth.”
42:3,4

“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them.
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.”
42:16

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name:
You are Mine.”
43:1

“I will go before you
and make the crooked places straight.”
45:2

“All we like sheep have gone astray.”
53:6

“And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.”
53:12

“Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say,
‘Here I am.'”
58:8

Shared by craig from the New Possibilities Thinkers Bible
by Paul D Dunn and Robert H Schuller (published by Thomas Nelson)*
All quotations New King James version

”The time of the singing of the birds has come.”

“Hope is the anchor of the soul.”

“ I don’t believe in God.”
I know God.”
– David Rosen, Jungian psycho-analyst