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Isaiah 42-53 – The Servant Songs

| February 14, 2017

The Servant Songs of Isaiah In studying the Servant Songs there is a definite and surprisng move from brightness to darkness. The first sings of God’s pleasure in His Servant and how the Servant will not break a bruised reed (Isa.42:1-4). The second has the Servant singing a melancholy song of depression; while questioning His […]

Isaiah 49:4 – Did Jesus Ever Get Depressed?

| February 11, 2017

Did Jesus ever get depressed, despondent, or at least disappointed in His impact on others? Last night we had an enlightening and hopefully uplifting – because misery loves company – time with the 2nd Servant Song (Isaiah 49:1ff). We recalled the many NT passages which gave reality to the first two lines of v.4 which […]

Isaiah 42:6; 49:8 – Jesus Is Our Covenant

| February 3, 2017

How much better is the New Covenant than the Old? Excluding all the “betters” of Hebrews, the Servant Songs of Isaiah say Yahweh will appoint Jesus to be a covenant for the people (42:6; 49:8). Just think about that. We don’t have a covenant with God. Jesus is God’s covenant with us, and our covenant […]

Isaiah 53:5 – Ra Ra Religion

| December 7, 2016

Ra Ra Religion (Isaiah 53:5): The Physician’s Assistant meant well, but her theological pablum did not feed my soul. After surgery I had my post-op appointment. Because I waited three years, my crushed nerves “might heal in a day, a year, or never heal”. That was her medical opinion. Her theological opinion was, “by His […]

Isaiah 2:4 – Our Unconventional Warfare

| October 7, 2016

When armed with God’s spiritual weapons and doing battle, we see how unconventional our warfare methods are (Isa.2:4; 2 Cor.6:7; 10:3-5; Eph.6:10-17): 1) We must use those same weapons of war on ourselves simultaneously as we are fighting others; 2) We must try to defeat our enemies by offering God’s sanctuary and thereby winning them […]

2 Chronicles 29-31 – Hezekiah – Restoration and Reform

| March 2, 2014

In Hezekiah’s restoration movement, it is interesting and instructive to note that 2 Chronicles focuses on the outward aspects of Yahweh’s worship (what some call “religion”), while the book of Isaiah focuses on the inward (what some call “spirituality”). God’s word without our hearts is not worship. Our hearts without God’s word is not worship. […]

Isaiah 23:9 – Pride

| June 3, 2013

Most accept E = MC2 because Einstein said it, not because they understand it, having more faith in Einstein than themselves; yet they reject what God says because they do not understand it, having more faith in themselves than God.

Isaiah 36-39 – Righteousness Comes from Descending to the Death Gates of Self

| May 30, 2013

If we tie together the deliverance prayers of Hezekiah for Jerusalem and himself, against certain Assyrian annihilation and mortal illness; and if we have correctly made the connection that both of these are death and resurrection motifs; then we become enlightened as to what a faithful prayer by a righteous man is – dead to […]

Isaiah 38:6 – Hezekiah a Type of Christ

| May 30, 2013

Although there is not scholarly consensus, and contrary to my previous conclusion, I now consider Hezekiah’s illness to be during the Assyrian siege, and not after the Deliverance of Jerusalem. When praying for his personal recovery, God’s answer is, “I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; I […]

Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2 – The Birth of Christ

| October 19, 2012

“Isaiah had foretold his virgin birth (7:14); Micah predicts his village birth.” (George L. Robinson, “The 12 Minor Prophets,” p.98)