I have to admit, this last week has been a tough one for me to get through. I'm finding the book of Isaiah a little, well, depressing. This is a big surprise for me, because there are some pretty powerful (and uplifting) verses in this book that I've always loved!
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
"But now, this is what the Lord says … 'Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'"
And of course, the ever-popular Isaiah 40:31…
"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."
Now, if you've been following along, you know that we haven't gotten to the above verses yet. And I'm thankful that the book will perk up a bit.
And there are verses of a somewhat positive nature in the first chapters (1:17-18, for example), but a lot of the beginning of the book is filled with woe and judgement.
At first, I was tempted, for the first time in this challenge, just to skip this part. After all, who wants to read for minutes turning into hours about immortal wrath and anger? However, after I didn't quit, and started thinking a bit, I realized that this is IT. This is THE reason to read the Bible from cover to cover. Because, after the woe, after the judgement, comes the salvation. Comes the birth of a baby who redeems not only the nation of Israel, but all of humanity.
Here's what we've got this week:
Oct 19: Isaiah 1:1 - 13:22
Oct 20: Isaiah 14:1 - 28:29
Oct 21: Isaiah 29:1 - 41:18
Oct 22: Isaiah 41:19 - 52:12
Oct 23: Isaiah 52:13 - 66:18
Oct 24: Isaiah 66:19 - Jeremiah 10:13
Oct 25: Jeremiah 10:14 - 23:8