Grace From the Start: Day 24 {Dec 18th}

I am going to be completely honest with you.  Isaiah is not a book I feel confident in speaking about.  There is so much going on in the book of Isaiah, during the time of the prophets, and all around in this time period I struggle to keep it all straight.

BUT…Jesus meets us and reveals himself to us in this book so I do not want to skip over it.  This time in history is part of what got us from creation and the fall to Jesus.  

The prophets are confusing for me to read right now.  Can you imagine hearing these things BEFORE the promised Savior arrives?  Talk about a mind bender…We have the advantage of being able to read the New Testament.  We know how the story of Jesus went.  We can compare notes form what Isaiah has said and what actually happened.  We get to see what Isaiah was saying fulfilled on the pages of the New Testament.

Instead of reading a bunch of my words read this passage from Isaiah about Jesus a few times.  Choose a verse or two or three or all 15 verses if you are feeling ambitious and write it out.  It will help you digest it, understand it, and maybe stick in your brain a little better.

Behold, my servant shall act wisely;[a]
    he shall be high and lifted up,
    and shall be exalted.
14 As many were astonished at you—
    his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
    and his form beyond that of the children of mankind—
15 so shall he sprinkle[b] many nations.
    Kings shall shut their mouths because of him,
for that which has not been told them they see,
    and that which they have not heard they understand.
53 Who has believed what he has heard from us?[c]
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected[d] by men,
    a man of sorrows[e] and acquainted with[f] grief;[g]
and as one from whom men hide their faces[h]
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
    yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
    and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
    so he opened not his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away;
    and as for his generation, who considered
that he was cut off out of the land of the living,
    stricken for the transgression of my people?
And they made his grave with the wicked
    and with a rich man in his death,
although he had done no violence,
    and there was no deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;
    he has put him to grief;[i]
when his soul makes[j] an offering for guilt,
    he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see[k] and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
    make many to be accounted righteous,
    and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many,[l]
    and he shall divide the spoil with the strong,[m]
because he poured out his soul to death
    and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
    and makes intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 52:13-53:12

You can head over to the live on the Facebook page and hear me read the passage.  Watch it a few times and that should help it sink in too.

PS…Heidi Goehman has a study on Isaiah.  She calls it a sprint through the book of Isaiah.  I appreciate Heidi and her resources so much because she lets the gospel shine on our lives.  She has a real gift for letting us see what the love of Jesus means for us in our lives.  Go check it out here:

I am excited to dive into this after Christmas {I purchased it as a gift for some family members and did not leave myself out}.  She also has fun bonuses like printable pages and pretty things for our bible margins.  AND bonus podcast episodes.

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