Morning Light – April 18th, 2017 – Isaiah 66:  Book of Isaiah, Conclusion

Morning Light – Isaiah 66 Today: [Isaiah 66] Book of Isaiah, Conclusion. In chapter 66 of Isaiah we re-examine the authorship and character of this all important and unique book of prophetic utterance. Isaiah is the first of the prophetic books and is uniquely messianic. In this concluding chapter, Isaiah speaks sternly against the ongoing idolatry of the people and the city of Jerusalem itself. As this book began denouncing idolatry among the people of God it concludes with the same adding a strong promise of hope to those who choose to walk in humility and contrition before the Father. … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 14th, 2017 – Isaiah 65:  Is the Church God’s Second Choice?

Morning Light – Isaiah 65 Today: [Isaiah 65] Is the Church God’s Second Choice? In this chapter, we see Isaiah declaring the coming of the Gentile church by the word of the Lord. Was the church God’s alternative plan after the Jews rejected the Messiah? Is Christianity as we know it simply God’s contingency plan after He came to His own people and His own received Him not? In this chapter Isaiah speaks centuries ahead of time of a people who “are not a people” calling upon the Lord and constituting a chosen community of faith. In that context we … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light –  April 14th, 2017 – Isaiah 64:  God is Moving Toward You

Morning Light – Isaiah 64 Today: [Isaiah 64] God is Moving Toward You. In Isaiah 64 we see Isaiah calling for the Father to “rend the heavens” a make Himself manifest in the midst of the people in a difficult time. He acknowledges that all have sinned and that man’s idea of righteousness is filthy rags at the judgment seat of heaven. Regardless of man’s iniquity we see God will meet and move toward those who rejoice and work righteousness in their lives. What is righteousness? Righteousness is not a religious code. According to 1 Cor. 1:30 righteousness is only … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 12th, 2017 – Isaiah 63:  The Need of a Savior

Morning Light – Isaiah 63 Today: [Isaiah 63] The Need of a Savior. In this chapter, we find the fury of God poured out upon a disobedient people. In the midst of this there is mention of the mercy and pity of God that is available, but unappropriated because man chooses his own way in lieu of submitting to the Father’s origination of salvation through the cross. Why did (why does) God judge? Is He a megalomaniacal despot gleefully raining consequences down upon defenseless men who cannot escape? Is God insane? Modern thinking would suggest that this would be the … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 11th, 2017 – Isaiah 62:  Interceding for the Zion of God

Morning Light – Isaiah 62 Today: [Isaiah 62] Interceding for the Zion of God. When was the last time you spent a time of intercession and crying out to God for your local church? Criticizing the church and its leadership is and has been a favorite pastime for the body of Christ. Tabloid criticism of leadership and those in ministry is a lively sport of mental athleticism among many believers. Do you criticize the church more than you pray for the church? Have you disengaged with the brick and mortar church with no intention of return? What is the mandate … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 10th, 2017 – Isaiah 61:  Locating Yourself in the Word

Morning Light – Isaiah 61 Today: [Isaiah 61] Locating Yourself in the Word. In Isaiah 60 we see the words of Jesus in Luke 4:18-19 echoed by the prophet 100’s of years before Jesus came on the scene. We know that Jesus studied the scripture and can glean understanding that as He read the word it was not dead letter but living destiny to Him that He set out to fulfill. The apostle Paul likewise looked at the scripture this way and even in 1 Kings there was a king named in the scripture 340 years before his birth who … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 7th, 2017 – Isaiah 60:  Arise, Shine for Thy Light is come

Morning Light – Isaiah 60 Today: [Isaiah 60] Arise, Shine for Thy Light is come. In Isaiah 60 the prophet looks down through time and sees the coming of Jesus as the light of the world. Out of 500 years of chaos and darkness, the gap between the Old and the New Testamental periods, Jesus comes forth into the earth and all of human history pivots on the brief 3 ½ years of His earthly ministry. His greatness not only manifests in the demonstration of God in Christ but in His sinless, pure humanity. As “very God” and “very man” … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 6th, 2017 – Isaiah 59: Why are Prayers Unanswered

Morning Light Isaiah 59 Today: [Isaiah 59] Why are Prayers Unanswered. In chapter 59 of Isaiah we are confronted with a very pungent explanation of why prayers go without an answer. In unambiguous terms Isaiah declares by the spirit of God that if prayers are unmet that our transgressions stand between us and heaven. This is a very challenging reproof – so much so that most Christians today would reject such a suggestion without another thought. Yet if we are to accept the book of Isaiah as inspired by God that we have to take a good hard look at … (click link or title to continue)

Morning Light – April 5th, 2017 – Isaiah 58: God’s Chosen Fast

Morning Light – Isaiah 58 Today: [Isaiah 58] God’s Chosen Fast. In Isa. 58 Isaiah continues to reprove the people of their idolatrous and pagan practices that they have mixed with great outward expressions of love for God. In the midst of indulging in ritual pagan practices the people saw themselves as those that delighted to know God’s ways and to seek Him in fasting and prayer. Isaiah challenges their idea of fasting as something they did to get over on their enemies rather than fasting according to a manner that actually pleased God. Is fasting still for today? Is … (click link or title to continue)