Gems 2015 — September 29 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 10-12

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

September 29 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 10-12

Food for Thought: Is. 11:1-10

The Word continues to confirm Who Jesus, our Lord and Savior, is and describe His greatness, and we are getting to know Him even more! The Lord reveals Himself and proves the Word to be true in so many ways and from so many angles to give us hope.

He has a perfect genealogy that qualifies Him to save not only Israel, but all mankind (vs. 10; Mat. 1; Luke 3:23-38). And His ministry to fulfill His calling began when the Spirit of the Lord rested upon Him on the day of His baptism by John the Baptist, as predicted by Isaiah centuries earlier (vs. 2). John 1:32-34 records this historical event:

“And John bore witness, saying, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

Just as Jesus fulfilled much prophecy in His life on earth, further fulfillment of prophecy is still ahead when the Lord judges the earth and brings such a peace that ferocious animals and the harmless ones will dwell together (vs. 6-8). He will reign with righteousness and faithfulness (vs. 5; Rev. 19:11), and “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (vs. 9).”

All these prophetic scriptures punctuate the Lord’s greatness and is for our learning so that we would have patience, comfort, and hope (Rom. 15:4). As the apostle Paul puts it, continuing in Romans 15:8-13,

“Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: ‘For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, and sing to Your name.’ And again he says: Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!’ And again: ‘Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!’ And again, Isaiah says: ‘There shall be a root of Jesse; and He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, In Him the Gentiles shall hope.’ Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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8 Responses to Gems 2015 — September 29 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 10-12

  1. I. Lou Minotti says:

    Amen, JSue. I, for one, can’t wait!

  2. DirkH says:

    The 4th Blood Moon, the beginning of the Shemittah, and current world affairs, all coinciding, remind me of Luke 21:24… which I once heard…

    “25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

    26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”

    26 means the confidence crisis.

    • I. Lou Minotti says:

      Dirk, here’s some food for thought. The synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) were written for God’s chosen earthly nation Israel, and Israel alone. Those who Jesus said to His people that always look for “signs.” If we’re theologically honest, the synoptics were merely a continuation of God’s Old Testament economy, and except for their moral value, have nothing to do with the prophetic future of our Lord’s true Church.

      For the Christian Church, therefore, “signs” are to be disregarded. The next prophetic event in our Lord’s prophetic calender is what He will do when He takes His bride (the Church) comprised mostly of Gentiles since Pentecost from earth to Heaven. It is imminent, which means there will be no signs preceeding it. The “signs” Jesus proclaimed were for Israel and Israel alone to get His elect from that nation in that day to repent and believe after realizing all He said to them 2000 years ago was true. They will not begin anew until after Jesus takes His bride–the true Church–from Earth.

      Granted, Christians over the millennia have looked at the disintegration of our cultures only when we’ve had bad political leadership, and that’s when we begin looking for the “signs” we find in the synoptic gospels. But then again, political leadership changes and we get a Ronald Reagan or a conservative congress that rights things temporarily, and makes our world better for the moment. That’s when, historically, we stop looking for “signs” from the heavens.

      The next prophetic event in God’s biblical calender is the Rapture of His bride, the Church. It will be unannounced, and without signs. What will take place for seven years thereafter, however, is a different story. God will again refocus on saving eternally the nation of Israel, replete with all the “signs and wonders” they need to get their attention so they can repent of the rejection of their Messiah and be saved from eternal annihilation at the hands of their jealous, Satanic enemies that place homicide vests on their children in order to murder Jews and Christians.

      The “blood moons” have nothing to do with those who are told to not look for signs.

      • DirkH says:

        Heh. But I love the language.

        • jsue says:

          Dirk, I’m very glad that you brought up the Blood Moon. It’s a very interesting topic, and I do not claim to comprehend all of its implications, but it is fascinating that they have fallen on Jewish feasts, the crucifixion/resurrection, the destruction of the Temple, the discovery of America, the birth of the nation of Israel, the recovery of Jerusalem, and the attack of 911. I heard that another Tetrad (four in a row on a Jewish holiday) will not occur again for another 300 years. Though I feel Lou is mostly right about the gospels applying for the most part to the Jews since they were directed toward them and concern the time mostly prior to the crucifixion/resurrection of the Savior, there are things that the Lord lets us in on as “Gentile” believers since we have been grafted into the Olive tree. The challenge is to “rightly divide” and discern the truth, all the while bearing in mind that we are saved by grace and not by works, and that we have the unlimited benefit of the Holy Spirit Who dwells in us, in contrast to the contemporaries of Jesus when He walked the earth.

        • DirkH says:

          Janet, I don’t believe for a minute in a catastrophy. There will be upheaval though. Rough times for many. The believers will be spared. Well most of them.

          Also, get out of the stock market, y’all – for the next 3 months minimum.

  3. jsue says:

    DIrk, given the prior events of the Blood Moons, I don’t necessarily believe in imminent catastrophe, either. Some events have been reasons to rejoice. However, there indeed, may be rough times ahead for some. But for those who walk in faith, the Word still works and God is still faithful, regardless of what is going on around us.
    And regarding whether or not the Blood Moons are applicable to the Christian or not, all I know is Peter made reference to the prophecy of it in Joel 2 when explaining what was happening when they were baptized with the Holy Spirit and the gifts that would come as a result–another very possitive event.

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