Gems 2015 — October 2 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 19-21

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

October 2 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 19-21

Food for Thought: Is. 19:1-3, 11, 12; 21:9

Each one of the nations mentioned in today’s reading had the opportunity (actually, many opportunities) to see the One true God prove His superiority over their false gods. Yet they chose to continue adhering to their pagan gods and their witchcraft, submitting to the dark oppression and bondage of Satan that always accompanies false religions. So the Lord stepped in once again to show them that they could not rely on those inferior ways and expect to continue to prosper.

The Lord’s greatness was known all over the ancient world throughout history. As an example, the nations and tribes observed the miraculous happenings in Egypt and how God freed the Hebrews from slavery. (And the Egyptians experienced them first-hand.) The inhabitants of Jericho trembled with fear as Israel approached (Josh. 6:1). Notice what the harlot Rahab tells the Hebrew spies in Joshua 2:8-11: “I know that the Lord has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.”

These types of statements occurred over and over throughout history as the Lord demonstrated His greatness, especially on behalf of Israel (See Jud. 7:9-14). So when a nation would choose to continue worshiping false gods, it was in deliberate defiance to the Almighty God of all, rejecting the clear truth.

Some people today think they can have it both ways. They continue worshiping idols, consulting the stars, sorcerers and the like, all the while claiming some form of faith in God. Others claim that “all roads lead to God” and that all religions are equal or interchangeable. But faith in any other practice or being is an affront to the only true God. We must trust Him, and Him alone, completely. He wants our whole heart, not just an occasional nod. As Mark 12:32-33 says, “… You have spoken the truth, for there is one God, and there is no other but He. And to love Him with all the heart, with all the understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” He will not share His glory, nor should He (Is. 42:8). The Lord God is worthy of all our praise. Partial faith in Him is really no faith at all, and the consequences will be dire for it.

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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