Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 9 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 40-42
Food for Thought: Is. 40:1-11; 42:1-9
It is wonderful to see how the pieces of the New Testament fit together so nicely with the Old Testament. Several of the lines from today’s selection may sound familiar and bring to your remembrance significant passages that reveal Who God is and what His divine plan is. Let’s review some of them:
Is. 40:3: “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.’” John the Baptist quoted this scripture to identify himself when asked who he was (John 1:19-23; also found in Matthew 3 and Mark 1).
Is. 40:6 “…All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” Jesus expressed the same concept in Matthew 24:35: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Peter speaks of the power of the seed that produces the new birth in a believer through the “Word of God which lives and abides forever” as he quotes Isaiah (I Pet. 1:23-25).”
Is. 40:9 “O Zion, You who bring good tidings, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tidings, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” The expression “good tidings” was used by the angel that told the shepherds of the birth of the King in Luke 2. The shepherds then “made widely known” the good tidings in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. The apostle Paul also used the term in Romans 10:15 in his discussion on sending people to spread the Good News of “peace” and “good things.”
Is. 40:10 “Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.” Mary, the mother of Jesus, refers to the strong arm and Ruler in her song found in Luke 1:51, 52: “He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly.”
Is. 40:11 “He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.” Jesus specifically and deliberately calls Himself “the Good Shepherd” in John 10:11 so that there could be no question about Whom these prophecies refer.
Is. 42:1 “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, my Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him.” In Matthew 3:16-17 the very same scene unfolds: “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”
Is. 42:6 “I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house. I am the Lord, that is My name.” Jesus points out this very same purpose in Luke 4:18, 19 when He announced the fulfillment of Isaiah 61 to the Jewish leaders. When John the Baptist sent some of his disciples to Him to be sure that He was the Messiah, He reminded them of the same signs that He had been performing (Mat. 11:4-6). In addition, in John 8:12 Jesus calls Himself “the Light of the world.”
Is. 42:9 “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” In Revelation 21:5, Jesus reassures us that He makes all things new, beginning with an entirely new covenant with all who would believe (See Luke 22:20; Heb. 8:13; Heb. 9:15; Rom. 10:4.), and continuing with a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21:1).
The book of Isaiah is rich with an abundance of scriptures that are like the Lord’s finger prints, identifying Him at every point so that there is no denial of Who He is and what His purpose is for mankind and confirming it all through the entire Bible.
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.):
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