Hello! I hope your new year started off on a great note! If you are just joining us on this journey of reading through the Bible each day this year than I am so proud of you, and so happy to have you with us. Right now we are at the beginning of the prophet Isaiah, a really significant prophet for Christians and Isaiah is the one to give the strongest connections to Jesus being the claimed Messiah. One such prophecy you will read today in chapter 9. Isaiah is a tough book to read as it's full of angry comments and proclamations of destruction. However, if you try to read it through the lens that Jesus, the prince of peace, came to end such destruction, it helps to show the contrast between the world that is and the world that God intends. In terms of a new years resolution I find that to be a great thing to aspire for.
Scripture to Read
Questions to Consider
What does this reveal to me about God?
What does Isaiah's prophecy reveal to me about Jesus and His Kingdom?
What does this reveal to me about what the world was like at this time? Is the negative reaction that Isaiah "prophesying" about a future time or a lament against present scenario?
- My Thoughts -
No real thoughts today. I don't like or not like this section but nothing glaring stands out to me. What stands out to you? Why? Share in the comments below or email me :D
Due to the violent nature. or at least, aggressive nature of Isaiah's prophecy's these next few days I think we should continually pray St. Francis beloved prayer for peace.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.