Daily Encouragement

September 11 – The Longest Word in the Old Testament Is Mahershalalhashbaz

Isaiah 8:1-9:21
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Psalm 55:1-23
Proverbs 23:4-5

Isaiah 8:1 — Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest name in the Old Testament. The name means, “Hurry to the spoils!” Soon the Northern Kingdom of Israel would be wiped out.

Isaiah 8:12-13 — Military alliances would not deliver Judah, but the LORD Himself would!

Isaiah 8:19 — Under the Mosaic code, what was the punishment for wizards (Luke 20:27)? Why try to communicate to the dead? Seek the Living God!

Isaiah 8:20 — An Old Testament warning to search things according to the Law. Deuteronomy 13:2-3 says that even if the wizard does wonders, do not listen.

Isaiah 9:2 — Who is this light? It comes from one who is faithful to the Law (Isaiah 8:20). It is the glory of the LORD (Isaiah 60:1).

Isaiah 9:6 — What kind of child is this that is called “The Mighty God?” “The Everlasting Father?” This same child will sit on the throne of David. If a child is the Mighty God, then He is “God with Us,” Immanuel. This is the promise of Isaiah 7:14 … the child of a virgin would be the Everlasting Father!

2 Corinthians 12:1 — Paul is very personal in this letter. Not so much doctrine and teaching but humbly imploring his beloved Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 12:2 — If there is a third heaven, there must be a first heaven and a second heaven. You can see the first heaven in an airplane, this is where our weather comes from (Genesis 7:11). You can see the second heaven in a spaceship, this is where the planets and stars are located (Nehemiah 9:6). But to see the third heaven, you must go with Jesus, this is where God the Father is.

2 Corinthians 12:7 — What was the thorn in the flesh? Whatever it was, he besought the Lord that it might depart (2 Corinthians 12:8). Interestingly, the only other time Paul uses the word “depart” in his epistles to the Corinthians is in relation to a wife departing her husband (1 Corinthians 7:10-11).

Psalm 55:17 — How often does God hear your voice?

Proverbs 23:4 — What is your goal in life? Riches are fleeting (Proverbs 23:5).

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