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September 18 – God’s first use of pottery as an object lesson

September 18
Isaiah 28:14-30:11
Galatians 3:23-4:31
Psalm 62:1-12
Proverbs 23:19-21

Isaiah 28:15-16 – Note the contrast – even though we’re in the Prophetic books, it’s really poetry. The imagery of a human boast of a “covenant with death” and an “agreement with hell” of immunity versus “a sure foundation.” There’s only two sides – it’s time to choose which one you want to be on!

Isaiah 28:18 – Remember yesterday (Isaiah 25:28) where death for the believer is swallowed up in victory? Today the covenant with death for the unbeliever is disannulled. Those who thought they had a non-interference pact with death have lost.

Isaiah 28:22 – A warning similar to that from Proverbs, but with added caution – those who mock will be punished worse than those who just ignore.

Isaiah 29:13 – This chapter (and most of Isaiah) is not easy to read. But this is the material that our LORD drew from when arguing with the Pharisees (Mark 7:13). 

Isaiah 29:16 – This is the start of God’s argument across the Bible, comparing man to pottery. He’ll have Isaiah reiterate this point in Isaiah 45:9-11, and Isaiah 64:8. He’ll send Jeremiah to the potter’s house (Jeremiah 18). And he’ll use this as the key point of Paul’s argument for God’s sovereignty in Romans 9:19-21.

Israelite Pottery

Isaiah 29:18 – The deaf shall hear, the blind shall see, and the poor will rejoice! Isaiah is teasing a prophecy that will be very significant (Isaiah 35).

Isaiah 30:1 – Great poetry (not that it rhymes, but that it expresses a unique thought in few words) – Woe to them “that take counsel, but not of me.” They “add sin to sin.”

Isaiah 30:11 – Good thing we’re not like those Israelites who wanted the Holy One of Israel to depart. But how much better are we when we spend just 2.4 minutes per day on religious activity?

Galatians 3:24 – The law is our schoolmaster. Ray Comfort:

God’s Law acts as a schoolmaster to bring us to Jesus Christ that we might be justified through faith in His blood. The Law doesn’t help us; it just leaves us helpless. It doesn’t justify us; it just leaves us guilty before the judgment bar of a holy God.

And the tragedy of modern evangelism is that, around the turn of the century when it forsook the Law in its capacity to convert the soul, to drive sinners to Christ, modern evangelism had to therefore find another reason for sinners to respond to the gospel. And the issue that modern evangelism chose to attract sinners was the issue of life enhancement. The gospel degenerated into “Jesus Christ will give you peace, joy, love, fulfillment, and lasting happiness.”


Galatians 4:7 – We who were servants are now sons, heir of God. GotQuestions:

Think of all that means. Everything that God owns belongs to us as well because we belong to Him. Our eternal inheritance as co-heirs with Christ is the result of the amazing grace of God.


Galatians 3:9 – The heirs of God – far better than being heirs of Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos – want to return to chains? Paul argues so vehemently he’s afraid he’s become their enemy (Galatians 3:16).

Galatians 3:23 – Those who wanted to leave salvation by faith for salvation by Moses prided themselves on being an Israelite – the recipients of the blessings of Abraham. But to those who claimed works – Paul says you are related to Abraham but not how you think! You’re the son of Hagar, not the son of Sarah! Those who are under salvation by grace are the children of promise (Isaac) (Galatians 3:28).

Psalm 62:1 – Salvation is a theme of the Bible. Count how many times the Psalmist uses the word. (v. 1, 2, 6, 7). Like Paul just told us – trust only in the LORD, not in your ability to be spiritual on your own. May He alone be your rock! (Psalm 62:2, Psalm 62:6).

Psalm 62:12 – A portrait painter was told by an old woman, “Do me justice!” The painter replied, “What you need is mercy!” Thank God we get mercy in addition to what we get for our work!

Proverbs 23:20-21 – What does the Bible say about drinking? “Be not among winebibbers.” “The drunkard shall come to poverty.” US NIH statistics tell us that 1 out of every three people who has ever sipped a glass of alcohol, was drunk in the last 30 days. Be careful – if you let someone think that it’s ok to drink – they have a 1 in 3 chance of ending up drunk – not once in their lifetime – but this month! Romans 14:21 – don’t let your brother stumble!

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September 17 – God Shall Wipe Away All Tears!!!

September 17
Isaiah 25:1-28:13
Galatians 3:10-22
Psalm 61:1-8
Proverbs 23:17-18

Isaiah 25:1 – Isaiah is a unique book – we move from visions of heaven to visions of destruction. Now we have a Psalm-like chapter.

Isaiah 25:4 – We see that the defenced cities are ruins (Isaiah 25:2), but needy are defended by the omnipotent LORD? This is a running theme we’ve noticed throughout the Old Testament.

Isaiah 25:8 – We just read this quoted in 1 Corinthians 15:54, and we’ll see the second part of this verse quoted in Revelation 7:17 and Revelation 21:4. As we go thru Isaiah we’ll notice the connections between Old Testament and New Testament prophecy. In the church age we tend to think that all of our familiar prophecies were first found in John’s Revelation, but he was given revelation by the same God that revealed to Isaiah. What’s amazing is that in Israel we have a scroll where a scribe 125 years before the birth of Jesus that records this promise of the resurrection and eternal comfort! For your friends who think the Old Testament God is a god of wrath and that love doesn’t come until the New Testament, this promise came in the BC/OT part of history: “the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces;” What a day that will be!

Isaiah 25:8, in the Great Isaiah Scroll

Isaiah 26:3-4 – Mac Lynch recorded a song based on this

Isaiah 26:7 – I googled “uprightness” and the definition and example is interesting…


the condition or quality of being honorable or honest; rectitude.
“there is a general lack of uprightness in these postmodern times”


Isaiah 27:1 – Who is the dragon of the sea? Cambridge Bible says Egypt. 

Assuming that they are distinct the “Dragon that is in the sea” is almost certainly an emblem of Egypt (ch. Isaiah 51:9Ezekiel 29:3Ezekiel 32:2Psalm 74:13).


Isaiah 28:13 – This is where Precept Ministries (Kay Arthur) gets their name.

Galatians 3:10 – Paul outlines the failure of works. The curse of Deuteronomy 27:26 was part of the responsive reading of curses on Mount Ebal. One failure to obey brings a curse. But One has redeemed us from the curse! Galatians 3:13.

Galatians 3:17 – Paul is saying – you’re following works because that’s an old tradition. But I have one that’s even older (by 430 years!) – and my God doesn’t back out of promises He made. If He made a promise to Abraham, I’m claiming that promise today!

Galatians 3:22 – What is the purpose of the law? Not to give life (otherwise God would not have had to sacrifice His Son) – but to show that we need life from someone else! The law came to point us back to the Promise given to Abraham! Who was that Promise? Jesus! (Galatians 3:16).

Psalm 61:4Under His wings, I am safely abiding. Thought the night deepens and tempests are wild. Still I can trust him I know He will keep me. He has redeemed me and I am His child. Under His wings. Under His wings. Who from His love can sever?  Under His wings, my soul shall abide. Safely abide forever.

Proverbs 23:17-18 – Solomon is echoing Asaph’s Psalm of Slipping Steps (Psalm 73).

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September 16 – The grave marker of Shebna – found!

September 16
Isaiah 22:1-24:23
Galatians 2:17-3:9
Psalm 60:1-12
Proverbs 23:15-16

Isaiah 22:11 – You stockpiled water, but haven’t looked to the maker of the water!

Isaiah 22:16 – Shebna, the treasurer, was chided by the LORD for making a fancy tomb for himself. We may have found his tomb marker!

The Shebna Inscription

In Isaiah 22 the prophet rails in God’s name against the excesses of the officials in King Hezekiah’s palace. In 1870 the famous French diplomat, scholar and archaeologist Charles Clermont-Ganneau excavated a partially destroyed tomb high up on the cliff overlooking the Kidron Valley and the City of David in Jerusalem. Over the entrance to the rock-cut burial chamber was an inscription that, unfortunately, he was unable to decipher. Was this the tomb of Shebna the high court official mentioned in Isaiah who is, literally, “over the house” or in charge of the palace (often identified as the treasurer) and who was castigated by the prophet for building himself such an elaborate tomb on the cliff?

A fascinating article and well worth your time! http://www.academia.edu/371048/Tracking_Down_Shebnayahu_Servant_of_the_King

They’ve even found a seal impression of a document Shebna wrote:

On the top line is the name Shebna, on the bottom line is “Servant of the King”

Isaiah 22:20 – We’ve met Eliakim before in 2 Kings 18:26 when Rabshekah is threatening Hezekiah’s people in Hebrew.

Isaiah 23:15Matthew Henry notices that interesting fact that both Jerusalem and Tyre were in captivity for 70 years.

Isaiah 24:23 – This verse is key to understanding the passage. When will the moon be confounded and the sun ashamed? When the events of Revelation 6:12 occur. 

Galatians 2:20 – Phil Johnson of Grace to You preached on this verse, declaring it “The Key to Everything in a Single Verse.” Johnson notes that we share in and benefit from all of Christ’s virtues. Faith brings us into vital union with Christ – in that we participate in His death and resurrection.

Galatians 3:1 – Paul is concerned about his beloved Galatians. Yesterday we read his pronouncement of anathema upon those who teach another gospel. Today he calls the believers of another gospel “foolish” and the teachers “witches.” Paul is greatly concerned about the purity of the gospel.

Galatians 3:6 – This is one of the most quoted texts in the Bible. Genesis 15:6 tells how Abram believed God, and his faith was logged in God’s accounting book as righteousness. James will quote this (James 3:23), Paul wrote about this to the Romans extensively in chapter 4.

Psalm 60:1 – The Psalmist acknowledges his condition, accepts His anger, and asks for His arrival.

Psalm 60:12 – Valiant is a beautiful word that is falling out of favor in the English Language. Google will now tell us how often a word is used over time, and its usage has dropped significantly over the last two centuries. But let’s take a look at Pilgrim’s Progress and meet a character by the name of Valiant:

Then they went on; and just at the place where Little-faith formerly was robbed, there stood a man with his Sword drawn, and his Face all bloody. Then said Mr Great-heart, “What art thou?” The man made answer, saying, “I am one whose name is Valiant-for-truth. I am a Pilgrim, and am going to the Celestial City. Now as I was in my way, there were three men did beset me….”

Great-heart. But here was great odds, three against one.

Valiant. ‘Tis true, but little or more are nothing to him that has the Truth on his side. Tho’ an Host encamp against me, said one, my heart shall not fear; tho’ War should rise against me, in this will I be confident, &c. Besides, saith he, I have read in some Records, that one man has fought an Army; and how many did Samson slay with the Jaw-bone of an Ass?


Proverbs 23:15 – What does a dad want for his son? That he would win at Fortnite? Rather, that he would be wise!

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September 15 – Did Josephus record a fulfillment of Isaiah 19:18?

September 15
Isaiah 19:1-21:17
Galatians 2:1-16
Psalm 59:1-17
Proverbs 23:13-14

Isaiah 19:2 – From Enduring Word:

I will set Egyptians against Egyptians: Isaiah prophesies a coming civil war in Egypt, which was indirectly the hand of God’s judgment against them. “Not many years after this time it was divided into twelve several kingdoms, between whom there were many and cruel wars, as is related by the historians of those times.” (Poole)

Isaiah 19:18 – There is a possible historic fufillment and a probable future fulfillment of this prophecy (Jimmy DeYoung). Likely it refers to both. Here’s Coffman on the possible fulfillment:

“There would even be an altar erected unto Jehovah (Isaiah 19:19) in Egypt. Such an altar was erected by a Jewish high priest named Onias in the reign of Ptolemy VI; and this was an earnest of the later conversion of Egyptians to Christianity. And God here promised to send them a saviour (Isaiah 19:20). Historically, this was first fulfilled when Alexander the Great freed the oppressed peoples from their yoke of Persian submission; but in the higher dimension, it stands for the coming of the divine Saviour who would free them from their sins.”[17]
Regarding thistemple (including an altar, of course) that Onias built in Alexandria, Josephus has this:
“This Onias resolved to send to king Ptolemy and queen Cleopatra, to ask leave of them that he might build a temple in Egypt like that in Jerusalem, and might order Levites and priests out of their own stock. The chief reason why he was so desirous to do this, was, that he relied upon the prophet Isaiah who lived about six hundred years earlier, and foretold that there was certainly to be a temple built to Almighty God in Egypt.”[18]

Isaiah 19:25 – Israel was God’s chosen people. But here God is saying that Egypt is his people as well. Isaiah is foreshadowing when under the next dispensation God will be revealing his love for the world (John 3:16).

Isaiah 20:1 – At the University of Chicago you can see the giant lamassu (winged bulls) from Sargon’s palace. His famous son Sennacherib declared war on Hezekiah.

Isaiah 20:3 – Three years Isaiah walked naked? Does this mean that God repealed his recommendation of clothing (Genesis 2)? Pulpit Commentary lends some guidance:

 The supposed “impropriety” of Isaiah’s having “gone naked and barefoot” for three years arises from a misconception of the word “naked.” which is not to be taken literally (see the comment on ver. 2). The costume adopted would be extraordinary, especially in one of Isaiah’s rank and position; but would not be in any degree “improper.” It would be simply that of working men during the greater part of the day (see Exodus 22:26, 27).


Isaiah 21:9 – We’ll read something similar in Revelation 18:2. 

Isaiah 21:16Enduring Word: “Poole on according to the year of a hired man: “An exact year; for hirelings diligently observe and wait for the end of the year, when they are to receive their wages.”

Galatians 2:1 – We didn’t read about these fourteen years in Acts. Where do they fit? From Redeemer Church PCA:

Paul’s purpose in recalling the timeline is to defend himself against the accusations of the false teachers, which most likely sounded something like this: “Paul was a disciple of the Apostles, such that his gospel is dependent upon theirs – yet, he has changed it without their authorization! Therefore, Galatians, don’t listen to him… Listen to us instead – we are preserving the true gospel.” Against their charges of him preaching a gospel with a dependent origin on the Apostle’s, and divergent content from the apostles, Paul is establishing the independent origin of his gospel from the Jerusalem apostles (it came directly from Jesus), along with the consistent content of his gospel with theirs (when they finally examined his gospel they did not correct him or add anything to it). His gospel isn’t his gospel at all, nor a gospel from any human but directly and immediately from Jesus Christ. So, it must be held to as such.

Paul plants the churches of Galatia during his first missionary journey (Acts 13-14). False Teachers enter Galatian churches sometime after Paul’s departure. Paul writes the letter to the Galatians around 48 AD, prompted by this news of false teaching.

Flashback of Paul’s Story in the letter to the Galatians:

> Paul’s conversion (Galatians 1:12-17; Acts 9)

> Paul’s first visit to Jerusalem (Galatians 1:18-24; Acts 9:26-30)

> Paul’s second visit to Jerusalem (Galatians 2:1-10; Acts 11:27-30)

> Paul’s confrontation with Peter in Antioch (Galatians 2:11-14; not recorded in Acts)


Galatians 2:15 – Peter, regarded by some as the father of the Roman church, was confronted by Paul correctly. Because Peter got the gospel wrong and Paul had to remind him three different ways that it’s not by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:16).

Psalm 59:16-17 – Three times the Psalmist says he is going to sing. Let’s sing of God’s power!

I Sing the Mighty Power of God

Proverbs 23:13-14 – Solomon is not talking about child abuse (beating uncontrollably resulting in damage), but corporal punishment (“to sting the child with the spanking so as to administer a physical response to disobedience” CC-Jonesboro). Life BPC contrasts this command with Eli – the negative example.

The Bible also provides us with a negative example of father who did not discipline his sons at all. This is found in the account of Eli the high priest. Eli had two sons, Hophni and Phineas, who followed their father’s footsteps in serving as priests at the Tabernable in Shiloh. But both of them were evidently not disciplined when young and they grew up to be wicked priests, who abused their privileges and took advantage of worshippers who came to the Tabernacle to worship the Lord. The sad thing is that their father, Eli did not have the heart to stop his sons and discipline them, although he was grieved by their sins. The awful result is that God judged the house of Eli: 1 Samuel 3:13 ‘For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.’


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September 14 – The Irreplaceable Gospel!

September 14
Isaiah 15:1-18:7
Galatians 1:1-24
Psalm 58:1-11
Proverbs 23:12

Isaiah 16:6 – Pride brings judgment. If God judged Moab for their pride, how will he judge us for our pride?

Isaiah 17:7-8 – Judgment is to point man to his Maker. Amazing that man can make objects with his fingers, and then put his trust in those objects. We’ve seen in Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles example after example of kings (even good kings like Hezekiah) not turning to God until all else had failed. Especially what we saw in Isaiah 7 with Ahaz refusing Isaiah’s declaration of deliverance.

Isaiah 17:10 – How soon we forget the LORD. The Children of Israel who walked thru the Red Sea started murmuring almost as soon as the waters returned. America itself has seen waves of revival then return to apathy.

Isaiah 18:1 – What land is this? From Ellicott:

A new kingdom, hitherto unnamed by Isaiah, comes now within his horizon. The movements of Tirhakah, king of Cush or Ethiopia, from the upper valley of the Nile, subduing Egypt, and prepared to enter into conflict with the great Assyrian king (Isaiah 37:9), had apparently excited the hopes of such of Hezekiah’s counsellors as put their trust in an arm of flesh. To these Isaiah now turns with words of warning.

Galatians 1:1 – Paul starts out jumping right into his thesis – the gospel is not from man but from Jesus Christ, risen from the dead!

Galatians 1:6 – Paul has been declaring the attributes of Jesus (risen from the dead (Galatians 1:1), the vicarious sacrifice (Galatians 1:4), the deliverer (Galatians 1:4)). Now these people have abandoned the power of Jesus for something else.

Galatians 1:7 – Paul clarifies – another in v.6 is “hetero” (apples and oranges), and another in v.7 is “allo” (Mcintosh vs Granny Smith).

Galatians 1:8-9 – Accursed, in Greek “anathema.” It sounds ‘tolerant’ to say that all roads lead to heaven. It may seem ‘intolerant’ to declare that there is only one way to God, but that’s what the Bible teaches (Acts 4:12). Even more so it is unkind and unloving to not warn someone of the curse coming (Ezekiel 33:6).

Galatians 1:12 – Paul is declaring that the gospel is superior to any other teaching. Greater than that given by any other man or even an angel from heaven. The messenger says he was the least likely convert (Galatians 1:13-14) to the message revealed by the Father thru the Son in Paul (Galatians 1:16). And Paul went three years before even seeing Peter once (Galatians 1:18).

Galatians 1:23 – Only God can change a heart like that! And Paul’s testimony encouraged others to glorify God!

Psalm 58:6 – When the wicked are surrounding and it seems hopeless – do not seek for personal vengeance – give it to the LORD! (Deuteronomy 32:35, Romans 12:19).

Proverbs 23:12 – The message of Proverbs. Unfortunately too many fail to apply.

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September 13 – Lucifer’s 5 – I Will’s

September 13
Isaiah 12:1-14:32
2 Corinthians 13:1-14
Psalm 57:1-11
Proverbs 23:9-11

Isaiah 12:1 – What a great picture of salvation! God was angry with us, but it is turned away, and those who God was once angry with now God comforts! What changed? God is my salvation!

Isaiah 12:2 – Note that it says LORD JEHOVAH. In Hebrew that is “YAH-YAHWEH.” This is the first of two uses – the other is Isaiah 26:4. “Yah” is found in Psalm 113:1 where the KJV renders in English “Praise Ye the LORD” the Hebrew phrase “Hallelu-Yah”

From Barnes: In this place, and Isaiah 26:4, “the repetition” of the name seems to be used to denote “emphasis;” or perhaps to indicate that Yahweh is the same always – an unchangeable God.

Isaiah 13:8 – Notice the similarity between this and 1 Thessalonians 5:3. Both are talking about the day of the LORD compared to childbirth.

Isaiah 13:10 – The plague of darkness is spoken of many times (Ezekiel 32:7, Joel 2:31, Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24, Revelation 6:12). Exodus 10:22 foreshadows in Egypt what God will do.

Isaiah 13:11 – Why will God judge the world? Evil must be punished! God is too just to excuse sin.

Isaiah 14:1 – From Jimmy DeYoung:

The Lord promised to have “mercy” on Jacob, the nation of “Israel”. The Lord had chosen these people in the past, Deuteronomy 7:6-8, and will “yet choose Israel” and “set them in their own land”.
It really doesn’t matter what the rest of the world may say about the land, God will set His chosen “Israel”, the Jews of today, back in the land of their forefathers, the land He has given them for the future, as well. From the sidelines we today can see the Lord beginning that process, the process that will move to completion after the Rapture and culminate at His Second Coming.
Isaiah 14:12 – It’s hard to keep up with Isaiah. He is bouncing from millenia future to millenia past – you wonder how magnficient was the vision that he is struggling to keep up. We now see what happened to Lucifer, now known as Satan. He fell from heaven for these 5 “I wills.”
Isaiah 14:13 – From Jimmy DeYoung:
Please notice the last “I will” in verse 13, “I will sit also upon the Mount of the Congregation, in the sides of the North”. According to Psalm 48:2 this is describing the city of Jerusalem. Satan said he will be worshiped in Jerusalem, actually on the Temple Mount. II Thessalonians 2:4 is the prophecy of when the Antichrist, energized by Satan, claims to be God, from the Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
2 Corinthians 13:1 – For the past few days, we’ve seen Paul pouring out his heart to the Corinthians. You can feel the hurt that he has in his heart from how the Corinthians have dealt with him.
2 Corinthians 13:14 – While the word Trinity isn’t in the Bible, we see Paul equivalencing the LORD Jesus Christ to the Father and to the Holy Ghost. As some religions teach that Jesus is not co-equal to the Father – this is an awkward verse to deal with for them.
Psalm 57:2 – Does this sound like your prayer life? In America we are tempted to make prayer into a passing phrase before a meal, a vain repetition before bed. But the Psalms show the depth of a relationship we can have with our Father in heaven! We can cry to Him, because He performeth all things for us!
Proverbs 23:9 – Solomon’s saying was condensed by Jesus into Matthew 7:6.

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September 12 – The Lion lies down with the Lamb

September 12
Isaiah 10:1-11:16
2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Psalm 56:1-13
Proverbs 23:6-8

Isaiah 10:2 – God has active concerns for how we act here on earth. How we deal with the needy, the poor, the widows, and the fatherless. Note that He is not advocating equality of outcome (redistribution), but equality of access (I do not have a right to a “Not Guilty” verdict, but I do have a right to a fair trial). Laws that hurt the poor and needy are bad laws. Heritage Foundation has an interesting report on Big Government Policies that Hurt the Poor and How to Address Them.

Isaiah 10:21 – What is the point of all this judgment? That the remnant of Israel shall return unto the mighty God. While this is Old Testament, we see parallels to the New Testament. Many Christian families have mourned their children going astray. But those children who experience not just the pleasures of sin for a season, but the chastening of the LORD – will return unto the Father.

Isaiah 11:1 – Who is this Branch? We read about the Branch in Isaiah 4:2 – the Branch is beautiful and glorious, and sanctifying Israel. Now we read that this is the descendant of David (Jesse’s son), who shall have a special spirit, judging the poor, smiting the earth, slaying the wicked.

Isaiah 11:6 – When has the wolf lied down with the lamb? Not in my lifetime – but in the Millennial Kingdom, we will see this era of peace (Isaiah 11:6-9). This is the time spoken of in Isaiah 2:4 as well. Obviously this time hasn’t come yet.

Isaiah 11:16 – A new Red Sea Highway? This will be interesting to see!

2 Corinthians 12:15 – The woes of many a pastor. The more love you show to people, sometimes the less you are loved.

2 Corinthians 12:17 – Paul has been emphasizing throughout this chapter – that he sought nothing from the people. He wasn’t a televangelist raising money for a new Gulfstream G650. He spended and was spent for them (2 Corinthians 12:15).

2 Corinthians 12:20-21 – How many of these things do we find in our lives? No Paul isn’t coming to house-search for envyings and strifes, but Jesus is with us. Let’s examine our lives and live for God!

Psalm 56:3 – Here’s an easy way to memorize from Mr. E!

Psalm 56:13 – The Psalmist thanks God for his soul’s salvation from spiritual death, but now asks for deliverance from physical death. If God has saved our soul, He can save our body!

Proverbs 26:7 – Guarding your thoughts is so important – because thoughts determine your actions, and your actions determine your character.

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September 11 – The longest word in the Old Testament is Mahershalalhashbaz

September 11
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!

Isaiah 8:19 – Under 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 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? That will sit upon 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 (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 is 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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September 10 – Holy, Holy, Holy!

September 10
Isaiah 6:1-7:25
2 Corinthians 11:16-33
Psalm 54:1-7
Proverbs 23:1-3

Isaiah 6:1 – The year is 740 BC. The political establishment was in upheaval because Uzziah had been king for 52 years. This was the only king Isaiah had ever known. Uzziah was such a great king (2 Kings 15:3) he thought he’d make a good priest as well (2 Chronicles 26:18), and so he was cursed with leprosy (2 Chronicles 16:19). They’ve even uncovered a burial stone that claims to be where he was reburied:

Uzziah Tablet

What else happened in 740 BC? “In 740 BC Tiglath-Pileser III took Arpad after a siege of three years, and razed Hamath. Uzziah had been an ally of the king of Hamath, and thus was compelled by Tiglath-Pileser to do him homage and pay yearly tribute.” (Wikipedia)

Isaiah was taken from the earthly realms into the heavenly realms! The earthly king was dead, but the King of Kings was still on the throne!

Isaiah 6:2 – People have tried to portray this scene – but this is an incredible look into heaven!

Mosaic of Seaphim, Hagia Sophia, Constantinople

Isaiah 6:3 – We see similar creatures in Revelation 4:8. Day any night they declare – Holy, Holy, Holy!

Isaiah 6:5 – Isaiah realized he was an unworthy sinner, when he saw the KING! But God sent a seraphim to purge his sin (Isaiah 6:7).

Isaiah 6:8 – God is still calling today – “who will go for us?” Isaiah said, “Here am I, send me!” From Patch the Pirate:

Isaiah 6:9-10 – How’s that for a message to share on deputation? Called by God to preach that the people are unable to understand or perceive, and that they have rejected God so God will close the door of healing, and Judah will be wasted desolate (Isaiah 6:11).

Isaiah 7:1 – We’ve just jumped ahead from the death of Uzziah to the reign of his evil grandson Ahaz (2 Chronicles 28:2-4) when Rezin and Pekah are teaming up against Ahaz. God had a message for Ahaz of deliverance for Judah (Isaiah 7:7) and judgment on Israel (Isaiah 7:8).

Isaiah 7:12 – Ahaz is trying to be pious – “I will not tempt the LORD” – but God recorded for us that Ahaz was trusting in Assyria (2 Chronicles 28:16), and even sacrificing to the gods of Syria his enemies (2 Chronicles 28:23). Ahaz vandalized the house of the LORD (2 Chronicles 28:24), yet God still reached out to him.

Isaiah 7:14KnowingScripture debunks the argument that the word “virgin” should mean “young woman,” and addresses the question – why is God giving a messianic prophecy to Ahaz when he’ll be dead for 600 years before Jesus is born!

First, the Lord offers a sign to Ahaz that he would defend Jerusalem, but Ahaz rebelliously refused it. In reply, the prophet addresses not Ahaz personally but the house of David: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign . . .” (Isaiah 7:13-14). In Hebrew, the you’s in this passage are plural. So the proper recipients of the sign are a broader category than Ahaz personally. The promise is made to the entire royal house as such.

Tomorrow we will read more about the child in Isaiah 9:6-7.

2 Corinthians 11:23-27 – Paul is wondering why the Corinthians are willing to follow people who will fleece them, devour them, belittle them, even smite them on the face (2 Corinthians 11:20). Paul gives a great advertisement for missionary service in these verses, sharing what he has endured for the cause of Christ:

  • 195 beatings from the Jews
  • 3 times beaten with rods
  • Stoned once
  • 3 times shipwrecked
  • Wearied, painful
  • Hungering, thirsting
  • Cold, naked

Paul didn’t have his best life now – but he had in mind the future with the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ!

Psalm 54:7 – Paul can declare with the Psalmist – He hath delivered me out of all trouble!

Proverbs 23:2 – Gluttons beware – don’t eat with royalty!

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Daily Encouragement

September 9 – Does Isaiah 3:12 warn against Hillary Clinton being president?

September 9
Isaiah 3:1-5:30
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Psalm 53:1-6
Proverbs 22:28-29

Isaiah 3:4 – We just read about this curse under Solomon in Ecclesiastes 10:16.

Isaiah 3:12 – No this verse is not talking about if Hillary would have won the election. There are several possible theories:

  • Pulpit Commentary: Herodotus, 8:88, where Xerxes says that “his men have shown themselves women, and his women men;” and see also Virgil’s Aeneid “O vere Phrygia, neque enim Phryges.” The rulers were womanly, i.e. weak, wavering, timid, impulsive, passionate, and are therefore called actual “women.”
  • Gill’s Exposition: Because the child has the title of ruler, the mother is the actual ruler (regent).
  • We have no good Queens of Israel – they were all among the “evil rulers” – Athaliah who killed her children (2 Kings 11), and Jezebel who killed the prophets (1 Kings 18). These queens were in contrast to Deborah (Judges 4-5).

Isaiah 4:1 – Isaiah isn’t talking about his dating troubles, rather the shame of widowhood because the men will be slain (Isaiah 3:25). But after judgment there will be a deliverance!

Isaiah 4:2 – This is the first reference to the Branch of the LORD. He will lead those who escape, He is beautiful and glorious!

Isaiah 5:10 – Ellicot says that 1 bath is the equivalent of 7.5 gallons. when the land should produce 500 baths (3,750 gallons). This is poverty.

Isaiah 5:11 – What should we do in the morning? Follow strong drink – NO! Follow the LORD YES! (Psalm 5:3).

Isaiah 5:15-16 – The proud shall be humbled but the LORD shall be exalted!

Isaiah 5:20 – Speaking of calling evil, good – here’s Pastor Joe Wright’s prayer in the Kansas State Legislature.

Isaiah 5:25 – Yes, God’s judgment is coming. God is a God of love, but also of anger.

2 Corinthians 11:4 – Too many religions today preach another Jesus.

CARM offers a test to see if you have the True Jesus.

2 Corinthians 11:14 – Interestingly, the New Age Movement is centered on the idea of light.

Psalm 53:1Religious nones are on the rise in America. Yes, there are none that doeth good (Psalm 53:3, Romans 3:23). Salvation is needed! (Psalm 53:6).

Psalm 53:2 – Here’s a Scripture memory song from Earl Martin:

Proverbs 22:28 – From Woodrow Kroll:

Landmarks were important in antiquity, just as they are today. A stone erected at the corner of a field told a farmer where his field ended and his neighbor’s field began. Ancient landmarks marked boundaries; they told you how far you could go—and where you could go no farther. They established order and made for good relationships…. Ancient landmarks provided clarity as well as protection. Much of the unclear theological thinking today is likely due to those who have removed one or more of these ancient landmarks. That is why Solomon’s advice is still valid and necessary:

Proverbs 22:29 – God rewards the diligent! You may wonder why it has taken so long for your work to be rewarded. Don’t weary – God will reward you!

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