9 thoughts on “Isaiah

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    Is 45:3 “treasures hidden in darkness, riches stored in secret place.” Comments at Gloucester Outdoor Church, 2nd Feb 2016: This is like prayer: you have to push open the door (start praying) and then God gives you riches.” “He can’t mean money, because at the end of the day, gold is just metal.”

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    Is 63:15: God wants to “honor his name” – comment at Glos outdoor church – we all want to protect our name – make sure it doesn’t get dragged through the courts or have bankruptcy charges or criminal charges attached to it.

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    Isaiah 63:7 I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love;
        I praise him for all he has done for us.
    He has richly blessed the people of Israel
        because of his mercy and constant love.
    8 The Lord said, “They are my people; they will not deceive me.” And so he saved them 9 from all their suffering. It was not an angel, but the Lord himself who saved them. In his love and compassion he rescued them. He had always taken care of them in the past, 10 but they rebelled against him and made his holy spirit sad. So the Lord became their enemy and fought against them.
    11 But then they remembered the past, the days of Moses, the servant of the Lord, and they asked, “Where now is the Lord, who saved the leaders of his people from the sea? Where is the Lord, who gave his spirit to Moses? 12-13 Where is the Lord, who by his power did great things through Moses, dividing the waters of the sea and leading his people through the deep water, to win everlasting fame for himself?”
    Led by the Lord, they were as sure-footed as wild horses, and never stumbled. 14 As cattle are led into a fertile valley, so the Lord gave his people rest. He led his people and brought honor to his name.”

    Group at Gloucester outdoor church 28th Oct 2014: We felt this was Isiaiah prophecying but also giving a literal description of events that happened before Jesus. We identified 6 parts to this: First God saved his people, when Moses led them through the Red Sea (vv. 11b-13). Second they became complacent, too satisfied with the comfort God gave them (v. 9). Third they rebelled against God (v.10). Fourth God turned his back on them, like a loving parent having to teach his child a lesson (v. 10). There was war and Israel was exiled to other lands. Fifth, they said “Where is God?” and felt hurt (vv. 11-13). Sixth, God comforted them, bringing them back from exile and giving them rest (v. 14).
    We learned about God that he’s like a loving parents – he has unfailing love (v.7) but, occasionally “turns his back on us” or becomes our “enemy” when we do wrong things, so that he can teach us the right way. For example when a mother walks off and leaves her children crying, to teach them a lesson not to be selfish. Afterwards she hugs and comforts the child. Like the prodigal son, God is always there for us, even if we wander away from God.
    We also learned that God can do miracles like parting the seas.
    We felt that our response to this was to be generous – to give to others (and receive) to be compassionate even to those we don’t like, to offer people places to stay, etc.

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    Isaiah 61:3: “you will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of God, to show his beauty”. Comments at Gloucester Outdoor Church Oct 2014: when branches fall off a tree, it’s like a wound. We feel wounds like these sometimes.

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    Isaiah 59: 3 (GNT) “You are guilt of lying, violence and murder.” Comments at Gloucester Outdoor Church: “Even to think these things is sin, for some. We need to make amends as soon as we realize that we’ve sinned, for God to come back into contact with us. Do we repent of these things often enough?” Isaiah 59:7 “Your plots will do you no good – they are as useless as clothing made of cobwebs!” – “This is like the lies we weave to make something for ourselves. How many have gone to court and lied to get off? Sometimes it works but sometimes it doesn’t.” Isaiah 59:11 “We long for God to save us from oppression and wrong, but nothing happens.” This is like a mass universal longing for things to change: everyone at the same time. When people responded to the events of September 11th, there was a mass outpouring of desire for things to change. Isaiah 59:15 “There is so little honesty that those who stop doing evil find themselves the victims of crime.” “When I try to help – I can’t do right for doing wrong – that’s life – we have to deal with it.” Isaiah 59:21 “I have given you my power” – We had a debate about whether power comes from us being made in the image of God, or from the Holy Spirit.

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    Isaiah 58:1 – “The Lord says, “Shout as loud as you can! Tell my people Israel about their sins!” At one outdoor service, people commented that nations like Israel are still sinning when they bomb other nations.
    Isaiah 58:6-7 “The kind of fasting I want is this: Remove the chains of oppression and the yoke of injustice, and let the oppressed go free. Share your food with the hungry and open your homes to the homeless poor”. The comment was heard: “When has anyone from the church every opened their doors to house me?”

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    Is 57 (Gloucester Outdoor Church) – “liars” (verse 4) follow the lie that lust will satisfy them. But those who trust in reincarnation or ouija boards etc will be blown away, because they’re trusting in the wrong thing. But “trust in God” (verse 13) roots you.

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    Isaiah 56:3-5: “A man who has been castrated should never think that because he cannot have children, he can never be part of God’s people. 4 The Lord says to such a man, “If you honor me by observing the Sabbath and if you do what pleases me and faithfully keep my covenant, 5 then your name will be remembered in my Temple and among my people longer than if you had sons and daughters. You will never be forgotten.” Our comments (Gloucester outdoor church, 10th July 2014) – An amazing aunt with no children who is loving will be remembered longer than a Mum who is quickly forgotten by kids with their noses in video games.

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    Isaiah 55:1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat.” Comments at Gloucester outdoor mid-week group 2nd July 2014:
    – It is quite surprising to find people all the way back then being concerned with money.
    – Normally people are out for money, or charge you money nowadays. This passage shows what the church should be like – gracious; unconditional; not demanding money for service.

    This is what God says through this whole chapter: “Seek me. Look for me. Stop doing anything you do that is wicked. I am near to you. And I will forgive you, have mercy and pardon you. My ways are higher than your ways – I know the future more than you. I can take all the things that cause you pain and all the hurt and sin, and turn it into goodness. You will have power over those things that used to have power over you. I will bring you peace and healing and mercy. You will be brought out of your previous life in joy and peace. I will be with you forever.
    I will do this by my grace – you won’t earn your way out of it – it’ll cost you nothing. Come and take it (and the hit to your ego). I will do this by my word – when I speak my words happen – like the rain – it comes down and it waters the land and nothing can stop it. What I want to happen in your life, will actually happen. This will all be for my glory.”


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