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Every weekday you will find a journal entry here from someone different in our church family. 
 
Click the scripture title and scroll down to see a comments section where you can ask questions, share insights and post your own SOUL Journal entry for the day!
 

Isaiah 27

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Scripture

Isaiah 27:2b-3a

2 “Sing about a fruitful vineyard:
    I, the Lord, watch over it;
I water it continually.

Observation – What does it say?

The vineyard represents all those who believe in the Lord, including the people of Israel and the church today. Speaking about his vineyard, God declares that he personally looks after it and waters it without ceasing.

Understanding – What does it mean?

What struck me in reading this today was the


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Isaiah 26

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Scripture

Isaiah 26:3

You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.

Observation – What does it say?

Isaiah is prophesying about a declaration the people who live in the land of Judah will make. From experience they will say that it is possible to experience perfect peace. It comes from God, to those whose thoughts are fixed on him, because they trust him.

Understanding – What does it mean?

According to the YouVersion Bible app (used by millions of people all around the world), the most highlighted verse in all of the Bible is


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Isaiah 25

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Scripture

Isaiah 25:9

In that day they will say,

“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Observation – What does it say?

When Jesus comes again, all those who trusted in him will see him and rejoice in their salvation. The world will see that their trusting was not in vain and that God is indeed faithful and did come to save them as he promised he would.

Understanding – What does it mean?

Some versions translate that word trusted as waited. The picture I imagine is of meeting


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Isaiah 24

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Scripture

Isaiah 24:23

The moon will be dismayed,
the sun ashamed;
for the Lord Almighty will reign
on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
and before its elders—with great glory.

Observation – What does it say?

Isaiah prophesied about the Lord’s second coming, a time when anything previously exalted will be humbled and God will take center stage for all the earth to behold his glory. I love The Voice Translation of this verse:

A shadow of shame will settle over the full moon and bright sun,
and their brilliance will begin to fade;
for the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies,
Will rule from His chosen place on earth—Mount Zion in Jerusalem,
and His glory will shine out with brilliance for the elders to see.

Understanding – What does it mean?

We know that Jesus is coming back to judge the earth, that the wicked will be condemned and those who have believed in Jesus will be rewarded. On that day we will literally see


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Isaiah 23

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Isaiah 23:9

The Lord Almighty planned it,
to bring down her pride in all her splendor
and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.

Observation – What does it say?

Tyre was a great a port city on the Phoenician coast famous for the people’s advanced technologies and skills in shipbuilding, sailing, and trading. In this prophecy against Tyre, God is warning them through Isaiah that their pride in their great city will soon come to an end.

Understanding – What does it mean?

That word pride in the original Hebrew text is the word pronounced ga’own. It is translated


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Isaiah 22

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Scripture

Isaiah 22:12

The Lord, the Lord Almighty,
called you on that day
to weep and to wail,
to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth.

Observation – What does it say?

The people of Judah and Jerusalem’s sins and poor decisions had led them to time where many people had died. Not because of war (verse 2) but because of famine and disease. But, the war was about to come as the surrounding valleys would soon be surrounded by the chariots of their enemies.

In all of this, God had called to his people to mourning. The things described in verse 12 were all things in Israelite culture that one would do when they were grieving over their sin and turning to God. But while God was calling for repentance, the people were calling for a party! Complacent about their struggle, they said to each other, “Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die.”

Understanding – What does it mean?

Before I came to Christ I made some bad decisions and had to go to court. When I went to my lawyer’s office for the first time, I sat down in in his fancy office in front of


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Isaiah 21

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Scripture

Isaiah 21:3

At this my body is racked with pain,
pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;
I am staggered by what I hear,
I am bewildered by what I see.

Observation – What does it say?

This pain Isaiah is describing was caused by the terrible vision God gave him of the destruction of Babylon. The vision is harsh and violent, but very real. The prophet describes this vision and the others like it as “burdens,” for it is hard to bear such bad news. This news is so bad and shocking, that it literally causes Isaiah physical pain. Yet, the fact that this prophecy is recorded in scripture is evidence that Isaiah was still faithful to accept and declare this prophecy.

Understanding – What does it mean?

When hearing horrible news, whether it is that a loved one was diagnosed with a serious illness, that your company is planning layoffs, or that God is going to punish the ungodly, the tendency of many is to


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Isaiah 20

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Scripture

Isaiah 20:5

Those who trusted in Cush and boasted in Egypt will be dismayed and put to shame.

Observation – What does it say?

As was common among many of the prophets, God asks Isaiah to embody the message he was to declare. He was to go about naked and barefoot for three years! And, we know he didn’t stay locked up in his house, but all the people saw him because it was to be a reference point for the people of what was going to happen to the lands of Egypt and Cush.

Egypt and Cush were both powerful countries, whom the smaller surrounding nations looked to for protection and security. But, the time would come when Egypt and Cush would be defeated by a greater power, Assyria. And Assyria would lead away the captives, like Isaiah, naked and barefoot.

Understanding – What does it mean?

We all want to have a sense of


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Isaiah 19

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Scripture

Isaiah 19:25

The Lord Almighty will bless them, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance.”

Observation – What does it say?

Yet again, Isaiah utters another prophecy of coming destruction and God’s wrath against a nation. In Egypt’s case, we see the nation was filled with idols, prideful leaders and people who were consulting idols, spirits of the dead, mediums and spiritists… basically seeking anything or anyone but God.

God planned to bring judgment against their sin and strike them (vs 22), but with a goal in mind (vs 25)!

Understanding – What does it mean?

Imagine visiting an operating room at the hospital for a week. During the course of that week you are forced to watch


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Isaiah 18

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Scripture

Isaiah 18:4

This is what the Lord says to me:
“I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place,
like shimmering heat in the sunshine,
like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.”

Observation – What does it say?

All over the earth people have enemies, people who threaten to harm them, groups of people who instill fear. In the midst of it all, God declares that he is watching quietly from where he dwells. The following verse says that before the harvest begins, at just the right time, God will act.

Understanding – What does it mean?

At times God watches “behind the scenes” quietly. He is in control, calm and at peace. Because, when the time is right, he knows where and how to act. Although nations rise and fall, God is constant. He is always good, always faithful, always working everything for the good of those who love him.

Often I find myself desiring God to act in certain situations. In my foolishness, I can think I know better than God and I know what God needs to do or should have done. But the truth is that he, in his infinite wisdom and love, knows exactly what to do. He is never indifferent. He is never turning his back on those who are hurting. Rather, he is completely aware, looking on at everything happening, and is working everything for the good of those who love him.

Life Application

Trust that God knows what he is doing.

God, even when I see tragedy in the world, rather than doubting you I choose to trust that you see things I don’t see, that your ways are higher than mine, that your wisdom is greater than mine, and that your love is infinitely deeper than mine. Amen.