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365 Devotionals: Hope For God’s People

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

The Seeds of Promise Devotional Series

Just Stand

Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. Ephesians 6:13 AMP

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Bible Basis

August Book Read From Read To Devotional
11th Isaiah Chapter 52 Chapter 57 Just Stand

Memory Verse

How beautiful and delightful on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace, Who brings good news of good [things], Who announces salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 AMP

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 AMP

“No weapon that is formed against you will succeed; And every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn. This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 AMP

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts higher than your thoughts. 10 “For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth,
Making it bear and sprout, And providing seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 So will My word be which goes out of My mouth; It will not return to Me void (useless, without result), Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. 12 “For you will go out [from exile] with joy And be led forth [by the Lord Himself] with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 “Instead of the thorn bush the cypress tree will grow, And instead of the nettle the myrtle tree will grow; And it will be a memorial to the Lord, For an everlasting sign [of His mercy] which will not be cut off.” Isaiah 55:8-13 AMP

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace [who imparts His blessing and favor], who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be]. I Peter 5:10 AMP

Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. Ephesians 6:13 AMP

Key people

Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Hezekiah. The 8th-century BC Israelite prophet after whom the Book of Isaiah is named.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Isaiah 52 – 57

Isaiah 52 Amplified Version (AMP)
Isaiah 53 Amplified Version (AMP)
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Isaiah 57 Amplified Version (AMP)

From Matthew Henry’s Commentary

The greater part of this chapter is on the same subject with the chapter before, concerning the deliverance of the Jews out of Babylon, which yet is applicable to the great salvation Christ has wrought out for us; but the Isa. 52:13-15 are on the same subject with the following chapter, concerning the person of the Redeemer, his humiliation and exaltation. Observe, I. The encouragement that is given to the Jews in captivity to hope that God would deliver them in his own way and time, Isa. 52:1-6. II. The great joy and rejoicing that shall be both with ministers and people upon that occasion, Isa. 52:7-10. III. The call given to those that remained in captivity to shift for their own enlargement when liberty was proclaimed, Isa. 52:11, 12. IV. A short idea given here of the Messiah, which is enlarged upon in the next chapter, Isa. 52:13-15. (Chapter 52)

The two great things which the Spirit of Christ in the Old-Testament prophets testified beforehand were the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow, 1 Pet. 1:11. And that which Christ himself, when he expounded Moses and all the prophets, showed to be the drift and scope of them all was that Christ ought to suffer and then to enter into his glory, Luke 24:26, 27. But nowhere in all the Old-Testament are these two so plainly and fully prophesied of as here in this chapter, out of which divers passages are quoted with application to Christ in the New-Testament. This chapter is so replenished with the unsearchable riches of Christ that it may be called rather the gospel of the evangelist Isaiah than the prophecy of the prophet Isaiah. We may observe here, I. The reproach of Christ’s sufferings—the meanness of his appearance, the greatness of his grief, and the prejudices which many conceived in consequences against his doctrine, Isa. 53:1-3. II. The rolling away of this reproach, and the stamping of immortal honour upon his sufferings, notwithstanding the disgrace and ignominy of them, by four considerations:—1. That therein he did his Father’s will, Isa. 53:4, 6, 10. 2. That thereby he made atonement for the sin of man (Isa. 53:4-6, 8, 11, 12), for it was not for any sin of his own that he suffered, Isa. 53:9. 3. That he bore his sufferings with an invincible and exemplary, Isa. 53:7. 4. That he should prosper in his undertaking, and his sufferings should end in his immortal honour, Isa. 53:10-12. By mixing faith with the prophecy of this chapter we may improve our acquaintance with Jesus Christ and him crucified, with Jesus Christ and him glorified, dying for our sins and rising again for our justification. (Chapter 53)

The death of Christ is the life of the church and of all that truly belong to it; and therefore very fitly, after the prophet had foretold the sufferings of Christ, he foretels the flourishing of the church, which is a part of his glory, and that exaltation of him which was the reward of his humiliation: it was promised him that he should see his seed, and this chapter is an explication of that promise. It may easily be granted that it has a primary reference to the welfare and prosperity of the Jewish church after their return out of Babylon, which (as other things that happened to them) was typical of the glorious liberty of the children of God, which through Christ we are brought into; yet it cannot be denied but that it has a further and principal reference to the gospel church, into which the Gentiles were to be admitted. And the first words being understood by the apostle Paul of the New-Testament Jerusalem (Gal. 4:26) may serve as a key to the whole chapter and that which follows. It is here promised concerning the Christian church, I. That, though the beginnings of it were small, it should be greatly enlarged by the accession of many to it among the Gentiles, who had been wholly destitute of church privileges, Isa. 54:1-5. II. That though sometimes God might seem to withdraw from her, and suspend the tokens of his favour, he would return in mercy and would not return to contend with them any more, Isa. 54:6-10. III. That, though for a while she was in sorrow and under oppression, she should at length be advanced to greater honour and splendour than ever, Isa. 54:11, 12. IV. That knowledge, righteousness, and peace, should flourish and prevail, Isa. 54:13, 14. V. That all attempts against the church should be baffled, and she should be secured from the malice of her enemies, Isa. 54:14-17. (Chapter 54)

As we had much of Christ in the Isa. 53:1-12, and much of the church of Christ in the Isa. 54:1-17, so in this chapter we have much of the covenant of grace made with us in Christ. The “sure mercies of David,” which are promised here (Isa. 55:3), are applied by the apostle to the benefits which flow to us from the resurrection of Christ (Acts 13:34), which may serve as a key to this chapter; not but that it was intended for the comfort of the people of God that lived then, especially of the captives in Babylon, and others of the dispersed of Israel; but unto us was this gospel preached as well as unto them, and much more clearly and fully in the New Testament. Here is, I. A free and gracious invitation to all to come and take the benefit of gospel grace, Isa. 55:1. II. Pressing arguments to enforce this invitation, Isa. 55:2-4. III. A promise of the success of this invitation among the Gentiles, Isa. 55:5. IV. An exhortation to repentance and reformation, with great encouragement given to hope for pardon thereupon, Isa. 55:6-9. V. The ratification of all this, with the certain efficacy of the word of God, Isa. 55:10, 11. And a particular instance of the accomplishment of it in the return of the Jews out of their captivity, which was intended for a sign of the accomplishment of all these other promises. (Chapter 55)

After the exceedingly great and precious promises of gospel grace, typified by temporal deliverances, which we had in the foregoing chapter, we have here, I. A solemn charge given to us all to make conscience of our duty, as we hope to have the benefit of those promises, Isa. 56:1, 2. II. Great encouragement given to strangers that were willing to come under the bonds of the covenant, assuring them of the blessings of the covenant, Isa. 56:3-8. III. A high charge drawn up against the watchmen of Israel, that were careless and unfaithful in the discharge of their duty (Isa. 56:9-12), which seems to be the beginning of a new sermon, by way of reproof and threatening, which is continued in the following chapters. And the word of God was intended for conviction, as well as for comfort and instruction in righteousness. (Chapter 56)

The prophet, in this chapter, makes his observations, I. Upon the deaths of good men, comforting those that were taken away in their integrity and reproving those that did not make a due improvement of such providences, Isa. 57:1, 2. II. Upon the gross idolatries and spiritual whoredoms which the Jews were guilty of, and the destroying judgments they were thereby bringing upon themselves, Isa. 57:3-12. III. Upon the gracious returns of God to his people to put an end to their captivity and re-establish their prosperity, Isa. 57:13-21. (Chapter 57)


Reflection

To the wicked who lay a stumbling block in the way of the righteous, God promises the brunt of His wrath. But to those who honor Him with their faithfulness, He is willing to give them of the riches of His kingdom. We who have loved Him are so not without a charge. We must continue even in strife to follow Him. He will end our captivity and (as Matthew Henry writes) “re-establish our prosperity.”

For some, the re-establishment of our prosperity will be seen in times to come. For others, it will be in heaven where we will see our mansions and land (John 14:2); and Christ has gone to prepare a place for us.

12 “For you will go out [from exile] with joy And be led forth [by the Lord Himself] with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12

You may have tribulation in this life; but in this you can be confident, that the LORD lives and will bring you to a place of peace after a little while that you have suffered with Him (I Peter 5:10). And after you have done all you can, you just stand in the hope of Christ (Ephesians 6:13). Even if it seems like the world is not bending to your will. Hold on to God’s unchanging hand. He can see your faithfulness.


References

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