Reading from Isaiah 4.2-6 on Friday, February 3, 2017
If you have been reading Isaiah along with me, you will notice that the text bounces from what seems like “good times” to doom. The “good times” of Isaiah 2.2-4 and 4.2-6 are what God intends for his people. The scenes of judgment are tragically the present reality of God’s people. The contrast between intention and reality is important for us today. We would do well to ask ourselves if we, personally, are living up to God’s intended plans for our lives.
In today’s reading we will focus on one word, “holy.” God’s holiness is characterized by justice and righteousness. God intends that we exercise justice with all people. His purposes for his people to live according to his directions for life (righteousness). See Isaiah and Leviticus for this thought.
Isaiah 4.3 – Whoever is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem.
Leviticus 19.2 – You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.
Headlines from the New York Times on Friday, February 3, 2017
- Betsy DeVos, Pick for Secretary of Education, Is the Most Jeered – On Thursday, calls opposing Ms. DeVos so overwhelmed the Senate phone system that by the afternoon, offices were having trouble gaining access to their voice mail messages.
- Trump Has Provocative Words for Allies. Congress Does Damage Control – Senators are huddling in meetings or on embarrassing phone calls with ambassadors of major allies, assuring them that, yes, America is still their friend.
Prayer for February 3, 2017
Dear God, please help your praying people to align our lives with your intentions. May we live up to your words that you spoke to the prophet (Micah 6.8): He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
May your Holy Spirit give us the power to live in this manner, we pray.
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