Our reading this week takes us just one chapter shy of finishing the first major prophetic book in the Old Testament this week - Isaiah. Remember the first half of the book deals primarily with judgment against Judah and call to repentance; the chapters we are reading this week continue on with God's message of forgiveness and hope as he reveals his plan for a coming Messiah.
There are a few items I want you to look for this week. First, we will get a reference to the one we know as John the Baptist in chapter 40 as the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
"Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God". - Isaiah 40:3Second, we see a few references to the suffering that the Messiah would go through on our behalf:
1) "He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth." - Isaiah 53:7
2) "I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting." - Isaiah 50:6
And finally, we see a testimony about the kind of healer that the Messiah would be:
"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;" - Isaiah 61:1I pray you are blessed as you read and ponder these words of Scripture. Here is the schedule:
02, Sunday: Isaiah 38-41
03, Monday: Isaiah 42-45
04, Tuesday: Isaiah 46-49
05, Wednesday: Isaiah 50-53
06, Thursday: Isaiah 54-57
07, Friday: Isaiah 58-61
08, Saturday: Isaiah 62-65
May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word. Amen.