This morning we are starting the book of Isaiah. This book is poetic, beautiful, intense and at times confusing. I know we just got done reading Matthew, so the surprise is kind of ruined, but Isaiah is the biggest arrow we have pointing towards the coming of a Messiah. When Jesus starts his ministry, he quotes it constantly. The major themes are God’s holiness, a gospel of grace and Messianic hope.
I’m counting on Bethany to keep us up to speed on the historical context as we go, but take time and watch this video to get a general overview:
I loved this verse today:
“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” (1:17)
Learn to do good. Because it’s not a natural tendency for us. Seek justice. Because our world is buried in corruption. Help. Defend. Fight. All verbs! There is work to do out there. There is a season for everything, that I know. Don’t get bogged down because you’re not simultaneously opening a children’s home, advocating for refugees and feeding the homeless (actually now that I write that, I realize my sister has done all that at the same time, but never mind her). But do stay in conversation with God about these things and keep an open, convicted heart about what he’s putting in front of you right now.
Also, we’re not suppose to fight these things alone. Find out what your church is involved in and jump in. There’s no asterisk on this verse, we are all called to this. If you’re at home, buried alive in small children and laundry, set an alarm on your phone and commit to praying for a few things or people every day. If you’re in a really busy season of work and life, consider financially supporting a missionary you know who is out there on the front lines. If you’re in a really hard season of grief and mourning….this…doesn’t apply to you and you’re doing great.
God calls us to action. What is he specifically calling you in to? Take time today to pray and listen.