Living It Out – Daily Bible Study 7.19.11

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TUESDAY — Game Changing Vision
Big Point: When God reveals Himself to us in all his glory in a whole new way, a game changing moment occurs.

Isaiah, the prophet, is a spokesman for God, and he worked tirelessly to point people back to God. His name even means “Yahweh is salvation”. He continuously points people to “God‘s Glory.”

John claims to have seen the very glory of God in Jesus. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) Through Jesus we see attributes of God which he displayed to everybody: true Love, Holiness, and Long-suffering.

In the book of Isaiah, as in all of God‘s Word, we also see many other attributes of God. In Isaiah 1:16-17, God reveals wisdom and truth. In Isaiah 1:18-20, He reveals His mercy, forgiveness and faithfulness. As we experience these attributes of His love, forgiveness and mercy, our hearts are filled with gratitude and we respond earnestly.

READ…What does the Bible say?
Isaiah 6:3 (New International Version)
And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Isaiah 1:16-17 (New International Version)
Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.

Isaiah 1:18-20 (New International Version)
18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. 19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; 20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Colossians 3:15-17 (New International Version)
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

THINK…Find the answers
List the attributes of God that are revealed in the scriptures above.

In Isaiah 1:19, what does God require of us if we want to experience his goodness?

LIVE…What will you do now?
When Isaiah saw God‘s glory and attributes in a new way, he was forgiven and humbled, and his life was changed. List past situations in your life through which God revealed himself to you in a new game changing way.

When God reveals himself to you in a whole new way do you let it change the way you think and behave? How so? List examples here.

How have encounters with God changed your character?

PRAY…God, What do You want me to know & do?
God wants to make you ready for His use. He wants to reveal to you His holiness, mercy, love, faithfulness, forgiveness, righteousness, wisdom, and truth. He is infinite, just and good and He is jealous for you. Ask God for a revelation of His Word in your life today, so you may be ready and equipped to respond earnestly to the will of God for your life.

v4 Throughout the Old Testament, God consistently revealed His intentions to bless the nations of the world. His global vision included a central role for the people of Israel as the channel through which God would pour out His blessings on all nations. But their privilege as the chosen people was in jeopardy as long as they insisted on disobedience and idolatry. His mission and its lack of success often confused Jeremiah. He was anguished by the sure devastation of the coming judgment. God warned that destruction was certain, but He promised that the faithful remnant would be spared. God is committed to preserving those who are faithful to Him.
v5 Jerusalem was the capital city and the center of worship for Judah. God was willing to spare the city if only one person who was just and honest was found. Even the leaders who knew God’s laws and understood His words of judgment had rejected Him. God held them responsible for the sins of their children because the children had followed their parents’ example. They were supposed to guide and teach the people, but instead they led them into sin.
v6 The Lord warned Jeremiah’s own tribe of Benjamin to flee, not to Jerusalem because it would be under siege, but toward a city 12 miles south called Tekoa. The Babylonians ultimately invaded Judah three times, until they destroyed the nation and its temple completely. Israel continued to ignore Jeremiah’s predictions, preferring the predictions of peace because they didn’t like his condemnation of their sin. However, denying the truth never changes it; what God says always happens.

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