Living It Out – Daily Bible Study 7.21.11

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THURSDAY — Game Changing Call
Big Point: When your phone rings and it’s God calling, will you answer?

With caller ID we can screen our calls and answer only those we desire. When you see your friend‘s number come up you probably can‘t answer fast enough. When you don‘t know the number, you normally let it go to your voice mail and check to see if you want to call back. I’m curious about what you and I will do when God calls? Do you know Him enough to recognize His number? Is He a distant acquaintance you might answer if nothing else is going on? Is He someone you have no clue about so you will let it go to voicemail? Your relationship with God will determine if you answer His call.

READ…What does the Bible say?
Isaiah 6:1-10 (New Living Translation)
1It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. 2 Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Heaven‟s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” 4 Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke. 5 Then I said, “It‟s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the LORD of Heaven‟s Armies.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.” 8 Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” 9 And he said, “Yes, go, and say to this people, „Listen carefully, but do not understand. Watch closely, but learn nothing.‟ 10 Harden the hearts of these people. Plug their ears and shut their eyes. That way, they will not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their hearts and turn to me for healing.”

THINK…Find the answers
According to Isaiah 6:1-10, what was the sequential process Isaiah went through before he answered the call?

Once the call was made and Isaiah said “Here am I, Lord, send me”, what was the nature of his assignment?

LIVE…What will you do now?
What do you think God has personally called you to do?

What are you hanging on to that would keep you from saying “yes” and following the call of God in your life?

PRAY…God, what do You want me to know & do?
Ask God to search your heart for any sin that is keeping you from hearing God‘s call. Ask God to give you sensitive ears to hear His call. Thank God for how He has blessed you. Ask God to use you today for His glory.

v12 Many people have asked, “Why are the wicked so prosperous?” Jeremiah knew God’s justice would ultimately come but he was impatient because he wanted it to come quickly. Jeremiah’ s life was extremely difficult despite his love and obedience to God. God chose a people through whom to demonstrate His care for the world. The nation of Israel was given much; thus much was required of her. But she failed repeatedly.
v13 Actions speak louder than words. Jeremiah often used vivid object lessons to arouse the people’s curiosity and get his point across. A linen loincloth was one of the more intimate pieces of clothing, clinging closest to the body. Jeremiah’s action showed how God would ruin Judah, just as Jeremiah had ruined the loincloth. Not even the threat of captivity could move the people to repent. They had become so accustomed to doing evil they had lost their ability to change.
v14 This section opens with God sending a drought on Judah and refusing to answer their prayers for rain. It continues with Jeremiah’s description of judgment to come. Drought was a judgment with devastating consequences. As usual, when in trouble, people cried out to God. Because they only wanted His rescue and did not turn from their sin, He rejected their pleas. False prophets told the people what they wanted to hear, but led people away from God. The people wanted God to do His part, but they refused to do theirs. Therefore, God withheld His blessing.
v15 Moses and Samuel were two of God’s greatest prophets and like Jeremiah, both interceded for the people before God. However, in this case the people were so wicked and stubborn that God knew they would not turn to Him. Jeremiah accused God of not helping him when he really needed it. Jeremiah had taken his eyes off God’s purpose and was feeling sorry for himself. God listened to Jeremiah and didn’t get angry. Instead he helped Jeremiah rearrange his priorities. His job was to do God’s will. The outcome of that was not up to him. God wants us to trust Him, no matter what the outcome seems to be.
v16-17 This section portrays the coming day of disaster. It begins by showing Jeremiah’s loneliness. He is a social outcast because of his harsh messages and celibate lifestyle. He could not marry, have children or take part in festivals or funerals. This was all to illustrate how seriously God took Judah’s sin. Jeremiah’s life was to be an attention getter and an illustration of God’s truth.

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