Chapel – 4/21/20
Part 1 — Chapters 1-39
Step 1: Read the introduction below.
This will be a two part devotion where we will learn more about the book of Isaiah. The book of Isaiah is my favorite book of the Bible. It is so deep and comforting. The book of Isaiah is definitely worth the effort of getting to know better. Depending on which source you check on, Isaiah is either the most quoted OT book in the New Testament or the second most quoted behind the book of Psalms. Certainly, the following verses will sound familiar, and if they are not, they are worth committing to memory:
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.“
— Isaiah 1:18
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”
— Isaiah 7:14
“For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
— Isaiah 9:6
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”
— Isaiah 30:21
“So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
— Isaiah 41:10
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;”
— Isaiah 43:1-3
“But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.”
— Isaiah 53:5-6
In the same way that it helps us get to know someone better by learning about their background, learning about the book of Isaiah as a whole will not only give context and shine light on these verses, but it will help us to understand the law and gospel message of the entire Bible.
Watch this great overview of chapters 1-39 by the Bible Project.
Step 3– Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you for your message of comfort that you hold out for us in the book of Isaiah. Thank you that despite the judgment that needed to happen because of our sins, You took that judgment and laid it on Your Son, Jesus. Help us to study your Word and learn day-by-day how much you love us and care for us. Amen.
Contributed by: Mr. Kevin Streeter