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Here is my SOAP for today, Thursday, July 12, 2018
I’m starting today with the end of yesterday’s reading from Isaiah 10:33 “See, the Lord, the Lord Almighty, will lop off the boughs with great power. The lofty trees will be felled, the tall ones will be brought low. 34 He will cut down the forest thickets with an ax; Lebanon will fall before the Mighty One.
Keep in mind that chapter breaks, and verse numbers were added just for easy reference… The Bible wasn’t written that way… So, if you just jump in and read 11:1 today after reading chapter 10 yesterday… reading 10:33-34 immediately followed by 11:1-3 makes much more sense.
Isaiah 11:1 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
Isaiah 12:4 “In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.”
Isaiah 13:1 “A prophecy against Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw…”
Isaiah 14:12 “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You [Satan] have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. 14I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” 15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.”
“… There are 4 “I wills” from God in Isaiah 14:22-23. Now those worked out just as planned!” Jan Little
22 “I will rise up against them,”
declares the Lord Almighty.
“I will wipe out Babylon’s name and survivors,
her offspring and descendants,”
declares the Lord.
23 “I will turn her into a place for owls
and into swampland;
I will sweep her with the broom of destruction,”
declares the Lord Almighty.”
Hebrews 9:12 “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”
22 “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
14:12 is a powerful passage regarding Satan’s downfall… his pride. (Notice the five “I wills.”)
Hebrews 9 speaks to the power of blood… but not the power of bulls and goats being sacrificed, but the blood of Jesus himself, the Great High Priest, offering his own blood as atonement, to “cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”
I love the juxtaposition of Isaiah and Hebrews… compare and contrast. A powerful prophetic word against Israel filled with hope of the One to come. The Messiah, Jesus… the root of Jesse springing up in the midst of a desolate wasteland to bring salvation!
Every day I just want to say, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”