N_SPECT_R's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=N%5FSPECT%5FR N_SPECT_R's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ May 27, Malachi 1 Your trash is not a gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367171 I think that I can relate to this in some ways. I have a talent to fix just about anything that's broken, and over the years people constantly bring me their junk thinking that since I can fix it, it must be worth something to me. I have learned that a lot of stuff just isn't worth fixing. I never will understand the attitude that giving someone something that's broken is a gift. That's what the people were doing to God. They were bringing the sick and lame animals as an offering. Bringing th... Sat, 27 May 2017 07:04:04 EST May 26, Jonah 4:5-11 Jonah wallows in self pity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366745 I can picture this in my mind, Jonah leaves the city and finds a nice place to watch the destruction, or at least what he hoped to see. The text says that he made a tent or booth, it might actually mean he found a natural shelter which would be the plant, whatever type that was. When the destruction doesn't come Jonah becomes angry as we saw yesterday and then when the plant dies he becomes angry at the plant. Some aspects of this I can understand and some are just baffling. I've been in situ... Fri, 26 May 2017 05:14:01 EST May 25, Jonah 4:1-4 Jonah the spoil sport http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366325 There are a few plausible reasons for Jonah's behavior. One is that he is so self righteous that he feels all evil people must be punished. I'm fairly certain there's an element of this in him. Another possibility is he is so proud of being a prophet that he doesn't want to prophecy and then it not happen. Hence why he didn't want to prophecy Nineveh's destruction only to have God save them. This looks bad on Jonah. And finally he's simply a self centered boob, the fact that he'd rather die t... Thu, 25 May 2017 05:05:02 EST May 24, Jonah 3. Jonah the preacher http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365905 Let's start with some imagery, we don't know what Jonah looked like but we can guess about how he smells now. He's been in a big fish for three days. Combine the regular human smells with fish vomit and it's got to be a foul smell. Maybe the acids in the fishes gut bleached out Jonah's skin. Imagine a skinny pale white man who stinks of stale sweat and vomit prophesying in the streets. Do you think that just might get your attention? I think Jonah was reluctant but realize that he couldn't ru... Wed, 24 May 2017 05:14:47 EST May 23, Jonah 2. Jonah prays in faith http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365468 Still there is no reason for Jonah to believe that he will continue to live, but he knows that in God there is life eternal. We don't know much about Jonah. It is believed that he lived about 140 years after Solomon so he would be familiar with the Torah. If one reads that with understanding then you'll know that God is not God of the dead. Jonah shows faith in his prayer that as he believes he is dieing, he looks forward to seeing God's temple. I don't think he refers to the one Solomon buil... Tue, 23 May 2017 05:11:50 EST May 22, Jonah 1:7-17 What would you give up just to be right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365003 I once met a woman who was in a very bad marriage, her spouse was abusive and towards the end they both did things intentionally to hurt the other. One day she realized that she was eating poison just hoping that her husband would get sicker. Have you ever felt so strongly about something that you'd do just about anything just so that you could be right? Jonah does here, he is so certain that the evil people of Nineveh need to be punished that he's willing to die to ensure that happens. Jonah... Mon, 22 May 2017 05:15:49 EST May 21, Jonah 1:1-6 Running from God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364584 I think most people are familiar with parts of the story of Jonah, at least the part where Jonah ends up in a fish. But let's look at his character. In this first section Jonah appears to be a self righteous pharisee. He knows that the people of Nineveh have done evil and he wants them to be punished. Even though God wants them to come to salvation, Jonah wants his own agenda. Can you see any parallel in things happening today? I know too many people who actually want someone to fail and be p... Sun, 21 May 2017 05:11:52 EST May 20, Isaiah 66 Do you want to move God? Be humble and fear Him. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364225 The last section of this chapter deals with God's final judgment with fire. As a Christian I have no need to fear this, and also as a Christian I shouldn't be glad for it either. It will mean eternal death for a lot of people who chose not to follow God. But let's look at what God wants. Under The Law it was required to bring sacrifices and offerings, but like most things this became a ritual which lost it's meaning. God makes such an extreme distinction as to compare the grain offering to pi... Sat, 20 May 2017 06:02:44 EST May 19, Isaiah 65:17-25 A new heaven and earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363813 This last section is a prophecy of a time to come and there are a lot of differing opinions. Some believe it speaks of the final heaven and earth as depicted in The Revelation, others a time of prosperity for Israel, and some what many call the millennial period. I tend to fall somewhere in the middle of this. I don't believe that it's the last because people are still borne, age and die. The teachings of Jesus indicate that in the final kingdom that doesn't happen. Regardless of when it come... Fri, 19 May 2017 05:00:02 EST May 18, Isaiah 65:1-16 Here am I, just listen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363388 I'm splitting this chapter over two days as there are some very specific thoughts in here. Contrast to yesterday's plea for God to move, here He says, "Here am I". One could read this and look at nearly any nation today and see how this plays. God is constantly calling people to come to Him but people don't listen. In verse 5 some translations read don't come near for I am too holy, others that I am holier than you, or that I am better than you. I see such a division of class today as not bef... Thu, 18 May 2017 05:17:33 EST May 17, Isaiah 64, God, come, as you did before. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362956 Here is a plea from Israel for God to come again as He has in their past. Looking back at history, specifically Israel's history, they would fall into idolatry for any number of generations and then a generation would come along seeking after God. I'd like to see it happen today, for a generation to look at what the world offers and what God offers and become hungry for God. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, Pull intervals <BR> Step, pull up, windmill, hamstring curl, step over, T, climber, bicep... Wed, 17 May 2017 05:08:02 EST May 16, Isaiah 63 Christ comes in splendid glory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362536 This chapter begins with the second coming of Christ and the final judgment of the world. Some things of note, we saw that when He came the first time there was nothing attractive about Him. He came as an average man, laborer. But now He comes in royal apparel, yet His garments are stained with the blood of those whom he judged. We tend to neglect that aspect of God, he does indeed love everyone but there will be a judgment day. Also note that He alone passes judgment, just as He alone purcha... Tue, 16 May 2017 05:05:10 EST May 15, Isaiah 62 Israel, the bride of God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362073 We consider the church to be the bride of Christ but here God calls Israel His bride. It's a picture of the love God has for His people. Someone once said that every groom believes that his bride is beautiful, God sees that in Israel. The chapter is a prophecy of a time still to come, when Israel will be restored as a great nation. <BR> <BR> Today's workout, push intervals <BR> Step, push-up, windmill, squat, climber, triceps, lunge, shoulder press. Mon, 15 May 2017 05:15:06 EST May 14, Isaiah 61 Bring good news to the poor. What good news? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361687 Think about this, what would be good news for someone who is poor? The logical answer is that they can be wealthy, or at least have enough to live on. That's become the message over the years, not in all churches and all places but I do see it a lot. A formula to get out of debt or to rise above poverty by giving to God. And if this doesn't work then you just didn't have enough faith. How many times have we heard that we reap what we sow so we should give more to reap more? Or my all time fav... Sun, 14 May 2017 07:18:56 EST May 13, Isaiah 60 Imagine living in perpetual light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361275 To me this chapter speaks of the end time, when all of the people who have not chosen God are gone and God establishes the final kingdom. Here, and in the book of The Revelation it tells us that the sun will no longer give light but God Himself will be the light. Do you ever think about what light is? We see it but can't touch it. Science knows just so little about light, it has particles, and although I wouldn't know how to weigh them they must have weight or mass of some sort. There's so mu... Sat, 13 May 2017 05:30:49 EST May 12, Isaiah 59 The nature of man doesn't change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360884 Isaiah speaks of corruption in the court system. This was about 2700 years ago and yet we see the same type corruption in our courts today. Why is that? Because man hasn't changed, and left to his own devices he will not change. But this is simply a symptom from being separated from God, and it's not God who made the separation. There is a principle that with each step man takes from God, he wants to go farther. And the opposite is also true, as a man's heart is turned to God, with each step... Fri, 12 May 2017 05:02:49 EST May 11, Isaiah 58 God, why don't you see my sacrifice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360448 The apparent topic of this chapter is fasting but that's not really the message. I'll stick with fasting for the purpose of today's reading but you can substitute any other act that's done for religious purposes. I've posted blogs on fasting before, my position hasn't changed. I still look on fasts as hunger strikes in an attempt to manipulate God. Consider the motivation behind a fast. The most common reason I'm given is that denying the flesh helps the spirit grow closer to God. So the que... Thu, 11 May 2017 05:10:29 EST May 10, Isaiah 57 Let your collection of idols deliver you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360022 That text comes from verse 13, addressed to the world which denies God. There are only two types of people, those who believe and those who do not. The most profound difference is in what they turn when the bottom drops out. If the only things to trust in are material goods, or personal achievements. Some day those things will fail, and where do you go? While I don't ever wish disaster to fall on anyone, I know some people who have never faced decision making troubles. Sort of like Jacob befo... Wed, 10 May 2017 05:10:49 EST May 9, Isaiah 56 Salvation is for whosoever will http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359571 We see that even in the Old Covenant God made a way for the foreigner to come. If a person recognized that The God of Israel was indeed God, and practiced The Law, then they would find salvation. When you look closely the requirements really haven't changed much. The law pointed to a sacrifice to atone for sins and the promise of a messiah. Salvation today is by faith in Christ, salvation then was by faith in the coming messiah, who is the same person. The differences though are the rituals ... Tue, 9 May 2017 03:44:09 EST May 8, Isaiah 55 God's ways and God's thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359181 This blog is up a bit late today because I've had some trouble focusing. My mind is on some other issues and I've had trouble separating them from what's written. (Like I'm trying to make this fit my ideas) Maybe I'll post something on that later. The part that stands out to me the most in this reading comes in verse 8. I knew someone several years ago who loved to quote that any time something happened that we may not understand. Elsewhere in scripture it asks who can know the mind of God. B... Mon, 8 May 2017 07:36:21 EST May 7, Isaiah 54 Love will overcome anger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358713 God paints us a picture of His people, the nation of Israel and the church as His bride. The text says that The God of the whole earth is your husband, just think about that, wow. It also says that in anger for a moment He deserted His bride, but with love and compassion restored that relationship. That's how marriages should work. Our spouses, regardless of sex, will at times anger us to the point where we just need to get away from them. But love should bring us back and overcome that anger... Sun, 7 May 2017 05:51:49 EST May 6, Isaiah 53 The church should not be an attractive place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358301 Most of us have a mental picture of what Jesus looks like, it probably comes from art by Da Vinci or from the shroud that so many believe was His burial wrap. But we don't know what Jesus looked like and the scripture tells us that he was quite plain looking. He had no majesty or beauty to attract people to Him. When Moses built the tabernacle God told him the outer cover was to be plain, it just looked like a big tent from the outside, but inside there was color and majesty. The things of th... Sat, 6 May 2017 05:31:55 EST May 5, Isaiah 52 The cost of salvation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357872 A verse in this chapter gets quoted frequently, I think it also comes up in a psalm. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news. But that's not my focus today. The chapter is a prophecy of God redeeming His people, they've been oppressed by the Egyptians and Assyrians in ancient history. Today much of the world is not a friend to Israel. But God has promised salvation. What I am looking at though is the final section. The cost of salvation was a personal sacrifice... Fri, 5 May 2017 05:13:30 EST May 4, Isaiah 51 Just hang on, everything is temporary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357449 <BR> <BR> I'd almost say that everyone goes through difficult times but I know some who've had it much more so than others. At times life can get overwhelming and it's hard to remember that everything will eventually change. Of course the down side to that is that they can get worse. But God says in verse 6 that everything that we see now, including the heavens and the earth will one day be gone. Can you imagine that, all of this is temporary in God's time. The only thing that will last for... Thu, 4 May 2017 04:59:36 EST May 3, Isaiah 50 Give a word to those who are weary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356965 It's verse 4, The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word <BR> him who is weary. That doesn't mean to quote some pious scripture to someone who's hurting, in most cases that just makes things worse. And I don't think it's just a word but sometimes an act of kindness. I remember a few years ago I was flying home from a construction job, it was late and the flight attendant was obviously frustrated. No doubt a long day but I think so... Wed, 3 May 2017 06:20:50 EST May 2, Isaiah 49 Israel, a light for the nations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356473 God chose Abraham from whom He would raise up the nation of Israel but there wasn't any great and noble attribute to Abraham except this. Abraham had faith. Maybe that's the key, maybe Abraham may was the only man at the time who actually showed faith. The path to salvation hasn't changer, God still only accepts people that have faith. This chapter speaks of how the chosen one of Israel will some day come and the rulers of the world will bow to Him. It also says how God choose to bless the w... Tue, 2 May 2017 04:57:28 EST May 1, Isaiah 48 Our necks are iron and foreheads are brass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355928 What a neat picture of the human condition. God calls us all at different times stiff necked people, can't get much stiffer than an iron bar. And a brass forehead, hard and impenetrable. From the beginning of time the truths and realities of God are manifest in the world around us, yet we still don't yield. The ancient people wanted to attribute the mysteries to their idols or gods they made from the stars. Today man want's to attribute them to simple science, but the science contradicts itse... Mon, 1 May 2017 05:13:24 EST April 30, Isaiah 47 What goes up must come down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355441 That's actually a physical law, but there is a similarity to what happens in every nation through history which doesn't follow God. Babylon was used by God for His purposes, I don't believe that all of what Babylon did was because of Israel's sins as we know history only from certain perspectives. But this I do know, the greatest nations through history all fell into idolatry and eventually lost their power. The beginning of this chapter presents a contrast of a crowned princess being reduce... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:16:46 EST April 29, Isaiah 46 Men carry idols, God carries men http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355046 <BR> God speaks about how the idols of men are carried as burdens on beasts or on their shoulders. They place them in special places and worship them but the idols never answer. I remember the story in 1 Samuel 5 when the pagans captured the ark and placed in the temple of their idol Dagon, each morning the statue was bowed down before the ark, and finally was broken. There's something in man that makes him want some object to focus worship on, which is why I don't believe we'll ever find No... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:21:42 EST April 28, Isaiah 45 Pagan kings are still God's instrument http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354624 There are a lot of events and kings from history that I can't understand the how or why, but every nation, every king or kingdom, exists because God allows it. And at times God will use these pagan kings to accomplish His purpose. Cyrus was a great conquerer, secular history tells us much about what he did. God used him to restore the people and rebuild the temple. Later in his life he will acknowledge God. Through most of this chapter God asks the question, will you argue with your creator? ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:13:53 EST April 27, Isaiah 44 Fools and their idols http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354145 I like the description given from verses 9-20, a man (woman) takes things and makes other things and then worships the second thing. I've always wondered how someone could fashion an object and then make it their god. Yet in a different sense there are people who work for objects and make them their gods. Idolatry isn't just worshiping a carved image, it can also be trying to have more, to climb in society or to do better than any one else. The idols in our lives may not be trees that we've c... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:12:10 EST April 25, Isaiah 42 If you want to get someone's attention, whisper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353155 There was a commercial back in the 70's that used that line, funny that I remember the line but not the product. The concept though is right. A shout doesn't quite capture attention like a whisper does. That's what this first section is all about. God is whispering His word, the whole of creation whispers God's word. Those who hear it sing a new song of joy, and those who do not hear it will some day hear the shouts, the gasps and pants, as judgment is poured out. Listen to the whisper. <BR> ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:49:49 EST April 24, Isaiah 41, Fear not for I am with you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352675 Have you ever done something frightening but felt secure because someone else was with you? Just this weekend I was at a training for high adventure instructors and there were several participants with less experience. On one particular element I walked directly behind a trainee who probably would not have completed the course with out the encouragement. I didn't do anything but was simply there. It's reassuring to know that just in case, someone is there. The key line to this whole chapter i... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:08:55 EST April 23, Isaiah 40. Comfort, sorrow, and God's greatness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352271 We see a familiar quote in the first part, prepare the way of the lord. It was John the baptist who said this about Jesus. The people of that time understood the meaning from this prophecy, a promise to restore Israel but it was even more. The low will be lifted and the high and proud brought down. There is sorrow as we look on the human condition, living for only a short time, compared to the grass and flowers. Then we look on God, consider the dust of the earth, the stars in the sky, the wa... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:31:39 EST April 22, Isaiah 39. I don't care as long as it doesn't effect me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351836 Have you ever had that attitude? Maybe you have that attitude today. Hezekiah did something very foolish, he bragged on his achievements and showed all of his strength to an enemy. Unfortunately there are some principles in life to always remember, every agent from a foreign nation is a spy, no-man is self made but reached their position because of God, if more than one person knows something then it's not a secret. Hezekiah blew all of these. But the attitude at the end is disturbing, at lea... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:20:19 EST April 21, Isaiah 38, Hezekiah appeals to God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351403 Hezekiah is given a death sentence and he immediately turns his face to God and makes his appeal. I think that part is right, the first thing we should do, in all situations is turn to God. But note that he asks to be saved based on his own works. Ever do that? Ask God for something based on your works? God I've been serving you for all this time, why won't you grant me this? It's a flaw in all of us and perpetuated by our performance based society. The simple fact is that what we may do for... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:24:55 EST April 20, Isaiah 37:14-38 God delivers Jerusalem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350939 Hezekiah has no hope except in God, he has no great army to fight against the Assyrians, so he takes the letter into the temple and prays. This is not some mystical formula, I attended a church once where the preacher told the congregation to bring the threatening letters, bills, legal notices, whatever it was and place them on the altar before God. But that's not how this works, we can't manipulate God. God moved for God's reasons, and those were primarily because Sennacherib mocked Him. And... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 04:55:45 EST April 19, Isaiah 37:1-13 Seek God first but make Him My God and not your God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350479 Hezekiah does the right thing, he goes tot he temple to pray and sends for the prophet. But the servants when they reach the prophet say YOUR GOD. I think that's a significant point. God wants for everyone to call Him MY GOD. That was the whole purpose of Him coming as the man Jesus. So that we could know Him and call Him ours. FOR the sake of Hezekiah, for Judah, and because these men have mocked The one true God, He will deliver them. And again at the end of this reading the leader of this ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:00:40 EST April 18, Isaiah 36, It's not a good idea to challenge God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350024 We studied this event back in the book of Kings. The army of Assyria comes to invade Jerusalem and the general becomes so bold as to insult God. Hezekiah was probably the best king that Judah had, for most of his life he sought after God and did what he could to keep His commandments. We'll look mare at the outcome of this event but the dangerous area is in what Sennacherib said, his insults began with Hezekiah, extended to Egypt and climaxed with insulting God. The epitome of pride and arrog... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:06:38 EST April 17, Isaiah 35 Refreshing rain after drought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349547 I think we've all lived through times of drought, we're experiencing one right now in central Florida. While I like not needing to mow the lawn, my bees could use some blossoming flowers. But what I notice about droughts, be them physical or spiritual, as soon as the rain hits, just the first little bit of water we see a change. Today my grass is dry and crunches but just an inch or so of water and it will soak it up and become green and flexible again. This chapter is a promise of that rain ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 05:18:35 EST April 16, Easter Sunday, Matthew 28:1-10 God's not dead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349137 Jesus has finally answered the question, the challenge that was brought before Him through His life on earth. He has proven that He is indeed God. Where just yesterday there was no hope, now there will always be hope. There is nothing that any enemy can do to erase the fact that Jesus did exactly what He said He would do. The world still today says that Jesus is a myth and they ask the Christians to prove it. I say back, you prove it, show me a body. The scripture says that there was nothing ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 05:45:22 EST April 15, Easter Saturday, God is dead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348724 I don't cite any scripture because scripture is silent on things which happened on this day. Jesus was certainly dead, at least the body. And in other places it tells us some of what happened after Jesus died. But let's look at the players in Jerusalem. Jesus' disciples are hiding, afraid of being killed also. Scared and confused, having believed in Him for the last three years and now He's gone. Rome crucified Him but I don't think Rome really cared, the objective there was simply to maintai... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 04:30:17 EST April 14, John 18-19. What happened on Good Friday? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348315 We know what the final event was, Jesus was sacrificed for our sins. The method though depicts the depth of evil and depravity that can exist in man. But so much more happened yet each event has just one question asked from each side. <BR> Do you know either the questions or the answers? The temple guards took Jesus before the high priest, there they asked him several questions but they never got the answer to the one real question. Next Jesus is taken to Pilot and Pilot is the one faced wit... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 07:30:37 EST April 13, John 13. Easter week Thursday, or Maundy Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347822 The celebration of Easter is more significant to Christians than any other day so I felt it proper to take a look at this event. Thursday was the beginning of the end in a way, it is the day in which Judas turns over Jesus to the religious authorities. Knowing that the end was near, Jesus spends His last hours doing the things which were most important, spending it with His closest friends. DaVinci paints the last supper as simply Jesus and His disciples, although scripture doesn't tell us sp... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:07:45 EST April 12, Isaiah 34. The end is coming and it won't be pretty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347325 To me there is no doubt that this speaks of the final end to this world. First the prophet extorts the nations to simply listen to God. And then I think that we should listen to the world. What's happening in our world? Scripture says it groans under the weight of mans' sins. This is a prophecy of utter destruction of everything opposed to God. And all that it would take to avoid this is to simply listen and pay heed to what we hear. Unfortunately this world will not listen to God, the world ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 04:53:31 EST April 11, Isaiah 33, God, have mercy on me, a sinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346878 This chapter is a bit confusing until one realizes the prophet is speaking to several people. The first verse is to the enemy attacking Israel. This is a force that is ruthlessly conquering but some day it too will be conquered. Then we move on to the people asking God to deliver them. They ask God to be their mighty arm in defense, strange that when things were going well it wasn't so important to have God's arm. And in the remainder God says that He will come and clean up the mess, but it's... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 05:04:27 EST April 10, Isaiah 32, From prosperity to disaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346342 The first section speaks of what life is under righteous rulers. People live in a time of prosperity and don't listen to fools babble. It's been a long time since we've lived under righteous rulers here. The second part runs counter to that, it speaks of people becoming complacent, and it leads to problems. This could be in any area. Details in life are important, things go wrong when we don't pay attention to details. Most traffic accidents happen close to home because we become familiar wit... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 05:22:24 EST April 9, Isaiah 31, Rely on God and not your army http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345864 This of course is written specifically to Israel and there are some prerequisites. God told Israel back in the wilderness that they were not to multiply horses and develop a large army, because He would fight their battles. But they had to remain obedient. And that's the key. There are several places where God makes an if-then promise and this was one of them. As long as Israel kept God commandments, then He would personally protect them. And I don't believe that God ever expected anyone to k... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 06:06:32 EST April 8, Isaiah 30:18-33 Sing a song of gladness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345418 This last section speaks of a time when God's grace truly abounds to His people and they have an abundance of all that they need. They've torn down and destroyed the idols, they walk with God, listening to Him. The sun, the moon, and everything about life seems brighter then and they sing a song of gladness. I get that, when I'm in a good mood I sing. Of course the people around me may not appreciate it. Counter to that, there are times when it's really hard to sing. There is something about ... Sat, 8 Apr 2017 05:18:50 EST April 7, Isaiah 30:1-17 Don't partner with pagans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344958 This concept that Christians or Jews should not form partnerships with pagans is taught throughout the scriptures but we simply don't get it. In the case here with Israel, they've totally forgotten their history. They were slaves in Egypt and God brought them out. Why do they constantly go back to Egypt? By forming these alliances they've also forgotten the words and ways of God. Trusting in self, personal plans and physical might. It always fails, ALWAYS! In the second section the prophets... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 04:49:31 EST