A Prophecy We Can Count On

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"The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw." - Isaiah 1:1

Isaiah's name means "salvation of the Lord," and salvation (deliverance) is the key theme of his book. He wrote concerning five different acts of deliverance that God would perform: (1) the deliverance of Judah from Assyrian invasion (see chaps. 36-37); (2) the deliverance of the nation from Babylonian captivity (see chap. 40); (3) the future deliverance of the Jews from worldwide dispersion among the Gentiles (chaps. 11-12); (4) the deliverance of lost sinners from judgment (chap. 53); and (5) the final deliverance of creation from the bondage of sin when the kingdom is established (chaps. 60; 66:17).

Sir Winston Churchill was once asked to give the qualifications a person needed in order to succeed in politics, and he replied: "It is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen."

Because God's prophets were correct all of the time, they didn't have to explain away their mistakes. "If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true," wrote Moses, "that is a message the LORD has not spoken" (Duet. 18:22). Isaiah wrote: "To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn" (Isa. 8:20). Isaiah was a man who had God's light, and he was not afraid to let it shine.

APPLYING GOD'S TRUTH:
1. Isaiah's name means "salvation of the Lord." If you were given a name to reflect your spiritual goals or mission, what do you think it would be?
2. In what ways do you think others see God's light shine from your life?
3. What are five "acts of deliverance" that you wish God would perform in your life? - Dr. Warren Wiersbe

Prayer: 
Lord God, our Father, You have shown yourself to us in your beloved Son Jesus Christ. Help us to recognize his face in the poor and the humble. Do not allow us to overlook him in the brokenhearted and the weak. Let the Holy Spirit give us the courage to bring his good news of hope and joy to all who wait for him and need him, whether they know it or not. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Date: 
Aug 3 2018