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Mt 11:28

Monday, July 11, 2016

Chronological reading Plan for July 12, 2 Chron 27, Isaiah 9-12

Today's readings are 2 Chron 27, Isaiah 9-12. Tomorrow's are Micah 1-7.

2 Chron 27 speaks of Jotham (2 Kings 15:33-35), son of Azariah (Uzziah). Jotham is a good king but is unable to get the people to stop worshiping false gods and idols in spite of strengthening Judah a great deal. Ahaz takes the throne after Jotham dies. 

Isaiah 9 and the first four verses of Isaiah 10 echo the prophecies of Amos regarding a deliverer and the rapidly approaching judgment on Israel. Notice God sends two prophets saying virtually the same thing about Israel. His grace is evident in that Israel is given every chance to repent and turn from their ways. They will have no excuse when the wrath of God descends on them. 

Beginning with Isaiah 10:5, we hear about the coming doom of Assyria, a nation that not only rejects God, but oppresses Israel. God will not condone mistreatment of his children. Sooner or later those who do will pay. Again, we see the promise that God will preserve a remnant and bring them back to Jerusalem. Why? Because He is good for His promises even when His people betray theirs. God's promises are anchored in who He is, not in who His people are.  

The rest of Isaiah 11 and Isaiah 12 are prophecies concerning the reuniting off the kingdoms and the return of the people to Judah. 

These chapters are important to our understanding of God's faithfulness. History tells us all these prophecies came to be, down to the finest detail. They prepare us for the prophecies about the future establishment of God's kingdom that are coming in the following chapters of Isaiah. If the prophecies about Israel and Judah were so accurate, we can be assured the prophecies about events to come will be accurate as well.

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