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OYB September 10

  • Julie Ferwerda
    Are you ready for change in 2009? Grab a One Year Bible (NLT), commit to reading it daily, and join Julie Ferwerda on an extraordinary adventure that will transform your life as you experience its relevance in a fresh, understandable way. In addition to 20+ years in Bible teaching ministry, Julie is a professional speaker and writer. Her works have appeared in publications such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, Christianity Today, Marriage Partnership, Brio, and Revolve Biblezines & Devotional Bible (for teens). She's also the author of "The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love," and also the upcoming book, "One Million Arrows for God: Raising Your Children to Change the World." Learn more at www.JulieFerwerda.com.
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

Isaiah

6:1 It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. I wonder if this is the Temple in the New Jerusalem wherever it is now? Or else it's a prophetic vision of the future since "the whole earth is filled with His glory (vs. 3).

6:6-7 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. He touched my lips with it and said, "See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven." Here is one of the many examples of fire being used to purify and not to harm. It is interesting that the seraphim had to use tongs to pick up the coal but it didn't hurt Isaiah's lips (that it reports). I mean, he spoke right afterward! Have you ever tried to speak with blistered lips?

6:8 Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?" I said, "Here I am. Send me." God has used this call to Isaiah to call many people through the centuries to go to His people. He is still extending the call today...who will go? Will you? Notice the "us" in "who will go for us?"

6:9-10 And [God] said, "Yes, go, and say to this people, ‘Listen carefully, but do not understand. Watch closely, but learn nothing.' Harden the hearts of these people. Plug their ears and shut their eyes. That way, they will not see with their eyes, nor hear with their ears, nor understand with their hearts and turn to me for healing." This is the same passage Jesus quoted when He spoke in parables to the Pharisees. Unless you understand God's plan of the ages, this will not seem fair that He closes ears and blinds eyes to the truth. But it is for a plan of good, not evil and condemnation, as we have studied for the past few months.

6:11 Then I said, "Lord, how long will this go on?"

And he replied, "Until their towns are empty, their houses are deserted, and the whole country is a wasteland... Can you imagine? Isaiah was the proclaimer of anything but Good News. He was to go tell the people the bad news that they would be blinded and deafened until all of them were gone. That would be a most difficult cross to bear! Can you imagine how well received his message was by the masses?

6:13 But as a terebinth or oak tree leaves a stump when it is cut down, so Israel's stump will be a holy seed. To me this says that our roots in Israel are a holy seed, even if the people have been cut down. The patriarchs of the faith and the oracles given to them are still holy.

6:14-15 Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us'). By the time this child is old enough to choose what is right and reject what is wrong, he will be eating yogurt and honey. Finally, the Good News! What a beautiful Messianic prophecy!