Today's One Year Bible Reading

Isaiah

22:11 But you never ask for help from the One who did all this. You never considered the One who planned this long ago. More lessons on God's sovereignty.

22:20-24 And then I will call my servant Eliakim son of Hilkiah to replace you. I will dress him in your royal robes and will give him your title and your authority. And he will be a father to the people of Jerusalem and Judah. I will give him the key to the house of David—the highest position in the royal court. When he opens doors, no one will be able to close them; when he closes doors, no one will be able to open them. He will bring honor to his family name, for I will drive him firmly in place like a nail in the wall. They will give him great responsibility, and he will bring honor to even the lowliest members of his family. Compare to a NT passage:

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this: `I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.'"

This is one of those mysterious verses! Eliakim appears to be a Christ-type in the Isaiah passage-royal robes, authority, father to Jerusalem and Judah, key to the house of David, the highest position in the royal court, no one will be able to oppose him. Amazing! But then comparing to Revelation, it seems like Revelation is speaking to the elect/chosen. I suppose the chosen are image-bearers of Christ (Christ-types), and they are also the first-fruits with Christ. But very cool comparison!

23:9 The Lord of Heaven's Armies has done it to destroy your pride and bring low all earth's nobility. The Lord despises all of the power and wisdom of man because it is full of corruption of justice. His rule (and that of His chosen) will come through justice, honesty, humility, and even servanthood. Make no mistake though...when He comes again, it will not be anything less than righteous indignation for wickedness!

24:1-2 Look! The Lord is about to destroy the earth and make it a vast wasteland. He devastates the surface of the earth and scatters the people. Priests and laypeople, servants and masters, maids and mistresses, buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, bankers and debtors—none will be spared. We are looking at a sobering chapter about end times. We need to pay attention to what we can learn as I believe the days are impending. Perhaps we'll know more as soon as Saturday (I'll expound on Saturday-the Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashana)!

24:3 The earth will be completely emptied and looted. The Lord has spoken!

24:5-6 The earth suffers for the sins of its people, for they have twisted God's instructions, violated his laws, and broken his everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse consumes the earth. Its people must pay the price for their sin. They are destroyed by fire, and only a few are left alive. What is His everlasting covenant? I believe it is the Mosaic Covenant (I could be wrong). This is because the Abrahamic Covenant is unconditional-the blessing of all families on the earth through the seed of Abraham, the Messiah. The Mosaic Covenant is the promise of rewards and blessings for obedience and faithfulness. Plus, I looked up "everlasting" and it is actually "owlam" which means age lasting, not everlasting. The Mosaic Covenant was an age-abiding covenant for entrance into the MK. Also, remember that "fire" can be many things, and is more indicative of God's presence and judgments than literal fire (we have studied this).

24:13 Throughout the earth the story is the same—only a remnant is left.

24:18-23 Destruction falls like rain from the heavens; the foundations of the earth shake. The earth has broken up. It has utterly collapsed; it is violently shaken. The earth staggers like a drunk. It trembles like a tent in a storm. It falls and will not rise again, for the guilt of its rebellion is very heavy. Though we have seen many describing these times as horrifying, remember that we have also studied that the "chosen" will be kept safe from the judgments of God, only not persecution (I believe). Just like Israel was kept safe while Egypt underwent terrible plagues and judgments. That was a picture. Also remember we saw Psalm 91 and another passage (I forget) I think in Chronicles or Nehemiah that showed the same. Not to fear or fret!

24:21 In that day the Lord will punish the gods in the heavens (NASB: hosts of heaven on high) and the proud rulers of the nations on earth. They will be rounded up and put in prison. They will be shut up in prison and will finally be punished. This is obviously Satan and his demons when they are locked away for 1,000 years. Cool to see it all coming together between OT and NT!

24:23 Then the glory of the moon will wane, and the brightness of the sun will fade, for the Lord of Heaven's Armies will rule on Mount Zion. He will rule in great glory in Jerusalem, in the sight of all the leaders of his people. Sort of contradictory, but remember that these prophecies can be irregardless of time. It could be squishing it all together, as we see some of these same prophecies in Matthew. Love the end results!

Galatians

Remember with all this talk about not keeping the law—it does not nullify the Torah! The Torah changed forms (little review) from the letter of the law (kills) to the Spirit of the law (gives life). The Torah used to be written in stone, now it is Jesus, written in our hearts (new covenant). What Paul is talking about disregarding is going through the motions of obedience without the heart of love behind it (greatest commandment: Love God/ Love People).

2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. This verse is so much more powerful and meaningful to me now. I become a Christ-type by revealing His life through mine--taking up my cross daily, giving up comforts, enduring persecutions, serving, forgiving, basically anything that is counter-intuitive to the fleshly life. And it is my second death—the death to self!