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Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” The information about the messiah continues. His role as savior is paramount in the story of redemption and reconciliation. The suffering savior is a […]

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Isaiah 53:3 “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and as one from who men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” It is hard to read the tragedy of the gospels. The story of a hero is disguised in the tragedy of […]

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Isaiah 53:2 “For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.” The ‘he’ referred to in this verse is the servant mentioned in 52:13. Obviously, Isaiah […]

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Isaiah 45:7 “I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the LORD, who does all these things.” With a broad look at commentaries on this verse, one may well come away confused. Even when we put the verse in the context of an argument to Cyrus, who is about […]

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Isaiah 43:11 “I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.” No human can save themselves from the wrath of God, and therefore no human can save someone else from that wrath. The penalty of sin is death and eternal death. On the human level, neither of these two deaths can be […]

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Isaiah 40:31 “but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Waiting is hard for most of us. History is full of stories of those who couldn’t wait. One of the most […]

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Isaiah 40:24 “Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.” Princes and rulers on this earth seem to have power, but the power is fleeting. Over and over, God has dealt with […]

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Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” We received a beautiful lily in a white pot this past Easter. We watched it slowly open as the sunlight reached it on the breakfast table. Within a week, all of the stems flowered, and we enjoyed the […]

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37:28 “I know your sitting down and your going out and coming in, and your raging against me.” This is a somber thought. Hezekiah happened to be a man who heard a lot of somber thoughts directed his way. Some from his enemy, the Assyrian king, and some from Isaiah, God’s prophet. This pronouncement has […]

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35:5-10 “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and ears of the deaf unstopped;…” Even in the midst of doom and destruction, the prophet sees redemption ahead. All is not lost because of the glory of God. There will be salvation, and the salvation will be marvelous. Sin holds sway in the land, […]