Isaiah- Week 7- Day 5

Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD. For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

Isaiah 37:33-35

Explanation:
In yesterday’s verses we found out that God will take care of His people. He would sustain them in difficulty in response to Hezekiah’s prayer. In this passage He gives detail as to what he would allow Senacharib to do and why he would deal with him this way.

Senacharib would not be allowed to come into the city. He would not be able to shoot an arrow, come at it with shields, nor “cast a bank against it”. To cast a bank against it spoke of the practice of digging up dirt and making a ramp towards a wall to be able to go over it. God confirmed that Senacharib would go the way he came. He had already said this in a message to Senacharib in verse 29:

Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.

Isaiah 37:29

He also said why he would defend it. He was doing it for his own sake. God has reasons that he wants to defend Israel. He is also doing it for David’s sake. This is a reference to the Davidic covenant. God told David that his house would be established forever.

And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

2 Samuel 7:16

The ultimate fulfillment of this promise comes to bear when Christ sits on the throne in Jerusalem to rule and to reign. God keeps his promises.

Application:
We see in this passage that God was keeping his promise to Israel, to Hezekiah, to David, and ultimately to us. We know that God was working through redemptive history to bring about the salvation of not only Israel, but the whole world through the Messiah, Jesus Christ. God answers our prayers according to His will, and there is a sense in which prayer helps to align our will with God’s. We must pray as Jesus taught us, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” When we pray according to God’s will and rely on His promises we cannot go wrong.

Response:
What do you need to pray about today? What would it look like to pray according to His will?

Week 10: Day 1- Deuteronomy 6:1-3

Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

Deuteronomy 6:1-3

Explanation

This particular section comes after Moses’ reminds the people the 10 commandments that God wrote on the tablets of stone. He tells them that God commanded him to teach them to the people so that they would be obedient in the land. If they listened to the commands and obeyed them, several things would happen.

  1. Their fear of God would increase.
  2. Their lives would be prolonged.
  3. They would “increase mightily.”
  4. Their children would learn the same and have the same results.

Application

Although good things can happen to bad people, and bad things can happen to good people, the truth is that in a real way God blesses obedience. God is just, and He can be counted on to do justly.

If we listen and obey we will be blessed, and if we do not listen, or listen and do not obey, we must not expect the blessing of God on our lives.

Response

  1. Is there an area of your life where you are being disobedient?
  2. How does knowing that God wants to bless obedience help to motivate you to do right?

Week 9: Day 5- Deuteronomy 4:9

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

Deuteronomy 4:9

Explanation:

Individual responsibility and discipline is foundational to the success of the nation at large. Moses says to “take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently”. What does that mean? It means to pay attention to your thoughts and actions. Pay attention to your motivations. Pay attention to keeping God’s commands. In fact, he describes what will happen if you don’t take heed- “lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen”. In context, what is it that they had seen? God had judged their sin at Baal-peor. God had provided for them in the wilderness. What they had seen was God’s judgement for breaking the law, and God’s graciousness and blessing for doing what He said. By not taking heed to themselves, they could forget God’s kindness, God’s will, and the judgement that could come from disobedience.

Moses also commanded them to teach these principles to their children and grandchildren. If they didn’t get these things, they would be in danger of missing God’s blessing and enduring God’s judgement as well.

Application:

Two responses seem appropriate and applicable in these verses:

  1. Keep your soul. We have a responsibility to maintain our relationship with God, and our daily submission to the Spirit. If we are saved, we will always be saved, but our closeness and intimacy with God is what ebbs and flows. If we remain controlled by the Spirit God will grow us. We will remember His commands and experience His blessings.
  2. Teach others. Our own spiritual discipline will impact for good or ill the next generation. The health or your own relationship with God affects far more than our own lives. It affects our own family tree. We teach those inside our family and outside our family the will of God.

Responses:

  1. How is your relationship with God right now? Is there sin to confess? Is there something to obey that you are not being obedient in now?
  2. Who are you teaching about God? This is not just the responsibility of a pastor, Sunday School teacher, or radio/podcast preacher. It’s the responsibility of every believer to teach others, starting in their own family.

Week 9: Day 3- Deuteronomy 4:6

Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

Deuteronomy 4:6

Explanation:

Moses continues his instruction after warning the children of Israel. He had said, in yesterdays text, that he gave them the statutes and judgements because God had commanded him to do so, and so that they would obey them as they go in and possess the land. In verse 6 he says to obey the statutes and judgements and gives them multiple reasons in the next few verses as to why they should do so. The reason stated here is that they would be seen as a wise and understanding people by the nations around them because of their obedience God’s law.

The laws of God were a great advantage to the Jews. If you think about the dietary laws, many of them would have kept them from things that could really effect their health. For instance, they could not eat pork, or certain kinds of shellfish. Today we understand that there are many sicknesses that could come from ill prepared pork and shellfish. In regards to the moral law, a nation that is full of people striving not to commit murder, not to steal, not to commit adultery, and committed to teaching their kids to do the same will fare more well than nations where those immoral acts are rampant.

The scripture says about God’s law:

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Psalm 19:7

As the people of God obeyed the law of God, they would grow in wisdom, and therefore appear more wise to the nations around them. They would be a witness of the greatness of God to peoples who did not know Him.

Application:

The application here is obvious. As believers, we understand that we are right with God because Jesus kept the law for us and we have repented of our sin and put our trust in Him. We don’t have to keep the law to be saved.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:8-10

Our good works, our keeping the law, does benefit ourselves, our families, our churches, and our communities. When we live rightly, we will grow in wisdom and be seen as wise. This is God’s will for us after we are saved. He wants to change us into who He wants us to be, and then He’ll lead us to do what He wants us to do.

When we do that, people will see, and we’ll have a platform to reach them for Christ.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

Response:

  1. What kind of platform for the Gospel is your behavior? Are your good works pointing people towards Jesus?
  2. Would you say that you are wiser now than you were this time last year? If you are growing in wisdom, how is that happening? If you are not, how do you see that happen in your life?
  3. Is there someone that you’ve built a reputation and connection with that it’s time to talk to about Christ?