Today we are reading Isaiah 28, 2 Kings 17:5, 2 Kings 18:9-12, 2 Kings 17:6-41, and Isaiah 1:1-20. Let’s get into it!
I just want to unpack Isaiah 28 a little bit. Want to do it with me?
“will” suggests future tense: “the Lord has a mighty and strong One who WILL bring them down” (Is. 28:2 NKJV)
not immediate, not all at once: “line upon line, here a little, there a little” (Isaiah 28:10 NKJV)
patience: “Whoever believes will not act hastily” (Isaiah 28:16 NKJV)
process: 28:26 – “God teaches him” (Isaiah 28:26 NKJV)
moving us forward: “the Lord… wonderful in counsel and excellent in guidance” (Isaiah 28:29 NKJV)
All of these things represent a process – there’s a benefit to operating in faith. When you KNOW that the Lord will solve your problem/heal your body/provide your need/ease your worry, then what do you do? You wait on Him in confidence – and now waiting is a pleasure because you KNOW the answer will come. Praise Him in the meantime. Somehow I got into NKJV this morning, but I liked it!
“Then one of the priest whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the Lord” (2 Kings 17:28 NKJV)
Even in this priest’s captivity, he still had a tremendous purpose. I’m noticing that after a chapter in Isaiah on waiting and the process, we have chapters in which lots of difficulties took lots of years. God is still and always at work.