March 16, 2020
The following devotional aid is for use in our homes during this time of separation and in preparation for Easter. Heads of households are encouraged to make use of this daily as they lead their families. A pastor will be leading this same devotion in a live-cast, Monday – Fridays at 5:30PM for anyone who would like to join in.
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Isaiah 53:1 (KJV) Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
Who hath believed our report?
A little boy walks into the kitchen to tell his mother that an elephant just sat on his bed and his bed went smash! He knows it’s going to be hard to convince her. Bursting into the kitchen, he yells, “You’re not going to believe this!”
Isaiah was one of the men sent by God to tell His people something unbelievable. Those men were called “prophets” and they were announcing the Messiah. They were sent by God to tell His people about the coming of the Strong Warrior who would rescue them.
What would this Messiah rescue them from and how would they recognize Him? Here in this chapter, Isaiah is going to tell them, but he knows they won’t believe him.
And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
When you “arm” a man, you give him weapons that increase his power. Your Dad’s arm is his strength, isn’t it? Have you arm-wrestled your Dad?
The “LORD” is God, so “the arm of the Lord” is the power of God. In these verses, Isaiah is going to reveal God’s power, but he knows no one will believe what he’s going to say.
Only God can open their eyes so they can see it. Isaiah has a tough job to do. He’s giving a message from God that’s unbelievable and God is going to reveal it to only a few people. The rest will say “no way” and turn away.
Do prophets have an easy job?
Isaiah is a prophet. Can you name any other of God’s prophets?
If God’s arm is strong, why does He have to help us see it?
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
mighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All praise we would render; O help us to see
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!
Prayer for the Day:
Almighty God, Who spoke in the beginning saying, “Let light shine out of darkness,” shine in our hearts today, giving the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. Enlighten our minds and hearts to see Jesus, and seeing Him to love Him, and loving Him to be made like Him in humility and holiness. Amen.
Other prayer requests:
Strength for our church in this time
Wisdom and compassion for our local, state, and national leaders
Faith and courage to speak to our friends and family about their souls
Scripture Memory this Week:
Isaiah 53:5-6 (KJV)
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.