July 31

22“As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,”  declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure.  23From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord.  “And they will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”  (Isaiah 66:22-24)

And just like that, the Book of Isaiah comes to a close.  For all the prophecies of hope hidden in his writings, the Prophet closed his work with one final apocalyptic image:  the faithful worshippers of Yahweh, looking out across the earth, which is littered with the worm infested bodies of all those who either chose not to believe, or those who actively refused to follow the creator of the universe’s calling.  A refreshing reminder that those who are faithful to God win in the end, no matter what the cost.  What are you willing to sacrifice to ensure you are standing on the right side of eternity, and more importantly, that the people you love are standing with you?

Next month, we read the Book of Jeremiah, another heavy hitting prophet who also accurately prophesied the coming of Christ.  His name is not as well known as Isaiah, but I hope I will be able to show you the writings where his visions highlight the coming of the Prince of Peace.

If you are behind in the Old Testament reading, keep pushing forward!  You will have plenty of time to catch up once we get to fall.  Whatever you do, take the advice of this great new song by Jordan Smith, and don’t quit!

Reading plan:  Reflect on all we have read this month.

Deeper reading plan:  Isaiah 65, 66

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