Spiritual Rants: “Wising Off” September 12 Daily Bible Readings in a year: Isaiah 10:1-11:16 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 Psalm 56:1-13 Proverbs 23:6-8

Old Testament:  Isaiah 10:1-11:16

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Isaiah 10:1-11:16   Opening A New Branch

Chap. 10:  Why don’t judges judge justly?  Could it be because they are not at all righteous themselves?  Why do they give such light sentences to people who should be behind bars?  Perhaps, because they are committing similar crimes?  McGee says they are “softhearted” and “softheaded.”   I have met some lawyers.  Believe me when I tell you that they have no clue that our laws are based on Judeo-Christian ethics, in other words, the Bible.  In fact, they don’t have much regard for any kind of standards.  And do you know who become judges?  Lawyers.  They are not teaching anything close to the Bible in law school.  That was the case in ancient Israel (vv. 1-4).

Jesus said the poor would always be with us (Matt. 26:11).  All our laws to help the poor seemingly haven’t helped them.  The churches should be the ones to help the poor but they aren’t even paying their employees properly today.

God is going to use godless Assyria to get the attention of Israel.  But Assyria is warned not to be pompous that God is using them (v. 4, 15ff).  Did God use Korea to get our attention?  VietNam?  Afghanistan? Iraq?

God will, however, save a remnant of Israel for Himself (vv. 20-22).  Verses 28-32 describe the assault by Assyria.  McGee believes it describes the exact route that an army from the north (Russia? cf. Ezek. 38-39) will take to the Battle of Armageddon.

Chap. 11:  There will be a remnant of Jews in the future that will be true to Yahweh.  There will also be a “shoot” or “Branch” that will arise out of the stump of Israel.  That “Branch” is Christ.

In comparison with the judges in the last chapter, Christ will judge righteously regarding the poor (v. 4).

The famous Scripture in vv. 6-9 refers to the one thousand year rule of Christ in the Millennium.  Christ will bring Heaven to earth.  What will Heaven be like?  Can you imagine the current world but everything is perfect?  You might be getting close to the image here.  McGee comments on v. 6, “And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,” that that could only happen today if the lamb was inside the lion.  In that day, they will dwell side by side.  The world will be a perfect place.

The Lord will provide a way for His people to return to Israel after the exile just as He created a way for the Israelites to pass through the Red Sea (v. 16).  This refers to the exiles after the captivity in Babylon but may also refer to the regathering of Israel into the land in the future.

New Testament: 2 Corinthians 12:11-21

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2 Corinthians 12:11-21  Wising Off

Notice who were the ones who did miracles back “in the day.”  It was the apostles.  I don’t get the idea that everyone was willy-nilly running around doing miracles (cf. Acts 2:43).

Paul repeated that he didn’t burden them by taking donations (cf. 2 Cor. 11:9).  Parents should not be a burden to their children but should provide for them (v. 14).

Paul again proves that he is most likely from New Jersey, being a wise guy and awash with sarcasm (vv. 14-18).  Sarcasm can make the point that things are so easy to understand that someone must be pretty dumb not to get the point.  I wish I could master that art.

Titus also treated them in an upright manner (v. 18).  Paul hopes for the best for the Corinthians.  He hopes there is no “strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, [or] disturbances” (v. 20) when he visits. He is also hoping that they have repented of their “impurity, immorality, and sensuality” (v. 21).  In saying, he is actually encouraging them to deal with these sins before he arrives.

 


Psalm 56:1-13    God Is For Me    A Lament Psalm by David


Proverbs 23:6-8    Commodity Trading

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Selfish, rich people are only looking out for themselves.  They consider you a commodity.  The problem is that you don’t realize that (v. 7).  That’s why Solomon is telling you (v. 6).  He doesn’t want you to realize and then get indigestion (v. 8).

 

Choose Life: Scripture:  Isaiah 11:6  NASB   “A Piece Of Peace”

” . . . And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little boy will lead them. . .”  Isaiah 11:6  NASB

Have you heard this verse quoted before?  “The lion will lay down with the lamb”?  Sometimes it is pictured on Christmas cards?  Have you heard that song that quotes Isaiah 2:4?  “And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war”?  Actually, those verse are often taken out of context as they refer to a future time of peace when Christ will rule on earth for a thousand years called The Millennium.

Or have you heard “’Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace,” (Jer. 6:14; 8:11)?  I wonder why that verse has never been made into a song?  (Sarcasm.)

Yesterday was the anniversary of one of the worst attacks on our nation ever.   There are perhaps more wars going on the world than ever.

There is a time coming when the “Prince of Peace” will rule.  Until then, there may be more and more and more strife in the world.

Despite all this, you can know the Prince of Peace in your life.  He came to bring peace.  Even in the midst of wars and rumors of war (Matt. 24:6; Mark 13:7).

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

Trust Jesus today for your peace no matter what is going on around you.

If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application: 

I had a seminary professor that said there are people who are crying “Peace! Peace!” but other people are picking up all the pieces.  I’ve noticed those type of people live long lives!

Scripture tells us that “if possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men” (Rom. 12:18).  We can only do that with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Some people seem as if they are really “asking for it.”  Maybe they are “asking for it” but they don’t know what they’re asking for.  We have a sign in our bathroom that says that people who need love the most deserve it the least.

Is there anyone you know today that needs some of Jesus’ love?

The purpose of the Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day.  There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:  Wising Off

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