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B90X2012 “Servant Song #1″

Imagine for a moment you are a citizen of Judah during the prophetic span of Isaiah’s ministry.  The dates maybe somewhere around 740-700 BC.  You saw your brothers in the North fall under siege to the Assyrians and there are strong, very strong warnings that the Babylonians are coming your way to do the same to you in the South.  Mingled in Isaiah’s words are those of hope.  A surprising mention of a servant.  In obviously distinctive and fresh language, a vision and an application of a servant who will do things for the nation never before seen or heard.  The ‘servant of God’ strand flowing through Isaiah marks a significant mysterious character whose qualities rival any prophet, priest, or king.  Five ‘songs’ are featured in the latter portions of Isaiah.

Who is this servant?  If you were hearing Isaiah’s words, you would truly be baffled.  Is it Cyrus, Hezekiah, Eliakim, a missionary, Isaiah himself, a reincarnated Moses or Elijah, the nation of Israel, another king, God himself, is it the people of God corporately, are they individual ‘believers’, or is it an individual who is a messianic figure?  The options abound for the hearers.  He is a mystery man!

The servant is first introduced in Is. 42:1-9 “Here is my servant” the great solution.

Vv. 1-4 God addresses Israel.  Justice is used three times in these verses (1, 3, and 4).  He is not just for Israel, but for the nations (Gentiles) (1). Notice how gentile he is and full of humility (2, 3).

Vv. 5-7  God (Ha’ El- “He who is indeed the true transcendent God”) addresses the Servant.  His purpose is delineated in (6,7) “a light for the Gentiles.”  There is a future reference to Is. 61 in v. 7 “to free the captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.” Also this verse looks back at Isaiah 7.

Vv. 8-9 God address Israel again.

There is a hint of opposition; his task is not easy, but doable.  The character and mission of the Servant: will bring salvation and a new world order.  The Spirit and justice dominate this ‘song.’

B90X “the Servant of the LORD” Day 53 (Is 52:13- Is 66:18)

Another beautiful day in Colorado Saints!

Imagine for a moment you are a citizen of Judah during the prophetic span of Isaiah’s ministry.  The dates maybe somewhere around 740-700 BC.  You saw your brothers in the North fall underseige to the Assyrians and there are strong, very strong warnings that the Babylonians are coming your way to do the same to you in the South.  Mingled in Isaiah’s words are those of hope.  A surprising mention of a servant.  In obviously distinctive and fresh language, a vision and an application of a servant who will do things for the nation never before seen or heard.  The ‘servant of God’ strand flowing through Isaiah marks a significant mysterious character whose qualities rival any prophet, priest, or king.  Five ‘songs’ are featured in the latter portions of Isaiah.

 Who is this servant?  If you were hearing Isaiah’s words, you would truly be baffled.  Is it Cyrus, Hezekiah, Eliakim, a missionary, Isaiah himself, a reincarnated Moses or Elijah, the nation of Israel, another king, God himself, is it the people of God corporately, are they individual ‘believers’, or is it an individual who is a messianic figure?  The options abound for the hearers.  He is a mystery man! Continue reading

Day Twenty Eight B90X (2 Ki 15:27-2 Ki 25:30)

Good morning everyone.

 In finishing up 2 Kings today, we just blew through roughly 400 years in

On their way to Babylon as the City of Jerusalem falls

 both the Kings books.  That was a lot of names, dates, mothers, “doing evil in the eyes of the Lord”‘s, setting up and tearing down Asherah poles.  Yet through it all, there were glimpses of hope in kings, people, and the presence of God.  Joshiah is a bright spot in the road.  While some kings reigned for a few months or a year, Josiah had the longest at 69 years.  Way to go Joe!  He is a great example for us to look to as a radical for the Lord.

 2 Kings 14:25  Did you see the prophet Jonah made an appearance?  This is the same one who heads to Nineveh to preach repentance and has a book named after himself.
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27th of Jan B90X (2 Ki 4:38- 2 Ki 15:26)

 G’deye  Blokes and Sheilas (you have to say it with an Auzy accent as you throw a shrimp on the bar-by)~
 
Is all going well for you?  I was at a Castle Rock pastor’s prayer time this morning.  Someone asked how our churches are going and what kinds of things we were doing to encourage our community of believers into holiness.  Can I just say how very proud of you all I am?  Some were so taken back by the fact that many of you would give up food or sweets or TV or computers or facebook or alcohol for any length of time, let alone for 21 days.  Then to top it off, for you to be reading the whole Bible in 90 days.  We are part of a good thing Saints.  Stay at it.  Keep your hands on the plow moving forward.
 
Were any of you as puzzled today by the story of Jehu as I was?  He is anointed king of Israel by Elisha and is commanded to rid the country of anything to do with Ahab and his family.  We know they are scoundrels.  They want to change the religion from their brand of Judaism to Baalism. Then he says, “Come with me and see my zeal for the Lord.”  Here is where it got odd, 10:18, “Ahab served Baal a little; Jehu weill serve him much.”  What?!  Whose side is Jehu on?  He then packs a Baal temple with Baal priests, gives them new robes, and as they were trying them on (my addition), Jehu snuck outside, ordered the doors locked, and sent dudes in to annihilate them all.  I had to read through it all a couple of times.  As it turns out, Jehu pulled a fast one on them.  He deceived them all.  Interesting stuff.
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Day 26 B90X (1 Ki 16:21- 2 Ki 4:37)

Good morning~
 
I will have to admit, it takes a high degree of fortitude to keep up with this pace of reading.  And boy is it worth it!  Great stuff today.
 
Key dates to jolt your memory:
971 BC  The anointing of Solomon
931 BC  The division of the United Monarchy into North (Israel) and South (Judah)
722 BC  The fall of Samaria, the capital of Israel (invader: Assyria)
612 BC  The fall of Nineveh (the Assyrian capital)
605 BC  The battle of Carchemish
605, 597, 586 BC  The three attacks on Jerusalem and the fall (invader: Babylon)
 
I have attached several charts today from a book I own, John H. Walton, Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament (1994, Grand Rapids: Zondervan).  One is a map of the kingdom at its zenith, another at the split, one is all about family and ancestry of David, another the history of the United Monarchy, and a cool one, a list of the deities of the ANE we read about.
 

Elijah calling down fire upon the altar on Mt Carmel and the prophets of Ba'al.


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