Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 208

Friday, July 27, 2012

Welcome to Day 208 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Isaiah 50; Isaiah 51; Isaiah 52; Psalm 92; 2 Peter 1 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Isaiah 49-52 outline the Servant’s mission. Speaks of Cyrus and Israel’s liberation from Babylon, but also prophetically speaks of Jesus, THE servant.

Isaiah 50:6 is a clear reference to Christ. “I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting.”

Isaiah 51:11, “They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.”

Isaiah 52:15, “so he will sprinkle many nations…” A crystal clear reference to the blood of Christ, the spotless lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Psalm 92:1, “It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, 2 proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night…”

2 Peter 1:19, “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”

O bservation

Isaiah 52 is an amazing prophecy about the (then) coming Christ. Of course we have the benefit of looking back and reading with a different perspective, seeing it’s fulfillment in Jesus, from his birth (Isaiah 9) to his crucifixion. (Isaiah 50.)

A pplication

“So he will sprinkle many nations…”

When John the Baptist announced, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” this had special meaning to the hearers… They understood that phrase, language and the implications.

“He [Moses] sprinkled some of the oil on the altar seven times, anointing the altar and all its utensils and the basin with its stand, to consecrate them.” Leviticus 8:11

Consecrate means “to sanctify, prepare, dedicate, be hallowed, be holy, be sanctified, be separate.”

That is to what God is calling us! To be set apart. To be prepared, dedicated, holy… separate. Set apart for Him and His purposes in our lives.

The crowd knew EXACTLY what JtB meant by “the Lamb of God” whose blood would (metaphorically) “sprinkle many nations.”

As western Christians, centuries later, we have to really work to connect all those dots…

Yet we also have a huge advantage! We have the benefit of looking back over millennia, seeing the big picture, how the Old and New Testaments fit together, how the New completes the Old. The fulfillment of all those prophecies!

These are exciting times in which we are living!

I often think about what Jesus said to Thomas (after the resurrection!), “Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

We fall into that category… “those who have not seen and yet have believed.” We are blessed for our having faith in what we haven’t seen. Jesus’ disciples saw with their own eyes, all the miracles and his coming back to life after being crucified. Israel had centuries of history of following the pillar of cloud and fire, seeing God move and act on their behalf, Parting the Red Sea, providing manna every day. Water from a rock. Seeing thousands of bulls and goats sacrificed… their blood sprinkled on the altar for the (temporary) covering of sin.

Jesus’ blood removed, forever, our sin! And not ours only, but also “the sins of the whole world!” (1 John 2:2b). (All one has to do is put their trust in Jesus. “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 2:2a).

Let’s walk in the blessing of having NOT seen, and yet believing!

P rayer

Thank you Lord for the price you paid for us! For your blood that was shed, and sprinkled on the nations!

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2 thoughts on “Day 208

  1. Mark Long on said:

    It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
    and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
    I sing for joy at what your hands have done. (Psalm 92:1-4 NIV)

    This ^^^ really makes me smile!

  2. Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust. (2 Peter 1:3 MSG)

    We have everything (not just something) that goes into a life of pleasing God. Getting to know Jesus personally and intimately is the key to this life. The ticket to participation is turning my back on a world corrupted by lust.

    How do I turn my back on a world corrupted by lust without becoming a hermit? Sex is everywhere. This is a sex craved culture. People get whipped out of shape regarding homosexuality and don’t seem to be upset about prodomiance of sexuality. Commercials and sitcoms are full of it. It’s interesting that the further my relationship goes with Christ, the more I become aware of such things and avoid it. Maybe that is the point.

    Lord, we need more family friendly Tv and radio.

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