Isaiah 53:3 – March 20, 2019

He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain, Like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem. Isaiah 53:3 NABRE      Isaiah 53 is part of several passages known as the Servant Song. It speaks about a suffering servant, proclaiming the value of suffering, in that the servant triumphs through humiliation and suffering. More than that the servant makes the pains and the suffering…

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Isaiah 40:28 – March 15, 2019

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is God from of old, creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary, and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny. Isaiah 40:28 NABRE      The Hebrew people have been taken captive after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 587-586 BC. Babylon was defeated by Persia and their King, Cyrus issued a decree allowing the Hebrews to return home. It…

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Isaiah 43:19 – January 1, 2019

See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? In the wilderness I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers. Isaiah 43:19 NABRE      Isaiah prophesizes the return of those dispersed and taken captive to Babylon after the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by King Nebuchadnezzar. God is promising them they will be a new kind of exodus, not like their forefathers who spent years in the desert after…

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Isaiah 9:6 – December 25, 2018

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 NABRE      A child is born, a son given to us, a gift from God, because it is a sign that God is present among His people. Listening to this prophecy from Isaiah in the time it was proclaimed the child embraces all the…

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Isaiah 7:17 – December 23, 2018

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the young woman, pregnant and about to bear a son, shall name him Emmanuel. Isaiah 7:14 NABRE      The prophet Isaiah is the prophet most quoted by Jesus. There are many prophecies in Isaiah meant for the nation of Israel at the time of the prophecy that could also be understood to be prophesizing the Messiah. We see an example of that in the quoted verse. Isaiah’s…

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