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House of Prayer

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Reading Isaiah 56:6-8 reminds me of Jesus’ cleansing of the temple.

The Lord’s house is a house of prayer.

So my home can be a house of prayer as well.

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Prophecy and the Holy Spirit

March 31, 2010 Leave a comment

In Acts 28:24-28, Paul quotes Isaiah 6:9-10.

The words of the prophets were the words of the Holy Spirit.

David’s Sin, Israel’s Sin

March 21, 2010 3 comments

The first reference to the Holy Spirit is found in Psalm 51.

The psalm’s heading reads, “For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.”  This account is recorded in 2 Samuel 11-12.

It is fascinating that the Bible’s first mention of the Holy Spirit (in isolation from God the Father and Son) is found in a song and prayer of repentance after David’s most grievous sin.

The only other mention of the Holy Spirit by name in the Old Testament is found in Isaiah 63.

In verses 7-14, Isaiah reviews one of Israel’s many rebellions.  It is in this context, anguish in sin, that we read about the Holy Spirit.

I am surprised by this pattern.

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What a Relief!

December 5, 2009 Leave a comment

At least, in verse 12, we read that God gives Jesus the props he deserves for his selfless sacrifice.

Glad that Jesus did this for the “many.”

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Isaiah 53:9-11

December 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Verse 10 highlights just how intentional Jesus’ sacrifice was.

God actively allowed Jesus to suffer so that he could be a guilt offering.

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Jesus’ Descendants?

December 3, 2009 Leave a comment

This verse suggests that the Messiah wouldn’t have any children.

Why would this even be mentioned?

Weird considering the possibility that Jesus might have had a family.

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Isaiah 53:7

December 2, 2009 Leave a comment

In this verse, Jesus models wise behavior in the face of opposition.

It’s a lesson I almost never apply.

I rarely keep my mouth shut when I’m frustrated.

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