Isaiah 34-36, Acts 26
28 And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?” 29 And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am—except for these chains.”
Love these two verses. Paul says if it lakes a long time or short time, I want you to believe as I do but not be in the chains that I am in! Paul repented and believed, and he wished that God would help everyone there to believe. He didn’t say he wishes they would suffer like he has, but that they believe as him without the chains that they had put on him. I know I can’t say that I have never wished an enemy or persecutor ill, but Paul didn’t feel that way.
Just discovered this app, and I’m so excited to continue reading the word in my phone. My toddler won’t let me sit down and read my actual Bible without tearing pages or crying. This is a perfect compromise. Thankful too for the example of Paul’s steadfastness.
Similar boat over here! Nap time is Bible reading time :)
Good job mama!
I’m loving the reminders of Paul’s character and story in Acts- he was so bold and unwavering and passionate to see people know Christ!
And it’s such a great pairing with the long, sometimes hard to read, book of Isaiah!
it really is amazing how steadfast Paul was throughout that long prison sentence and trial! I’ve never paid much attention to Acts, but this time through has really opened my eyes. it also pairs really Nicky
*nicely with Isaiah! especially when the messiah is mentioned! I mean we get to read the ancient promises of our savior before his birth and THEN we get to read about His followers after His resurrection all in one sitting!
Yes!!! I love how the OT is pairing with the nt!
One thing we should never feel each day is HopeLESS. If we are acting in a just way … If we are being good and honest and serving others … If we truly believe in our purpose and TRUST that His plan is ours to follow, Only amazing things can happen! Acts 26:31 And when they had withdrawn, they said to one another, “This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment.” 32 And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.”
There are snippets of encouraging words in Isaiah too (but most of the chapter is hard to read for me too!)
3 Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”
Thank you Jessica, Yes Lauren- Isaiah is hard for me too.
I think the main pattern of these last several chapters of Isaiah is that all the proud, destructive, and mocking rulers (like the Assyrian king in today’s reading) will be brought low and shown that Israel’s God is the True and Mighty God. The cities being laid to waste are proof that God is sovereign over these men and their gods- that their glory will pass away. Even Israel in its wickedness and unfaithfulness will be disciplined, and the other kings allowed to destroy it, taking the people captive, until the time when God calls them back to
Himself. Then they will return, and He will restore their land.
you summed it up perfectly!
Is anyone else struggling with Isaiah? I’m having a hard time interpreting the last several chapters.
I’ve always had a recalling hard time understanding both Isaiah and Jeremiah, but I’ve been reading the Message this time around and it’s helping a little! I’ll also admit that sometimes I Google certain verses if I’m really confused :)
hope this helps! a nice study Bible might be a good investment too!
My Bible study notes day that chapters 34:1-35:10 comprises an eschatological section that correspond to chapters 24-27. Chapter 36 is detailing the fall of Assyria.
It is refreshing to read Isaiah 36 in the midst of these chapters since we learned of King Hezekiah back in 2 Kings 18+ and how he sought council from Isaiah and bowed before the Lord in prayer when up against Sennacherib. Powerful confidence in the Lord God is what they needed… And what we Christians need today.
I use to struggle with the Old Testament and Isaiah and then I found this book series by Lynn Austin. It’s the Chronicles of the Kings series and the first book is called ‘Gods and Kings’. It is, hands down, one of the best books I’ve ever read, but she takes the events in Isaiah and the Old Testament and makes them relevant and easy to understand in today’s world. I read this series in like 1 week, it was that good, but it really did help me understand Isaiah so much better!
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