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Rated Trustworthy – Integrity

integrityThis passage is saturated with God’s passion for integrity and justice. In it, as in many prophetic passages, Isaiah deals with more than one time period.

He touches both on how God will deliver Judah from Assyrian aggression (see 37:30-38 for a record of the fulfillment), and with the reaction of Jerusalem’s residents, both those in the ancient city and those in the New Jerusalem (v. 5 and Revelation 21:2).

Interact with God’s Word:  Isaiah 33:1, 5-6, 14-16a

  1. Name some non-monetary treasures that people are often driven by.
  2. Judging by what you think and dream about (v. 21), what are your treasures?
  3. How susceptible are these treasures (v. 19) to losing their luster or being wiped out?
  4. What are some treasures (v. 20) that can withstand these hazards?
  5. How does what you assign value to tend to define what will command your time and efforts?
  6. Why do you think desire is a more potent motivator than duty?
  7. What (v. 21) is the correlation between your treasures and your desires? If what you concentrate on and dream about changes, could your treasures remain unchanged?

Spend Time in Prayer:  Ask God to help you concentrate more on His eternal heavenly economy and lessen your preoccupation with earth’s transitory economy.

Isaiah 33:1, 5-6, 14-16a

1 What sorrow awaits you Assyrians, who have destroyed others
but have never been destroyed yourselves.
You betray others,
but you have never been betrayed.
When you are done destroying,
you will be destroyed.
When you are done betraying,
you will be betrayed.

5 Though the Lord is very great and lives in heaven,
he will make Jerusalem his home of justice and righteousness.
6 In that day he will be your sure foundation,
providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.
The fear of the Lord will be your treasure.

14 The sinners in Jerusalem shake with fear.
Terror seizes the godless.
“Who can live with this devouring fire?” they cry.
“Who can survive this all-consuming fire?”
15 Those who are honest and fair,
who refuse to profit by fraud,
who stay far away from bribes,
who refuse to listen to those who plot murder,
who shut their eyes to all enticement to do wrong—
16 these are the ones who will dwell on high.
The rocks of the mountains will be their fortress.
Food will be supplied to them,
and they will have water in abundance.

Prayer for the Week: Please give me the boldness, Lord, to demonstrate Your righteousness where You’ve placed me.

 

 

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