Kia Ora! Have you ever wondered what Isaiah is about? Do you know about chapters 6 and 53, but not much in between?
Then you’ve come to the right place! I’m planning on writing a whole systematic series on Isaiah from chapter 1 all the way to chapter 66. Daunting much? Don’t worry, I’ll walk you step by step through each verse. In fact you’ll have two different devotional options for each chapter!
2am Isaiah devotions
The 2am Isaiah devotions will be short. They’ll be easy to read and have the Bible verses right there (the World English Bible translation, see why below).
This is the devotion to read if you only have one brain cell functioning, because it’s 2am and you’re breastfeeding and can’t keep your eyes open.
2pm Isaiah devotions
The 2pm Isaiah devotions will be longer and a lot more in depth. These devotions are for when you’ve had 5 coffees and don’t need toothpicks to keep your eyes open.
Unfortunately at the moment (October 2019) I have a new new born and a two-year-old. Not an ideal time to write something with an academic bent to it. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to start writing these more in-depth posts, but in the meantime I’m going to focus on the 2 am devotions.
When I do you get that opportunity, I am going to be answering the following questions for each chapter:
- What’s the situation behind the text (aka context)?
- What are some questions I had about the passage?
- What are the main idea and key points in this passage?
- What do we learn about God, especially what he likes and dislikes, from this text?
- How can we live more in line with this text (aka application)?
These devotions will site other parts of the Bible and commentaries, because why should you trust what some random person on the Internet says about God’s Word? Below I’ve listed the places I’ve gone to find explanations on Isaiah from people who’ve studied this book a lot more than I have and are known for being reputable.
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A brief word on Bible translations
I think each Bible translation and paraphrase has a merit for something. For example, after reading the NIV and ESV for a decades my husband and I occasionally read from the Message, as it has turns of phrase which make our ears prick up. It stops the familiar being familiar.
Now when it comes to quoting large chunks of the Bible (which this series will do), there are copy right laws. This is why I’ve chosen the World English Bible. It’s not because I think it’s the best translation for the job, but it’s the one I’m allowed to use legally.
Occasionally, when there’s something quite different from the NIV or ESV, I’ll point this out.
My sources of these Isaiah devotions
The second source to highlight is the New Bible Commentary. If you’re going to do any sort of regular Bible study for the benefit of others then this book is a cost effective way of getting an introduction and… comments on the whole Bible in one book. It’s hefty, but worth having as a reference.
The third source I’ve used in my own studying of Isaiah are these lectures by Dr. John Oswalt. Now, I’m a skeptic when it comes to finding any sort of Bible stuff on the Internet (ironic that I’m writing devotions isn’t it?)
Always ask questions
I’ve been a Christian for about 15 years now and in that time have studied the Bible as deep as I can. So if a text doesn’t line up with what I understand the Bible to be saying I find that quite refreshing.
What? You might think. Why?
If I find something that disagrees with my understanding of the Bible it forces me to find passages of Scripture to back up what I believe. I have to find evidence for what I believe and not just blindly go along with what other people say.
Of course I respect and trust my pastor and I submit to my church leadership, but I don’t do so blindly. If something doesn’t match my reading of a text I’ll ask questions.
The John Oswalt lectures
Back to Dr. John Oswalt. Who is he? Why should I give him as a source for these devotions?
Because he wrote the book, literally. Not Isaiah, but a well respected commentary on it:
I’ve used these commentaries in the past and loved them. So discovering the author has a series of lectures on it for free online… Well, I was quite excited.
The aim of these Isaiah devotions
The aim of Kiwi Style Mum is to provide tired mums with some spiritual brain food.Kimi Smith
I want to encourage you to keep following Christ in this exhausting phase of life. As I said, these devotions are aimed at mums who have a spare moment here and there to think about Christ.
Your relationship with him is important. It is worth working on, even when you’re trying to juggle everything.
In saying that, I want to make this clear: nothing I say here has any authority over you. And some of it may be wrong. But I still think it’s worth writing about, as it’s the most worthy topic of all to write about. Please consider me a friend and peer, or perhaps even someone with less Bible knowledge than yourself.
Judge what I say and don’t believe it blindly.
May you be encouraged
I pray that anyone, mum or not, reading these devotions will be encouraged to live more like Christ. If even one person (other than me) learns one thing about Isaiah through these blog posts I’m going to count that as a success.
In fact, it’s already a success in terms of my own spiritual growth. May it be so for you too.