“Woe unto the wicked! As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them.” Isaiah 3:11,12
Isaiah says: “Here am I: send me.” Isaiah 6:8
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. Of course that beautiful chorus The Messiah is belted out singing these words from the Bible. I love that He's my counselor. We chicks like to talk about stuff, and figure stuff out. He's the counselor.
For some reason this made me laugh out loud recently, sometimes God is so funny the way he says things. He is saying not to give yourself credit or think your own strength or wisdom is to be commended.
“Shall the ax boast itself against him that heweth therewith? Or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? As if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.” Isaiah 10:15
Talking of the righteous Branch that will grow out of Jesse, which is to say, Jesus Christ: “With righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” Isaiah 11:4 And that is so true when you hear the brilliant things he says in the New Testament to the pesky Pharisees.
Description of Satan here: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Isaiah 14:12-14
Talking of God getting fed up with sinful Egypt and His plans to smite them: “In that day shall Egypt be like unto women: and it shall be afraid and fear because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which he shaketh over it.” Isaiah 19:16. There it is girls, we are the weaker sex if the cut-down insult here is that the fighter dudes will be as women. Weaker doesn't mean bad or terrible or we are worthless. It just means men are stronger and we are to be cherished and cared for. I'm good with that.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” The “stayed on” part can be translated “steadfast” or “fixed.” Right there is most of the wisdom we ever need for the rest of our lives. Everyone is searching for how to be at peace. It says right there anyone whose mind is fixed on the Lord, will be kept in perfect peace. That doesn't mean nothing bad is going to happen. We are circumstance-dependent too often. Whatever swarms about to engulf us, keeping our minds stayed on the Lord allows Him to keep us from despair.
“Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.” Isaiah 26:8 In the margin of my Bible I wrote, Our purpose in life is to glorify him, he’s the passion of my life.
God is rebuking the stubborn people who he tried to tell “this is the rest wherewith ye may cause the wary to rest; and this is the refreshing, yet they would not hear.” Or translated simply, “they would not listen.” Isaiah 28:12
“Wherefore hear the word of the Lord.” Isaiah 28:14. And, yay you, that's what you're doing right now.
“For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength, and ye would not.” Isaiah 30:15
So Isaiah tells us today that God “will be very gracious unto thee at the voice thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” Isaiah 31:19-21
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace, and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.” Isaiah 32:17
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arms and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” Isaiah 40:11. That's just a really sweet passage for mothers isn't it.
“Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the Lord and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint: and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:27-41
Here is a very sweet verse from Isaiah:
“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” Isaiah 41:13
“I am the Lord: that is my name, and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8
“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” Isaiah 43:10
“I am the first, and I am the last.” That alpha omega thingy. Isaiah 44:6
“O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.” Isaiah 48:18
Okay if we ever start to feel like God has forgotten us, here is a hit the forehead reminder that He never will.
“But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me. Can a woman forget her nursing child? That she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?” Isaiah 49:14-15
Ha! God makes me laugh. Of course a mother can't forget her nursing child.
“The Lord hath given me the tongue of the leaned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary; he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth my ear as the learned.” Isaiah 50:4
In the margin by this next one I wrote: Jesus wasn’t buff as to not threaten anyone; he’s very approachable.
“For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that we should desire him.” Isaiah 53:2 Those descriptions can also be translated no “stately form” or no “splendor.”
Here’s the one that says God is your husband, which helps me sometimes when my husband is away:
“Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded: for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For thy Maker is thine husband, the Lord of hosts is his name.” Isaiah 54:4-5
“Hear, and your soul shall live.” Isaiah 55:3
“Seek ye the Lord.” Isaiah 55:6 In my margin I wrote “pursue Him.”
“For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” Isaiah 64:4
“For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord; but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” Isaiah 66:2 My husband wrote in the margin for contrite spirit = “crushed in heart.”
“As one whom him mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.” Isaiah 66:13