- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Isaiah 28
Chapter 28 -34 describes God’s judgement for the wicked and God’s restoration “in that day,” for the remnants.
Chapter 28 begins oracle against Ephraim. Ephraim represents the northern kingdom of Israel, ruled by evil kings. Oracle goes against religious leaders (1-14) for their pride. Even though God teaches them with word of wisdom and new tongues, they would not listen to God, making up their own minds. For this attitude, prophet Isaiah warns them that foreign country, Assyria would teach them instead.
Oracle also goes to civil leaders (14-15). Even Judah, the southern kingdom, turned to other source of security, which was death, doomed to fail. Isaiah warned them that God was the only precious corner stone, the foundation on which everyone must trust.
Isaiah calls for returning to God in his parable of farmer (23-29). Like a farmer who uses special tool to plan and harvest tender herbs so he will not destroy them, God takes all circumstances, weaknesses into account. God will treat God’s people tenderly with “wonderful in counsel and magnificent in wisdom.” (29).
This is the message that prophet Isaiah speaks to his people about God, and calling for returning to God in trust.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?