- 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 30
Oracle against obstinate Judah and her leaders. God judged Judah because she made futile treaty with Egypt against Assyria. Prophet Isaiah recalled King Hezekiah’s entering into an anti-Assyrian alliance with Egypt in 705-701 BC. His alliance was rebellion against God. Isaiah warned that the caravan the King Hezekiah sent to Egypt bearing tribute to buy the Egyptian’s allegiance would encounter fearsome animal, Rahab, a sea monster. And he warned against false prophets in Judah and their sin against God, which would eventually lead them to destruction. They relied on Egypt, not God. They turned their ear from God, not listening to God (v.15).
Isaiah warned the rebellion of Judah against God and that Judah should trust in God alone (v 15). God has taken actions against people in Judah but God would at last deliver and heal them. “grace,” “compassion,” “justice,” were divine character upon which God restored them. Zion is another name for Jerusalem.
“In that day,” Isaiah prophesied, the almighty of God will tremble down all enemy including Assyria and God will restore Judah, her land, production and property, God will heal the people in Judah.
God’s judgement includes God’s justice and God’s salvation.
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?