Today we read the last chapter of 1 Thessalonians and two chapters of Isaiah.
September 3: 1 Thessalonians 5, Isaiah 54, Isaiah 55 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 Thessalonians 5 speaks of the Day of the Lord, no one knows the day or time. Then Paul gives final exhortations, among them are “Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Isaiah 54. After the gigantic chapter 53, writing about the sin-bearing, suffering servant the narrative switches back to God’s servant, Israel, and the Covenant of Peace. It enrs with “no weapon formed against you shall prosper”
Isaiah 55 is the invitation to abundant life. Remember this: “ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Today we read the fourth chapter of 1 Thessalonians and two chapter of Isaiah.
September 1: 1 Thessalonians 4, Isaiah 51, Isaiah 52 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 Thessalonians 4. Believers live to please God and are called to purity and godliness, brotherly love and orderly life. There is comfort in knowing of Christ’s coming for his own.
Isaiah 51 speaks of everlasting salvation out of Zion, via “the rock”. Wake up!
Isaiah 52. God redeems Jerusalem. “ How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” Verse 13 and forward is the beginning of the prophecy of the suffering servant.
Today we read the third chapter of 1 Thessalonians and one chapter of Isaiah.
August 31: 1 Thessalonians 3, Isaiah 50 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 Thessalonians 3 tells of Paul’s concern for their faith and he is encouraged by Timothy’s report. The chapter ends with a prayer that their love may increase.
Isaiah 50 continues elaborating about the Servant. The two last verses has meant much in my life: “ Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.”
Today we read the second chapter of 1 Thessalonians and one chapter of Isaiah.
August 30: 1 Thessalonians 2, Isaiah 49 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 Thessalonians 2. Paul defends his motives and his conduct, they were all pure. Then he gives thanks to God for the conversion of the Thessalonians and mentions his longing to see them.
Isaiah 49. A chapter on the servant. Is it Israel or is it Jesus? Isaiah indicates it is both, and “a light to the Gentiles.” Read it and contemplate.
Today we read the first chapter of 1 Thessalonians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 29: 1 Thessalonians 1, Isaiah 46, Isaiah 47, Isaiah 48 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
1 Thessalonians 1. After the greetings Paul gives thanks for the Thessalonians’ good example.”Ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.”
Isaiah 46 tells of the dead gods of Babylon and other useless idols. Compare that to the living God! “ Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:”
Isaiah 47 prophesies the fall of Babylon.
Isaiah 48. God declares His plan for Israel, and it ends with something quoted in a play. Which play?
1 Timothy 6, Honor Masters, Error and Greed, The Good Confession, Instructions to the Rich, the Love of Money is the Root of all evil, Guard the Faith.
1 Thessalonians 5, the Day of the Lord, Exhortations, Blessing and Admonition.
1 Thessalonians 4, Plea for Purity, Brotherly Love, Orderly Life, Comfort in Christ’s Coming.
1 Thessalonians 3, Paul’s Concern for their Faith, Encouraged by Timothy, Prayer for the Church.