Today we read the last chapter of Philippians and four chapters of Isaiah.
August 16: Philippians 4, Isaiah 19, Isaiah 20, Isaiah 21, Isaiah 22 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 4. Paul’s theme is joy “dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.” and “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” and this gem “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” and this one “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” This letter of joy and encouragement ends with a greeting: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Isaiah 19 gives an oracle about Egypt and tells of the future blessing of Assyria, Egypt and Israel.
Isaiah 20 is very short and contains a prophecy against Egypt and Cush.
Isaiah 21. The prophecies continue, this time against Babylon, Edom and Arabia.
Isaiah 22 contains a prophecy about Jerusalem.
Today we read the third chapter of Philippians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 15: Philippians 3, Isaiah 16, Isaiah 17, Isaiah 18 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 3. Paul has reason to brag about his perfect Jewish credentials, but he does not, he will glory only in Christ, and his resurrection. Let us press on towards the goal, after all, our citizenship is in heaven.
Isaiah 16 speaks of the destruction of Moab.
Isaiah 17 tells of the oracle against Damascus (as a side note featuring Nancy Pelosi in Damascus)
Isaiah 18 features a prophecy against Cush (with a vignette from modern Sudan).
Today we read the second chapter of Philippians and two chapters of Isaiah.
August 14: Philippians 2, Isaiah 14, Isaiah 15 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 2. Paul urges the believers to imitate the humility of Christ. Verses 7-11 are in the form of a hymn and shows how Jesus, even though he always is God, emptied himself and became obedient to the cross, even unto death. Look at that! They should work out their salvation with fear and trembling. Yes, salvation is past tense (for by grace have you been saved), present tense (work out your own salvation) and future tense (you will be saved). God is independent of time (He exised before time and space and created both). Then Paul ends with talking about Timothy and Epaphroditus.
Isaiah 14 speaks of the return of Israel to their own land, the fall of Babylon and the haughtiness of Lucifer. It ends with prophecies about Assyria and the Philistines.
Isaiah 15 is a prophecy against Moab.
Today we read the first chapter of Philippians and three chapters of Isaiah.
August 13: Philippians 1, Isaiah 11, Isaiah 12, Isaiah 13 (click on the chapter to begin reading).
Philippians 1. After the customary greeting Paul gives a heartfelt prayer for the believers. “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” (This was the verse given to me and my wife when we joined the church after our salvation). Paul is in prison and this works in favor of the Gospel. He also encourage them to behave worthy of the Gospel and follow Christ and be partakers with him in suffering.
Isaiah 11 speaks of the Branch from Jesse, containing this gem “and a little child shall lead them”. Even the animals will make peace.
Isaiah 12 is a hymn of praise to finish up the first part of Isaiah, the future of Israel.
Isaiah 13 is a prophecy against Babylon.
Think about that!
Or, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (KJV)
While the trinity, or the triune God is never explicitly spelled out in scripture, it is hinted at in so many places:
Yes, Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man:
This emphasizes who was, is, and will be performing the salvation, as was written in Philippians 1:5-6 “ For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day (past) until now (present); 6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it (future) until the day of Jesus Christ:”.