Chapter 16 contains two of my favorite passages of scripture. The first starts at the bottom of page 224 or Isaiah 6. Isaiah, the prophet, sees a vision of the Lord that prompts him to fall and worship. Ever had one of those experiences where you are so overwhelmed by the presence of God that you literally feel week in the knees. It doesn’t happen to me often, but it’s very good when it does. His worship does not stop with just singing, in fact it’s not even clear that there is any singing. His worship is a heart-worship that moves him to confess his sin and proclaim the greatness of God, then to act…to move…to do something.
When was the last time that just being in the presence of God caused you to do something different than planned? Shouldn’t an encounter with the Holy God move us to more than just a warm fuzzy feeling? Shouldn’t it lead us to say, “Here am I. Send me!”
The second passage starts on page 228 (Isaiah 53) and includes some of the most beautiful and hopeful words of the entire Old Testament. Isaiah is describing the Messiah – the Savior for the people. 700 years before Jesus is born, Isaiah is speaking of Jesus…perfectly. These are some of the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled.
Have you read these passages before? How do they strike you? What stands out as you read words about someone who wouldn’t be born for 700 more years? Have you connected the dots?