Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week May 16 – May 21, 2022

Amber McMahon Bible Reading Guide

Monday, May 16, Isaiah 7

3 ‑‑ “Shear‑Jashub” means “a remnant will return.” It was a prophetic name. Isaiah’s other son was named Maher‑Shalal‑Hash‑Baz (8:3,4) which means “swift to the plunder,” a name symbolic of the fact that Northern Israel would be taken into Assyrian Captivity.

9 ‑‑ Sometimes Christians become satisfied with their spiritual knowledge and their spiritual lives even though they are weak in faith. Consider what the second half of this verse means for your life!

14 ‑‑ This verse stands out as a beacon of hope. God foretells the coming of Jesus. Jesus will be born of the Virgin Mary.  He is Immanuel, which means, “God with us.”  (cf. Matt. 1:22‑23; Is. 9:6)

 

Tuesday, May 17, Isaiah 8

4 ‑‑ The prophecy was fulfilled in 722 B.C. when the Assyrians dismantled the entire Northern Kingdom. It was gone completely.

20 ‑‑ Ahaz didn’t know what was really important. He didn’t heed God’s Word spoken to Isaiah in vv. 11‑17.  He couldn’t determine what was right and wrong because he hadn’t been connected to God’s Word.  That is often the problem in the lives of Christians today.  Many poor decisions result in sin because we have ignored the Word.  Only the Scriptures can guide us in the direction God wants us to walk and live.  Read Ps. 119:105.

 

Wednesday May 18, Isaiah 9

 Vv. 1‑2 ‑‑ Zebulun and Naphtali were both part of the Northern Kingdom.  They became “Gentile” regions when the king of Assyria settled some of his people there after he had removed most of the Jews.   Here is a promise that the Gospel will go out to the Gentiles. (v. 2)

Vv. 6‑7 ‑‑ What a beautiful promise of the coming Savior!  If you can remember the descriptions of the coming Savior recorded in v. 6, it will add new spark to your reading of the Gospels as you watch Jesus fulfill this promise.

 

Vv. 8‑21 ‑‑ Isaiah’s beautiful promise in vv. 6‑7 fell on deaf ears.  God then sent Isaiah to deliver a message of judgment in vv. 8‑21.  Why didn’t the people understand what Isaiah was telling them in these verses?  Why didn’t they repent?  Their hearts were hardened against the Lord.

 

Thursday, May 19, Isaiah 10

5 ‑‑ God used Assyria as the lightning bolt that struck His rebellious people. But the wicked, pagan nation of Assyria would not escape their sins and rejection of the Lord.

21 ‑‑ Despite the devastation, God provided His people with hope. The Northern Kingdom was gone. The Southern Kingdom would soon follow.  In 586 B.C. it fell to Babylon.  But there was a remnant that would return and set up house‑keeping in Israel again.  Through them, once again in the land of promise, God would bring the Savior into the world.

 

Friday,  May 20, Isaiah 11

1, 5 ‑‑ The stump of Jesse refers to King David. From that apparently dead stump, a shoot of new life appeared‑‑the Lord Jesus!  What wonderful gifts would the Holy Spirit give Him? (v. 2)  He will rule with righteousness, but also provide sinners with the righteousness they needed to enter heaven.

Vv. 6‑9 ‑‑ Jesus has a radical impact on our living.  These verses give the beautiful picture that where the Son of David, Jesus, rules, all hostility will cease.  Read Gal. 5:22‑25.

10 ‑‑ Jesus is the banner for the nations. A banner (a flag on top of a large pole) was used in Old Testament times to rally troops or to signal a gathering point. Nations will gather around Jesus!  He will give them eternal rest.

 

Saturday, May 21, Isaiah 12

 Vv. 2‑3 ‑‑ Perhaps you recognize these words as the refrain to Ps. 73 in the Hymnal.  It’s found on page 94.  This chapter is packed with comfort from the Lord which provides His people with abundant reason to praise God.  What does faith in the Savior do to fear in your life?  Look at verse 2.