No Deals with Death

Steven Laman

Read: Isaiah 28:14-29 Then your covenant with death will be annulled. (v. 18) It’s no secret that North American culture is obsessed with avoiding death. Our entertainment, advertising, medicine, and politics are all carefully designed around the lie that we can live forever. In the midst of a death-denying culture, the prophet Isaiah calls us to take a more difficult …

God Phonics

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 28:9-13 It is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little. (v. 10) This little poem in Isaiah 28 is almost a schoolyard taunt. (In the original Hebrew, it’s full of so many silly rhymes and puns that it sounds like a nursery rhyme or a tongue twister.) …

A Blessing in the Middle of Conflict

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 19:18-25 In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth. (v. 24) In 1977, in the middle of the Cold War, the countries of Somalia and Ethiopia stood precariously in between the world’s superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. Ethiopia sided with the Americans, Somalia …

Where’s Your Galilee?

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 9:1-7 In the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea . . . Galilee of the nations. (v. 1) When Isaiah received this prophecy, the Assyrian Empire had recently destroyed the northern kingdom, reducing it to rubble. Where once proud cities stood, now there was only destruction and wasteland. The Assyrians then forcibly settled …

God Gives a Sign Anyway

Steven Rodriguez

Read: Isaiah 7:10-17 Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. (vv. 13-14) Syria and Ephraim (the northern kingdom of Israel) were threatening to overrun the kingdom of Judah, and King Ahaz was shaking with fear. The prophet Isaiah told King Ahaz to ask …