Isaiah

To Contain Your Fear

The Lord leaned in close– his hand on my shoulder– and gave me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said, “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do. Don’t fear what they fear, or dread what they dread. Instead, make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He…

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To Be Saved

This is what God had in mind all along, to crush his servant with pain. The plan was that he give himself as an offering for sin so that he’d see life come from it— life, life, and more life. And God’s plan will deeply prosper through him. When his servant sees all that is…

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Unforgettable

Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their suffering. Yet Jerusalem says, “No. The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.” And the Lord responds, “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child?…

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With A Calling

Listen to me, all you in distant lands! Pay attention, you who are far away! The Lord called me before my birth; from within the womb he called me by name. He made my words of judgment as sharp as a sword. He has hidden me in the shadow of his hand. I am like…

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As A Gift To The People

This is what the Lord says: “At just the right time, I will answer you. When victory’s due, I will help you. I will protect you and give you to the people as my covenant with them. Through you, the land will recover and I will assign it to its own people again. Through you,…

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To Be With God Always

The Lord has comforted his beloved people. He will show tenderness and compassion to his suffering ones. Yet they say, “No. The Lord has deserted us. The Lord has forgotten us.” But the Lord responds, “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But…

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To Sing Alongside Creation

Let the heavens be glad, I, the Lord, made you, and I will not forget you. I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has…

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To See Past Appearances

My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked…

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To Understand Why God Died

He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. We thought he brought it on himself, that…

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To Live In The Future

The Lord will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth. He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The Lord has spoken! In that day the people will proclaim,…

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