Isaiah 31: One of Isaiah’s Meditation’s on the First Commandment

(9 verses, :51 to read)
What I am about to READ
  • Isaiah’s meditates on fearing, loving, and trusting in God above all things
MARK, LEARN & MEDITATE
  • I’m continually amazed (though I really shouldn’t be) how many texts of Holy Scripture center around the First Commandment.  I’m also amazed (though, once again, I really shouldn’t be) how spot on Luther’s summary of the First Commandment is when he says we should “fear, love, and trust in God above all things.”
  • Consider how this reading meditates on fearing God above all things:
    • We should fear Him who fears no one else.  As a lion is not intimated by shepherds, so the Lord is not intimated by anything fleshly or spiritual (4).  Consider how this cannot be said of anyone else (the powerful and wealthy, Satan and his demons, etc).
  • Consider how this reading meditates on loving God above all things:
    • We should love the One who loves us so much that He will protect, deliver, spare and rescue us, as a bird hovers over her young to protect, deliver, spare and rescue them from predators (5).  This image is especially helpful as it places in our hearts the picture of our Lord, with outstretched arms, upon a cross.  There is His protection, deliverance, sparing, and rescuing.  These promises are delivered in His Word for us now, and “He does not call back his words (2).”
  • Consider how this reading meditates on trusting God above all things:
    • First, listen to the different words of faith – rely, trust, look to, consult (1), turn to (6), and cast away idols (7).
    • We’re called to lean on the One who doesn’t stumble, lest we too stumble and fall when our false helpers fall (3).  He is One vs. many (1, 4), but the many are still no match against Him.  Jesus is He who bore the weight of God’s wrath on our sin for us and assures us now that He is the only one strong enough to carry the weight of our total fear, love, and trust.
 Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Post below, or join the conversation in our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailybiblemeditation/ or if reading on facebook, check out the blog: https://rightlydividedbible.wordpress.com/
Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC
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