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The 38th day – We are the reason that He suffered.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. — Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)

Today’s chapter (Isaiah 53) is the most important of all Isaiah’s prophecies for Christians. It tells the story of a Suffering Servant of God, whose mission was to help men and women discover a loving and satisfying relationship with their Creator, the heavenly Father! 

As I was doing my research on today’s verse, I came across a website that is totally devoted to this single chapter – Isaiah 53. Moreover, you can even get an amazing book for Free that explains this life changing chapter here: http://www.isaiah53.com.

Let’s find out a bit more about this chapter in this innovative video below:

3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4 Surely he took up our pain 
   and bore our suffering, 
yet we considered him punished by God, 
   stricken by him, and afflicted. 

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, 
   he was crushed for our iniquities; 
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, 
   and by his wounds we are healed.  

                                     — Isaiah 53 :3-5

And it gets better, here is a testimony:

“This is Our God” album Artist, Michael Gugliemucci, who has battled his own health crisis against cancer for two years, walked confidently on stage, with his oxygen tank in hand, declaring the promise of God from Isaiah 53, and boldly singing the words to his song ‘Healer’.

“On the Cross, Jesus took our punishment, he made the supreme sacrifice, so that we might be reconciled to our Father in heaven. Jesus suffered terribly to redeem us all from our sins. ” — Mark Stibbe

The 37th day – The Best Gift of All

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.

About 600 years before Jesus was born, this verse above was prophesied by Isaiah, the messenger of God. For to us a son is given and this son would reign on King David’s throne and His kingdom will be everlasting. Also the prophet Isaiah declared that Jesus is the Light of the World in Isaiah 9:2

 2 The people walking in darkness 
   have seen a great light; 
on those living in the land of deep darkness 
   a light has dawned. 

In a time of great darkness, God promised to send a light who would shine on everyone living in the shadow of death. He is both “Wonderful Counsellor” and “Mighty God”. This Message of HOPE was fulfilled in the birth of Christ and the establishment of his eternal Kingdom. He came to deliver all people from their slavery of sin.

Furthermore, Isaiah uses four names today’s verse to describe the Messiah. These names have special meaning to us:

Wonderful Counsellor – He is exceptional, distinguished, and without peer, the one who gives the right advice
Mighty God – He is God himself.
Everlasting Father – He is timeless, he is God our father.
Prince of Peace – His government is one of justice and peace.

Though there is still a long way till Christmas (my favourite time of the year), I thought I would still play something Christmasy because of today’s verse if you don’t mind.

The 30th Day – Love Poem

Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.

                                                                       —–  Song of Songs 8:7 (NIV)

Song of Songs is a very special book in Bible with only 117 verses in length, it is a wedding song honouring marriage. It is presented in poetic form as a ‘song’ about the wonder of sexual love. There are at least two individual speakers, a man and a woman, and a group called ‘friends’. there are conversations between them, but also thoughts of each lover about the other. Many see the Song as a symbol of God’s love for his people.

 

Saturated with stories of sexual escapades, secret rendezvous, and extramarital affairs, today’s media teach that immorality means freedom, perversion is natural, ad commitment is old-fashioned. Sex, created by God and pronounced good in Eden, has been twisted, exploited, and turned into an urgent, illicit, casual, and self-gratifying activity. love has turned into lust, giving into getting, and lasting commitment into “no strings attached.” In reality, sexual intercourse, the physical and emotional union of male and female, should be a HOLY MEANS OF CELEBRATING LOVE, producing children, and experiencing pleasure, protected by the commitment of MARRIAGE.

Here in today’s verse: Song of Songs 8:7, a bride spoke to her husband that the true love can never be washed away by waters, nor any material wealth can compare with it. It shows that LOVE IS STRONGER THAN DEALTH; it cannot be killed by time or disaster. LOVE IS PRICELESS; LOVE MUST NOT BE ACCEPTED AS A GIFT FROM GOD AND SHARED WITHIN THE GUIDELINES GOD PROVIDES. ACCEPT THE LOVE OF YOUR SPOUSE AS GOD’S GIFT, AND STRIVE TO MAKE YOUR LOVE A REFLECTION OF GOD’S PERFECT LOVE!

In addition, people also believe that ‘Song of Songs’ should be read as an allegory of Jesus Christ’s relationship with his bride – the church. In the book of Matthew 9:15, Jesus said,

And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride chamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. 

So what does it mean that the church is the bride of Christ? Here is a good explanation that I have got from my research:

The imagery and symbolism of marriage is applied to Christ and the body of believers known as the church. These are those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their personal savior and have received eternal life. In the New Testament, Christ, the Bridegroom, has sacrificially and lovingly chosen the church to be His bride (Ephesians 5:25-27). Just as there was a betrothal period in biblical times during which the bride and groom were separated until the wedding, so is the bride of Christ separate from her Bridegroom during the church age. Her responsibility during the betrothal period is to be faithful to Him (2 Corinthians 11:2Ephesians 5:24). At the Second Coming of Christ, the church will be united with the Bridegroom, the official “wedding ceremony” will take place and, with it, the eternal union of Christ and His bride will be actualized (Revelation 19:7-921:1-2).

The 27th day – We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
— Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

Psalm 139 is possibly the most intimate Psalm out of all that composed by King David. It is full of David’s praises for God’s personal interest in every aspect of his life. Let us have a good look at this beautiful psalm:

Psalm 139

 1 You have searched me, LORD, 
   and you know me. 
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; 
   you perceive my thoughts from afar. 
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; 
   you are familiar with all my ways. 
4 Before a word is on my tongue 
   you, LORD, know it completely. 
5 You hem me in behind and before, 
   and you lay your hand upon me. 
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, 
   too lofty for me to attain.

 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? 
   Where can I flee from your presence? 
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; 
   if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, 
   if I settle on the far side of the sea, 
10 even there your hand will guide me, 
   your right hand will hold me fast. 
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me 
   and the light become night around me,” 
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; 
   the night will shine like the day, 
   for darkness is as light to you.

 13 For you created my inmost being; 
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
   your works are wonderful, 
   I know that full well. 
15 My frame was not hidden from you 
   when I was made in the secret place, 
   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; 
   all the days ordained for me were written in your book 
   before one of them came to be. 
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! 
   How vast is the sum of them! 
18 Were I to count them, 
   they would outnumber the grains of sand— 
   when I awake, I am still with you.
   … 

In this Psalm, it depicts that David knows whatever people may say about God, and whatever they may say about us, God knows us, watches over us, guards and guides us like a perfect father.

Sometimes we don’t let people get to know us completely because we frighten that they will discover somethings about us that they won’t like. But God already knows everything about us, even to the number of hairs on our heads, and still he accepts and loves us. God is with us through every situation, in every trial – protecting, loving, guiding and guarding. He knows and loves us absolute 100%.

We are Indeed fearfully and wonderfully made by the hands of the world’s greatest Father. From the womb to the tomb, our Father invests in our lives personally. — Mark Stibbe

The 23rd day – Surely goodness and love will follow

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. — Psalm 23:6 (KJV)

It is exciting to write about today’s verse because this is my favourite Psalm!

Psalms means ‘Praises’  in Hebrew are prayers from the Old Testament of the Bible. There are 150 in total. Psalm 23 is directly attributed to David, who was a great king as well as a marvellous composer of psalms. This is such a beautiful description of the relationship of our Lord and us.

Psalm 23 in King James Version of the bible and my little understandings as follows:

1.The LORD is my shepherd; —- That’s RELATIONSHIP
2. I shall not want. — That’s PROVISION
3. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, — That’s REST
4. He leadeth me beside the still waters. — That’s REFRESHMENT
5. He restorethmy soul. — That’s HEALING
6. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness — That’s GUIDANCE
7. For his name’s sake. — That’s PURPOSE
8. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, — That’s TESTING
9. I will fear no evil: — That’s PROTECTION
10. For thou art with me; — That’s FAITHFULNESS
11. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. — That’s DISCIPLINE
12. Thou preparesta table before me in the presence of mine enemies: — That’s HOPE
13. Thou anointestmy head with oil; — That’s CONSECRATION
14. My cup runneth over. — That’s ABUNDANCE
15. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: — That’s BLESSINGS
16. And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. — That’s SECURITY

Could you imagine a greater celebration of the father’s role as intimate provider and protector from this?

Here is one of my favourite songs

Enjoy!

The 15th day – The Lord bless you and keep you!

The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. — Numbers 6:25 (NIV)

The Priestly Blessing
The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: ‘“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

‘This is the oldest blessing in the world and it is also the most beautiful.’

1. He will bless and keep his people. The blessings of God, both spiritual and physical, are the most wonderful promises for our life. The idea of “keep you” is divine protection from the father.

2. He will make his face shine upon them like the light of a new day dawning. This suggests warmth and hope of association with the Lord. God’s presence brings comfort to the faithful, and hope to the depressed.

3. His thoughts towards them will be THOUGHTS OF GRACE – of love that’s rich yet undeserved. Our God is a the most generous God, he is delighted to give good things to His children and love us unconditionally.

4. He will lift up his face towards his children and he will grant them peace. The lord did not chose to hide his face from his children, this is a look of approval that the Lord gives to those who live by faith. How amazing is to know that God approves of the way we are and promise to grant us peace. This peace denotes stability and calmness. Then, He gave us Jesus, who is the PRINCE OF PEACE, we can be sure of his promises. Trust in the Lord today!

“The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee. Trust in the Lord forever, for in God, the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.” (Isaiah 26:3,4).

This is truly the greatest of blessings.I have decided to write this verse down and put it on my wall after today’s reading. Now I feel blessed and joyful with these verses carved in my heart, though I have been distressed and troubled since yesterday. I know God is gracious, and he will bless us and protect us through any difficulties of my life. He is with us in every situation and everything we do. Amen



The 14th Day – Jealous God

Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, WHOSE name is JEALOUS, is a jealous God. — Exodus 34:14 

Continued with yesterday’s verse, God said to Moses later on in Exodus Chapter 34: “I am making a covenant with you. Before all your people I will do wonders never before done in any nation in all the world. The people you live among will see how awesome is the work that I, the LORD, will do for you.Obey what I command you today, I will drive out …”

God summarised the covenant: On his side of the contract, He is to protect and provide for them in miraculous ways and to drive out their enemies. Israel’s side is to obey everything that God has commanded them. 

Here it described that God is a jealous God. ‘Jealous’ (of God) means ‘demanding faithfulness and exclusive worship’. It is a father’s heart not wanting his children foolishly making up their own idols but stayed faithful to their own father. God is a jealous God until the day when his children all come home!

Nothing is better than to conclude this with the lyrics below:

Love this song, it is amazing!

Know Hope Collective – Jealous God

Now I know you would stop at nothing,
to pull me close, steal my heart away.
So here I am broken and listening.
Held captive here and I just wanna stay.

You’re a jealous God, You’re a jealous God.
You are a jealous God, for me.
And nothing else has ever felt this real to me.
You’re a jealous God.
Oh, You’re a jealous God.

Through this life, everyday, You’ve chased me.
Like a treasure underneath the sea.
When hope was gone, Jesus you came running,
to the ends of the earth for me.

Cause You’re a jealous God, You’re a jealous God.
You are a jealous God, for me.
And nothing else has ever felt this real to me.
You’re a jealous God.

You’re beautiful, and furious,
I tremble at the thought of this.
That You would go to Calvary,
how deep Your love must be for me.

You’re a jealous God, You’re a jealous God.
You are a jealous God, for me.
And nothing else have ever felt this real to me.
You’re a jealous God, You are a jealous God.
Now I know You would stop at nothing.