Today's passage: Isaiah 66
- We cannot impress God. We are not going to wow Him with our accomplishments. The right response before the holy, omnipotent God is a humble and contrite spirit.
- Everyone who rejects God and incurs His wrath does so by their own choice (Verse 3).
- And yet, many of them reject God and sin against His people as if they were obeying Him (Verse 5).
- There will be resurrection for the redeemed, and it will follow the time of God's judgment.
- Believing Jews and Gentiles from around the world will come to Israel and worship the Lord.
Questions to consider:
- If I feel like God is lucky to have me on His team and can't wait to get my trophies and rewards in Heaven because of how awesome I've been, which kind of person am I trending toward considering verses 2-3? Is it possible for someone to think they are a Christian but instead be a person who is doing wrong in the name of Jesus?
- How does the culture we live in view people who are humble, contrite (expressing remorse for my guilt), and who tremble at the words of God? How do those postures compare to the ideas of “following your heart,” “being true to yourself,” and being a “product of your environment?”
- Does anyone ever go to Hell/endure God's wrath because they rejected God against their will (Verse 3)? What makes a proud sinner become a humble contrite follower of Jesus (John 3:1-8)?