October 3 | Daily Devotion

October 3 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.” ~Isaiah 27:6

Isaiah is still looking into the distant future in this section. A day will come when God will slay Leviathan (the great serpent), who represents the nations in all their sin. In addition, He will judge His own people for they are like a vineyard that has produced bad grapes. How much better if they had produced briars and thistles because these could be cut out! However, the whole harvest is good for nothing. What a harsh commentary on God’s people!

Although God is committed to saving His people in the end, He is not happy with them. They refuse to listen to the preachers who come to call them back to a faithful keeping of God’s Word. Rather than taking the preacher’s admonitions to heart, they mock him. “Do this, do that, a rule for this, a rule for that” a little push in this direction, a little push in that direction (Is. 28:10). The problem is that God’s people have become a bunch of scoffers. They don’t want to hear the truth; they can’t handle the truth! So God will judge them, and then He will restore them.

These are hard-hitting sermons, and they are not bound in time. Our ears should be as attentive as the Israelites should have been. Isaiah’s words call all of us to be sure that our hearts are sensitive and supple and ready to change. If we will listen, welcome the changes that are part of growing in Christ, and do what God calls us to do, then mercy and restoration awaits. Let’s not stiffen our necks when His Word confronts us. Listen, and follow His call so that you may be blessed (Jas. 1:22-25).

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.