Kaleidoscope Day 15 Cannot Fail: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days

Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) Why did God highlight removing shame?

2) How does this passage display God’s big emotions and what can we learn from this?

3) How did/does God’s steadfast love impact lives?

Isaiah 54:4-10

“Do not be afraid, for you will not be put to shame;
don’t be humiliated, for you will not be disgraced.
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
and you will no longer remember
the disgrace of your widowhood.
5 Indeed, your husband is your Maker—
his name is the Lord of Armies—
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of the whole earth.
6 For the Lord has called you,
like a wife deserted and wounded in spirit,
a wife of one’s youth when she is rejected,”
says your God.
7 “I deserted you for a brief moment,
but I will take you back with abundant compassion.
8 In a surge of anger
I hid my face from you for a moment,
but I will have compassion on you
with everlasting love,”
says the Lord your Redeemer.
9 “For this is like the days of Noah to me:
when I swore that the water of Noah
would never flood the earth again,
so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
or rebuke you.
10 Though the mountains move
and the hills shake,
my love will not be removed from you
and my covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
says your compassionate Lord.

Original Intent

1) Why did God highlight removing shame?
The chosen children of God had a long history of walking away from His loving protection. They frequently chose to erect an idol and worship it when they felt God was not moving quick enough in a certain situation. They decided to separate from God and rule themselves. A lack of morality and faith in the One True God was prevalent as they pushed farther and farther from the source of Love. As Isaiah was writing this to Judah, the Southern Kingdom, they were being exhorted to once again turn back and repent. Their shame was heavy, their sins were many, and their disgrace was deep, keeping them separated from a close, protective relationship with God. God was kind to speak of His graciousness toward their shame, patiently wooing them back to Himself despite their perpetual choice of sin over God.

2) How does this passage display God’s big emotions and what can we learn from this?
In verses 7-8, God says He had deserted the Israelites and He was overflowing in anger towards them. Both of these seem harsh and wrathful. Yet, we know God is wholly perfect, so even in His anger, He would not sin. Isaiah goes on to tell how the Lord drew them back with mighty compassion and a love that would never end. These are also big, overwhelmingly strong emotional responses. The Lord was indeed angry, rightfully so, with His people for breaking their covenant and walking away from the relationship they had committed to being in with the Lord God. Judah had forsaken the Lord over and over, breaking her commitment to Him every single time. In His anger, however, the Lord was not rude, He did not mock them, He did not stop up His kindness, and though he “deserted” them, it was not permanent. In a parenting perspective, the Lord God put them in time out, giving them a consequence for their rebellion, but His steadfast love for them still continued without interruption.

3) How did God’s steadfast love impact lives?
The Israelites were being called out of rebellion, away from their sin, and back into the tender love of the Father God. They needed a promise to cling to as they looked toward leaving all their sinful ways behind and moving forward. They needed to be reminded of the gracious goodness of God, of the sweetness of being in communion with Him, and of the benefit of following Him. The sweet words of truth, steadfast love shall not depart from you” (verse 8) gave hope coupled with the promise “my covenant of peace shall not be removed” (verse 10). The Israelites could know for sure that the Lord’s kind, generous “compassion would be on them” (verses 8 and 10) because God is love! (1 John 4:8)

Everyday Application

1) Why did God highlight removing shame?
In our lives, shame often lingers nearby, popping up without warning. Shame tells us the lie that we need to fix ourselves before we can come back to sit at the Father’s feet. The reality is we can do nothing in our own power to ‘do better’ before a Holy and Perfect God, we are far too broken! God is wooing us back to Himself just as He did with Judah; He longs to have a close and intimate relationship with us where He lovingly frees us from shame and removes barriers between us. Only He is able to take away these chains that bind us up. If you feel desperately far from the Lord, too broken to ever return, take heart! He is wooing you, waiting for you to lean on His flawless righteousness, which He gives on our behalf when we accept His generous, grace-filled invitation. Take time today and assess where shame is holding you back. Cut those ties and walk forward in FREEDOM through Christ!

2) How does this passage display God’s big emotions and what can we learn from this?
It’s comforting to us, especially as women, to know that emotions are not a sin, it’s what we do with them that dictates whether we have crossed into sin or not. The Lord was angry, but He wasn’t “out of control”, choosing actions against Judah He would need to go back and apologize for later. His heart was always love for His people, even His anger and desertion were displays of love. As fallible human beings, this is an exceedingly difficult calling! Through the power of the Holy Spirit living within us, however, it IS possible! When we are truly loving another person like Jesus loves us, desiring their best, believing the best, bearing up with them, and longing to be kind to them, the Spirit will empower us to still act loving, even in our big emotions. We can be angry, but because of Jesus, we don’t need to choose sin! We can choose love!

3) How does God’s steadfast love impact lives?
Having head knowledge of God’s steadfast love is one thing. Allowing that precious truth to permeate our hearts and overflow into our lives is a totally different level of knowledge, reaching its way into full understanding. When we are wrapped in the steadfast love of God, that deep knowing that has grown into understanding of His love, the chains that have held us down melt away. We have emotional space to unpack the hurts of our past and forgive those who have caused such deep pain. Obedience becomes a joy when we deeply and intimately know the One who has called us to walk in love also loves us deeply and completely. Let’s reflect on His love for us and see where our next step with Him is going!

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Digging Deeper is for Everyone!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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