Isaiah, Chapters 11-16

“With rejoicing you will draw water
From the springs of salvation.”
~Isaiah 12:3

In some Bible passages, water is a metaphor for knowledge of the true God. (Is. 11:9; Re. 22:17)
An accurate knowledge of Bible teachings can strengthen our faith in God the way streams nourish a leafy tree. (Ps. 1:1-3)
Unlike trees, however, most of us do not have an innate inclination to enjoy Bible reading in and of itself.
A rejoicing attitude toward Bible reading is something that must be conscientiously nurtured.
When we do not read God’s Word regularly, or read it but do not take the time to analyze how it affects our relationship with our heavenly Father, we can begin to depend more on ourselves or on material assets.
In time, spiritual matters may become tedious and cumbersome.
In contrast, the more we get to know Jehovah, the more we perceive his loyal love and we are inclined to rely on him through anxious times.
Then we can share in the prophet’s joyous conviction:

“Look! God is my salvation.I will trust and feel no dread;
For Jah Jehovah is my strength and my might, And he has become my salvation.”
~Is. 12:2

Isaiah, Chapters 6-10

“Look! The true Lord, Jehovah of armies, Is chopping off branches with a terrible crash; The tallest trees are being cut down, And the lofty are brought low.”
~Isaiah 10:33

God has the power to bring down whomever he chooses.
Although he has for the most part left humanity to follow its own course, there are times when he has decided to remove or limit power from certain governors. (Eccl. 8:9)
For example, in ancient Israel, God’s angel put to death the Assyrian regime that had camped outside of Jerusalem. (2 Chron. 32:21; Is. 37:36)
God’s Word states that in the future, he will do away with all imperfect governments and only Christ will rule the earth from heaven. (Is. 9:6,7; Da. 2:44)
It does not matter how powerful a ruler thinks he is; in God’s eyes he is just a person who will eventually be put in his place. (Is. 7:9b; 8:12,13)

Isaiah, Chapters 1-5

‚Äč”Jehovah will enter into judgment with the elders and princes of his people.”
~Isaiah 3:14

Are you tired of seeing religious hypocrisy?
It is relieving to know that God Himself certainly is tired of it and he will call into account insincere ministers using his name to harm others.
In Isaiah’s day, the priests were ‘stealing from the poor’ and ‘crushing God’s people.’ (Is. 3:14,15)
Today, some religious leaders profit from their congregations’ donations. Others use the trust members of their faith have placed in them to exploit them in commercial transactions.
Jehovah God promises to bring back their heartless deeds upon their own heads. (Is. 3:11)
However, we cannot conclude that all organized religion is evil as a result of the misconduct of some.
The prophet compares true worship to a mountain to which peace-lovers turn to in order learn about the true God. (Is. 2:3,4)