Day 184 2 Kings 5-8

Day 185 2 Kings 9-11

Day 186 2 Kings 12-13, 2 Chronicles 24

Day 187 2 Kings 14, 2 Chronicles 25

Day 188 Jonah 1-4

Day 189 2 Kings 15, 2 Chronicles 26

Day 190 Isaiah 1-4

Day 191 Isaiah 5-8

   What a week.. both emotionally, and in the bible readings.  I often wondered why things seemed murky to me between the time of David and the time of Daniel. . . Well, because it’s a murky messed up time and I still can’t keep it straight.   It reminds me a great deal of the Mexican Revolution History class I took back in Undergrad.  Lots of overthrowing, killing, ugg…  Man these people were falling short of the bar God set before them,  granted only one set of feet that walked the earth ever reached that bar and he happened to be God incarnate.. but at least some have come a little closer to reaching the bar than the Kings of 2nd Kings.  This is a broken, hurting people experiencing such turmoil and pain.  They knew of the one true God but continuously tuned elsewhere, diluted the truth, and worshiped that which was not worthy of worshiping.  Man was always messed up.  Isaiah would have been difficult to live with.. Prophets always are, but he begins to speak of hope..

Isaiah 1:18

Though your sins are like scarlet,
   they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
   they shall be like wool.

He himself knew he was not worthy and his commissioning was fascinating to me.  The Seraphim took coal from the altar and touched the lips of Isaiah and said “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” … keeping in mind that the tabernacle on earth is a copy of a shadow of the one which exists in heaven, remember that on the earthly altar lambs which were flawless were sacrificed… their blood fell onto the coals under the altar.  In heaven WHO is the lamb that is sacrificed?  Whose blood dripped upon these coals that touched the lips of this unworthy man called prophet? 

Immeadiatly following this came a verse I am VERY familiar with… it was my ex-husband’s favorite verse, and the battle cry of the brigade he went to war with in Iraq:

Isaiah 6:8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

   And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

I’ve made quilts with this verse incorporated into it.

My loved one who left me is not beyond the reach of the mercy of my God.  My God did not leave me, nor did he leave him.  My God sacrificed his Son, so that I may be atoned for my sins, so that when God asked, WHO WILL GO FOR US? May I be able to say… here I am SEND ME.  I believe so would my ex-husband.  I believe, well I dearly hope, that although he is not my spouse he is still my brother in Christ, commissioned and still willing to GO when asked by HIM, much like Isaiah.