2008-10-27 - Isaiah: Seeing Double
Because of Isaiah's love for God, he was sawed in two. (The Book of Isaiah, Hebrews 11:37)
"I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses." (Isaiah 63:7 NIV)
The role of prophet did not make Isaiah popular. One of his duties was to warn the people of their rebellious behavior. The people of Israel were ignoring God. The Lord was not going to listen to their prayers, until the people repented. Isaiah wanted the people to understand the magnitude of their sinful actions, and how it wasn't too late to receive God's forgiveness and restoration.
A strength of Isaiah's was his willpower. The Godly messenger was not afraid of confrontation. He was more concerned with the status of the people's spirituality than hurting their feelings or being liked. He did not want these people to suffer in a life without God.
The Bible does not specifically indicate how Isaiah died; legend states that the prophet suffered a martyr's death. By order of King Manasseh, Isaiah was sawed to death by a wooden saw. Although Isaiah endured a painful and long death, he did not let God down. He was devoted to His creator.
Lord, Open the eyes of those who need to live according to Your commandments. Correct their views regarding Your commands, so that they see them as helpful. You have our best intention at the forefront. I beg that people will stop being disobedient, so they will no longer suffer for their mistakes. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
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