December 10 | Bible in a Year: Hosea 1-4; Revelation 1
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
READ ISAIAH 44:1–5
It doesn’t take much to notice that getting “inked” is very popular these days. Some tattoos are so small that one barely notices them. Others—from athletes to actors to everyday people—have opted to cover much of their bodies with multicolored inks, words, and designs. The trend seems like it’s here to stay, a trend that netted $3 billion in revenue in 2014—and an additional $66 million for tattoo removal.
Regardless of how you may feel about tattoos, Isaiah 44 speaks metaphorically about people writing something on their hands: “The LORD’s” (v. 5). This “self-tattoo” is the climax of an entire paragraph that speaks of the Lord’s care for those He had chosen (v. 1). They could count on His help (v. 2); and their land and descendants were marked for blessing (v. 3). Two simple, powerful words, “The LORD’s,” affirmed that God’s people knew they were His possession and that He would take care of them.
Those who come to God through faith in Jesus Christ can confidently say of themselves, “The LORD’s!” We are His people, His sheep, His offspring, His inheritance, His dwelling. These are the things we cling to in the varied seasons of life. While we may have no external mark or tattoo, we can take heart that we have the witness of God’s Spirit in our hearts that we belong to Him (see Romans 8:16-17).
By Arthur Jackson
REFLECT & PRAY
How can the truth that you belong to God impact how you live?
Father, the expressions of Your love and care are all around me and Your Spirit lives within me. Thank You!
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Isaiah was the most prolific of the writing prophets, but the great size of his book is eclipsed in importance by its content. Commentator John Gill wrote: “He should rather be called an evangelist than a prophet . . . certain it is that no one writes so fully and clearly of the person, offices, grace, and kingdom of Christ; of his incarnation and birth of a virgin; of his sufferings and death, and the glory that should follow, as [Isaiah] does.” Isaiah’s focus on Messiah and His mission was vital to preparing the way for Christ’s coming, for it provided Israel with critical identifiers of Christ and certain hope in His promised victory.
For more on Isaiah, check out Knowing God Through Isaiah at discoveryseries.org/sb151. Bill Crowder
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