The Burdens of Isaiah


Tonight (Wednesday, 3/6, 7:00 pm), gather with your Calvary Chapel family in the Holy Grounds Cafe’ or on our website (, Facebook, and YouTube (Calvary Inverness) as we continue our three-year journey through the Bible by turning to the book of Isaiah (13-17).

God gave ten prophecies of judgment to the ten nations surrounding Israel. Each was a warning for the nations to repent or face the full wrath of His righteousness. Each of the ten prophecies contained devastation that would affect millions of people. So destructive were the messages that Isaiah described them as a burden.

Throughout the Old Testament, when a prophecy was one of judgment, the recipients of those messages carried a burden because of it.

Why? Because each of the prophets that God chose, like Isaiah, loved their nation and the people who lived in the neighboring countries, it was almost unbearable to think of the consequences due to their refusal to repent and acknowledge God.

Another reason Isaiah described the prophecies as a burden was that the people would mock, ridicule, and curse him instead of turning to God. And the most dangerous of all that they said and did was that they sometimes ignored him. Unfortunately for them, none of those things changed the trajectory of their fate.

Isaiah also sets an example for the believer in that no matter how difficult the message, the circumstances, or how emotional and physical pain caused by hatred for his message and the God he served, he faithfully carried out the assignment given to him for over fifty-two years.

Therefore, when he stood before God after his death, Isaiah heard, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matt 25:21).
Please pray that this three-year journey through the Word of God will be received by open hearts that long to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus.

Moreover, He would do deep and abiding work in and through us for a world in desperate need of a Savior.
In His Strong Love,

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