Scripture Read: Isaiah 44 -45
Title: There is None Other Besides God
(H) Highlight verse: "I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God. I equip you, though you do not know me, that peoplemay know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other " Isaiah 45:5 - 6
(E) Explain: The theme of today's passages is clear to me. Six times in chapter 45 (in the ESV Bible) God declares that He alone is God and there is none besides him. This is significant because repetition in the Bible means that it is truth and it is important to know. In our readinig for today God is showing that He is the only sovereign God in the universe. He alone is God and there is none beside Him. This was something that Israel needed reminding often. They were prone to following other gods. They had given themselves to idolatry and false gods and God is calling them back. He is calling his rebellious false god worshiping children back to Him and reminding them, there is no God except for me.
(A) Application: We need reminding daily that God is God and there is no other God. We may not be idol worshiping people in the sense that we have little statues that we carved out of wood, or formed out metal that we bow down and worship. But we certainly are prone to worshiping false gods and we may not realize that we are giving our allegience to something other than God. An idol is anything we place before God. This could be anything from, but not exclusive, money, sex, power, family, work, school, people, material possessions and so on. Let us continually be reminded that all false gods/idols lead to emptiness. They may seem to be full of promise and happiness, but in the end leave us unfulfilled and empty. Only God is God and there is none besides him.
(R) Respond: LORD, may you be the only God in my life.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
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