Isaiah 44:9-28

(Isaiah 44:22b)

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.

What three plans did the prophet tell God had for Israel in the future?

The people want to make idols, cut wood in the forest, choose a section to make an idol, bake the rest to bake cakes, and bow down to the idol they made, saying, “Please save me, you are my God.” The people can’t see their own foolishness. , because the mind is blinded by idols. But God keeps working: creating all things, spreading out the heavens, spreading out the earth, building up and redeeming Israel. God also foretells future plans: 1. The cities of Jerusalem and Judah will be inhabited and rebuilt. 2. It represents the power of chaos and will not be able to cause chaos. Finally, God will make Cyrus king to do what pleases him and build Jerusalem and the foundation of the temple.

It’s time to cut down a tree, let’s make an origami tree.

  1. Planer:A tool used to level wood.
  2. Oak tree:refers to the Italian cypress of Cupressaceae. It is a tall pyramid-shaped tree that can grow up to 30 meters high. The stem is round or square, woody and hard. The leaves are dark green, scaly, slightly fragrant. The wood is reddish, resistant to insects and durable, and was used by people in the past to make building materials and carve idols. The Egyptians especially cherished this tree and used it to make coffins for mummies. Most scholars believe that the gopher wood that Noah used to build the ark is also this kind of wood. Origin: widely planted in Israel, Lebanon and Mount Hermon.
  3. The shoots that regenerate after the tree is cut or fell down, or the remaining part of the tree that is closest to the root after the trunk is sawed off.

God is constantly working. Even the chosen people worshiped idols and offended Him. He took the initiative to forgive and cleanse them, and prepare them for a better future. I believe that the Lord loves me and makes me blessed. I wish to worship and serve Him all my life.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for always working in my life, making me blessed and pleasing to you. Help me to be completely yours, to love you all my life, and to serve you in awe. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, amen.