Isaiah 55 (deeper)

All is going well in the Buster Household. Baby Buster is getting big in mommy’s belly. Kesha is such a small woman that baby girl is all going forward. I included a picture of the ultra sounds on the blog.

We had a great Bible study tonight (7/20). We covered Isaiah 55 1-8 and skimmed over 9-13. Here is the break down. I’m looking forward to next Week. We had a visitor. That makes 4 of us. Just 7996 away from what I envision this thing exploding too. I dream big! That really is a joke, I really don’t care how big or small we are, just as long as we’re chasing after God through His word and in spirit.
We covered Isaiah 55 more in depth tonight. What a great chapter! But like I explain in the notes for verse 5 & 8, it’s even better to meditate on this chapter with the perspective that we live on the other side of the cross then what Isaiah did.

Isa. 55
1 "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Jimmy notes: This reminds me of the woman @ the well in John 4:7-14
Jesus told her in verse 10 “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water”
3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
Jimmy notes: Acts 13:34 refers to this. The fact that God raised him from the dead, never to decay, is stated in these words: "I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.”
Jesus is our everlasting Covenant.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples.
Jimmy notes:
Jesus is the faithful witness. Revelations 1:5 “and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness”
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor."
Jimmy notes:
Since this was written on the other side of the cross it is referring to Israel. Israel had the salvation message. But now that we are on this side of the cross this is for Christians today. So in “New Testament” twist you can say “You summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you are coming to you, this is because of the LORD your God, Jesus Christ, for he has endowed you with splendor.
6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
Jimmy notes:
2nd Pet 3:9-10 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare”
7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
Jimmy notes:
Simply repent and turn to God. He will show mercy to you.
8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
Jimmy notes: Philippians 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which also in Christ Jesus”
I have been using the New International Version but this time I used the King James just because I think its better translated.
Remember what I said back @ the notes for verse 5, we live on this side of the cross.
Just like the difference between Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24
Isaiah 53:5 says “we are healed” but 1st Peter 2:24 says “we were healed”. It was taken care of @ the cross.
Back to 55:8; right now we have the mind of Christ. We can know what God is thinking. Through the new birth the Lord has given us the mind of Christ. But the choice is to let the His mind function through us.
1st Corinthians 2:16 says “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.”
The first part of 1st Cor 2:16 sounds like Isaiah 55:8, but there is a “BUT”
It says we have (right now, we’re not waiting for it to arrive, not trying to get it but already have it) the mind of Christ.
Yes I still believe @ its simplest form Isaiah 55:8 is still dealing with grace and mercy but in context with the rest of 55 it’s hard to understand His grace and mercy. But now that we live on this side of the cross we can comprehend it because we have the mind of Christ.
Read 1st Corinthians 2:7-16. Awesome stuff!!
9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Jimmy notes:
That really is just reiterating what verse 8 is saying
10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
Jimmy notes:
Basic science lesson.
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Jimmy notes:
Just like the water does not return without doing its job, God’s word WILL DO IT’S JOB!
12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
Jimmy notes:
Joy and Peace are part of the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD's renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed."
Jimmy notes:
The pine tree instead of the thorn bush or the myrtle instead of the briers.
Back to Galatians 5:22 really back it up to Gal 5:19. The acts (or fruit) of a sinful nature are listed. Those are weeds in our garden. But we produce good fruit that is listed in Gal 5:22

Welcome to my blog

Welcome to Busted Thoughts. Back in the summer of 2008 I started this blog thing. At that time we had a little Bible study at our house and I figured the blog was a good way to keep the discussion flowing. Well that little Bible study started and stopped a few times till finally we just stopped it all together, but the blog remained. Not only did the blog remain but its focus stayed on the Word of God. Busted Thoughts is really just a Bible study.

At first the blog entries covered a variety of biblical subjects. Most topics focused on what I called “Living It.” But as of late the entries have been more focused on subject studies. The subject study titled “Jesus’ Healing Touch” is a study of the healings performed by Jesus in chronological order. I was once asked why it had to be in chronological order. The reason for the chronological study is not to just focus on the healings Jesus performed but also on His life/ministry and the lives of those around him. There will be other subject studies in the future. I love subject studies of the scriptures simply because they give me a deeper understanding of the character of God.

So what about the name “Busted Thoughts”? Well, my last name is Buster. I have been very blessed with the name Buster. I’m proud of that name so I might as well use it. Also I do not claim to be a complete authority on the Word of God but rather a discoverer of the Word of God. I simply love discovering what It has and sharing what I discover. So that’s the reason for the name “Buster Thoughts.” Another very good reason for the name is because of Romans 12:2. It tells us to “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” In other words, we need to continually bust our thoughts. Ah, that was a good one.

It is almost silly to me to say, “Join me in this Bible study called Busted Thoughts.” It has that Mr. Roger’s kind of feel to it, but I don’t really know a better way to put it. Maybe I should put up my coat and nice shoes, and put on my sweater and canvas shoes. . . Anyway, come discover with me. I welcome all input.