If your kids are anything like mine, I am pretty sure they constantly ask you random questions which need your utmost thought. Questions like, which is your third favourite food, or who is your second worst superhero? The thing about these questions, is you better think of the right answer ‘cos these kids will catch you out.
Remember a third favourite food means there are two dishes out there which you prefer. So, please do not tell the kids at the dinner table that chicken curry is your favourite food, after saying it is your third favourite! Kids remember everything you say, but of course, they remember everything except for their school science projects which are usually due the next day!
I think it’s you best scrub up on your superhero knowledge while you at it, ‘cos you never know when those questions will pop up on you. You can never disappoint your kiddo by not knowing which one is your second worst hero… oh the horror!
But sometimes, very rarely, but sometimes, they do ask seemingly easy questions, which you can answer comfortably without any reservations. Like, which is your favourite book of the Bible? That, I can say without a doubt is the Book of Isaiah. But when it comes to my kids there are no easy questions. It is always followed with a… yes, you guessed it! WHY?
So, the question is why do I love Isaiah so much? To get away from completely answering, I can say that I love the book because I believe it is the most beautifully written book in the Bible. But honestly, that would only be half the answer. I really do not think any other book could come as close to the incredible descriptive nature and the way Isaiah brings his ministry of prophecy to life through the written word. But personally, I love this book because it has a far deeper meaning to me.
To cut a long story short, Isaiah was the first bit of scripture I read which brought me to tears. When I realised that Jesus, who was totally innocent, died so I could have eternal life, my life was changed forever.
How I came to that realisation is a long story, but I will try to give you the short version. (‘Try’, being the operative word!) Japheth bought my first Bible. This was roughly 19 years ago, and we just met. Coming from a Hindu background, I never really knew or understood anything about the Bible. I always found it interesting and I knew a few verses from general knowledge, and the Bible was quite high up on my list of interesting books I wanted to read. Initially I asked Japheth to lend me copy, which I planned on reading and returning after 2 weeks. (My goodness, the ignorance! ?two weeks!) But yes, that was the plan, however Japheth decided to buy me one instead.
At first, I was kinda taken aback that he went to such lengths for a book I wanted to read. I would now have to explain to my parents why I owned a Bible. And secondly, I was offended that he did not want to part with his copy for a few weeks. It was not like I was gonna keep it forever? Once again, excuse my ignorance! I was naïve and knew nothing about being a Christian. But I was happy that I could finally read it.
Having a Bible came with its own difficulties and a whole lot of new questions arose. Like my first question after flipping through a few of the very fine, gold trimmed paper was, “How do you even read this?” So, Japheth got me a planner to help me to read the Bible in a year. (LOL, two weeks!?♀️Ha!)
But due to a sheer lack of commitment, I could not stick to the plan. Deciding it was best to just start reading from the beginning. I read and read and eventually got to Numbers and decided, nope, this is not working. I was totally bamboozled, and had absolutely no clue why it was necessary to have the entire genealogy of the Israelite nation be documented in the number one selling book on the planet?
So, eventually Japheth recommended I stick to, Psalms, Proverbs, and the Gospels. I have no idea why he didn’t recommend that from the start. ?. Maybe he gave me more credit than I deserved? But anyways.
One day, being ever the rebel, I was, I decided to flip through the pages to see if I would come across anything interesting. I turned to Isaiah 55. To this day, Isaiah 55 is my ultimate, number one chapter, with Isaiah 55:8-11 being my favourite portion of scripture. (Note to kids, sounds like a question you would ask!)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord . “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 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, 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.Isaiah 55:8-11 NIV
It’s then that I flipped a few pages back and stumbled upon Isaiah 53:7-8. I was completed unraveled. Those words changed my life forever. I am pretty sure that was the moment I gave my heart to the Lord, knowing my life was worth nothing, but He still paid the ultimate price for me. ‘Like a Lamb to the Slaughter.’ Those words rang through my soul then and even today shivers run down my spine.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.Isaiah 53:7-8 NIV
Isaiah is my favourite book because, I started of wanting to basically read the Bible, I never expected it to come alive and change my life forever. I never expected to find salvation, reading what I thought was just a book. Isaiah in all its beauty and prose revealed Christ to me. If you are reading this and you are not a Christian, the amazing thing about Isaiah, was that he was a prophet, and he lived approximately 700 years before Jesus was born. He foretold the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ 700 years before Jesus walked the face of the Earth.
So, what have we learnt from this post today? Kids never ask any easy questions! ? and that chicken curry is my favourite food. I am still trying to figure out which is my 3rd favourite food? ? as for the superheroes, I am still working on that.
But I have realised Isaiah was more than a book in the Bible, it was my lifesaver. When you first start reading a Bible it can be truly overwhelming, I think I will do a mini, on how to go about reading the Bible for beginners?
Attached below are a few more of my favourite verses from Isaiah. There are so many to choose from. I pray your life can be healed and set free as mine was through the words of the Prophet Isaiah, by just flipping through the pages of the Bible all those years ago…