This year, Tony Reinke (blog/ Twitter) has put together an Advent Reading Schedule for the book of Isaiah (#IsaiahChristmas). Read an overview of Isaiah here.
Isaiah is a book specifically dedicated to Israel’s history — their past redemption, present disobedience, and the future promises of God’s deliverance. This history is the background that unlocks the glories of Christmas. Isaiah is a stunning book, and not only is it essential to our faith — some calling it the fifth gospel — but it’s also a historically magnificent work to help return our redemptive gaze back to the highlights of God’s activity among his people. But it’s not an abstracted involvement. It gets very personal, as we’ll see in a moment.
If you thought our world was a mess of dissension and idolatry, enter the world of Isaiah. It’s (arguably) the darkest book in the OT and (inarguably) the second most concentrated book of “joy” mentions in the OT (only behind the Psalms), making it a perfect set-up read for Christmas, but one rooted deep in this broken world. (Tony Reinke)
Several of my friends and I are reading through Isaiah together using this schedule, and I want to invite you to join us. Also, one of my pastor friends, Jeff Mingee, is putting together short daily devotional videos for his church, Catalyst Church, to go along with the readings.
Get an online formatted version of the reading plan here.
Download a printed version here.
Come back each day for readings, Jeff’s video, and other resources to set our hearts on the promises fulfilled in Jesus this Christmas.
December 1- READ Isaiah 1:1-2:5