Date: Wednesday, August 03, 2016
Chapters: Isaiah 49-51
Message: A Voice For God
Hello My Friend,
You know, when we serve God, we are His voice speaking through our very own, which is why so many people are deceived, they think anyone who talks about God is telling the truth, when sadly they are not. So, how can we stand out from the crowd and be God’s true voice? Be fruitful.
“For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” - Luke 6:43-45.
Sometimes I imagine what it would have been like if I was right in the center of Jerusalem hearing Isaiah speak, here this man is speaking about someone who is going to redeem Israel, and in fact, someone else begins speaking through him. Through Isaiah we witness something that no one could ever understand unless you studied the Scriptures, this is God, the Father having a conversation with His Son, who would not only be a light to the Jews, but Gentiles also. This servant wonders if his labor will be in vain because Israel will reject him.
“Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God. And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth. Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.” Isaiah 49:4-7.
“saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant,” This is proof that Jesus and God are one in the same. I imagine Jesus, in the form of man did wonder if He was giving His life in vain, He did pray to His Father knowing that He was about to be captured to take the cup He was to bare, He also said, not my will, but thine. There are things in our flesh that we do not want to do, but in the Spirit of God, we can do all things. Never let anyone tell you that your work for God is in vain, nothing we do for God is worthless. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” - I Corinthians 15:58.
Although God knew that most of the Jews would reject Jesus, He never gave up on them, they were His people, never forgetting the promise He made to Abraham. God makes a promise to all who love Him, He will never leave them.
“But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee. Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.” - Isaiah 49:14-18.
“they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” God is not the God of the Jews or Gentiles, He is the God of all who believe in Him and are reconciled with Him (redeemed). While back then ceremonies and observances were necessary to be redeemed and reconciled with God, they are no longer necessary today, Jesus changed that on the cross. Through Isaiah we get some insight as to what Jesus would be dealing with through His crucifixion.
“The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up. Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.” - Isaiah 50:4-10.
“therefore shall I not be confounded:” Confound, To mingle and blend different things, so that their forms or natures cannot be distinguished. We must admit that we are not so good at being one of God’s voices, we try to live right, but since we have this flesh our right is not always His right. That is where the Holy Spirit comes in, He indwells every believer and teaches them to hear what God is saying, and how to explain it to us and the world. Many will reject us like they reject Christ, we are of Christ and that is why they reject us, because we are not confounded to this world. However, once in a while we will get the attention of a lost soul who finds Christ, and that is what it is all about, to bring one more soul to Christ. We cannot always be in the will of God, but we can to reach others to Christ.
“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” - James 5:19,20.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God Himself, could have came up with any other way to save man, He chose to become man, to be subjected to sin and the devil, He gave His power over to His Father, subjecting Himself to temptation, hunger, poverty, and pain. He could have let man suffer their own judgment only to be cast into hell, yet He chose to be the sinless sacrifice that would save all who believe in Him. Even through Isaiah, He pleads with all to come to Him, before it is too late.
“Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.” - Isaiah 51:1-5.
“For the LORD shall comfort Zion:” Zion, the habitation of peace. One day, all who are redeemed will join Jesus in Zion. I use to think that no person is capable of changing their ways, but One person can change anyone, and that is Jesus. No, He cannot force Himself upon us, no one can, but when we allow Him to come into our lives and live in it, He truly does change our ways of doing and even thinking things. How do I know this? He changed me. By the words of Paul who once captured Christians for prosecution.
“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” - Philippians 4:12,13. We can do this through Christ!
Jesus Christ Magnified: “And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.” - Isaiah 49:26.
Today's Prayer: Jesus, As much as I thank You for saving me from hell and my sin, I still do not comprehend all that You have done for me. It's so overwhelming that You died for me to save me from something I have every right to be punished for. Thank You, Jesus. I know there is nothing I can do to repay You, but I love You, and want to give honor to You. You are my Lord and Savior, there is no other, and I am glad that there is no other. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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