7-15-2023 Cleaning up the Mess
Think. In God's house, we the people are the kids!
refers to Ariel which is Jerusalem (Strong’s H740) and he speaks against
Jerusalem and the armies that come against it.
come upon the city as their enemies fortify around it and besiege it. He says that Jerusalem will lift up their
prayers in vain like shallow, hollow echoes.
Their enemies will come upon them in great numbers, like a
sandstorm. And God shall visit Jerusalem
as a thunderstorm, a great tempest, a devouring flame of fie.
the past, Father, over many years, has sent many nations to reprimand Israel. But, in prophesying, Isaiah says that those
nations who came against Israel shall suffer.
They’ll be like a hungry man who dreams that he is eating but actually
takes in no nourishment so when he wakes up his soul shall still be empty. He
shall dream of drinking water and when he wakes, because he actually has taken
in no water, his soul shall be thirsty and he will still be faint. In other words, victory over Israel will not
satisfy their enemies. Because they had
no respect for the fact that Israel has been God’s chosen (Deut. 7:6-11), they
will eventually face God’s wrath – not that they conquered Israel but because
they hand only contempt for God’s people.
will cry. They will act as drunk though
not with wine and they shall stagger but not because of strong drink.
dulled Israel’s senses. He has given
them a spirit of sleep so they don’t see so well. He has closed the eyes of their prophets, rulers
and seers whose words would be like trying to read from a closed book. (Gotta
open the book to read it! lol) and it would be like asking someone to read a
book though he cannot read. For God says
that though the people speak of me and honor me with their lips their hearts
and respect for Me are far from me and they lean on their own understanding,
strayed from God for many ‘silly’ reasons and the result is a religion, not a
faith. Therefore God says the wisdom of their wise men shall perish and the
wisdom of their intelligent men will be hid.
The people will think that they are safe and that the evil works they do
are hidden and no one (or God) will never see or know. (God knows our heart -
Prov. 21:2, Mark 2:8, Rev. 2:23, as well as what we do).
It’s like the
potter’s clay. Does it make it true when
the vessel the potter has made denies that it was the potter who made it! Or yet, if we imagine something in our minds,
will what we imagined tell us we don’t know what we were doing? Therefore we couldn’t have imagined it???
of Israel has leaned on their own understanding and then think God won’t notice
it. We haven’t done that – have
compares Israel with Lebanon. Not the
country, but a mountain range in Palestine (H3844, H382 the heart). He also refers to when later, Israel will
change their heart, and once again become fruitful and its fruit-laden fields
will be compared to a large forest. In
that day the blind eyes shall be opened to clearly see through the
darkness. The meek shall increase their
joy in the Lord and the poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
terrible things will come to nothing and those who work iniquity will be cut
off. Israel will (eventually) see the
light! (Israel’s ‘homecoming’?)
the Lord who redeemed Abraham, said that the house of Jacob shall not be
ashamed and the color will return to their pale faces. Isaiah prophecies Israel coming back into
Israel sees the works the Lord has done in their midst, they will sanctify, the
Holy One of Jacob (Jesus) and shall once again fear (respect) the Lord. Those who have erred will come to into understanding
and those who have murmured will learn sound doctrine. That is, after all is said and done, God’s
people will return to Him and be satisfied and once again live in obedience in
Has any of
this sounded familiar to anyone?
no part of today’s church has strayed from God’ Word. Right?
None of today’s church has decided God hasn’t known what He’s talking
about, right? Maybe, Jesus didn’t really
say “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15)? Oh, He was just talking about keeping only
the ones we agree with, right? Did Jesus
really say that we should love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:30-31). We’ve been told that if someone offends us to
get revenge – quickly, right? Or should
we remember something about turning the other cheek (Matt. 5:38-45)? Forgiving (Matt. 6:14-15)? And, as God has reconciled us to Himself, making
us a new creature in Jesus Christ, we should also reconcile relationships with
those around us ((2 Corinth. 5:17-21).
reminded Israel that God has ‘abandoned’ them because they have rejected Him
and set His wisdom and guidance aside so they could do their own thing. Yet God still gives them hope and promise
that things will turn around. Turning from
old ways an determining not to do them again is far better than ‘just’ saying “I’m
sorry” (1 Sam. 15:22, Rom 12:1-2).
does the prophet say? Eyes will be
opened to see clearly and peace and joy will come back into the people’s
heart. Proper knowledge and
understanding will crop back in and we can live in the true joy of the Lord. Now, I’m talking about us, today, and not
Look at the
world today. Look at the church
today. How much of what Isaiah says
would apply to today’s thinking? None? Some?
Or we still waiting for eyes to be opened and, as with Paul, waiting for
the scales to fall from our eyes (Acts 9:8-18)?
How obedient is the church to God’s Word and Will, much less the
world. The church is supposed to ‘know’
while the world has yet to learn!
ask, in His name, and He will do it (John 14:14). The Holy Ghost will lead us into all truth
(John 16:13-15) and God will give us understanding (2 Tim. 2:7). So who do we listen to? Man or God?
to church is to get back on the right track and live in His commandment to
“Love” both God and our fellow man (Matt. 22:36-40). And in so doing, we might even be amazed that
even the world might turn around.