July 05, 2012

187- Behold, God, my salvation!

Chareen's Thoughts
  • Today the reading started with the Lord asking Isaiah to walk around naked.  Reading this made me realise just how obedient prophets were and just how much the Lord asked of their station.  I always had a romantic notion of being a prophet for the Lord but now I am coming to realise that the gift of being a prophet comes at a high price.
  • We continue reading about His judgements on Tyre and Assyria.
  • We read about how the Lord will lay Tyre to waste for 70 years which was fulfilled in 572 BC. (source). 
  • But her gain and her hire [the profits of Tyre’s new prosperity] will be [a]dedicated to the Lord [eventually]; it will not be treasured or stored up, for her gain will be used for those who dwell in the presence of the Lord [the ministers], that they may eat sufficiently and have durable and stately clothing [suitable for those who minister at God’s altar]. Isaiah 23:18 This came to pass in the New Testament. Eusebius (Hist. 10:4) says that “when the church of God was founded in Tyre..., much of its wealth was consecrated to God... and was presented for the support of the ministry.” Jerome, also writing in the fourth century a.d., says that the wealth of the churches of Tyre “was not treasured up or hidden but was given to those who dwelt before the Lord.” (Source)
  • He promises that there will be a remnant of Israel.
  • Isaiah prophesies about Jesus:
    Isaiah 11:1-9
    Amplified Bible (AMP)
    11 And there shall come forth a Shoot out of the stock of Jesse [David’s father], and a Branch out of his roots shall grow and bear fruit.(A) (This is the source text for the tradition of the Jesse Tree traditionally used at Christmas/Advent)
    2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord—
    3 And shall make Him of quick understanding, and His delight shall be in the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord. And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, neither decide by the hearing of His ears;
    4 But with righteousness and justice shall He judge the poor and decide with fairness for the meek, the poor, and the downtrodden of the earth; and He shall smite the earth and the oppressor with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
    5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of His waist and faithfulness the girdle of His loins.
    6 And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatted domestic animal together; and a little child shall lead them.
    7 And the cow and the bear shall feed side by side, their young shall lie down together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
    8 And the sucking child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
    9 They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. 
  • The Lord promises that the exiles will return and Isaiah gives thanks.

2 Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He has become my salvation.
3 Therefore with joy will you draw water from the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:2-3 
 He is our portion and strength

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