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ISAIAH'S TESTIMONY

In the 8th chapter of the book bearing his name Isaiah writes , “I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion” (Isaiah 8:17-18 ESV).  We can never underestimate the impact of our present faithfulness—especially as we remain faithful in the ordinary, the mundane, and especially in seasons of suffering and uncertainty.  Isaiah remained faithful to the Lord and his calling and impacted his family (vs. 18) and the nation of Israel (especially the remnant that would return after the exile).  Ultimately the reverberations of his life are heard and felt throughout the NT and especially in Hebrews 2:13 where we are told that this very passage spoke not only of  Isaiah’s life and family, but also of the life of Jesus and His Church. 

 

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HE WILL NEVER LEAVE US

Psalm 37:12-29

Psalm 37, vs. 8 says, "Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil".  Therefore, when David writes in vs. 27 "depart from evil", it is not so much a warning against evil in general, as it is a warning against the specific evil of allowing fret over the prosperity of wicked people to overtake us and metastasize into full blown anger and wrath. The link between fret and the evil it can produce in our lives is no small matter. Therefore, David warns against it, writing, "depart from evil..."  Too, he writes, "…do good".  The end result of this kind of life, i.e. of "doing good" and turning away from fret/evil is eternal life with God.  The guarantor of this promise is the Lord himself who 1)loves justice and 2)will not forsake his people.  He loves justice, and justice will come. The wicked and righteous alike will receive their due--destruction for the one (vs. 28) and the delight of dwelling with the Lord forever for the other (vs. 4).  God will never abandon his people.  He will never leave us--not to fend for ourselves or ultimately in the power and presence of the wicked.

 

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