My apologies for my inability to count in yesterdays title. It was day 49 not 48; and if you noticed it was not until the end of the day that I noticed the error.
My reading today was Isaiah 7 – 20. That reading is interesting, full of Messianic prophecies, and hope for the rest of the world. The language toward Judah and Israel is quite strong and warns them of their need to return to right worship of YHWH [the LORD].
In chapter 7 we have the prophet telling the king Ahaz to ask the LORD for a sign, he refuses, and the LORD gives him the sign of a virgin conceiving and bearing a son (7:14), of course, ultimately prophetic of the coming Christ hundreds of years later. There are also more prophetic pictures of Jesus’s coming in chapter nine. In verses 1-2 we have Him coming as a Light; and in verses 6 and 7 a ruling Prince of Peace; whose rule will be forever.
A personal word is given to the prophet Isaiah, by the LORD in 8:11-18 and I want you to note especially verse 13;
“Sanctify the LORD of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.” Isaiah 8:13 (KJV)
The prophet of God was not to walk in the way of “this people”. They were fearful, and afraid of enemies conspiring against them. The LORD tells Isaiah to fear only the LORD. Set Him apart in your heart alone and when you do that you will fear nothing else. When a person fears nothing but God; there is nothing that will be impossible to that individual.
Though God has warned Judah and Israel of their future captivity, He also gives them hope of a future back in the land of Promise, and the envy between the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and the Southern Kingdom of Judah will be over;
“And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.” 11:12-14
What is taking place in the Middle East today with the nations of the world trying to bring peace to Israel is a part of prophecy; and God still forever reigns, and is accomplishing His purposes in this world. There is also coming a day when Israel, Egypt and Assyria will be united in Christ the Messiah of Israel. Hear the word of the LORD:
“And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it. And the LORD shall smite Egypt: He shall smite and heal it: and they shall return even to the LORD, and He shall be intreated of them, and shall heal them. In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel Mine inheritance.” 19:21-25
Let those of us who know the LORD through the Son of God trust and believe that one day every knee will bow to God and every tongue will confess to Him that Jesus Christ is Lord.
-Tim A. Blankenship