Holding back to God!

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” God told me to write down in a book what the people are like, so that there would be a permanent record of how evil they are. They are always rebelling against God, always lying, always refusing to listen to the Lord’s teachings. They tell the prophets to keep quiet. They say, don’t talk to us about what’s right. Tell us what we want to hear. Let us keep our illusions. Get out of our way and stop blocking our path. We don’t want to hear about your holy God of Israel. But this is what the holy God of Israel says: You ignore what I tell you and rely on violence and deceit. You are guilty. You are like a high wall with a crack running down it; suddenly you will collapse. You will be shattered like a clay pot, so badly broken that there is no piece big enough to pick up hot coals with or to dip water from a cistern…The Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says to the people, ” Come back and quietly trust in Me. Then you will be strong and secure. ” – Isaiah 30: 8 – 18.

Please! Kindly, delightfully continue reading the Bible. It is not a book of ” instructions “; But, Life itself!!! ” Be sure that the book of the Law is always read in your worship. Study it day and night, and make sure that you obey everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. ” – Joshua 1: 8.

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Often we seek to do something, to take, some action to bring about God’s reign. Some act through violence, others through social justice, others through devotion and prayer. We tire of waiting…But the words of the prophet still speak to us, and we can take heart from the promise of the final verse assuring us our patience is not in vain!

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Isaiah has a definite theological message he is trying to impart to his people: Salvation and strength are the consequence of firm trust, and quiet confidence in God’s abiding attention and concern for Zion: No human scheme can match the power and purpose of God. All that is required from King and subject alike, is trust . No human alliance even with Egypt, can deliver Judah. Judah’s hopes rest solely in Yahweh’s faithfulness to Zion. As in the crisis in Isaiah’s day, we hope and wait for God’s justice and peace, in the  culture that valued individual initiative so highly:

” BE STILL AND QUIET “.

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