Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Diadem of Beauty

July 22: Isaiah 28-30

5 In that day the Lord of hosts will be a crown of glory,
and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people,
6 and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment,
and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.
Isaiah 28:5-6

13 And the Lord said:“Because this people draw near with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,
14 therefore, behold, I will again
do wonderful things with this people,
with wonder upon wonder;
and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.”

15 Ah, you who hide deep from the Lord your counsel,
whose deeds are in the dark,
and who say, “Who sees us? Who knows us?”
16 You turn things upside down!
Shall the potter be regarded as the clay,
that the thing made should say of its maker,
“He did not make me”;
or the thing formed say of him who formed it,
“He has no understanding”?

17 Is it not yet a very little while
until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?
18 In that day the deaf shall hear
the words of a book,
and out of their gloom and darkness
the eyes of the blind shall see.
19 The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord,
and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the ruthless shall come to nothing
and the scoffer cease,
and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off,
21 who by a word make a man out to be an offender,
and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate,
and with an empty plea turn aside him who is in the right.
Isaiah 29:13-21

A Diadem of Beauty

Our Bible passage today begins with the summary and then explains itself in great detail. As with the other prophets, God's justice and judgement are intermingled with His love and grace for His people. It must be so! When we look upon our Savior who is a diadem, or crown, of beauty, we must see both aspects of His perfection.

We tend to think of the wicked as only the "ax murderers" rather than those around us who can be ever so nice. The wicked are all of those who reject God! Look at how they are described in verses 13 & 14 of chapter 29.

. . . this people draw near with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men
. . .


Now there is a sobering challenge. Remember Christianity is a religion of the heart; outward appearances can be very deceptive. What do you fear most? Do you fear disobedience to the commandments of men, or disobedience to the commandments of God?

The wicked turn to the Potter, their Maker, and say, "You did not make me, therefore You do not see what I do in secret."

God responds by saying, "Therefore, behold, I will again
do wonderful things with this people,
with wonder upon wonder;
and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.”


As we look around us we can easily become discouraged with the state of our modern day culture. However, we must pray that God will help us to remember that this is only a temporary state. God will do wonderful things with this people: the "wisdom" of the "wise" will perish and the "discernment" of their "discerning" men will be hidden.

Are they truly wise? Do they really have discernment? We call it "political correctness." What a great definition of the "wisdom" and "discernment" of this age! When man leaves off obedience of the commandments of God, he of necessity must make his own commandments to avoid total chaos in the land. Think of the freedom in that! Murder can be legalized, adultery can be overlooked, and the criminal is protected while the victim sees no justice. It all becomes very simple once man asserts that he was not created by God, but rather just evolved from a "big bang."

So, where is the grace of God? Look at Isaiah 29.

17 Is it not yet a very little while
until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field shall be regarded as a forest?
18 In that day the deaf shall hear
the words of a book,
and out of their gloom and darkness
the eyes of the blind shall see.
19 The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord,
and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.
20 For the ruthless shall come to nothing
and the scoffer cease,
and all who watch to do evil shall be cut off,
21 who by a word make a man out to be an offender,
and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate,
and with an empty plea turn aside him who is in the right
.


He who has eyes to see, let him see!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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