Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Sanctuary

July 10: Isaiah 5-8

11 For the Lord spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: 12 “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. 13 But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14 And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 15 And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”

16 Bind up the testimony; seal the teaching among my disciples. 17 I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. 18 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. 19 And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living? 20 To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. 21 They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry. And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their faces upward. 22 And they will look to the earth, but behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish. And they will be thrust into thick darkness.
Isaiah 8:11-22

A Sanctuary

And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

How can the Lord of Hosts be a sanctuary and also a stone of offense?

There are only two classes of people, in spite of all of the religions and denominations that exist in our world today. God only recognizes those who are His people and those who are not His people! To His people, He is a Sanctuary; to those who are not His people, He is a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling.

Where do people turn for advice, or should I say, to whom do they turn for advice? Do people turn to the Lord?

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Timothy 4:3-4

And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?
Isaiah 8:19

Do these verses sound familiar to us? Are they not a graphic picture of the times in which we live?

When we go through the Old Testament we must carefully ponder the way God works among the people showing both grace as well as judgment. We love the grace, do we not? How often do we charge God foolishly, however, when He sends judgment upon the land? Do we even recognize God's judgment when it comes? Is there really a "mother nature"?

How will we respond when we stand before the Lord of Hosts? We will respond in the same manner as Isaiah did in Isaiah 6:1-4.

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”

4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

How do you personally view God? Is He a Sanctuary, or is He a rock of offense and a stone of stumbling? God gives us glimpses like the one shown above in Isaiah 6; do not confuse the true and living God with the popular pandering god of our day.

God Bless You,
Linda

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

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