Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Zion's Treasure

July 23: Isaiah 31-34

17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace,
and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.
18 My people will abide in a peaceful habitation,
in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.
Isaiah 31:17-18

5 The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness,
6 and he will be the stability of your times,
abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is Zion's treasure.

13 Hear, you who are far off, what I have done;
and you who are near, acknowledge my might.
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling has seized the godless:
“Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire?
Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?”
15 He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
who despises the gain of oppressions,
who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
and shuts his eyes from looking on evil,
16 he will dwell on the heights;
his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
his bread will be given him; his water will be sure.

17 Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty;
they will see a land that stretches afar.

21 But there the Lord in majesty will be for us
a place of broad rivers and streams,
where no galley with oars can go,
nor majestic ship can pass.
22 For the Lord is our judge; the Lord is our lawgiver;
the Lord is our king; he will save us.
Isaiah 34:5-6, 13-17 & 21-22

Zion's Treasure

The fear of the Lord is Zion's treasure. What an unusual statement to make! What does it mean?

In today's reading Isaiah continues on with his pronouncement of judgment upon the wicked and of eternal righteousness and good for His people. Specifically He is speaking of the judgment to come of the ungodly when Christ returns.

What happens when you give a small child 10 pieces of candy and tell him to eat one each day so that it lasts until you buy the next 10 pieces of candy in 10 days? Most will eat all 10 pieces of candy in one day, and then beg for candy each of the next 9 days until he gets more. We are so like that child!

As Christians, we know that Christ will return, and we know that when He comes He will bring judgment upon the ungodly, but often we do not take our Christian life seriously because Christ's return seems so far away.

Take a moment to reflect, honestly, on what is the greatest treasure you possess, or wish to possess. Now reflect again on the words of Isaiah 34:6b, The fear of the Lord is Zion's treasure.

Are we, like the small child, living each day with our eyes focused upon this world and the things we can attain, or are we, instead, focused on eternity to come? The fear of the Lord is the greatest treasure we can possess! Christ is all! There is no greater treasure in all the world. Will you see the King in His beauty when He returns for His people?

21 But there the Lord in majesty will be for us
a place of broad rivers and streams,
where no galley with oars can go,
nor majestic ship can pass.
22 For the Lord is our judge; the Lord is our lawgiver;
the Lord is our king; he will save us
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Isaiah 34:21-22

God Bless You,
Linda

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

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