Isaiah 57 Part 2–The Restorative Father

Throughout the book, Isaiah has focused on three clear messages for God.  Israel’s Behavior will be addressed.  Israel’s enemies will be destroyed, and Israel will be redeemed and returned.   In this passage, God reaffirms his commitment to the restoration of His own.  He makes no apology for their fall nor does he regret his allowing them to face the consequence of their walking away from Him for other Gods.  Still, at the end of the day, God loves his chosen.  

Isaiah, shares God’s heart in this section.  Like any parent it still breaks the heart of God to see the trajectory of the people of Israel.  They tipped their hats to God but share their hearts with the idols of the area.  Baal, Molech and other idols lived on the shelves of many people.  God still reminded them that if they would simply forsake the idols and return to Him, He would return them , redeem them, and restore their prominence. 

Still both then and now, God will not share His throne.  He remains the creator and master of the universe.  He offers forgiveness and eternal life for all that will walk with him, not with those that ignore Him.  We must not think we can live as we wish and still expect the blessing of God.  He will not allow us to compromise his truth for our rebellion.  He will forgive us, he will still restore us, if we do follow him –God will bless us and prepare us for eternity.  We need to simply trust and follow God.  If we will, He will, like any father, He will bless us!

God Bless You


And it will be said:

“Build up, build up, prepare the road!
    Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.”
15 For this is what the high and exalted One says—
    he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
    but also, with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
    and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 I will not accuse them forever,
    nor will I always be angry,
for then they would faint away because of me—
    the very people I have created.
17 I was enraged by their sinful greed;
    I punished them, and hid my face in anger,
    yet they kept on in their willful ways.
18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them;
    I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners,
19     creating praise on their lips.
Peace, peace, to those far and near,”
    says the Lord. “And I will heal them.”
20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
    which cannot rest,
    whose waves cast up mire and mud.
21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

Isaiah 57–You Have Made Your Bed, Now Lie In It

The world was and is a mess.  Isaiah next speaks God’s frustration for the world’s disregard of Him and His Chosen people.  In the Chapter, God says if a Godly person is killed tortured or abused no one cares.  Yet The people expect God to intervene on their behalf.  In short God says–“You have made your bed, no lie in it.  isaiah then lays out the facts.  They build Alters in High places they c=sacrifice to Moleck the God of Baby killers.  They give lip service to Adonai, but they sell their souls to the Devil.


Isaiah says quite clearly, you made these God’s and their alters–now go and let them save you.  Let them feed you.  He says if they are so great let them protect, provide, and prepare you for the days ahead.  God does not share allegiance.  You cannot friend zone God.  He is either Lord of all or not at all.  The prophets tried numerous times to convey the message, but a stiff-necked Israel refused to lisen and follow.

What say us?  Are we going to follow the same tact as Israel followed, worshipping everything BUT God? God calls us to worship Him and Him alone.  If we will He will protect, provide and prepare us for now and for eternity.  Bit God will not allow us to share allegiance either.  We must seek Him and Him only if we want to hacve his blessing.  We cannot put God on a shelf like a carved idol.  We must seek and trust him every moment of every Day.  That is the most wonderful Bed to make and to lie down in!  Won’t you join me?


God Bless You


The righteous perish,
    and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away,
    and no one understands
that the righteous are taken away
    to be spared from evil.
Those who walk uprightly
    enter into peace;
    they find rest as they lie in death.

“But you—come here, you children of a sorceress,
    you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes!
Who are you mocking?
    At whom do you sneer
    and stick out your tongue?
Are you not a brood of rebels,
    the offspring of liars?
You burn with lust among the oaks
    and under every spreading tree;
you sacrifice your children in the ravines
    and under the overhanging crags.
The idols among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion;
    indeed, they are your lot.
Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings
    and offered grain offerings.
    In view of all this, should I relent?
You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill;
    there you went up to offer your sacrifices.
Behind your doors and your doorposts
    you have put your pagan symbols.
Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed,
    you climbed into it and opened it wide;
you made a pact with those whose beds you love,
    and you looked with lust on their naked bodies.
You went to Molek[a] with olive oil
    and increased your perfumes.
You sent your ambassadors[b] far away;
    you descended to the very realm of the dead!
10 You wearied yourself by such going about,
    but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’
You found renewal of your strength,
    and so you did not faint.

11 “Whom have you so dreaded and feared
    that you have not been true to me,
and have neither remembered me
    nor taken this to heart?
Is it not because I have long been silent
    that you do not fear me?
12 I will expose your righteousness and your works,
    and they will not benefit you.
13 When you cry out for help,
    let your collection of idols save you!
The wind will carry all of them off,
    a mere breath will blow them away.
But whoever takes refuge in me
    will inherit the land
    and possess my holy mountain.”

Isaiah 56–Royal Ambassadors

Isaiah is called to testify one more time that as a nation, Israel was blessed to Bless others.  In the passage it is clear that God has promised favor to Israel if they will simply trust and follow Him.  God wants the chosen nation to understand that it is their relationship to him that causes his provision, protection and preparation for greater works.  God reminds the people that He has blessed them so that they may bring other nations into His fold.  They are not to be battling warlords, no, instead they are to be ambassadors of peace and Godliness.  


In our world, God has called the church to complete the same mission.  In 2 Corinthians 5:20 we are called to be God’s ambassadors .  We are not out to slay the world but to save it.  With that in mind, it should change our behavior and our response to others.  We should be ambassadors doing our best Jesus imitation in every day life.  Selflessness and peace should be our top characteristics, and Love for God and others our goal.  Help me, Lord to  be your ambassador this week.


God Bless You


This is what the Lord says:

“Maintain justice
    and do what is right,
for my salvation is close at hand
    and my righteousness will soon be revealed.
Blessed is the one who does this—
    the person who holds it fast,
who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it,
    and keeps their hands from doing any evil.”

Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”
And let no eunuch complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant—
to them I will give within my temple and its walls
    a memorial and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
    that will endure forever.
And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord
    to minister to him,
to love the name of the Lord,
    and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it
    and who hold fast to my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices
    will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations.”
The Sovereign Lord declares—
    he who gathers the exiles of Israel:
“I will gather still others to them
    besides those already gathered.”

Isaiah 54–Prophecy of Restoration

What a mighty God we serve.  In this prophetic reminder, God acknowledges His absolute love for the chosen.  He tells them to take heart.  He will prepare, protect, and provide for them.  He admits the wrath they had to face–due to their moving away from Him, but He cannot stay mad forever. So, God tells the people to take heart. 

God remembers what they have lost in the time they pulled away; but tells them now to become excited because they will be reclaimed, redeemed, and restored.  As the Father speaks of the restoration, He seems so thrilled to be able to redeem the ones that He loves.  God wants them to be joyful, peaceful, and confident that they will remain safe from harm and lack of provision.  He will protect them from their enemies and make those that would attack regret the day they thought to mess with His children.

That same love that the Lord had for Israel is the love He has for us.  God tells us to know that as we follow the Lord , He will care for us as a husband does for his new bride.  He will adore us and redeem us from whatever loss.  With that confidence, we can walk in peace, joy, and excitement.  We can know that our Redeemer lives, and His steadfast love never ceases.  His mercies will never end.  In that, we must gratefully walk with God and allow Him to lead us through this chaotic time and into eternity with Him.

God Bless You


“Sing, O childless woman,
    you who have never given birth!
Break into loud and joyful song, O Jerusalem,
    you who have never been in labor.
For the desolate woman now has more children
    than the woman who lives with her husband,”
    says the Lord.
“Enlarge your house; build an addition.
    Spread out your home, and spare no expense!
For you will soon be bursting at the seams.
    Your descendants will occupy other nations
    and resettle the ruined cities.

“Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.
    Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.
You will no longer remember the shame of your youth
    and the sorrows of widowhood.
For your Creator will be your husband;
    the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!
He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
    the God of all the earth.
For the Lord has called you back from your grief—
    as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,”
    says your God.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
    but with great compassion I will take you back.
In a burst of anger I turned my face away for a little while.
    But with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
    says the Lord, your Redeemer.

“Just as I swore in the time of Noah
    that I would never again let a flood cover the earth,
so now I swear
    that I will never again be angry and punish you.
10 For the mountains may move
    and the hills disappear,
but even then my faithful love for you will remain.
    My covenant of blessing will never be broken,”
    says the Lord, who has mercy on you.

11 “O storm-battered city,
    troubled and desolate!
I will rebuild you with precious jewels
    and make your foundations from lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your towers of sparkling rubies,
    your gates of shining gems,
    and your walls of precious stones.
13 I will teach all your children,
    and they will enjoy great peace.
14 You will be secure under a government that is just and fair.
    Your enemies will stay far away.
You will live in peace,
    and terror will not come near.
15 If any nation comes to fight you,
    it is not because I sent them.
    Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat.

Isaiah 53–He May Have Endured my Pain, But Don’t Call Me Shirley

This is the most beautiful and specific prophecy about the coming Messiah.  It has been the verse for some of the most beautiful music.  It describes in such detail the sacrifice made by our Lord.  We often forget the level of pain and degradation that the Lord Jesus suffered on our behalf.  In Philippians 2, we are told to have the same attitude as Christ. Who being God, already did not need to attain immortality or authority over all. Yet out of Love for us, He emptied Himself of His Godhood and became a man.  Being in human form He humbled Himself and became obedient to Death–a death on the cross.

Isaiah’s description of the Lord’s sacrifice goes to the very heart of that.  He was GOD! he created the universe. So, to live humbly as a carpenter and then an itinerant Rabbi was quite a step down.  Then to spread the message of the Father’s Love and desire for relationship with us; only to be at odds with the leadership of HIS chosen people…not easy to take. Finally, to heal, raise the dead, feed the masses, and cast out the enemy; knowing all the time these people would demand His execution, uugh. 

It was the most beautiful way for God to demonstrate His love for us.  For Isaiah, well he had the first preview of what would become the greatest event in history.  He saw the thing that would, in fact divide time.  He forecast this life hundreds of years before as if he was watching it in HD.  That is why we should trust God.  He created us and a plan to save us despite our wicked nature. What a prophet and what an evangelist. Thank You Lord, for the prophetic markers to remind us of our Lord’s love and sacrifice for us!

God Bless You


Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 52–God promises Two Great Freedoms

Isaiah is moved by God to bring hope.  First, He announces to Israel of their pending release from slavery.  He reminds Israel that as they went down to Egypt as guests, they were soon made slaves.  After slavery, He freed them. He delivered them, and He will do it again.  It is important to note they were not yet slaves.  He promises that they will not have to rush out in some daring escape, no, instead, they would leave deliberately and confidently–as they did from Egypt.

Next, Isaiah brings more hope–not just to the soon to be captive Israelites, but to the world.  Isaiah then describes Christ’s sacrifice to save us all.  Beaten beyond human recognition stripped and slain on a cross.  That prophecy is a great reminder that, as God’s chosen people, those who are saved can stand with confidence, walk with peace, and know that the same God who freed Israel from the hands of Egypt, Assyria, and the Persian empire; will also free those that trust and follow Him.

We walk in peace and confidence that God, our Father, will prepare, protect, and provide for us. We will not escape trials; we will not avoid hurts or pain. None have in the past; nor, will anyone avoid these realities until Christ’s return.  We simply need to trust God to lead us through this journey, and we must walk humbly until He either takes us from through death or returns and we join Him in the air.  Either way, when the journey is done, He will be glorified as the God that completed every promise that He has ever made!

God Bless You


Wake up, wake up, O Zion!
    Clothe yourself with strength.
Put on your beautiful clothes, O holy city of Jerusalem,
    for unclean and godless people will enter your gates no longer.
Rise from the dust, O Jerusalem.
    Sit in a place of honor.
Remove the chains of slavery from your neck,
    O captive daughter of Zion.
For this is what the Lord says:
“When I sold you into exile,
    I received no payment.
Now I can redeem you
    without having to pay for you.”

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Long ago my people chose to live in Egypt. Now they are oppressed by Assyria. What is this?” asks the Lord. “Why are my people enslaved again? Those who rule them shout in exultation.[a] My name is blasphemed all day long.[b] But I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them.”

How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of the messenger who brings good news,
the good news of peace and salvation,
    the news that the God of Israel[c] reigns!
The watchmen shout and sing with joy,
    for before their very eyes
    they see the Lord returning to Jerusalem.[d]
Let the ruins of Jerusalem break into joyful song,
    for the Lord has comforted his people.
    He has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has demonstrated his holy power
    before the eyes of all the nations.
All the ends of the earth will see
    the victory of our God.

11 Get out! Get out and leave your captivity,
    where everything you touch is unclean.
Get out of there and purify yourselves,
    you who carry home the sacred objects of the Lord.
12 You will not leave in a hurry,
    running for your lives.
For the Lord will go ahead of you;
    yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.

The Lord’s Suffering Servant

13 See, my servant will prosper;
    he will be highly exalted.
14 But many were amazed when they saw him.[e]
    His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human,
    and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.
15 And he will startle[f] many nations.
    Kings will stand speechless in his presence.
For they will see what they had not been told;
    they will understand what they had not heard about.[g]

Isaiah 51–The Great Part of Being One of His Chosen

This is one of Isaiah’s prophecies about Israel’s release and return to the Promised Land.  At teh time of the writing, Israel was still intact, but the ten tribes would soon be scattered and Judah and Benjamen would be captured and exiled to Babylon.  So, the Prophet was preparing for those who would be the remnant of then the great Israel.

God continued to love His people despite their abandonment of their faith.  He allowed their punishment but included a promise of restoration.  Both in the age of the Persian control and again in this recent Era, Israel was returned to reclaim its inheritance.  In both instances, the opposition was not important.  Infact, the only prominant player was Israel itself.  Both times It was God that ushered in the return and it went off without a hitch.

We need to remember that it is God and His plan that always prevails.  You can look from any perspective, but in the end, God’s DNA is all over the place.  We as his chosen need to cling to His promise and walk with confidence knowing he is in power and prepared.  We can never forget that we are His people called according to His word to be part of His family.  With that, we can live lives of peace by simply choosing to follow Him humbly.  That is simply not too much to ask!

God Bless You


“Hear me, you who know what is right,
    you people who have taken my instruction to heart:
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals
    or be terrified by their insults.
For the moth will eat them up like a garment;
    the worm will devour them like wool.
But my righteousness will last forever,
    my salvation through all generations.”

Awake, awake, arm of the Lord,
    clothe yourself with strength!
Awake, as in days gone by,
    as in generations of old.
Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces,
    who pierced that monster through?
10 Was it not you who dried up the sea,
    the waters of the great deep,
who made a road in the depths of the sea
    so that the redeemed might cross over?
11 Those the Lord has rescued will return.
    They will enter Zion with singing;
    everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
    and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

12 “I, even I, am he who comforts you.
    Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
    human beings who are but grass,
13 that you forget the Lord your Maker,
    who stretches out the heavens
    and who lays the foundations of the earth,
that you live in constant terror every day
    because of the wrath of the oppressor,
    who is bent on destruction?
For where is the wrath of the oppressor?
14     The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;
they will not die in their dungeon,
    nor will they lack bread.
15 For I am the Lord your God,
    who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
    the Lord Almighty is his name.
16 I have put my words in your mouth
    and covered you with the shadow of my hand—
I who set the heavens in place,
    who laid the foundations of the earth,
    and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”

Isaiah 50–Your Torch, Your Fire

Isaiah lays the truth on the table.  The question is in effect, “Why is God allowing this to Happen?” Isaiah lays the answer out in three parts:

Part 1–Please show me the evidence that it is me doing this

Part 2–Your sin is your source of pain

Part 3–those that follow me I will protect and provide for, but those that want to run their own show must provide their own light.

In this prophecy, it is important to the Father to make sure his chosen to remember it is their choices and sin that have left them undone.  He, like any dad, wants nothing more than to bless and restore His own. Sadly, when their allegiance and behavior are rebellious, God has no other option than to let them experience the price of their rebellion.  It has some note of promise, if one follows the Lord, He will protect and provide for them.  But there is the second promise, if you are going to light your own torches then you will have to live in the light they provide.

Then and now, God reminds us that it is our choice on whom to serve.  Each choice has a cost.  Joshua understood that, that is why as he was dying, he sat the entire Jewish nation down and reminded them of their propensity to forsake God.  In that speech, he said, “Choose this day whom you will serve–the world’s gods or the God that led You. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord as well!

God Bless You


This is what the Lord says:

“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce
    with which I sent her away?
Or to which of my creditors
    did I sell you?
Because of your sins you were sold;
    because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.
When I came, why was there no one?
    When I called, why was there no one to answer?
Was my arm too short to deliver you?
    Do I lack the strength to rescue you?
By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea,
    I turn rivers into a desert;
their fish rot for lack of water
    and die of thirst.
I clothe the heavens with darkness
    and make sackcloth its covering.”

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
    to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
    wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.
The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears;
    I have not been rebellious,
    I have not turned away.
I offered my back to those who beat me,
    my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;
I did not hide my face
    from mocking and spitting.
Because the Sovereign Lord helps me,
    I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
    and I know I will not be put to shame.
He who vindicates me is near.
    Who then will bring charges against me?
    Let us face each other!
Who is my accuser?
    Let him confront me!
It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me.
    Who will condemn me?
They will all wear out like a garment;
    the moths will eat them up.

10 Who among you fears the Lord
    and obeys the word of his servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
    who has no light,
trust in the name of the Lord
    and rely on their God.
11 But now, all you who light fires
    and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
go, walk in the light of your fires
    and of the torches you have set ablaze.
This is what you shall receive from my hand:
    You will lie down in torment.

Isaiah 49–Israel’s and Our Savior and Redeemer

Isaiah brings another Messianic prophecy, an amazing reminder that God had a plan from the beginning and executed that plan perfectly.  It is easy to forget that God picked Israel to be His chosen people.  They were not to be a nation of warriors, but a nation of priests.  It was to be Israel that showed the world God’s love and desire to be in relationship with men.

Sadly, Israel wanted to be like everybody else.  They wanted to have the idols, the power, the wealth, and the independence from God that everyone else had. What they failed to realize was that came at a price.  With the independence they wanted came a lack of provision and protection that they, as a small nation, needed desperately.  Still, after the fall, after captivity, and after pushing God’s patience to the edge; God still planned to restore Israel and to provide redemption for all that would follow Him.

Jesus, the Messiah, would come to seek and save that which was lost.  He would be a son of Judah and of David.  He would show the nation of Israel the true nature of God.  He would lead them back to become the great nation that they were meant to be.  He would also be God’s sacrifice to show the remainder of humanity what his true nature is.  The Lord loves us and wants nothing more than to have a personal relationship with us.  Through Christ, that relationship is attainable by simply asking Him to have the relationship and submitting to His leadership.

Isaiah shows himself again to be the great evangelist.  He shares the message of hope and salvation for Israel and the rest of the world.  

God Bless You


​Listen to me, you islands;

    hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the Lord called me;
    from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,
    in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me into a polished arrow
    and concealed me in his quiver.
He said to me, “You are my servant,
    Israel, in whom I will display my splendor.”
But I said, “I have labored in vain;
    I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,
    and my reward is with my God.”

And now the Lord says—
    he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
    and gather Israel to himself,
for I am[a] honored in the eyes of the Lord
    and my God has been my strength—
he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
    to restore the tribes of Jacob
    and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
    that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

This is what the Lord says—
    the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel—
to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation,
    to the servant of rulers:
“Kings will see you and stand up,
    princes will see and bow down,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,
    the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”

Restoration of Israel

This is what the Lord says:

“In the time of my favor I will answer you,
    and in the day of salvation I will help you;
I will keep you and will make you
    to be a covenant for the people,
to restore the land
    and to reassign its desolate inheritances,
to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’
    and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’

“They will feed beside the roads
    and find pasture on every barren hill.
10 They will neither hunger nor thirst,
    nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them.
He who has compassion on them will guide them
    and lead them beside springs of water.

Isaiah 48–Giving God the Credit He Deserves

Isaiah’s next prophecy was to set the record straight on why Judah was still standing. It was not because they were a holy people.  It was not because they were valient or faithful.  It was not because they had come up with a plan to defeat the rest of the world or to fool God.  No, simply put, they still stood because God loved them and made a covenant to make them a great nation.

It was irritating to God to continue to support such a stiff necked and disobedient people.  He, however had skin in the game.  He delivered them out of slavery and brought them to this land.  He defeated their enemies and prospered them.  So, the decision to allow them to be catered and exiled was not an easy one to make.  In this passage, God makes clear that their very presence only happened as a gift from Him.  Such grace should be heralded and worshipped.  Sadly, the people simply went about their busy lives neither acknowledging God’s grace, nor retuning to the worship and submission to His lordship.

In present day, Many are faced with the same clear message.  It is not because we were that good or reverent; it is simply because God is a God of grace and mercy.  His chosen have not lived with the humility or passion to follow Him that He deserves.  But, As Paul said in Romans 5:8, “God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  That message rings loud in this time and culture.  We need to be humble, grateful and follow God closely.  It is only by His grace that we are still standing.

God Bless You


​“Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob,    you who are called by the name of Israel  and come from the line of Judah,you who take oaths in the name of the Lord    and invoke the God of Israel—    but not in truth or righteousness—you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city    and claim to rely on the God of Israel—    the Lord Almighty is his name:I foretold the former things long ago,    my mouth announced them, and I made them known.    then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.For I knew how stubborn you were.    your neck muscles were iron,    your forehead was bronze.Therefore I told you these things long ago;    before they happened, I announced them to youso that you could not say,    ‘My images brought them about;    my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’You have heard these things; look at them all.    Will you not admit them?“From now on I will tell you of new things,    of hidden things unknown to you.They are created now, and not long ago;    you have not heard of them before today.So you cannot say,    ‘Yes, I knew of them.’You have neither heard nor understood;    from of old your ears have not been open.Well do I know how treacherous you are;    you were called a rebel from birth.For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath;    for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you,    so as not to destroy you completely.10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver;    I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.    How can I let myself be defamed?    I will not yield my glory to another.