by Linda Boyette
Isaiah 52: 7
But before I become critical and quick to see their error, I must remind myself of the “rest of the story!” The Messiah has come! Emanuel – God with us- has appeared, lived, paid the blood price, is resurrected and lives to intercede for you and me at the right hand of God the Father. Two thousand years later we are still facing an incredibly dark world. The USA, a country founded on Godly principles, worship, and freedom, is floundering because the correct center and purpose has been lost. Is it possible we, like Israel, still do not understand God’s heart for mankind?
We certainly receive a brilliant beam of hope from this week’s reading in Isaiah. For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory… (Isaiah 62:1, 2a). Can you believe this declaration? Can he possibly be speaking of the same people described in chapter 1?
Isaiah’s understanding of God’s heart enabled him to persevere in proclaiming truth to an obstinate, stiff-necked people. This understanding came through his own experience of seeing the Holy God, high and lifted up. When he received his personal cleansing, Isaiah was freshly assured that the Hesed/Holy, incessant love of God never ends. The Holy Spirit inspired Isaiah to write of God’s redeeming plan. In looking toward the cross, Isaiah wrote one of the clearest, most beautiful prophecies of God’s divine purpose for all who answer the Messiah’s call: Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth, Everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made (Isaiah 43:6, 7).
Like the nation of Israel, we too are called to know the Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – intimately – through His Son Jesus, our Savior. We are also called to worship His presence at the very center of our living. No longer in tents made with hands, the Father invites us to offer our heart, mind, soul and body as His home. When Jesus gives us a clean heart and fills our temple with His Holy Spirit, the “power of His Agape love,” we too are compelled to go, tell and live the way because we have the Way – HIM!
Though we are on the homeward stretch to the finish line of this year’s Winter Watch, we must not weaken in waiting for the Father’s Word and the second coming of Jesus. He is coming, not to bear a cross, but to wear the Crown as King of Kings, Lord of Lords. He comes to receive unto Himself, not a nation, but His bride. We have a huge privilege, responsibility and appointment for such a time as this in history. Let us join Isaiah in praying: On our walls, O Jerusalem (church), we have been appointed watchmen; all day and all night we will never keep silent. We, who remind the Lord, take no rest for ourselves; and give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem/His Church a praise in the earth (Paraphrase of Isaiah 62: 6,7). And they will call them, ‘the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord’; and you will be called, ‘Sought out, a city not forsaken Isaiah 62:12
Oh Father, please keep me in Jesus. Fill me continually with Your love and goodness through the Holy Spirit. Grant me I pray, a heart like Yours with an unrelinquishing, unquenchable desire for Your church to be filled with Your glory. Only through Your blood and our living in Your abiding holy covenant love of Jesus will a lost world desire to be reconciled to You Father and become Your pure bride… a church made a praise in the earth. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.