Israel's Restoration

SATURDAY FOCUS (Isaiah 40)

 

March 12
SATURDAY FOCUS

Israel’s rebirth is a powerful testimony to God’s faithfulness, but only a foretaste of what God ultimately has in store.  The following passage gives a hint of how we should relate to God’s Chosen People until His promises are fulfilled in the Messianic Kingdom:

 

Isaiah 40:1-8

“Comfort, yes, comfort My people!”
Says your God.
“Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her,

That her warfare is ended,
That her iniquity is pardoned;
For she has received from the Lord’s hand
Double for all her sins.”

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Flowering poppies in the Negev, Israel. צילום:ד”ר אבישי טייכר [CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make straight in the desert
A highway for our God.

Every valley shall be exalted
And every mountain and hill brought low;
The crooked places shall be made straight
And the rough places smooth;

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
And all flesh shall see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

The voice said, “Cry out!”
And he said, “What shall I cry?”

“All flesh is grass,
And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.

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Poppies (Papaver umbonatum) near Beit Guvrin, Israel. By פינקלשטיין גלינה (PikiWiki – Israel free image collection project) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios

The grass withers, the flower fades,
Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;

Surely the people are grass.

The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”

Although everything else may change, God’s Word is unchangeable.  In the same way His promises to Israel will be kept literally, we can be assured God will keep promises He has made to you and to me as well.

© Charles E. McCracken 2016, text content only.  Repost/Reprint with permission from the author.  Scripture from the NKJV.