Thursday, October 22, 2009

Peace - Isaiah 26

Isaiah 26:3 "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee."

After the judgment, after the chastening, after the return to the one true God, there is a song to be sung.

v1 "In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah, We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks."

We are getting hints of a new and better way for God's people. When Jesus comes, and redemption plan is complete, the law of God will be in the heart of those who trust in Him. Instead of walls of stone, we have the peace of God in our hearts. We have our faith which is better than walls of stone. The poor and needy can now come in.

v4 "Trust ye in the LORD forever, for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength."

There will be a longing to do righteousness because the love of God is in our hearts and not just on the paper of the law. There will be a desire to please because of love for His grace toward us.

v9 "With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early; for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness."

I do not think the children of Israel understood what Isaiah was saying. It was still a mystery then. Even in Jesus' day on earth, he spoke in parables to the people for he was not yet crucified and had not arose from the dead to complete salvation's plan. Such is not the case in our day, we are without excuse for not believing.

v19 "Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead."

I Corinthians 6:14 "And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by this own power."

Trouble is coming but it will pass. Such is the assurance and cause for peace.

v20 "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee; hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast."

It is a reminder of the Exodus and the blood on the doorposts.

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