Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Result of Chastening Isaiah 25

Isaiah 25:9 "And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us; this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation."

Discipline is never welcome and easy for a child. It is tough on the parent as well. I do not find that God found any joy in what had to be done to bring Israel back to him. It was simply necessary.

v1 "O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth."

Well, of course, parents do not fall into the praise and exalted worthiness but you can see how the principle still applies. Once a child is brought to maturity and they realize where they went wrong, they will often remember and appreciate the actions it took to divert them from trouble. I've often heard the phrase "Mom and Dad were right."

v4 "For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength tot he needy in h is distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall."

One thing Israel had neglected to do was remember the poor. The LORD, however, never does neglect those who are the most needy. It is for the proud and haughty that severe action must be taken to direct their respect properly.

v11 "And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim; and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands."

The final victory sounds so sweet in this verse:

v8 "He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth; for the LORD hath spoken it."

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