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What God has offered us through the only Mediator, Jesus Christ, is stunning. Just look at what we find in His Presence:

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Though He offers, some will reject it. As we continue in Isaiah, we see the horror that comes from rejecting God’s presence. Once rejected, God mercifully pulls back His provision and protection, lest we imagine they could come from another source, including our own hands. Let’s listen in and ask the Lord to speak to us:

“ 1 For behold, the Lord God of hosts is going to remove from Jerusalem and Judah
Both supply and support, the whole supply of bread
And the whole supply of water;
2 The mighty man and the warrior,
The judge and the prophet,
The diviner and the elder,
3 The captain of fifty and the honorable man,
The counselor and the expert artisan,
And the skillful enchanter.
4 And I will make mere lads their princes,
And capricious children will rule over them,
5 And the people will be oppressed,
Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor;
The youth will storm against the elder
And the inferior against the honorable.”

Let’s not imagine that we can reject God, and remain in protection and provision. Those things are not found apart from Him. Instead we find lack, oppression, disrespect, and hearts growing cold. When leaders act like children, it’s not good for anyone. We need to pray for our leaders, and ask God for mercy and wisdom. We need the Lord.

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Don’t mistake God’s patience for indifference. He’s watching over His Word to perform it. Isaiah 2:17-18 says,

“The pride of man will be humbled
And the loftiness of men will be abased;
And the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,
But the idols will completely vanish.”

Who will be exalted? The Lord. Through Christ He can be exalted in our lives today. Those things we exalt above God, including ourselves, have no future.

Christ’s return will be wondrous for those who receive His salvation. But for those who insist on the pride of their own way, Isaiah 2:19 -21 says,

“Men will go into caves of the rocks
And into holes of the ground
Before the terror of the Lord
And the splendor of His majesty,
When He arises to make the earth tremble.
In that day men will cast away to the moles and the bats
Their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
Which they made for themselves to worship,
In order to go into the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs
Before the terror of the Lord and the splendor of His majesty,
When He arises to make the earth tremble.”

Glory.

Adam and Eve knew about this when pure fellowship was lost and they hid in the Garden. Then Isaiah 2:22,

“Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils;
For why should he be esteemed?”

Why indeed!

The world is seeking self-esteem and glorifying humans; the Lord reveals that apart from Him, we are not all that. Christ is our shield and in Him we have found our worth. We were created to glorify God. In that is joy, security, and purpose. No more hiding. Bless You, Lord!

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Proverbs 9:10 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. God’s Word is truth, and with it comes glorious warning. Meditate for a minute on Isaiah 2:10,

“Enter the rock and hide in the dust
From the terror of the Lord and from the splendor of His majesty.”

The splendor of His majesty. Be still my heart.

Some are teaching that God is love, so we’re all eternally okay. God’s Word says anything, but that. God is love, so He tells it the way it is. Apart from Christ, we cannot approach the High and Holy One. We don’t have to believe Him, but we won’t be able to say He didn’t tell us. Of the following we can be sure,

“The proud look of man will be abased
And the loftiness of man will be humbled,
And the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

For the Lord of hosts will have a day of reckoning
Against everyone who is proud and lofty
And against everyone who is lifted up,
That he may be abased.
And it will be against all the cedars of Lebanon that are lofty and lifted up,
Against all the oaks of Bashan,
Against all the lofty mountains,
Against all the hills that are lifted up,
Against every high tower,
Against every fortified wall,
Against all the ships of Tarshish
And against all the beautiful craft.
Isaiah 2:11-16

Because God is good, He is against things that are not. Lord, thank You for telling us. Help us to love what You love, and hate what You hate. Help us to revere You. We won’t rightly love people any other way. You are prefect, and we thank You for offering the invitation of the light of salvation in Christ.

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I can’t think of a better invitation to receive than that of Isaiah 2:5,

“Come, house of Jacob,
and let us walk in the light of the Lord.”

Without His light of truth we have no idea what’s right or which end is up. The awful condition of Judah at that time reflects mankind without God. Isaiah 2:6 starts by mentioning that God abandoned them, and goes on to explain why,

“For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob,
Because they are filled with influences from the east,
And they are soothsayers like the Philistines,
And they strike bargains with the children of foreigners.”

The only influence we should desire is the Lord’s. He is the only One from whom we should seek wisdom and direction. While we love and are kind to everyone, we don’t compromise spiritually with those who are not in Christ; not in the light of the Lord. Isaiah 2:7 explains Judah’s condition like this,

“Their land has also been filled with silver and gold
And there is no end to their treasures;
Their land has also been filled with horses
And there is no end to their chariots.”

Wait, that sounds pretty great. But it’s not a good place when those things become our strength, leading to rejection of the light of the Lord. So Isaiah 2:8-9 adds clarity,

“Their land has also been filled with idols;
They worship the work of their hands,
That which their fingers have made.
So the common man has been humbled
And the man of importance has been abased,
But do not forgive them.”

There is no forgiveness apart from repentance. But repentance provides the refreshment of light, cleansing, and new beginning! Lord, let our strength be in You.

whirledpeas

You’ve probably seen the Whirled Peas bumper stickers, making a play on World Peace. We should want peace, of course! But humans need to know their limits. We may be able to accomplish whirled peas, but not world peace. So where is the hope? In Christ alone!

“And He will judge between the nations,
And will render decisions for many peoples;
And they will hammer their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
And never again will they learn war.
Isaiah 2:4

Trying to gain world peace apart from Christ is futile. He is the Prince of Peace; the only Mediator between God and man. He alone can restore relationships and bridge gaps between people, families, and nations. Christ alone can take our warring hearts and transform them into hearts at peace with God; hearts that share peace with other people. He alone can transform vessels of enmity into useful, fruit bearing vessels!

When Jesus returns, He’ll pour out the wrath of God and cleanse the world of evil. Until evil is removed, peace cannot happen. Who would want to make peace with evil? Yet it’s so subtle that some are doing it today, rather than fighting the good fight. Look at James 4:4,

“You adulteresses,
do you not know that friendship with the world
is hostility toward God?
Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world
makes himself an enemy of God.”

Let’s be vessels of Christ’s peace, not error. Trying to make peace in our own power, will not birth fruitful things. Let’s stream to Him and learn from Him through Bible reading and prayer; growing in our relationship with Him; doing things His way. Let’s ask God for hearts that desire His will and His return.

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Do you remember, as a kid, asking your parents (or anyone who would watch) to judge your dive, or your flip, or whatever you might be performing? It’s like we’re born seeking a rating; we’re born seeking that perfect 10. Mom’s don’t always use an accurate rating scale around the pool, because they’re usually more concerned with our hearts than our performance. And while a handful actually do make it to the olympics, most of our Mom’s weren’t holding their breath on that one. As we think about judging, look at what’s going on in Isaiah 2:4a,

“And He will judge between the nations,
And will render decisions for many peoples…”

It sounds like Psalm 67:4,

“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. Selah” ESV

Oh, He is gracious to do that. But why would we rejoice at a holy, perfect God judging us? We can be thankful that, unlike appearing before a dishonest judge, God is honest, cannot make a wrong decision, and will not take a bribe. He will only judge rightly. Yet we already know we fall short before Him! So He has offered the way to gain that perfect score. Not by ignoring our flaws, but by redeeming us to be flawless through the Spotless Lamb, Jesus. For those who receive Christ as Savior, His blood atones, and we are therefore found blameless! That perfect score we’ve all been after is only found in Christ, because He purchased it for us on the cross.

No wonder Isaiah saw the nations streaming to God’s salvation. How amazing that Jesus offers to transform us, so that we share His perfect score through salvation. Only Him. There is no greater love.

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As we learned from Isaiah 1, we need a Savior! There is everything to gain in Christ, and everything to lose without Him. God’s Way is the only way. God’s Way is Jesus. Look at what Christ’s coming brought about, as we read this prophecy.

“The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw
concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

Now it will come about that
In the last days
The mountain of the house of the Lord
Will be established as the chief of the mountains,
And will be raised above the hills;
And all the nations will stream to it.”
Isaiah 2:1-2

Zion has been established through the finished work of the cross. God’s Kingdom has always been sovereign over all.  Yet on that Day yet to come, Christ will return and every knee and every nation will fall before Him.

“And many peoples will come and say,
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
That He may teach us concerning His ways
And that we may walk in His paths.’
For the law will go forth from Zion
And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”
Isaiah 2:3

What an invitation! One day all will know that Jesus is Lord. Those cleansed by His blood will live in the eternal city. Even today we see this prophecy being fulfilled. Since Jesus’ death and resurrection, the good news of His Gospel has spread. Many are streaming to Him to know Him and know His ways. Persecution of Christians is growing globally, and the world tries to lure souls away, but God’s mission cannot be stopped.  Glory to the King!

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