Meditation

08/13/2021

Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty, the Mighty One of Israel, declares: ‘Ah, I will get relief from my foes and avenge myself on my enemies.’ I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities. I will restore your judges as in days of old, your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you will be called the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.” (Isaiah 1:24-26)

The basic prophetic message dealt with the national history of God’s rebellious people. The prophets described the sin which deserved judgment, announced the judgment God would bring, and then pointed beyond judgment to hope for renewal and righteousness. In so doing the prophets revealed how seriously God takes human history and demonstrated the concrete foundation of the biblical definition of Salvation. Salvation always has an historical beginning point and effects a change in historical existence. Salvation leads to fuller life and meaning in the world, not escape from the world.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, the prophets clearly recognized that human beings seem to have a problem with sin and it happened over and over. Thus, God decided to provide a way that His children could seek God’s forgiveness; thus, restoring the relationship between God and His children to be restored. It begins with, ‘Father, I have sinned and fallen short of what it is You wanted me to do and I seek Your forgiveness and won’t do this again. Try it with all humility and sorrow. It is in Christ Jesus’ name that we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

If you think John and Paul were members of the Beatles, it’s time for you to go to church!”

KNOWING GOD:

Therefore, this what the Lord, the Lord Almighty, says: ‘O my people who live in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrians, who beat you with a rod and lift up a club against you, as Egypt did. Very soon my anger against you will end and my wrath will be directed to their destruction. The Lord Almighty will lash them with a whip, as when he struck down Midian at the rock of Oreb; and he will raise his staff over the waters, ad he did in Egypt. In that day in Egypt. In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown to fat.” (Isaiah 10:24-27)

Past historical deliverance gives God’s people hope as they face a new enemy. God promised salvation and deliverance to His people beyond judgment in history.

I AM:

This is what the Lord says: As I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will give them all the prosperity I have promised them.” (Jeremiah 32:42)

God was assuring His people that even though they have been hard times, He would do for them, as he had promised to do all along; He would give them peace and safety to relax and to take comfort that He would get them back to serving God again.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

‘When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. . But the more I called Israel, the further they went from me. They sacrificed in the Baals and they burned incense to images. If was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bend down to lead them. Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent? Swords will flash in their cities, will destroy the bards of their gates and put an end to their plans. My people are determined to turn from me. Even if they call to the Most High, he will by no means exalt them. ‘How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Adimah? How can I make you the Zebolim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused. I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God, and not man —- the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath. They will follow the Lord; he will roar like a lion. When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west. They will come trembling like birds from Egypt, like doves from Assyria. I will settle them in their homes,’ declares the Lord. ” (Hosea 11:1-11)

God’s love and Israel’s stupid commitment to the practices of their neighbor marked Israel’s history. Justice called for an unrepentant people to face justice. Love could not give up on the beloved, so the final word is hope beyond judgment.

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