“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 the struck down Midian at the rock of Oreb; and he will raise his staff over the waters, as he did 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 so fat.” (Isaiah 10:24-27 – God Concentrated on National History)
Beloved past historical deliverance gives God’s people hope as hey face a new enemy. God promised salvation and deliverance to His people beyond judgment in history. 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 hen 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 us to future life and meaning in the world, not escape from the world.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, this reading from Isaiah is a reminder of all of our number one sin, which is rebellion against You. It is something we must come before you daily to confess and repent for. Today we continue to pray our troops serving in faraway lands and those in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, and for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Salvation is what we receive, not what we achieve.”
“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 h I have promised them.” (Jeremiah 32:42- God Concentrated on National History)
God was acting in His people’s best interests when he had property sold between two kinsmen. It was sold one to the other, money paid, deed transferred, witnessed, so that after He had dealt with the Babylonians and they had been defeated,, the land would once again be known as land owned by the Israelites. It was a show of faith between God and His people and it represented to the people, that no matter what, God had their best interests inmind.
“But now, this what the Lord says—-he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel, ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For Ii am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I give Egypt for your ransom, Cush and Seba in your stead. Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the earth, ‘Give hem up! And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back. Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—-everyone who is called by my my nae, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. ” (Isaiah 43:1-7 – God Concentrated on National History)
Forming an obedient people was and is an essential part of God’s creation. Since He had created the nation and redeemed them from Babylon, He would continue to protect them. Israel could face the future in their own land once more with confidence, knowing that they could cope with new situations, including enemies that threatened their existence. The confident people people of God give glory and praise to their Creator. God was promising a new Exodus for His people. This revealed His love for His people and His presence with them.
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 to the Baals and they burned incense to images. It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, making 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 feed them. Will they not return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent? Swords will flash in the cities, will destroy the bars of their gates and put an end in 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 Admah? How can I make you like Zeboilm? 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 Concentrated on National History)