This Lord’s Day May 27th

By God’s grace, this Lord’s Day He will show us His will for us in Isaiah and in Luke.

Below is one verse from our text in Isaiah with some explanation.

Verse 15

  כִּי כֹה־אָמַר קְדוֹשׁ יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּשׁוּבָה וָנַחַת תִּוָּשֵׁעוּן בְּהַשְׁקֵט וּבְבִטְחָה תִּהְיֶה גְּבוּרַתְכֶם וְלֹא אֲבִיתֶם

 For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,

כִּי – introduces a parallel explanation of Judah’s sin; OR strengthens the claim of the prophet that trust in Egypt is vain EJY . This is the specific message that they rejected, thus inescapable judgment is coming upon them from without. Then two illustrations in 17 MOT.

Holy One is also the Sovereign אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה. Failing to trust the Almighty is a sin. It is sin to trust what cannot rule, govern, or guide. Foolishness, like going to Egypt, is sin. Choosing folly is sin. As the Sovereign, he is the only one with power to accomplish the nation’s deliverance. Holy One – a rebuke to the godless theocracy EJY.

God’s message had always been: Salvation is in returning, which is repentance, or actively coming back to the LORD. What does God require of rebels? Repentance. A true conversion EJY. In returning they would ‘rest down’ in the Lord. Rest is contrasted to the frenzy of action in the nation trying to save themselves. Salvation is in ceasing human activity and instead resting upon the grace of God. It is not of him who wills or of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy …. have mercy on me, for I am a sinner.

From this springs quietness – lack of worry and anxiety, the visible evidence of true trust (faith). Does faith have any real effect in life? Yes, from it comes your strength גְּבוּרַתְכֶם – warrior strength. This is ‘strength for life’s battles and challenges MOT. The Word from God prescribed the ‘armour of faith’, when the situation seemed to warrant a call to arms. Salvation is not merely negative, not doing something, it is also positive victory over evil, a strength EJY. This strength is truly impressive.

Quietness – disposition to be untroubled by external events. What is difference between this and Stoicism?

You were unwilling – hearts fat.

 

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