Cleansed…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 4:1-6

And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach.”

In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel.

And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem,

when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.

Then the LORD will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy.

There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

“…the Lord shall have washed away the filth…”  “…and cleansed the bloodstains …”  Who does the purge?  Who washes and cleans?  Not mankind but God in His judgment and then in his mercy he provides shelter and security.  We must keep our eyes and our focus on the one who can provide; the one who can shelter; the one who does not fail.  As we remain in him; following this commands, keeping our relationship strong through time spent with him in prayer and study of who he is and what he does, we will find ourselves in a place of beauty not ashes, a place of shelter not fear, a place of plenty not famine.

“… In that day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors …called holy,…”

Christ washed our sins with his blood, paid our penalty with his life and we are free; redeemed.  His joy fills us…

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