Tough times…

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 23:13-18

Behold the land of the Chaldeans! This is the people that was not; Assyria destined it for wild beasts. They erected their siege towers, they stripped her palaces bare, they made her a ruin.

Wail, O ships of Tarshish,

for your stronghold is laid waste.

In that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:

“Take a harp;

go about the city,

O forgotten prostitute!

Make sweet melody;

sing many songs,

that you may be remembered.”

At the end of seventy years, the LORD will visit Tyre, and she will return to her wages and will prostitute herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.

Her merchandise and her wages will be holy to the LORD. It will not be stored or hoarded, but her merchandise will supply abundant food and fine clothing for those who dwell before the LORD.

Things look pretty dismal for Tyre, in fact, for seventy years they were dismal! That’s a lifetime for us, yet that city then came back.  And she was used to provide for those who belonged to the Lord.  We must not give up or give in to despair when our lives seem dismal!  God promises to never leave us nor forsake us.  Our focus must remain on Him in all things, through all things.  Remember in Acts:

Act 16:22-25  The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods.  And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

And another time:

Act 12:1-7  About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword, and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread. And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands.

Not pleasant for the apostles yet they sang!

It would appear from this passage in Isaiah that all things work for His purpose as well.  It matters not if it is comfortable for us or not.  Can we love Him in the bad times as He loves us wherever we are and whatever our status?  Do we know Him well enough to not lose faith when it seems He is far from us?  He is who He says He is and He does what He says He will do….For us, the believers, we remain in Him, trusting He has the ‘big picture’ and His will shall be done.

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No rest…

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 23:1-12

 The oracle concerning Tyre. Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for Tyre is laid waste, without house or harbor! From the land of Cyprus it is revealed to them.

  Be still, O inhabitants of the coast; the merchants of Sidon, who cross the sea, have filled you.

 And on many waters your revenue was the grain of Shihor, the harvest of the Nile; you were the merchant of the nations.

  Be ashamed, O Sidon, for the sea has spoken, the stronghold of the sea, saying: “I have neither labored nor given birth, I have neither reared young men nor brought up young women.”

 When the report comes to Egypt, they will be in anguish over the report about Tyre.

 Cross over to Tarshish; wail, O inhabitants of the coast!

 Is this your exultant city whose origin is from days of old, whose feet carried her to settle far away?

 Who has purposed this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants were princes, whose traders were the honored of the earth?

The LORD of hosts has purposed it, to defile the pompous pride of all glory, to dishonor all the honored of the earth.

  Cross over your land like the Nile, O daughter of Tarshish; there is no restraint anymore.

 He has stretched out his hand over the sea; he has shaken the kingdoms; the LORD has given command concerning Canaan to destroy its strongholds.

 And he said: “You will no more exult, O oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon; arise, cross over to Cyprus, even there you will have no rest.”

Why is there this lament?  Why is there this destruction?  Why is there the loss of prosperity and provision?

“The LORD of hosts has purposed it, to defile the pompous pride of all glory, to dishonor all the honored of the earth. “

Mankind has progress, prospers, succeeds in his deeds and then begins to believe all that man has accomplished is of his own doing.  Humanity forgets the One who gave them the skills that are used to accomplish all this and they begin to believe only in themselves.  The Lord God brings judgment for the sin of pride.  If only all of mankind could have ears to hear and turn to the One who created them.  We can be sure to keep our focus on the Lord, giving Him the honor He is due.  Not out of fear of judgment but in response to the love He has for us.  Love has no problem giving the honor where it is due.

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Believe…

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 22:15-25

 Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, “Come, go to this steward, to Shebna, who is over the household, and say to him:

  What have you to do here, and whom have you here, that you have cut out here a tomb for yourself, you who cut out a tomb on the height and carve a dwelling for yourself in the rock? Behold, the LORD will hurl you away violently, O you strong man. He will seize firm hold on you  and whirl you around and around, and throw you like a ball into a wide land. There you shall die, and there shall be your glorious chariots, you shame of your master’s house.   I will thrust you from your office, and you will be pulled down from your station.   In that day I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah,

  and I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your sash on him, and will commit your authority to his hand. And he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.   And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.  And I will fasten him like a peg in a secure place, and he will become a throne of honor to his father’s house.  And they will hang on him the whole honor of his father’s house, the offspring and issue, every small vessel, from the cups to all the flagons.   In that day, declares the LORD of hosts, the peg that was fastened in a secure place will give way, and it will be cut down and fall, and the load that was on it will be cut off, for the LORD has spoken.”

This prophecy did in fact take place.  With this we know that what God says He will do; He will do.  Do we believe Him?  If so, what more can we stand on?  Salvation is ours and more. Salvation through acceptance of Christ is the beginning of a walk with God.  How far have we come in our walk?  Are we still at an altar accepting Christ?  Or have we moved on to the fullness of a life lived by His commands?

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Do not despair…hope

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 22:1-14

The oracle concerning the valley of vision. What do you mean that you have gone up, all of you, to the housetops,

 you who are full of shoutings, tumultuous city, exultant town? Your slain are not slain with the sword or dead in battle.

 All your leaders have fled together; without the bow they were captured. All of you who were found were captured, though they had fled far away.

 Therefore I said: “Look away from me; let me weep bitter tears; do not labor to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.”

For the Lord GOD of hosts has a day of tumult and trampling and confusion in the valley of vision, a battering down of walls and a shouting to the mountains.

 And Elam bore the quiver with chariots and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.

 Your choicest valleys were full of chariots, and the horsemen took their stand at the gates.

 He has taken away the covering of Judah. In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest,

and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many. You collected the waters of the lower pool,

 and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall.

You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.

In that day the Lord GOD of hosts called for weeping and mourning, for baldness and wearing sackcloth;

and behold, joy and gladness, killing oxen and slaughtering sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine. “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

 The LORD of hosts has revealed himself in my ears: “Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,” says the Lord GOD of hosts.

God looks for humility , repentance and a return to Him.  He demands our respect, honor and recognition.  What he received in this passage was disobedience and disregard which resulted in total despair expressed by partying; dancing, living it up in eating and drinking because the end was coming and they had no hope.  Rather than looking to Him for deliverance they looked to their own means only to find them lacking.  We have His deliverance from consequences through Jesus Christ; provided for us by the Lord God of hosts.  Blessed be the name of the Lord, we need not despair but hope.

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God speaks…it is

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Isaiah 21

  The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea. As whirlwinds in the Negeb sweep on, it comes from the wilderness, from a terrible land.

  A stern vision is told to me; the traitor betrays, and the destroyer destroys. Go up, O Elam; lay siege, O Media; all the sighing she has caused I bring to an end.

 Therefore my loins are filled with anguish; pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor; I am bowed down so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see.

  My heart staggers; horror has appalled me; the twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.

They prepare the table, they spread the rugs, they eat, they drink. Arise, O princes; oil the shield!

 For thus the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees.

 When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, riders on donkeys, riders on camels, let him listen diligently, very diligently.”

  Then he who saw cried out: “Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord, continually by day, and at my post I am stationed whole nights.

 And behold, here come riders, horsemen in pairs!” And he answered, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon; and all the carved images of her gods he has shattered to the ground.”

  O my threshed and winnowed one, what I have heard from the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, I announce to you.

  The oracle concerning Dumah. One is calling to me from Seir, “Watchman, what time of the night? Watchman, what time of the night?”

 The watchman says: “Morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire; come back again.”

  The oracle concerning Arabia. In the thickets in Arabia you will lodge, O caravans of Dedanites.

 To the thirsty bring water; meet the fugitive with bread, O inhabitants of the land of Tema.

  For they have fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow, and from the press of battle.

  For thus the Lord said to me, “Within a year, according to the years of a hired worker, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end.

 And the remainder of the archers of the mighty men of the sons of Kedar will be few, for the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken.”

What was spoken came to be.  Do we believe God when he speaks?  Does our life give evidence of that?  Where is our hope?  Be light to a dark place.

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Where is our hope?

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Isaiah 20

  In the year that the commander in chief, who was sent by Sargon the king of Assyria, came to Ashdod and fought against it and captured it— at that time the LORD spoke by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, “Go, and loose the sackcloth from your waist and take off your sandals from your feet,” and he did so, walking naked and barefoot.

 

  Then the LORD said, “As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Cush,   so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered, the nakedness of Egypt. Then they shall be dismayed and ashamed because of Cush their hope and of Egypt their boast.  And the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and to whom we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?'”

Where is our hope? These did not place their hope in God and they were overcome.  When a people put their hope in the living God, He responds in love, with protection and provision.

“And the Lord will strike Egypt striking and healing, and they will return to the Lord, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them”

As individuals where is our hope?  When it is in the Lord we can rest in the knowledge that He is present and willing to defend us.

“When they cry to the Lord because of the oppressor, he will send them a savior and defender and deliver them.” 

Today we have the promise of salvation through Christ.  God’s promises are not old that He cannot save.  Our faith in Him and what He says, is our hope and our deliverance.

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In that day…

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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blessings

Isaiah 19:16-25

  In that day the Egyptians will be like women, and tremble with fear before the hand that the LORD of hosts shakes over them.  And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the LORD of hosts has purposed against them.

 

  In that day there will be five cities in the land of Egypt that speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD of hosts. One of these will be called the City of Destruction.

 

  In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border.

  It will be a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the LORD because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them.   And the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the LORD

 

in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the LORD and perform them.   And the LORD will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the LORD, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them.

 

  In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians.

 

  In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth,

  whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”

Salvation comes to all.  Prophesied here, even the enemies of God’s people are turned away from evil and toward God.  There is a repentance coming, a turning from evil, a forgiveness and healing offered to all who worship the Lord God.  O that all who hear and see would receive!!!  Be sure it is for us; we need to see to it that we receive all that is offered to us.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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