No covenant with death…

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 28:14-23

  Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scoffers, who rule this people in Jerusalem!

Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have an agreement, when the overwhelming whip passes through it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and in falsehood we have taken shelter”;

therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’

And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plumb line; and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”

Then your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, you will be beaten down by it.

As often as it passes through it will take you; for morning by morning it will pass through, by day and by night; and it will be sheer terror to understand the message.

For the bed is too short to stretch oneself on, and the covering too narrow to wrap oneself in.

For the LORD will rise up as on Mount Perazim; as in the Valley of Gibeon he will be roused; to do his deed—strange is his deed! and to work his work—alien is his work!

Now therefore do not scoff, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard a decree of destruction from the Lord GOD of hosts against the whole land.

There is a common saying; ” only two things in life are certain; death and taxes.” For all outside the world of Christ; outside the shelter of the Most High – death is certain, and final.  For those who believe – it is a door through which we pass into life with the Most High God.  With Christ we have the promise of life eternal with God and it begins with salvation.  So we do not hold to the covenant made with death and Sheol; we have the promise of life through Christ which has annulled any agreement held with death.  We also have the promise of existence with God rather than separation from God.  Righteousness is found in Christ, “the cornerstone” who is our guide, our plumb line.  Whatever comes our way, we stand straight and true in Him.

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