One-size-does-not-fit-all…

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 28:23-29

  Give ear, and hear my voice; give attention, and hear my speech.

Does he who plows for sowing plow continually? Does he continually open and harrow his ground?

  When he has leveled its surface, does he not scatter dill, sow cumin, and put in wheat in rows and barley in its proper place, and emmer as the border?

For he is rightly instructed; his God teaches him.

Dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is a cart wheel rolled over cumin, but dill is beaten out with a stick, and cumin with a rod.

Does one crush grain for bread? No, he does not thresh it forever; when he drives his cart wheel over it with his horses, he does not crush it.

This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.

There is a process to be followed.  There are time limits.

“…  Does he who plows for sowing plow continually?…”

There are specific methods.

“…  does he not scatter dill, sow cumin, and put in wheat in rows …”

There are item sensitive manners of processing.

“…but dill is beaten out with a stick, and cumin with a rod. …”

There is a knowledge and will that comes from God.

“… he is rightly instructed; his God teaches him. …”

Humanity is unique, individual in needs and characteristics.  One size does not fit all and one way does not reach all.  As we temper and form our ways when planting and harvesting different crops meant for different purposes, so then when we prepare, plant and harvest for the kingdom of God in spirit, we seek His counsel and His wisdom.

“…  This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom. …”

As we walk through our days, we seek His counsel, His wisdom.  We share as is appropriate to the individual crossing our path.  One-size-does-not-fit-all.

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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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“To whom will he teach knowledge..”

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 28:1-13

Ah, the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim, and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley of those overcome with wine!

  Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong; like a storm of hail, a destroying tempest, like a storm of mighty, overflowing waters, he casts down to the earth with his hand.

The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim will be trodden underfoot;

and the fading flower of its glorious beauty, which is on the head of the rich valley, will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer: when someone sees it, he swallows it as soon as it is in his hand.

  In that day the LORD of hosts will be a crown of glory, and a diadem of beauty, to the remnant of his people,

and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

These also reel with wine and stagger with strong drink; the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, they are swallowed by wine, they stagger with strong drink, they reel in vision, they stumble in giving judgment.

  For all tables are full of filthy vomit, with no space left.

  “To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast?

  For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

  For by people of strange lips and with a foreign tongue the LORD will speak to this people,

  to whom he has said, “This is rest; give rest to the weary; and this is repose”; yet they would not hear.

  And the word of the LORD will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Who will know the word of God?

Who will understand?

Those who seek the face of God?

Those who see his hand?

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There is a gleaning…

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 27

  In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.

  In that day, “A pleasant vineyard, sing of it!

  I, the LORD, am its keeper; every moment I water it. Lest anyone punish it, I keep it night and day;

I have no wrath. Would that I had thorns and briers to battle! I would march against them, I would burn them up together.

Or let them lay hold of my protection, let them make peace with me, let them make peace with me.”

In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit.

Has he struck them as he struck those who struck them? Or have they been slain as their slayers were slain?

Measure by measure, by exile you contended with them; he removed them with his fierce breath in the day of the east wind.

Therefore by this the guilt of Jacob will be atoned for, and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin: when he makes all the stones of the altars like chalkstones crushed to pieces, no Asherim or incense altars will remain standing.

For the fortified city is solitary, a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness; there the calf grazes; there it lies down and strips its branches.

When its boughs are dry, they are broken; women come and make a fire of them. For this is a people without discernment; therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them; he who formed them will show them no favor.

In that day from the river Euphrates to the Brook of Egypt the LORD will thresh out the grain, and you will be gleaned one by one, O people of Israel.

And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.

Those who saw the works of the Lord, those who know Him and know what He can do, they will testify of Him and for Him to those who scoff and do not know.  They will be remembered by Him and will be able to worship Him once again in Jerusalem.  We have His word, we can stand on it.  We have His work in our own lives.  We too can remember who He is and what He can do.  We too will be able to worship Him in spirit and in truth.  So, yes, judgment comes, and with it destruction of all that is known to wipe out the unbelief and the acts of sin.  But those who belong to the God of the universe and beyond, need not fear.

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Promise of life…

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 26:11-21 

  O LORD, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed. Let the fire for your adversaries consume them.

O LORD, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done for us all our works.

O LORD our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone we bring to remembrance.

They are dead, they will not live; they are shades, they will not arise; to that end you have visited them with destruction and wiped out all remembrance of them.

But you have increased the nation, O LORD, you have increased the nation; you are glorified; you have enlarged all the borders of the land.

O LORD, in distress they sought you; they poured out a whispered prayer when your discipline was upon them.

Like a pregnant woman who writhes and cries out in her pangs when she is near to giving birth, so were we because of you, O LORD;

we were pregnant, we writhed, but we have given birth to wind. We have accomplished no deliverance in the earth, and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen.

  Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead.

Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by.

For behold, the LORD is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain.

We in ourselves are powerless.

  “We have accomplished no deliverance in the earth, and the inhabitants of the world have not fallen. ” 

We will rise from death.

  ” Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! ” 

We can hide in our God’s protection.

”  Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. ” 

Punishment is coming.

” For behold, the LORD is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain. ” 

Are we afraid?  No!  The believer knows who God is and what He does.  The believer knows who they are in Him; knows what He says of them.  The believer knows where to hide until the fury is passed.  He is our provider, our healer, our victor, our strength, our joy.

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Walls and bulwarks…

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 26:1-11

  In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks.

 Open the gates, that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in.

 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.

 For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust.

 The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.”

 The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous.

  In the path of your judgments, O LORD, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul.

 My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.

  If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he deals corruptly and does not see the majesty of the LORD.

O LORD, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed. Let the fire for your adversaries consume them.

Salvation is described as walls and bulwarks. They provide protection and safety.  Our faith in Christ gives us protection and safety from the enemy of our soul.  We have peace for our mind is resting in Him, our God, full of His word which is truth.  He makes our way level – it is right and righteousness through salvation.  He judges fairly, and we rest in our relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.  We seek; we find.  We see the works of God with the eyes of our spirit.

Salvation is the beginning of our relationship with God made possible by the cross.  This is a love relationship in which we receive, then share and live.  It takes us through life’s mountains and valleys alike, leveling out spirit’s response in peace.

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Fruit of pride…

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 25

 O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

 For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the foreigners’ palace is a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.

Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you.

 For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall,

 like heat in a dry place. You subdue the noise of the foreigners; as heat by the shade of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is put down.

On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.

 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.

 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.

 It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

 For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain, and Moab shall be trampled down in his place, as straw is trampled down in a dunghill.

  And he will spread out his hands in the midst of it as a swimmer spreads his hands out to swim, but the LORD will lay low his pompous pride together with the skill of his hands.

  And the high fortifications of his walls he will bring down, lay low, and cast to the ground, to the dust.

Pride again – cause for judgment.  As often as it is brought up we can be sure it gets in our way.  What a hindrance to the work of God and to our own good is the sin of pride.  It rises within us so subtly we are often unawares and fall into that trap of which we are warned; be not deceived…  So often we are our own problem.  The Holy Spirit reveals this to us when we ask.  Conversation with the Lord is of utmost importance to our spiritual health.  It will keep us on solid ground and keep our focus only upon Him.   “O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. …”

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