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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Cracks in the wall…

Ezekiel 13:13-23

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it. So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.

“Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, ‘The wall is no more, nor those who plastered it,  that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ ” says the Lord GOD.

“Likewise, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people, who prophesy out of their own heart; prophesy against them, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Woe to the women who sew magic charms on their sleeves  and make veils for the heads of people of every height to hunt souls! Will you hunt the souls of My people, and keep yourselves alive?  And will you profane Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, killing people who should not die, and keeping people alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies?” ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against your magic charms by which you hunt souls there like birds. I will tear them from your arms, and let the souls go, the souls you hunt like birds.  I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people out of your hand, and they shall no longer be as prey in your hand. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.

“Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life. Therefore you shall no longer envision futility nor practice divination; for I will deliver My people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”

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The house looks beautiful.  Fresh paint, new flooring, bright fixtures, and the price is right.  And the buyers come.  Many are built and many purchase, happily, expecting and enjoying new habitations.  They move in and are satisfied for a time.  Then the truth behind the paint, under the flooring, behind the walls begins to surface.  Storms come and leaks appear.  Light switches don’t always work.  The flooring shifts and begins to peel.  As repairs are attempted the truth appears as layers are removed.  Those areas where “flimsy”, or “untempered” materials were used are revealed and the true value of the house, the true quality of the materials and workmanship are seen.  Same is true with the philosophies and ideologies of mankind; even those within the Christian church whose foundation is not built on what the Lord says. 

“… I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered;…”

Walls are built to protect and defend.  This wall looked good.  The house looked good.  But when the storms of life came, it fell down.  The house deteriorated quickly.  The true value, the true strength was not there in it. And those who built it were gone.  There is no recourse.  Ideologies and philosophies look good, we build on them, buy into them and then the storms of life come, and they fall down, their foundation is revealed.  There is no protection, no defense, no strength in them.

“… I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people out of your hand,…” 

and

“…with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life….”

Veils hide truth, charms have no power but they entice and intrigue.

“… I will deliver My people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”…”

Christ came and truth is revealed.  He is a sure foundation to build upon.  He will not fall down or fail to protect and defend.  He gives strength when it is needed.  Life continues to happen; the storms still prevail, but their strength is diminished when compared with the strength of the Lord.  When Christ came, the veils were removed and his beauty, the beauty of freedom, far outshines any charms.  Power is His to command.  Those who know him, truly know him, know truth and are set free.  This search for knowledge of Christ and God through him, reveals not only what is available to us but also what is hidden in the claims of mankind’s propositions.  Knowledge begets wisdom and begins with fear of the Lord – Proverbs.

“…Proverbs 9:10  – “The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One [is] understanding….”

“They shall know that I am the Lord.”  Time in his word reveals knowledge of him; knowledge of him brings wisdom and reveals the cracks in the wall.