Love & Covenant (part 3)

“Sing, O barren one, you who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who did not travail with child! For the [spiritual] children of the desolate one will be more than the children of the married wife, says the Lord. Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes, For you will spread abroad to the right hand and to the left; and your offspring will possess the nations and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

Fear not, for you shall not be ashamed; neither be confounded and depressed, for you shall not be put to shame. For you shall forget the shame of your youth, and you shall not [seriously] remember the reproach of your widowhood any more. For your Maker is your Husband—the Lord of hosts is His name—and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole earth He is called. For the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken, grieved in spirit, and heartsore—even a wife [wooed and won] in youth, when she is [later] refused and scorned, says your God.”

Isaiah 54:1-6 AMPC

Dear Heavenly Father – we read today expecting to hear from you and learn what you want to say to us. Please give us ears to hear and eyes to see and open our understanding. – Amen

I think we need to hang out in this chapter of Isaiah for a while. This was written about Israel, of course, as the bride.  But it is also been a powerful message to women as it addresses specific issues women have, like being without child.  God makes a covenant with His children in this passage that applies to everyone who is serving the Lord and part of the Kingdom of Heaven – this covenant is for Israel and for gentiles, it is for women specifically but also for men. So we can all be blessed.

Verse 1, the first word – Sing. This is a command. Sing woman who is literally barren. Sing woman whose dreams were never birthed.  Sing men who had dreams and projects that were never birthed.  Sing all you who are disappointed.  Back in the times of this event, if a woman was without child, her worth was much less (and those undertones still remain in our society).  Sing those of you who feel worthless. Sing!

Why should we sing? 

Because the barren woman will have a multitude of children – maybe not by birthing one, but there will be many. It is written. Believe it. The enemy also believes and trembles (James 2:19).   

Sing those whose dreams were never birthed because His plan – His mighty blessed plan! Is coming in multitude. It is written; believe it; the enemy also believes and trembles.

Sing if you are disappointed with your life the way it is and you are working so hard to get where you know God wants you and/or you feel worthless – and maybe the failure of not getting there yet make you feel discouraged and outcast. Sing! Because the promise for blessing is coming. The promise for blessing is overflowing! It is written and I believe it and the enemy also believes and trembles.

Verse 2 & 3 – Build.  What better way to show your faith and to build?  Not a drop of rain in the sky, yet Noah built an ark. Expand, stretch out, grow, spread out, enlarge – make room for that blessing!  Make room for those promises of God. Be ready for them. And do it now. 

Fear not,” because He has not given us a spirit of fear – but of love, power and a sound mind! (2 Timothy 1:7) Then in our heads we hear: But this child I have been wanting is a big responsibility- this dream, this vision, this promise of God, or this calling.  And I am a sinner, so ashamed, who will listen to me? And God knew that would creep in and so he already gave us the answer: verse 4 continues with…
“you shall not be ashamed; neither be confounded and depressed, for you shall not be put to shame. For you shall forget the shame of your youth, and you shall not [seriously] remember the reproach of your widowhood any more.”

I remember when I was younger the mixed metaphors in the Bible used to confuse me. For example, this says it is for the barren woman, but now it’s for the widow – later in the chapter this is speaking of her like she is a house or a city.  But let me share what I see happening here – the metaphor is mixed because she is a symbol of someone who has been cast out or looked down upon. Someone with shame for their position. Someone who never reached their dream or their calling. Someone like me. Maybe someone like you?

Someone God is about to be lift up out of that position and bless!

For your Maker is your Husband—the Lord of hosts is His name—and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole earth He is called.” –The references to Christ in this verse are such sweet grace – The bride of Christ (Ephesians 5 or Revelation 21) – The Redeemer (Titus 2:14).

For the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken, grieved in spirit, and heartsore—even a wife [wooed and won] in youth, when she is [later] refused and scorned, says your God.”

I am a woman forsaken. I came to Christ grieved in spirit and heartsore. I relate to this. This does not mean He is calling me these things – it means He is calling us up out of them!  Up out of the miry clay.

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3 ESV

Which brings us back to the beginning – Sing! Sing because a relationship with the living and mighty God is about to do amazing things!!! It is a command (so is love, so is pray, etc.) so, sing – no matter what.

If you don’t already and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

“Sing, O barren one, you who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who did not travail with child! For the [spiritual] children of the desolate one will be more than the children of the married wife, says the Lord. Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes, For you will spread abroad to the right hand and to the left; and your offspring will possess the nations and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

Fear not, for you shall not be ashamed; neither be confounded and depressed, for you shall not be put to shame. For you shall forget the shame of your youth, and you shall not [seriously] remember the reproach of your widowhood any more. For your Maker is your Husband—the Lord of hosts is His name—and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole earth He is called. For the Lord has called you like a woman forsaken, grieved in spirit, and heartsore—even a wife [wooed and won] in youth, when she is [later] refused and scorned, says your God.

For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion and mercy I will gather you [to Me] again. In a little burst of wrath I hid My face from you for a moment, but with age-enduring love and kindness I will have compassion and mercy on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer.

For this is like the days of Noah to Me; as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you. 10 For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.

11 O you afflicted [city], storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in fair colors [in antimony to enhance their brilliance] and lay your foundations with sapphires. 12 And I will make your windows and pinnacles of [sparkling] agates or rubies, and your gates of [shining] carbuncles, and all your walls [of your enclosures] of precious stones. 13 And all your [spiritual] children shall be disciples [taught by the Lord and obedient to His will], and great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of your children.

14 You shall establish yourself in righteousness (rightness, in conformity with God’s will and order): you shall be far from even the thought of oppression or destruction, for you shall not fear, and from terror, for it shall not come near you. 15 Behold, they may gather together and stir up strife, but it is not from Me. Whoever stirs up strife against you shall fall and surrender to you.

16 Behold, I have created the smith who blows on the fire of coals and who produces a weapon for its purpose; and I have created the devastator to destroy. 17 But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.”

Isaiah 54 AMPC

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