Depend on the Lord

“And it shall come to pass in that day That the remnant of Israel, And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, Will never again depend on him who defeated them, But will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, To the Mighty God. For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, A remnant of them will return; The destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness. For the Lord God of hosts Will make a determined end In the midst of all the land.” Isaiah 10:20-23 NKJV

GLORY TO GOD!!! Oh this is all too much for one day!!! From Jotham, who did right but still failed because the people chose evil. To Isaiah’s Messianic prophesy naming Adonai: “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. With such beautiful and gentle explanation of God the Father, Son and Spirit – that which we can all agree upon! To more warnings about selfishness (don’t worry – I got that out of my system yesterday, at least for the moment). To the restoration of the remnant as with this opening passage! Glory to God! And that is just part way through our reading!! Oh so next is ANOTHER messianic prophecy AND a Hymn of Praise! WOW!

Dear Heavenly Father – As always, please open eye to see and our ears to hear what you are saying! Lord – open our understanding that we may know you and give us wisdom. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is from the book of Second Chronicles chapter 27 and Isaiah chapters 9-12 (embedded below the image below for your convenience). Included is passage after passage of amazing, mind-blowing, deep secrets of God kind of glorious stuff and I am overwhelmed! I pulled this chronological read through the Bible in a year plan off the internet, in a downloadable PDF and it gave no contribute to whoever planned it – but they did a terrible job! We need at least a month to manage today’s reading and this isn’t the first time this has happened.

So I extracted the 3 verses above and opened with them – because this prophesy (like all prophesy) is for the situation the prophet speaks of, for the time when Jesus walks the Earth, for the time when the age of the dispensation of grace ends, and for the end times / day of the Lord. And as all Bible passages can be applied to each and every generation in-between.

Jesus said we are living in the last days – so obviously we are still in the last days and must be a whole LOT closer to the end of that period. Therefore this remnant – this is for now. And I see the Jews being saved in large numbers and returning as this verse says.  I am friends with a few and it is beautiful – -and although gentiles have had their turn – they can be drawn in under the remnant, by adoption, and in one spirit under the one true God – Adonai!

Will never again depend on him who defeated them, But will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. The remnant will return… To the Mighty God.”

This really jumped out at me. Maybe it was because of Sunday’s message at my church (which was good – so good).  The Children’s Pastor preached.  He gave a simple lesson with audience participation. Lots of meat, but it was cut up into easily chewed and swallowed pieces.  And it was about how you can be a victim and depend on that mentality (sound similar enough to depending on “him who defeated them”). Or you can choose to live in the might victory of our God and live victorious (sounds similar to “depend on the Lord….. the Mighty God”).  The message was greatly needed. 
I was once speaking with teachers and pastors and some were saying they dumb down their messages because they want the people to understand – instead of presenting it the way they received it. Suddenly we all found ourselves on different sides of this matter – I mean, if we dumb it down does it lose its salt? Did we accidently edit out something the Lord mean specifically for someone but they needed to hear it that specific way? Lots of risks in preaching and teaching.  I refuse to dumb it down and only give explanations as I believe God has me. I believe you are all capable of relying on the Holy Spirit to speak to you regardless of if I err or speak in words you cannot understand.  I bring it up because my pastor is a very learned man and speaks intelligently. And He has been preaching a similar message on relying on God and not our past defeats. But he presents it as a big juicy steak, uncut – it doesn’t look the same or sound the same (as it is still sizzling hot when Pastor brings it to the table). And honestly, to me, it tastes so much better uncut.  The cut up version is a little cooler, more dry and… well, does it matter? Cause I think God finally said it in a way that it might stick with them into Monday (and maybe still today?)  It obviously has with me as here we have it again… we say we want to be in a relationship with God but do we rely on Him? Completely. And with the reminder that he is: “The Mighty God”.

I will give the messages as I think God has given them to me and if I miss or if you do not receive maybe the children’s pastor can be used. God makes a way. God gets the message out there.  I know you all have heard the “rely on God completely” message from me a lot lately as I lose my income and start a business and in the worldly sense I struggle financially – BUT GOD! But God!!! Because every bill is paid and I have food (and I have some abundance to share and bless others and to save and invest to let God multiply). God is good – you can trust Him. Get to know Him and you will know.

RELATIONSHIP:
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

MEMORY WORK: James 4:7 
NKJV – “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
NAS – “Submit therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
ESV – “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
NLT – “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
NIV – “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Thank you for reading.
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

BIBLE READING: 2 Chronicles 27 & Isaiah 9-12 NKJV

2 Chronicles 27

Jotham Reigns in Judah

27 Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was [a]Jerushah the daughter of Zadok. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Uzziah had done (although he did not enter the temple of the Lord). But still the people acted corruptly.

He built the Upper Gate of the house of the Lord, and he built extensively on the wall of Ophel. Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built fortresses and towers. He also fought with the king of the Ammonites and defeated them. And the people of Ammon gave him in that year one hundred talents of silver, ten thousand kors of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. The people of Ammon paid this to him in the second and third years also. So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God.

Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars and his ways, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. So Jotham [b]rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then Ahaz his son reigned in his place.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Chronicles 27:1 Jerusha, 2 Kin. 15:33
  2. 2 Chronicles 27:9 Died and joined his ancestors

Isaiah 9-12

The Government of the Promised Son

Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed,
As when at first He lightly esteemed
The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
And afterward more heavily oppressed her,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
In Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.

You have multiplied the nation
And [a]increased its joy;
They rejoice before You
According to the joy of harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For You have broken the yoke of his burden
And the staff of his shoulder,
The rod of his oppressor,
As in the day of Midian.
For every warrior’s [b]sandal from the noisy battle,
And garments rolled in blood,
Will be used for burning and fuel [c]of fire.

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

The Punishment of Samaria

The Lord sent a word against Jacob,
And it has fallen on Israel.
All the people will know—
Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria—
Who say in pride and arrogance of heart:
10 “The bricks have fallen down,
But we will rebuild with hewn stones;
The sycamores are cut down,
But we will replace them with cedars.”
11 Therefore the Lord shall set up
The adversaries of Rezin against him,
And spur his enemies on,
12 The Syrians before and the Philistines behind;
And they shall devour Israel with an open mouth.

For all this His anger is not turned away,
But His hand is [d]stretched out still.

13 For the people do not turn to Him who strikes them,
Nor do they seek the Lord of hosts.
14 Therefore the Lord will cut off head and tail from Israel,
Palm branch and bulrush in one day.
15 The elder and honorable, he is the head;
The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.
16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err,
And those who are led by them are destroyed.
17 Therefore the Lord will have no joy in their young men,
Nor have mercy on their fatherless and widows;
For everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer,
And every mouth speaks [e]folly.

For all this His anger is not turned away,
But His hand is stretched out still.

18 For wickedness burns as the fire;
It shall devour the briers and thorns,
And kindle in the thickets of the forest;
They shall mount up like rising smoke.
19 Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts
The land is burned up,
And the people shall be as fuel for the fire;
No man shall spare his brother.
20 And he shall [f]snatch on the right hand
And be hungry;
He shall devour on the left hand
And not be satisfied;
Every man shall eat the flesh of his own arm.
21 Manasseh shall devour Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh;
Together they shall be against Judah.

For all this His anger is not turned away,
But His hand is stretched out still.

Assyria Shall Be Broken

10 “Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees,
Who write misfortune,
Which they have prescribed
To rob the needy of justice,
And to take what is right from the poor of My people,
That widows may be their prey,
And that they may rob the fatherless.
What will you do in the day of punishment,
And in the desolation which will come from afar?
To whom will you flee for help?
And where will you leave your glory?
Without Me they shall bow down among the prisoners,
And they shall fall [g]among the slain.”

For all this His anger is not turned away,
But His hand is stretched out still.

Arrogant Assyria Also Judged

“Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger
And the staff in whose hand is My indignation.
I will send him against an ungodly nation,
And against the people of My wrath
I will give him charge,
To seize the spoil, to take the prey,
And to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
Yet he does not mean so,
Nor does his heart think so;
But it is in his heart to destroy,
And cut off not a few nations.
For he says,
‘Are not my princes altogether kings?
Is not Calno like Carchemish?
Is not Hamath like Arpad?
Is not Samaria like Damascus?
10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols,
Whose carved images excelled those of Jerusalem and Samaria,
11 As I have done to Samaria and her idols,
Shall I not do also to Jerusalem and her idols?’ ”

12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Lord has [h]performed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, that He will say, “I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks.”

13 For he says:

“By the strength of my hand I have done it,
And by my wisdom, for I am prudent;
Also I have removed the boundaries of the people,
And have robbed their treasuries;
So I have put down the inhabitants like a [i]valiant man.
14 My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people,
And as one gathers eggs that are left,
I have gathered all the earth;
And there was no one who moved his wing,
Nor opened his mouth with even a peep.”

15 Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it?
Or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it?
As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up,
Or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!
16 Therefore the Lord, the [j]Lord of hosts,
Will send leanness among his fat ones;
And under his glory
He will kindle a burning
Like the burning of a fire.
17 So the Light of Israel will be for a fire,
And his Holy One for a flame;
It will burn and devour
His thorns and his briers in one day.
18 And it will consume the glory of his forest and of his fruitful field,
Both soul and body;
And they will be as when a sick man wastes away.
19 Then the rest of the trees of his forest
Will be so few in number
That a child may write them.

The Returning Remnant of Israel

20 And it shall come to pass in that day
That the remnant of Israel,
And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob,
Will never again depend on him who [k]defeated them,
But will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21 The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob,
To the Mighty God.
22 For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea,
A remnant of them will return;
The destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
23 For the Lord God of hosts
Will make a determined end
In the midst of all the land.

24 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “O My people, who dwell in Zion, do not be afraid of the Assyrian. He shall strike you with a rod and lift up his staff against you, in the manner of Egypt. 25 For yet a very little while and the indignation will cease, as will My anger in their destruction.” 26 And the Lord of hosts will [l]stir up a scourge for him like the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb; as His rod was on the sea, so will He lift it up in the manner of Egypt.

27 It shall come to pass in that day
That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder,
And his yoke from your neck,
And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing oil.

28 He has come to Aiath,
He has passed Migron;
At Michmash he has attended to his equipment.
29 They have gone [m]along the ridge,
They have taken up lodging at Geba.
Ramah is afraid,
Gibeah of Saul has fled.
30 [n]Lift up your voice,
O daughter of Gallim!
Cause it to be heard as far as Laish—
[o]O poor Anathoth!
31 Madmenah has fled,
The inhabitants of Gebim seek refuge.
32 As yet he will remain at Nob that day;
He will shake his fist at the mount of the daughter of Zion,
The hill of Jerusalem.

33 Behold, the Lord,
The Lord of hosts,
Will lop off the bough with terror;
Those of high stature will be hewn down,
And the haughty will be humbled.
34 He will cut down the thickets of the forest with iron,
And Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.

The Reign of Jesse’s Offspring

11 There shall come forth a [p]Rod from the [q]stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall [r]grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

His delight is in the fear of the Lord,
And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
And faithfulness the belt of His waist.

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
Their young ones shall lie down together;
And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,
And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea.

10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
Who shall stand as a banner to the people;
For the Gentiles shall seek Him,
And His resting place shall be glorious.”

11 It shall come to pass in that day
That the Lord shall set His hand again the second time
To recover the remnant of His people who are left,
From Assyria and Egypt,
From Pathros and Cush,
From Elam and Shinar,
From Hamath and the [s]islands of the sea.

12 He will set up a banner for the nations,
And will [t]assemble the outcasts of Israel,
And gather together the dispersed of Judah
From the four [u]corners of the earth.
13 Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart,
And the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not envy Judah,
And Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
14 But they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines toward the west;
Together they shall plunder the [v]people of the East;
They shall lay their hand on Edom and Moab;
And the people of Ammon shall obey them.
15 The Lord will utterly [w]destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt;
With His mighty wind He will shake His fist over [x]the River,
And strike it in the seven streams,
And make men cross over [y]dry-shod.
16 There will be a highway for the remnant of His people
Who will be left from Assyria,
As it was for Israel
In the day that he came up from the land of Egypt.

A Hymn of Praise

12 And in that day you will say:

“O Lord, I will praise You;
Though You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.
Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’ ”

Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.

And in that day you will say:

“Praise the Lord, call upon His name;
Declare His deeds among the peoples,
Make mention that His name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord,
For He has done excellent things;
This is known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

Footnotes

  1. Isaiah 9:3 So with Qr., Tg.; Kt., Vg. not increased joy; LXX Most of the people You brought down in Your joy
  2. Isaiah 9:5 boot
  3. Isaiah 9:5 for the fire
  4. Isaiah 9:12 In judgment
  5. Isaiah 9:17 foolishness
  6. Isaiah 9:20 slice off or tear
  7. Isaiah 10:4 Lit. under
  8. Isaiah 10:12 completed
  9. Isaiah 10:13 mighty
  10. Isaiah 10:16 So with Bg.; MT, DSS YHWH (the Lord)
  11. Isaiah 10:20 Lit. struck
  12. Isaiah 10:26 arouse
  13. Isaiah 10:29 Or over the pass
  14. Isaiah 10:30 Or Cry shrilly
  15. Isaiah 10:30 So with MT, Tg., Vg.; LXX, Syr. Listen to her, O Anathoth
  16. Isaiah 11:1 Shoot
  17. Isaiah 11:1 stock or trunk
  18. Isaiah 11:1 be fruitful
  19. Isaiah 11:11 Or coastlands
  20. Isaiah 11:12 gather
  21. Isaiah 11:12 Lit. wings
  22. Isaiah 11:14 Lit. sons
  23. Isaiah 11:15 So with MT, Vg.; LXX, Syr., Tg. dry up
  24. Isaiah 11:15 The Euphrates
  25. Isaiah 11:15 Lit. in sandals

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