by Christina Farris
1 Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Mahershalalhashbaz.
2 And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.
3 And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Mahershalalhashbaz.
4 For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
5 The LORD spake also unto me again, saying,
6 Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;
7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:
8 And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
9 Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.
10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
11 For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
21 And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness. I often wonder is out fear of God greater then our trouble. When one thinks of Christ coming we think of disaster of those left behind upon the earth, that did not rise up to meet him in the sky. Hush just feel over the people as we realize doom is coming. Yet they too had opportunity to receive Christ as Lord. If God tells you destruction coming unless you fear him more, then what is he really saying, you are protected even if the enemy comes, even if disaster befalls you. It means despite what comes, God has his hand upon you, because you chose to fear him above the storm, about the trial, above the disaster, above the hardship.
Why would God warn us of disaster and salvation and hope. Why warn us of confederacy(freedom) if we trust in Him? Something is being applied to faith in God verses turmoil, verses disaster, and hardship. Perhaps God is saying correction with faith, or correction without faith in this world. Sometimes our hardship comes not because of evil we do, it can be like Job a righteousness man with faith, living the best he can only to be tested by the devil. Yet Israel issue was coming because of sin. Here in this chapter Isaiah is speaking to the faithful, not to the harlots of the land, that had sinned in idolatry(adultery towards God) or unbelief(lack of faith). He speaking to the faithful, speaking God is with us still. God tells of the disaster that going to befall Israel of Assryians swooping across Jordan and infiltrating the land with their army. Yet he tells them not to fear these people, but be prepared for what coming. That change would come that religion of these people would be pressed in on them, but they were not to worship these people's gods nor to trust these people. Something to understand they were to fear God more then the power that was sweeping through the land.
If we fear God more then we have to understand, that the power God has allowed the enemy is only for a time and purpose. God would establish a rock of offense to Israel under the power of the enemy, Remember Christ came at the time under Roman Rule of the land, not under time of freedom and safety. However it does not mean that God was not with his people. He does this to establish his power as being better, stronger, and even proof that his divine will come, despite the enemy encampment around his people. When Christ returns the enemy will be surrounding his people. Do not fear the enemy, but Christ the Lord. The enemy will encompass God's people for a time, some to convert, and others created for destruction. Do not worry about those created for destruction when they pass away. You got until their demise to share Christ with them. Nothing else you can do after.
For Believer your hope is in Christ and Christ alone, despite the encompassment of the enemy or those that have no faith at all in anything any more. Faith in Christ alone, is the hope of every believer, the hope and fear of God on his people, that what God can do is greater then the enemy. Believing God's word, and knowing to follow his instruction despite the enemy. Believing more in the everlasting Lord, knowing he writes on our hearts his laws by his Spirit and he binds them around us. That if we gird ourselves with our power or with the enemies lies we will fall. If we gird our loins with truth, we will not fall. Christ came as a reminder God has not forsaken the believer, to strength the weak, and give strength to the faithful. He still does that today for the believer by His Word and His Spirit.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for warning of what you will only allow the enemy to do for a time, and thank you for establishing that continual faith through your Son, by wrapping your laws around us by Spirit. Teaching us how to follow you in the depth of destruction caused by our enemies, by storms that rage and the problems that befall the world. Gird us with the truth, so we do not fall. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Ephesians 6:14 KJV
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;