Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Salvation In CHRIST JESUS Will Last Forever

Isaiah 51:1-23 NIV

Everlasting Salvation for Zion

1“Listen to ME, you who pursue righteousness
and who seek The LORD:
Look to the ROCK from which you were cut
and to the Quarry from which you were hewn;

2look to Abraham, your father,
and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
When I Called him he was only one man,
and I Blessed him and Made him many.

3The LORD Will Surely Comfort Zion
and Will Look With Compassion on all her ruins;
HE Will Make her deserts like Eden,
her wastelands like The Garden of The LORD.
Joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

4“Listen to ME, MY people;
Hear ME, MY nation:
Instruction will go out from ME;
MY Justice Will Become a light to the nations.

5MY Righteousness Draws near speedily,
MY Salvation Is on the way,
and MY Arm Will Bring Justice to the nations.
The islands will look to ME
and wait in hope for MY Arm.

6Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
look at the earth beneath;
the heavens will vanish like smoke,
the earth will wear out like a garment
and its inhabitants die like flies.

But MY Salvation Will Last forever,

MY Righteousness Will Never Fail.

7“Hear ME, you who know what is right,
you people who have taken MY Instruction to heart:
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals
or be terrified by their insults.

8For the moth will eat them up like a garment;
the worm will devour them like wool.
But MY Righteousness Will Last forever,
My Salvation through all generations.”

9Awake, Awake, Arm of The LORD,
Clothe YOURSELF with Strength!
Awake, as in days gone by,
as in generations of old.
Was It Not YOU WHO Cut Rahab to pieces,
Who Pierced that monster through?

10Was It Not YOU WHO Dried Up the sea,
the waters of the great deep,
Who Made a road in the depths of the sea
so that the redeemed might cross over?

11Those The LORD Has Rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

12“I, even I, AM HE WHO Comforts you.
Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
human beings who are but grass,

13that you forget The LORD your Maker,
WHO Stretches Out the heavens
and WHO Lays the foundations of the earth,

that you live in constant terror every day
because of the wrath of the oppressor,
who is bent on destruction?
For where is the wrath of the oppressor?

14The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;
they will not die in their dungeon,
nor will they lack bread.

15For I AM The LORD your GOD,
WHO Stirs Up the sea so that its waves roar—

16I Have Put MY WORDS in your mouth
and covered you with the Shadow of MY Hand—
I WHO Set the heavens in place,
WHO Laid the foundations of the earth,
and WHO Says to Zion, 

‘You are MY people.’ ”

The Cup of the LORD'S Wrath

17Awake, awake!
Rise up, Jerusalem,
you who have drunk from The Hand of The LORD
the Cup of HIS Wrath,
you who have drained to its dregs
the goblet that makes people stagger.
18Among all the children she bore
there was none to guide her;
among all the children she reared
there was none to take her by the hand.
19These double calamities have come upon you—
who can comfort you?—
ruin and destruction, famine and sword—
who cana console you?
20Your children have fainted;
they lie at every street corner,
like antelope caught in a net.
They are filled with The Wrath of The LORD,
with the rebuke of your GOD.
21Therefore hear this, you afflicted one,
made drunk, but not with wine.

22This Is What your SOVEREIGN LORD Says,

your GOD, WHO Defends HIS people:

“See, I Have Taken out of your hand
the cup that made you stagger;
from that cup, the goblet of MY Wrath,
you will never drink again.

23I Will Put it Into the hands of your tormentors,
who said to you,
‘Fall prostrate that we may walk on you.’
And you made your back like the ground,
like a street to be walked on.”

The prophet exhorts the children of Abraham to trust in The LORD; and briefly, but beautifully, describes the great blessedness which should be the consequence, Isaiah 51:1-3. Then, turning to the Gentiles, encourages them to look for a portion in the same salvation, Isaiah 51:4Isaiah 51:5; the everlasting duration of which is majestically described, Isaiah 51:6. And as it is everlasting, so is it sure to the righteous, notwithstanding all the machinations of their enemies, Isaiah 51:7Isaiah 51:8

The faithful, then, with exultation and joy, lift their voices, reminding GOD of HIS Wondrous Works of old, which encourage them to look now for the like glorious accomplishment of these promises, Isaiah 51:9-11. In answer to this the Divinity is introduced comforting them under their trials, and telling them that the deliverer was already on his way to save and to establish them, Isaiah 51:12-16.

On this the prophet turns to Jerusalem to comfort and congratulate her on so joyful a prospect. She is represented, by a bold image, as a person lying in the streets, under the intoxicating effects of the cup of the Divine Wrath, without a single person from among her own people appointed to give her consolation, and trodden under the feet of her enemies; but, in the time allotted by the Divine Providence, the cup of trembling shall be taken out of her hand, and put into that of her oppressors; and she shall drink it no more again forever, Isaiah 51:17-22.

JESUS, The Servant Of JEHOVAH Suffered For My Sin

Isaiah 50:1-11 NIV

Israel’s Sin and the Servant’s Obedience

1This Is What The LORD Says:

“Where is your mother’s certificate of divorce
with which I Sent her away?
Or to which of my creditors
did I sell you?
Because of your sins you were sold;
because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.

2When I Came, why was there no one?
When I Called, why was there no one to answer?
Was MY Arm Too Short To Deliver you?
Do I Lack the Strength To Rescue you?
By a mere rebuke I Dry Up the sea,
I Turn Rivers into a desert;
their fish rot for lack of water
and die of thirst.

3I Clothe the heavens with darkness
and Make sackcloth its covering.”

4The SOVEREIGN LORD Has Given me a well-instructed tongue,
to know the WORD that sustains the weary.
HE Wakens me morning by morning,
Wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.

5The SOVEREIGN LORD Has Opened my ears;

I Have Not Been Rebellious,

I Have Not Turned Away.

6 I Offered MY Back to those who beat ME,

MY Cheeks to those who pulled out MY Beard;

I Did Not Hide MY Face

from mocking and spitting.

7Because The SOVEREIGN LORD Helps ME,

I Will Not Be Disgraced.

Therefore have I Set MY Face like flint,

and I Know I Will Not Be Put To shame.

8HE WHO Vindicates ME Is Near.
Who then will bring charges against ME?
Let Us Face each other!
Who is MY accuser?
Let him confront ME!

Who will condemn ME?
They will all wear out like a garment;
the moths will eat them up.

10 Who among you fears The LORD
and obeys The WORD of HIS servant?
Let the one who walks in the dark,
who has no light,
trust in The Name of The LORD
and rely on their GOD.

11 But now, all you who light fires
and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
go, walk in the light of your fires
and of the torches you have set ablaze.
This is what you shall receive from MY Hand:
You will lie down in torment.

Isaiah 50

50:1-3 Those who have professed to be people of GOD, and seem to be dealt severely with, are apt to complain, as if GOD Had Been Hard With them. Here is an answer for such murmurings; GOD Never Deprived any of their advantages, except for their sins. The Jews were sent into Babylon for their idolatry, a sin which broke the Covenant; and they were at last rejected for crucifying The LORD of Glory. GOD Called On them to leave their sins, and prevent their own ruin. Last of all, The SON Came To HIS OWN, but HIS OWN did not receive HIM. When GOD Calls men to happiness, and they will not answer, they are justly left to be miserable. To silence doubts concerning HIS Power, proofs of it are given. The wonders which attended HIS Sufferings and Death, proclaimed that HE Was The SON of GOD, Matthew 27:54.

50:4-9 As JESUS Was GOD and Man in ONE Person, we find HIM sometimes speaking, or spoken of, as The LORD GOD; at other times, as man and The Servant of JEHOVAH. HE Was to declare the truths which comfort the broken, contrite heart, those weary of sin, harassed with afflictions. And as The HOLY SPIRIT Was Upon HIM, that HE Might Speak as never man spoke; so the same Divine Influence daily Wakened HIM To Pray, To Preach the Gospel, and To Receive and Deliver the whole Will of The FATHER. The FATHER Justified The SON When HE Accepted the Satisfaction HE Made for the sin of man. Who dares to be an enemy to those unto whom HE Is a Friend? Or who will contend with those whom HE Is an Advocate? Thus Paul applies it, Romans 8:33.

50:10 A child of GOD is afraid of incurring HIS Displeasure. This grace usually appears most in believers when in darkness. Those that truly fear GOD obey The Voice of CHRIST. A sincere servant of GOD may for a long time be without views of eternal happiness. Let him trust in The Name of The LORD; and let him stay himself upon the promises of the covenant, and build his hopes on them. Let him trust in CHRIST, trust in that Name of HIS, The LORD our Righteousness.

50:11 Sinners are warned not to trust in themselves. Their own merit and sufficiency are light and heat to them. Creature-comforts are as sparks, short-lived, and soon gone, yet the children of this world, while they last, seek to warm themselves by them, and walk with pride and pleasure in the light of them. Those who make this world their comfort, their own righteousness and their confidence, will certainly meet with bitterness in the end.

A godly man's way may be dark, but his end shall be peace and everlasting light. A wicked man's way may be pleasant, but his end and abode for ever will be utter darkness.