King James Bible Study – “And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” – Mark 8:34
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Chapters: Isaiah 54-57
Message: The Eyes of God
Hello My Friend,
When you think about all the people that God created since He created man and how many actually believe in Him, that number to be sadly quite low. This is why God narrowed it down to one group of people that He would show and prove to the rest of the world that He not only exists, but is their Creator. God never intended for just the Jews to be His people, He merely used them to guide the rest of the world to Him, [Romans 2:6-11 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, 9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; 10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: 11 For there is no respect of persons with God.]
Now, if the Jews knew any better they would have believed in and followed every word He had to say to them, but they did not. In fact, there were more people who were not Jews that believed in and followed Him. While God will always have a soft spot for the Jews (children of Jacob/Israel), He wanted and still wants all to believe in and follow only Him. Through Isaiah, God tells of the day when the Gentiles would become part of the family of the Jews.
[Isaiah 54:1-3,5-8 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD. 2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; 3 For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited. 5 For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. 6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. 7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. 8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.]
[for more are the children of the desolate] This was God’s way of opening up the rest of the world to Christ. In fact, the Jews would reject Him first before the Gentiles would come flocking to Him. You see, Israel as well as many others who were desolate of God’s Spirit, they knew the need for a Saviour, one who would save them from their sin, and that Saviour has always been the LORD. In the blink of an eye, we will be gone, in the blink of an eye, Jesus will be here and only a few out of the billions will remain, [I Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.]
[but with great mercies will I gather thee.] What a day it will be when Jesus comes for His bride! Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came here to save sinners, while He would love to save all, He does not because not all admit they are sinners or want Him to save them. Who are the few? Those whom have accepted the Holy One of Israel, the few who listened to His voice and were saved while He could be found.
[Isaiah 55:3-4,6-11 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. 4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. 6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.]
[neither are your ways my ways,] I was watching a movie based on a true story about a little boy who had leukemia, the question often does come up as to why God puts such suffering on the little ones. The only explanation we can give is that God’s ways are not our own, but He always has a reason behind the suffering, which by the way, is used to draw us near to Him. In fact, it brought the entire neighborhood together. Let me tell you, a persons character is not based on whether or not we pity those whose needs are visible, it is in how we treat all people as we want to be treated. We need a serious revival in this country of people being human beings. We are not all one color, shape, or size, and thank God we are not, but at the same time, we are all the same. And God has an awesome way of explaining how we are all the same, event though we are different.
[Isaiah 56:1-5,8 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. 2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. 3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. 4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.]
[I will give them an everlasting name,] Do you see how God sees every person as a soul that needs to be saved? It does not matter if you are the president, the pope, the wealthiest person on the planet or the poorest person, Christ sees everyone as the same, a soul that needs to be saved. Those who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Saviour receive an everlasting name. The world seeks everything that goes against what God stands for, immorality, idolatry, and witchcraft, are to name a few. Through Isaiah, God explains a rather touchy subject, death, and why the righteous who die are not honored while the heathens are.
[Isaiah 57:1-5,13-15 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. 2 He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness. 3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore. 4 Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood, 5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks? 13 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain; 14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people. 15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.]
[none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.] Those precious babies that die in the hands of the ones God trusted them with. Those precious people that die in the hands of the thugs. We may not understand death, but sometimes God uses it to keep His people from being caught up in something that is much worse to come. We might get weary, we might get tired, in this life, but never give up hope, one day, all of this will be over and we will be forever with Jesus, [Romans 8:24-28 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.]
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, It is comforting and sometimes quite overwhelming to comprehend Your love for us, no matter how many times we mess up, how many times our faith lacks, or we want to give up on this life, You never leave nor forsake us. You do not limit Your love to just a few, You call everyone and accept all that believe in Your sinless death, burial, and resurrection as the only thing needed to be redeemed and know Your Father. Lord, since we are all work in progress, lead us and guide us, keep us close to You so we can endure every trial that comes our way. Let us trust in You alone and not our circumstances, trusting that Your ways are much higher than our own. I love You Jesus and pray this in Your name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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