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: Friday, July 31, 2020
Chapters: Isaiah 63-66
Message: The Seed of The Blessed
Hello My Friend,
When God chose Israel to represent as His people He did not choose them because they were more righteous than any other people, He did not choose them because they were the only people to believe in and choose Him, and He did not choose them because of their faithfulness, He chose them because He is God. He could have written a book, in fact, He has, about any of us, ours is just not written for the world to see, it is tucked in His books somewhere, awaiting the day we get to meet Him face to face. God does not choose us because we are perfect, He chooses us because we choose His Perfect One as our Saviour, and if we have accepted Christ as our Saviour, that means we are one of His very own children. The greatest blessing of being saved really is the fact that we become heirs with Christ and of the seed of the blessed.
[Romans 8:14-17 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.]
If you read through the Old Testament enough you start to see the same pattern in the New Testament. In fact, many of the words of the prophets are the very words that Jesus spoke, and many of the prophecies concerning Him, the judgment of the earth, and even the new heaven and earth were already spoken in Old Testament times. Through Isaiah, we are reminded that Christ will return, and He is not going to be the meek preacher man as He was the first time, He is returning with a vengeance.
[Isaiah 63:1-4,15-17 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. 2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? 3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. 4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. Isaiah 63:15-17 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained? 16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting. 17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.]
[mighty to save.] Christ is the only one who can save us from the vengeance He brings upon the earth once He judges it. While Abraham, Jacob, and the children of Israel had no clue who Jesus was or where He would come from, they did know that He was coming the first time. It was their faith in what was to come that God saved them, [Romans 4:13-16 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,]
This is why God is no respecter of persons, He deals with sin and rebellion the same way with all people, if they choose Him, He will accept them as one of His. Through Isaiah, we are reminded that it is sin that separates us from God, and that none of us are righteous on our own.
[Isaiah 64:4-9 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. 5 Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved. 6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. 7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities. 8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. 9 Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.]
[what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.] Prepare; To set; to establish. To make all things ready; to put things in suitable order. While we will never be perfect, that does not stop Jesus from preparing a place for those whom have accepted Him as their Saviour. Salvation has never been about works, because after all, we are all filthy rags, consumed in our iniquities, it has always been about faith, and our choosing the LORD to help us overcome sin. God only reveals spiritual things to those who know Him, if we know Christ than we know God, and if we know God than we have His Spirit in us, showing us those deep things, including the truth that not every Jew will be saved, neither will every person who calls themselves a Christian.
[Isaiah 65:1-3,6-10 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. 2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; 3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; 6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom, 7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom. 8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all. 9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there. 10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.]
[that I may not destroy them all.] This here is directed to Israel specifically, God chose Israel as His own, not because of their great faith or love of Him, but because of the faith and love of one man, Abraham, and the promise He made to Him, first in making him a father of multitudes, and second, that all nations will be blessed through his seed. We do not have to be an actual heir of Abraham to be one of his children, if we love God and by faith know Christ as our Saviour then, we are one of Abraham’s and of Christ, [Galatians 3:26-29 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.]
There is not one person on earth that does not seek some form of help from their affliction, once in a while someone unexpectedly stumbles upon and finds Christ through theirs. Sadly, many who know Jesus continue to suffer. Why? They seek God’s help, but it is vain, meaning they never remove the sin from their lives, never even acknowledge it as sin. We cannot expect God to remove the affliction resulting from sin if we refuse to remove the sin. Through Isaiah, God reminds all of us that until we hear Him He will not hear us.
[Isaiah 65:13-16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed: 14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. 15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name: 16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.]
[and because they are hid from mine eyes.] God’s ways are not our ways, and until we get that in our head we will never be satisfied with any outcome that He has for us. God loves us and does not want to see us suffer needlessly, but we cause suffering when we refuse to see that there are some things He does not want us to have, but continue to pursue them. It is not that He does not want us to be happy, He does not want to see us hurt even more if He allowed it. Keep in mind, that if we continue to pursue what it is that God does not want us to have, and we get it, the affliction we are in now will be nothing compared to it. Praise God that He is a forgiving God and does not forsake any of His people, even if they have. Why? It is not what we have done to be saved, it is who we believe in and trust to save us. Through Isaiah, God gives wonderful assurance to those whom have heard the voice of Christ calling and answered Him.
[Isaiah 66:1-2,20-23 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. 20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. 21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD. 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.]
[shall all flesh come to worship before me,] What a glorious day it will be when Christ returns to claim His people and He takes His throne. Being a child of the King does not mean we will not suffer some chastening from time to time, it does mean that we will learn to appreciate our salvation, [I Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.]
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, I believe in the sacrifice that You made for me, and I put my faith and trust in You that one day I will see You face to face and all my efforts to serve You will not be void. I know my works do not get me into heaven, but they do show You just how thankful I am of what You have done for me. Lord, lead me and guide me, let me enter and remain in Your rest, protected and comforted by Your loving arms, at all times. Never let me forget that I am Yours and You are mine and no matter what I have done that will never change. I love You, Lord and ask this in Your name, Jesus. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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