October 26, 2012

Our Great Heritage


All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children. -vs. 13
We started off here in Isaiah 54 with Israel being likened to a barren wife for the first 10 verses, and then the imagery shifted to one of this beautiful city filled with God's children that He is building. Barrenness to Children. Not only is this city going to be inhabited with His people... His children, but they will "be taught by the Lord." As God's beloved children, we have the Holy Spirit residing in us and teaching us. In other words, He will convict us of sin, show us His character, refine us into His image and likeness... in many ways it's a learning process, and He's a patient, good teacher.
God’s city is characterized by the love of learning... The Holy Spirit enters our life and shows us God’s love and gives us love for God. Once you love someone, what do you want to do? You want to understand how to relate. You want to understand that person and speak to that person. You want to learn to understand that person’s language. The more you learn about the scriptures, the more you learn God’s language. Do you want to learn about a love for you that is so great that it would cause you to jump up and down for the rest of your life if you could manage to understand just a fraction of it? You bet you do! You love to learn! All of you. "All your sons will be taught of the Lord." ...And you have the ability to learn. The Holy Spirit not only motivates you to learn about God, the lover of your soul, he enables you to learn. You can do it! You have the motivation and the ability. ~Scott Grant
In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me; whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you. Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy; no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord. (vs. 14-17)
At the micro level, this is referring to Israel being set free from their captivity from the Babylonians, but at the macro level, this is still applicable to us in that it's talking about the "war" we have with Satan. These last three verses are to give us a sense of security and comfort, because yes, Satan is still real and at work, but God is more powerful and the ultimate authority. Evil powers are subjacent to Him. He will, and does preserve and defend His people, promising them their heritage.

What is their heritage? Security. I'm sure exile had shaken them up quite a bit and had left them feeling the exact opposite. But in God's city, the New Jerusalem (Heaven) the people could solidly rest in His love and protection. Our victory over sin and death is secured by Christ's death on the cross... ultimately Jesus is our heritage. We're called to dwell with Him here on earth and in complete glory in heaven someday.

And after all that's been done and said up to this point in the passage, leads into an invitation for all of us to partake of this wonderful heritage... to drink it in... delight in it...
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. ~Isaiah 55:1:2

3 comments :

  1. Thanks Natalie! I love that verse..." Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy." -- we seek security/satisfaction in so many things other than the Lord (and those things are different for different people -- food, money, reputation, financial security, relationships). But God has already promised us a satisfying heritage in Himself! We must find our delight in him.

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  2. hmmm, security is our heritage. i love that :)

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  3. "He...does preserve and defend His people, promising them their heritage...Jesus is our heritage"

    You are really pulling out some good stuff from Isaiah.

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