Invitation to Peace

Posted: December 19, 2013 in Isaiah

Isaiah 56-57, “Invitation to Peace”

Were you ever the last one picked for a team?  When I was young, I was the least athletic kid in the school, and I could almost guarantee I would be the last one (or almost the last one) picked for kickball, or whatever sport we were playing.  It never feels good to be the last one because you know deep down that no one really wanted you, and they only picked you because they didn’t have a choice.  Sometimes, they’d rather exclude you entirely.

When it came to the ancient worship of God, there were some people that were least likely to be picked – some that were totally excluded from the worship of God.  Perhaps they had something physically wrong with them – perhaps they just were born into a family that was outside of Israel.  Although from the very beginning, God always made a way for people to worship Him (even through provisions in the law), practically speaking many people were totally excluded from worship.

All that would change after the coming of Messiah – the Servant of God.  He would make it possible for anyone who was left on the outside to be brought on the inside to worship.  He would even make it possible for those who were at war against God to be given peace with God.  All peoples (Jew AND Gentile) would receive a grand invitation to peace!

Isaiah 56

  • God’s blessing to the righteous (vss. 1-2)

1 Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come, And My righteousness to be revealed. 2 Blessed is the man who does this, And the son of man who lays hold on it; Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”

  • Thus says the LORD”: We know the Lord God (Yahweh) is speaking, but to whom is He speaking?  Who’s the audience?  Generally speaking, Ch. 55 addressed both Jews and Gentiles.  All peoples everywhere were invited to come and taste of the abundant life that God offered through the work of the Suffering Servant… 
  • More to the immediate context, Ch. 55 ended with the promise of blessing that God would give to Israel in the Millennial Kingdom.  They had a promise of being led out from Babylon with joy & peace, and would eventually experience the blessing of all of creation rejoicing over them.  It’s with all of that in mind that Ch. 56 opens with God speaking – thus for now, He’s speaking to believing Israel.  He’ll address the Gentiles later, but He starts with His covenant people – which is only right, because salvation proceeds from the Jews, and then goes into all the world.
  • What does God say to the nation?  To act & to trust.  Notice the emphasis on action/doing.  Those who had faith in God and the covenant He had made with the nation are called to KEEP having faith, and to KEEP relying upon the covenant promises of God.  Their actions didn’t give them a right relationship with their God, but it certainly was the outgrowth of it.  Because they were immersed in the covenant relationship with God, they acted according to that covenant, so things like “justice” & “righteousness” & restraining from “evil” mattered to them.
    • That’s always the way it is.  We do not prove ourselves righteous through our obedience to God; God makes us righteous by the work of Jesus & because of that, we desire to live obediently unto Him.  Our work is always a response to His work.
    • Once we’ve started, don’t stop!  The whole exhortation to believing Israel is for them to keep it up.  The blessing of God would come to the person “who does this,” continuing to live in a manner that is glorifying to God.  The last thing we want as believers in Christ is to only have the “good old days” to look back to.  “I used to share my faith…  I told people about the Lord…  I used to step out in faith…  This is the way we used to do it…”  Why would we ever leave these things in the past tense?  Why don’t we worship God with the same passion as we did when we first got saved?  Why don’t we share our faith, or reach out to others as we once did?  As long as we draw breath, we still have the ongoing opportunity to serve our Lord.  We’ve begun this race – let us not be those who stop halfway through!
  • It’s not just acting; it’s trusting.  Why were they to keep doing these things? “For My salvation is about to come, and My righteousness to be revealed.”  God’s deliverance was right around the corner!  For those who would be in the Babylonian captivity, Isaiah’s prophecy is a wonderful promise and reminder to them that they would always be held captive.  It would seem like a lifetime in the present, but in the grand scheme of things, it was only a moment.  God’s salvation was at hand!  And more than that – the prophecy ultimately looks forward to the Suffering Servant of Ch. 53.  In Christ, truly the righteousness of God is revealed!
  • How does the Sabbath relate to all of this?  For Israel, it was an outward symbol of their covenant with God.  They had the inward sign of circumcision – outwardly, it was keeping the Sabbath day holy (per the 4th commandment).  For them to maintain the purity of the Sabbath day was to show themselves set apart from the nations that surrounded them, and also (perhaps primarily) to demonstrate their trust in God’s provision for them.  They did not need to labor 7 days a week; they could work 6 days & rest on the 7th, knowing that God would provide for their needs.  God had rested on the 7th day of creation as an example, and gave that to His covenant people as a perpetual reminder that they could rest in His work for them.
    • Ultimately, the Sabbath rest points to our rest in Jesus.  Jesus IS our Sabbath!  He has done all the work that is needed for our salvation, and He is the only One who can provide it for us.  We keep the Sabbath by resting in Him – by believing upon Him as Lord, knowing that we cannot earn or work our way into the favor of God.
    • All of this strikes a wonderful balance in vss. 1-2.  There is work for the believer to do, but there is rest that is to remain undefiled.  God has made His rest available because His salvation is assured – the work that the believer does is all in response to this wonderful promise.
  • God’s blessing to foreigners of faith (vss. 3-8)

3 Do not let the son of the foreigner Who has joined himself to the LORD Speak, saying, “The LORD has utterly separated me from His people”; Nor let the eunuch say, “Here I am, a dry tree.”

  • God began with Israel, but He continued with an invitation to the Gentiles.  These are not ordinary foreigners, but foreigner who had “joined themselves to the LORD.”  IOW – these were foreigners of faith!  In Ch. 55, God had invited Gentiles to come to Him to experience grace & abundant life, and now He addresses those who came.
  • Once the foreigners came, they were truly part of the family.  Once they had faith, they weren’t to be excluded.  In the days that the temple stood in Israel, unconverted Gentiles were forbidden from entering the temple grounds, as were “eunuchs” and other people who were physically mutilated in some way.  Although it might seem strange to our ears today, we need to remember that this was a demonstration of the holiness and purity that God desired for His people.  We are not mutilated in Christ; we are whole.  A mutilated man could not serve as a priest, because that is not who we are in our salvation.  In Christ, we are new creations, fully cleansed, pure, and holy in His sight.  The OT priesthood was a shadow of the NT priesthood of believers in that way.
  • The wonderful part of this promise from God in vs. 3 is that the OT restriction from the foreigner & mutilated is removed.  How so?  Because it all looks forward to the work that Jesus (the Suffering Servant) had done on their behalf.  In Christ, the foreigner is not “separated” from the people of God.  The eunuch is not forbidden from experiencing the blessing of the Lord.  No – those who are joined to God through Christ experience the fullness of the blessings that are found in Him.  Galatians 3:28, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." []
  • In the broader context, this would seem to be referring beyond the Church age & into the Millennial Kingdom.  When Jesus comes back in His 2nd Advent, He not only saves the nation of Israel out of the Great Tribulation, but He saves all the foreigners who had come to faith through their witness.  The foreigners & physically deformed are not going to be excluded from the worship of God in the Kingdom, as they might have been in ancient Israel.  During the Millennium, all those who worship Jesus as Messiah will have glorious access to be able to worship Him freely.

4 For thus says the LORD: “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me, And hold fast My covenant, 5 Even to them I will give in My house And within My walls a place and a name Better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name That shall not be cut off.

  • Notice the impossibility of the promise – that’s what makes it so grand from the Lord!  A eunuch cannot physically have children as a result of his mutilation, yet God promises that those who have faith in Him will have a posterity that will be even better than children.  Their name would not live on through their descendants, but God would “give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.
  • How so?  Their blessing is in God Himself!  It is in His “house & walls” that God would give this everlasting name.  God would cause them to be blessed in such a way that their name would last & last.  To a culture in which some of the greatest blessings were children/future generations, God promises that these people would not be left out of the blessings of the Millennial Kingdom.
  • The blessings of the outcast eunuch are also seen in the other foreign Gentiles.  See vs. 6…

6 “Also the sons of the foreigner Who join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him, And to love the name of the LORD, to be His servants— Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, And holds fast My covenant— 7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain, And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices Will be accepted on My altar; For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

  • Notice several things here that are said of these foreign believers, and were said of the eunuch believers as well.
    • They are joined to God.  They are not excluded from a relationship with God simply because they were born outside of the tribes of Israel; they are actively with the Lord.  Like Ruth who left her pagan society to join herself to God of her beloved mother-in-law Naomi, so too do these “sons of the foreigner…join themselves to the LORD, to serve Him.”  It is a forsaking of the past & a clinging to God.  (A wonderful picture of repentance!)
    • They love God.  It’s not that they merely know facts about Yahweh God or that they have the basic theological arguments down; they truly “love the name of the LORD.”  There is sincerity in their faith.  They did not convert at the point of a sword, but in recognition of the grace and majesty of the God they chose to love.
    • They are resting in God.  Like Israel, they are committed to keeping the “Sabbath” holy – not to defile it.  The Sabbath day is a sign of Israel’s covenant, but the Sabbath rest is essential for ALL true believers.  If we do not truly find our rest in Jesus, we do not have rest at all.
    • They are blessed by God.  Notice it is God who bring them to His “holy mountain.”  This would seem to be a reference to Mt. Zion, where the temple stood.  The whole idea is again that God does not exclude them from relationship with Him, but actively brings them in as full believers.  They don’t stand on the outside separated from worship, but they are brought in as full believers.
    • They have joy in God.  To be in relationship with God is to have joy in the Lord!  It’s not a staid, stone-faced religion.  It’s not a dour, can’t-wait-for-church-to-be-over sort of thing.  God delights in His people, and He wants His people to delight in Him!  There’s a reason that God set up the Hebrew calendar to work around several major feasts – they were times of celebration in which people specifically set aside time to rejoice in their Lord.  (It’s a good reminder for us at Christmas, not to be so busy, but to rejoice!)
    • They worship God.  They were invited to bring their offerings & sacrifices before the Lord…again, an amazing thing for groups of people that were once restricted from even entering the temple grounds.  Because of God’s grace, they could worship Him freely through their sacrifice.
  • This relationship was originally written for the foreigners who have faith in God through the Millennial age, but the promise applies to us as well!
  • The last part of vs. 7 might sound familiar…Jesus quoted it when He cleansed the temple in Jerusalem.  Matthew 21:12–13, "(12) Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. (13) And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”" [] Interestingly enough, immediately after saying this in the temple as Jesus threw out the money changers, He started to heal the blind & the lame.  All of those who were outcasts & kept OUT of the temple were the ones Jesus healed so that they could come IN to the temple & worship.

8 The Lord GOD, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, “Yet I will gather to him Others besides those who are gathered to him.”

  • Our God is a gatherer!  He gathers Jews & Gentiles, and this was His plan all along.  He certainly wanted to gather Israel back to Himself, but His plan was always far bigger than just Israel.  God desired to gather all people everywhere, saving us from our sins & reconciling us back to Himself.  Jesus seems to reference this idea when He refers to Himself as the Good Shepherd.  John 10:14–16, "(14) I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. (15) As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. (16) And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd." []
  • The outcasts were to be gathered, but there were some who were already among His people that needed to be cast out.  See vs. 9…
  • God’s condemnation of lazy leaders (vss. 9-12)

9 All you beasts of the field, come to devour, All you beasts in the forest. 10 His watchmen are blind, They are all ignorant; They are all dumb dogs, They cannot bark; Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

  • God seems to be speaking to the armies of Babylon to come forth and bring the destruction He had long foretold.  Jerusalem had leaders, prophets, and others who ought to have been serving as “watchmen,” yet they had fallen down on the job.  Like a lazy watchdog who merely looks up when the burglar comes to the door, so were the religious leaders of the Jews.  They were supposed to be keeping guard, but they did nothing.  Not only did they not warn of the Babylonian danger on the horizon, but they did nothing to warn the people against their own sin against God.
  • Men and women of God are not supposed to stay silent!  When there is danger approaching, we need to be vigilant and sound the alarm…especially those who are tasked as under-shepherds of the flock of Jesus Christ.

11 Yes, they are greedy dogs Which never have enough. And they are shepherds Who cannot understand; They all look to their own way, Every one for his own gain, From his own territory. 12 “Come,” one says, “I will bring wine, And we will fill ourselves with intoxicating drink; Tomorrow will be as today, And much more abundant.”

  • Instead of praying for mercy – instead of petitioning the people for change – the shepherds of Israel were partying the night away.  They had neglected one of their primary responsibilities: representing God & His word to His people.  The Biblical record shows men like Jeremiah & Ezekiel virtually standing alone against the many false prophets that were routinely accepted into the royal council.  The kings despised the true word of God and instead chose to listen to men who would just tickle their ears.
  • There are many who would do the same today.  They would ignore what the word of God clearly teaches because it’s easier or more profitable to teach contrary to Scripture.  They’d rather water down the truth in order to enjoy the pleasures of our culture, than to boldly speak the word of God with all of the consequences that come as a result.  How are they viewed by God? As “greedy dogs.”  Far better to be pleasing in the eyes of God than pleasing in the eyes of man!

Isaiah 57

  • The righteous man rejected by the wicked, but not by God (vss. 1-2)

1 The righteous perishes, And no man takes it to heart; Merciful men are taken away, While no one considers That the righteous is taken away from evil. 2 He shall enter into peace; They shall rest in their beds, Each one walking in his uprightness.

  • Carrying on the same thought from Ch. 56, as the irresponsible shepherds & greedy dogs experience the material wealth of their age, those who are truly “righteous” die.  They perish & “are taken away” – and seemingly no one cares.  The people ignore their warnings, and they ignore their plight, just as Jeremiah was left to die in a dank prison prior to the Babylonian invasion. (Jer 38)
  • They may have been ignored by the people, but they were not forgotten by God.  God knows those who are righteous, and promised that they “shall enter into peace…[and] rest.”  They might experience trial in this life, but God would give them His peace in life everlasting.  God does not forget about His saints!
    • That promise remains true, and is the hope of every single persecuted believer around the world today.
  • Condemnation of the idolaters of Israel (vss. 3-13)

3 “But come here, You sons of the sorceress, You offspring of the adulterer and the harlot! 4 Whom do you ridicule? Against whom do you make a wide mouth And stick out the tongue? Are you not children of transgression, Offspring of falsehood, 5 Inflaming yourselves with gods under every green tree, Slaying the children in the valleys, Under the clefts of the rocks?

  • The people who rejected the true prophets of God are condemned for their wickedness.  They did not consider the plight of the righteous, choosing instead to glory in false prophets and false gods.  Instead of heeding the warnings of God, they mocked the true prophets, condemning them to prison and death.  God was not blind to their sin.  Who were they to condemn?  They were the wicked ones & the ones truly deserving of condemnation.
  • How was their wickedness mainly seen?  In their idolatry.  They went to the “green trees” and “valleys” and “rocks” engaging in their idolatrous pagan practices, even engaging in the horrendous practice of child sacrifice.
  • These were the people supposedly in a covenant relationship with God!  These were the men and women who had a reputation for being called after God’s name.  Yet they did not know the Lord at all.  They acted just as bad (or worse) than the heathens around them.  Everything they did was rooted in their idolatry.

6 Among the smooth stones of the stream Is your portion; They, they, are your lot! Even to them you have poured a drink offering, You have offered a grain offering. Should I receive comfort in these?

  • They gave drink offerings, but not to the Lord.  They gave grain offerings, but not to Yahweh God.  They had a veneer of religion about them, but they did not engage in true worship of the true God.  How could God be pleased with that?  He can’t!  Every day people believe that they can worship God in whatever manner that they choose, or they can worship God by any name they desire.  They think as long as they are sincere in their worship (whatever it may be), that God will be pleased because He just cares about our sincerity – not what we call Him.  It would be as if your child walked up to another married couple & started addressing them as their parents.  Would you be honored or outraged?  How we worship God matters!  We are called to worship the Lord in spirit and truth, and if we don’t do that, then we’re not worshipping the Lord at all.
    • So how can we know we’re worshipping God rightly?  When we go through Jesus.  He is the way, the truth, and the life.  (Jn 14:6)

7 “On a lofty and high mountain You have set your bed; Even there you went up To offer sacrifice. 8 Also behind the doors and their posts You have set up your remembrance; For you have uncovered yourself to those other than Me, And have gone up to them; You have enlarged your bed And made a covenant with them; You have loved their bed, Where you saw their nudity.

  • How does God view idolatry?  As gross adultery.  This is a theme that repeatedly comes up in the later prophets – especially Ezekiel & Hosea.  God had offered to provide Israel everything they needed as a loving caring husband.  Instead, the nation ran off to other paramours, and prostituted herself with false gods and other religious systems.

9 You went to the king with ointment, And increased your perfumes; You sent your messengers far off, And even descended to Sheol. 10 You are wearied in the length of your way; Yet you did not say, ‘There is no hope.’ You have found the life of your hand; Therefore you were not grieved.

  • Israel when to great extents to court the false gods of the Gentile nations.  King Manasseh of Judah went so far as to set up carved images of false gods in the Jerusalem temple, and even sacrifice his own children in pagan rituals.  Earlier, King Ahaz had seen pagan temples in Damascus, and brought back the design to install in the house of the Lord in Jerusalem.  What Isaiah writes by the word of God is not mere picturesque language – it is the actual experience of the idolatry of the people.
  • Although the nation experienced brief times of revival (under Kings Hezekiah & Josiah, etc.), overall the nation remained in its sin.  They “were not grieved” by what they had done, believing it all to be worth it.  After all, the other nations of the worlds worshipped these gods, and it seemed to help them – why shouldn’t the Jews?  They had forgotten that they had a covenant with the One True God, and if only they had obeyed that covenant, God would have blessed them immensely!

11 “And of whom have you been afraid, or feared, That you have lied And not remembered Me, Nor taken it to your heart? Is it not because I have held My peace from of old That you do not fear Me?

  • They had no fear of God – no reverence of His holiness.  They did not remember the blessings and protection that God had given them in the past.  Worse yet, they used the mercy of God as an excuse for their idolatry.  God had “held His peace,” giving them opportunity after opportunity to repent, and the Jews wasted it.  They seemed to think that because God didn’t act, God couldn’t act.
  • Sadly enough, that’s a commentary on our own culture today.  People look at the fact that Jesus promised 2000 years ago that He would return, and so far He hasn’t.  As a result, they’ve come to the conclusion that because Jesus hasn’t come back yet, He won’t.  They believe that since God hasn’t shown up as Jesus, that God doesn’t exist at all.  They’ve used the mercy of God as their excuse for their rebellion and idolatry.  God has mercifully restrained His wrath, allowing people every opportunity to come to faith – after all, when Jesus comes back in power and glory, it will be too late!  NOW is the time to repent; not later.  Yet they’ve used God’s mercy as an excuse for their lack of reverence.

12 I will declare your righteousness And your works, For they will not profit you. 13 When you cry out, Let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away, A breath will take them. But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, And shall inherit My holy mountain.”

  • God had known exactly what His people had done, and He would let them suffer the consequences of it.  When the Babylonians came in as beasts (as they would), then God would let the people cry out to their false gods for deliverance.  And the green trees & rocks & idols would provide exactly what they were capable of providing: nothing.  The people chose to trust in idols?  Fine – then let their “collection of idols deliver” them.  God would give them over to their sin.
  • However, there was a different promise from God for those who trusted in Him.  All the nation would suffer the devastation of the Babylonians, but God knew the remnant who truly had faith.  God would give them a possession and an inheritance – if not in the immediate future, then certainly in the heavenly kingdom.
  • Invitation to repentance and peace (vss. 14-21)

14 And one shall say, “Heap it up! Heap it up! Prepare the way, Take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.”

  • The tone changes quite a bit, going from condemnation to invitation.  God had previously addressed those who were steadfast in their idolatrous ways, but now He turns His attention to those who listened to the call of repentance, and understood their need to respond to God’s grace.  God would take away every obstacle to their repentance, freely allowing them to turn in faith to Him.
  • It’s always one step back to the Lord for those who repent!  God will often discipline us in our sin, allowing us to experience the consequences of our actions – but there is no hindrance to our repentance.  That is God’s great desire for us!  No matter how far we might walk away from Jesus, all it takes is for us is one 180-degree turn as we humble ourselves before our Lord & Savior.

15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

  • What an incredible contrast!  The “High and Lofty One” dwells with “the humble.”  The One who is high & lifted up willingly invites the ones who are brought to the lowest dust to come and dwell in His presence.  The majesty & condescension of God on grand display! And if that weren’t enough, the High & Lofty One lowered Himself to the point of becoming a man when God the Son became Incarnate.  THAT is the wonder of Christmas!
  • What will God do with the humble?  “Revive” them.  They were dead in their sins & transgressions.  They had placed themselves square in the sight of the wrath of God.  Their sin had earned them the wage of death.  But now?  Now they live!  God gives them grace & life.  Those who humble themselves in godly sorrow are lifted up out of that sorrow by the High & Lofty One.  Our gracious God lifts our head, and takes us from grief to joy.
    • This is what awaits those who repent!  Christian, is there a sin you’ve been holding on to?  Is there a guilt you haven’t confessed before the Lord?  You’ve likely been weighed down in sorrow & grief, and our God offers you something so much better than that.  He will revive your spirit & your heart!

16 For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would fail before Me, And the souls which I have made. 17 For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry, And he went on backsliding in the way of his heart. 18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him And to his mourners.

  • God HAD been angry with His people, and rightly so…that’s what the first part of this chapter went to so much detail about.
  • Yet His anger would not last forever.  God’s anger would cease because of His people.  Unless there was an end to God’s anger, there would be no end to God’s punishment (which is how we know Hell is eternal).  But there IS an end to God’s anger.  Where?  The cross!
  • For the Jews, now was no longer a time for God’s wrath, but a time for healing and restoration.  In the immediate context, God would bring His people back from Babylonian captivity.  In the greater context, God would send the Servant who would suffer on their behalf and offer them true healing & forgiveness.

19 “I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the LORD, “And I will heal him.”

  • What does God offer the truly repentant?  “Peace.”  Not just to Israel, but “peace to him who is far off and to him who is near.”  REAL peace!  We cannot have peace without God, but with God through Christ, we can experience the peace that passes understanding.  Before we knew Jesus, we warred against God, always rebelling against our Creator.  But in Christ, now Jesus Himself is our peace, and He has reconciled us to the One who gave us physical life & who offers eternal life.  It’s no wonder that during the angel’s announcement to the shepherds in Bethlehem, they said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Lk 2:14)  In Christ, we are healed of the pain and separation of our sin as we experience the ultimate peace of God.

20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 “There is no peace,” Says my God, “for the wicked.”

  • The wicked are different.  Unlike the repentant, there will never be a lasting peace for the wicked.  They are tossed to & fro like waves on the sea, never experiencing the calm peaceful grace of God.  There is no rest for the wicked – no peace for their souls.
  • Yet the good news is the peace IS available for all.  If we remain in wickedness there is no peace, but no one is forced to remain in wickedness.  We are all invited to repent and experience the true peace of God through Jesus Christ.

Conclusion:
The Gentiles had been excluded from worship – the eunuchs had been excluded from worship – even the Jews had excluded themselves through their blatant idolatry and sin.  Yet every single one of them could be reconciled to God through His grace.  Every single one of them could experience the peace that would come through the work of Jesus the Messiah.  Israel would experience deliverance in the short-term from Babylon, and all of them would experience peace in the long-term during the Millennium.

God has offered all of us peace – do we live in it in daily experience?  As born-again believers, do we truly know the daily peace of Jesus, or do we practically live as if we’re still battling against Him?  Obviously we’re going to have temptations and the battle against our flesh – but far better to battle against our flesh than to battle against Jesus!  Jesus has come that we might have life – that we might have peace.  May we be those who experience it!

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Comments
  1. John Warren Jr. says:

    I watched this message on YouTube. Excellent. The messages in all the different media forms (radio, CD, blog, YouTube, more?) are an awesome blessing. Thank you.

  2. timburns says:

    Praise The Lord!

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