Sure Promises of Messiah

Posted: January 23, 2014 in Isaiah

Isaiah 61-62, “Sure Promises of Messiah”

Kids have interesting ways of keeping promises.  They might make a supposed promise, but cross their fingers behind their backs, giving them a loophole.  Or if they’re being really sincere, they make a “pinky promise” (as if the pinky gives it extra weight).  Of course, it’s not just kids.  Adults do the same thing when we swear on our mothers’ graves (or whatever).  It’s tough to know what promises to trust, simply because we just have a tough time keeping our word.

That may be true for us, but not for God.  What God promises, He fulfills.  Every. Single. Time.  There is not a promise in the Scripture that either has not BEEN fulfilled, or will not BE fulfilled precisely to the letter of God’s intent.  God’s word & promise is accurate to the infinite degree.

As the prophecies of Isaiah start to wrap up, the prophet receives tremendous promises to pass along to Israel regarding salvation offered through the coming Messiah.  Not only were there promises that the nation would not forever remain in captivity & slavery, but they would be restored to a place of double honor than they had ever experienced before.  The Messiah promised something so incredibly great that the people may have had trouble believing it.  After all, it just seemed so inconceivable with what they faced in the near future.

But what God has said, God will do.  Ch 61-62 take time to address the promises of God.  Not only are the actions of the Messiah (the Servant of God) more fully seen, but the promises of what the Messiah will do for Israel (and for ALL of His people) are fully assured.  The people of God could trust the promises of God.  The Messiah was coming, and they were to look forward to that day.

Isaiah 61

  • The mission of Messiah (vss. 1-3)

1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

  • A lot to take in here…but it helps to keep the whole section intact & in context.
  • Interestingly enough, there is actually some debate on who the speaker here might be: the prophet Isaiah, or the Messiah.  No doubt there are some Messianic prophecies in which there is a near & far fulfillment, but there really ought to be no question of the speaker in this particular instance.  Jesus Himself gave the interpretation when He read this very passage in the Nazareth synagogue (Lk 4:16-21).  If Jesus said this spoke of Him, then it speaks of Him!   Even if that weren’t enough, then the text itself makes it clear.  Prophets were certainly filled with the Spirit of God, but Isaiah records much more than the description of a prophet.  The Person who said these words not only had the “Spirit of the Lord GOD” upon Him, but the specific anointing of the Lord.  Remember that the very title of “Messiah” means “anointed one.”  The text describes the anointed one of God who had the Spirit of the Eternal God in a unique way.  There’s no way Isaiah could be writing of himself in this; he has to be writing of Someone far greater.  And he is: Jesus.
  • Jesus’ exposition of this prophecy is actually very important.  [BIBLE: Luke 4:16-21] Notice where Jesus stopped reading: the middle of vs. 2.  Part of the prophecy was in the process of being revealed at the moment of His reading; the rest of the prophecy is yet to be fulfilled.  Jesus had opened to a very specific place in the Scripture, and He ended at a very specific point in the prophecy.  That shows clearly that part of the prophecy applied at the time; part of it applied later.  (Which illustrates the principle of the mountain peaks of prophecy…)
  • What was fulfilled in the first coming?  The Messiah’s mission of mercy.  He was to:
    • Preach good tidings to the poor”: Good tidings = gospel!  In the Beatitudes, Jesus declared “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 5:3)  To those who understood their spiritual poverty, they received the good news of a Savior Who provides for their every need.
    • Heal the brokenhearted”: Likewise with the poor, the brokenhearted were those who grieved the results of their sin.  Like the tax-collector who beat his breast & cried out, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” (Lk 18:13)  Not only did Jesus have a tremendous ministry of physical healing to those in need, He reached out to those who were spiritually and emotionally broken, and He offered the healing of God.
    • Proclaim liberty to the captives”: To those who were enslaved to sin – to those who were enslaved to demonic possession – Jesus proclaimed true liberty.  Everywhere Jesus went in Judea saw those who were spiritually enslaved set free.  To the Jew, this would carry the particular idea of the Year of Jubilee, when all of the Hebrew slaves & indentured servants would be released from their obligations – when debts would be cancelled.  Jesus truly cancelled the debt of our sin!
    • Proclaim…the opening of prison to those who are bound”: The gospels do not record any examples of Jesus travelling to prison to open the doors to those who were bound, but there are certainly physical examples of this after His resurrection & ascension.  Peter and Paul each had literal times that they were miraculously set free by the Lord.  Beyond this, there is the possibility that this might refer to Jesus’ work in the grave.  When Jesus died upon the cross, His soul left His body (as all do), and He went to Sheol (the place of the dead).  Although God did not leave His soul in Sheol (Ps 16:10), Jesus certainly did something while there.  What was it?  Perhaps He opened the doors for the OT saints to enter Paradise with Him.
    • To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD”: This is what Jesus did from the very beginning of His ministry when He preached (as did John the Baptist), “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Mt 4:17)  The nation of Israel was called to look to the Lord & the coming of Messiah – it was the long awaited fulfillment of the promises made to Abraham, Moses, and David.  It was time!  (And they missed it!)
  • What will be fulfilled in the Messiah’s second coming?  The fulfillment of the Kingdom.  Jesus will:
    • Proclaim…the day of vengeance of our God”: This will be seen most dramatically upon Jesus’ coming at the Battle of Armageddon, but it’s seen throughout the Tribulation time as the Lamb of God is the One who opens the various seals of judgments.  In any case, there is coming a day of God’s vengeance, and it is King Jesus who will be the warrior to see it done.
    • Comfort all who mourn, console those who mourn in Zion”: Jesus comes back in power and glory and vengeance, but that is not His only role in the Millennial Kingdom and eternity.  He will rule over the earth with an iron rod in righteousness, but He will also comfort those who trust Him.  The Bible says that all Israel will mourn the coming of the Messiah as they look upon the One they pierced.  Yet they won’t live out 1000 years of the Kingdom in grief – those in Zion will be comforted by the Messiah who shed His blood for them.
    • Substitute grief with joy – “give…beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”  All of the days of the tribulation – all of the years of suffering – all will be reversed as Jesus gives glorious things in place of their trials.  People would typically repent in humility with sackcloth and ashes.  Here, the Messiah is shown lifting His people out of that place of humiliation and restoring them to a place of joy.
  • Of course, all the things that are true regarding King Jesus and the Jews in His plan of salvation is true in a similar way between the Lord Jesus and the Church.  He preaches good tidings in the gospel…  He heals our broken hearts… He proclaims our freedom… He proclaims our acceptance in the kingdom… He takes vengeance upon our enemy…  He comforts us for all eternity & beautifies us in His grace!
  • What is the result from all of this?  A rooting. “That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”  What a tremendous promise to Israel!  For the nation that had been uprooted & carried out of the land into captivity, the Messiah promises a re-planting…a time when they would be grounded again, and placed into an everlasting relationship with the Lord in His righteousness.  They would not be cast away to be burned as chaff; they would be grown and exalted to the glory of God.  It is the Lord’s doing, and it is the Lord’s promise – which is a theme that will be revisited at the end of Ch. 61.
  • Promised blessing of Zion (vss. 4-7)

4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. 5 Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.

  • This is another prophecy that has both a near & far aspect to it.  No doubt this was partially fulfilled during the return from Babylonian captivity.  The “old ruins & former desolations” were rebuilt.  The temple which had been torn down was raised up again.  The wall of Jerusalem which had remained smoldering & burned was rebuilt by Nehemiah.  That much is true & historical.  Yet vs. 5 is not.  When the Jews returned from Babylon, they were still serving foreign governments; they did not have “sons of foreigners” serving them.  That is yet to be fulfilled – but it WILL be fulfilled in the Millennial Kingdom.
  • People sometimes wonder why it’s so important to keep looking at the Millennial Kingdom as we study the OT.  It’s because there is no other way for the prophecy to be true!  If the Kingdom is not literal, then the promises of God are not all literal.  And if that’s the case, how can we determine which promises are literal, and which are not?  How can we trust anything about our future as born-again believers, if we cannot know for certain what God said about the future of Israel?  It is a slippery slope which takes us to a place of uncertainty, rather than faith.  But it IS true!  God still has a plan for Israel, and there are many prophecies for the nation yet to be fulfilled.  But because they WILL be fulfilled, it gives us great assurance for every promise WE have for the future as well.

6 But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, And in their glory you shall boast. 7 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

  • Notice the future tense here.  Although the nation of Israel was supposed to be a kingdom of priests unto the Lord (Exo 19:6), they had not acted like it.  Instead, they had been an idolatrous, adulterous nation.  That’s the very reason God was angry with them and sent them to captivity.  Remember that Isaiah is writing to the Jews just prior to the Babylonian captivity taking place.  They had suffered somewhat already through the years, but they were about to endure a suffering as they had never seen.  (And even that would not compare with the future days of the Great Tribulation!)  Yet what is the promise here?  They would come out on the other side.  The nation of Israel would not cease to exist – the promises of God would not be null & void.  The children of Abraham would indeed still serve as “the priests of the LORD & the servants of our God.”  There was a plan for them yet in the future.  They would have a wonderful place in the kingdom of God in glorious relationship with Him, both worshipping Him & helping others do the same.
    • What is true for the nation of Israel in the future is true for the Church today. 1 Peter 2:9–10, "(9) But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (10) who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy." []
  • Notice also how things will be reversed for the nation.  At their present time in history, the people of Israel were despised by the world.  They were the ones paying tribute to empires more powerful than themselves.  They were the ones having their land taken & their inheritance dwindled.  Not so in the future Kingdom!  The despised ones will be honored in the world (“double honor!”).  They will receive all of the inheritance that God planned for them – even a double portion.  And most of all, the Jews will have joy!  No longer will they suffer and be cast aside – they will rejoice in the presence of God, and they will be supplied by the nations as the Jews enjoy victory.
    • Things get turned upside down in the Kingdom…and in a glorious way!  Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the weak become strong, the humble are exalted, and the last are first.  Those who lose their lives for Christ’s sake find it.  It’s upside-down from the way things are today among the world, but it is all to the glory of God!  We who are trodden down are called the overcomers – we who were enemies of God are now called His children.  And our result?  “Everlasting joy shall be” ours! 
  • God’s declaration to bless (vss. 8-9)

8 “For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant.

  • Why will God do all of this for the Jews (and for us)?  He says exactly why in vs. 8: “For I, the LORD, love justice.”  God loves justice.  What God chooses to do through the fulfillment of His covenant promises is just.  Although what God offers His people is completely soaked in grace, there is nothing about God’s grace that is unjust.  What God chooses to do through the Messiah on behalf of His people is righteous.  God had made promises to Abraham, Moses, and David, and those promises were unbreakable.  Because God had made an everlasting covenant already with the patriarchs, He would make an everlasting covenant with the people. 
  • Again, all of this is possible through the work of the Messiah.  All of it is made possible through the sacrifice of Jesus.  Think about it: an everlasting covenant of grace with a rebellious people would be unjust if there was no punishment for sin.  God had made promises to the patriarchs, but God is also a holy, righteous God.  He cannot go against His own character.  He needed some way to fulfill the covenant promises without denying His perfect righteousness.  How to do it?  There must be an acceptable sacrifice of sin…and there was: Jesus.  It’s no wonder Jesus could preach good tidings – the good tidings were about Him!  Once Jesus came and died for sin, God had the offering that was needed & His people could be directed in truth.
    • Peace with God is only made possible through the sacrifice of Jesus!

9 Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, And their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed.”

  • What is it that was to be “known among the Gentiles”?  The blessing of God.  As the nation of Israel experiences blessing in the Millennial Kingdom, all those who see those blessings will realize exactly where those blessings originated.  The Jews will not have deserved any blessing at all from the Lord, but because God is faithful to His promise, He will give it.
  • This is grace!  This is what we experience as well.  WE do not deserve any blessing from God – we do not deserve any relationship with God whatsoever!  Yet that’s exactly what we receive through Christ.  We have been given everlasting life – a relationship with God Almighty.  Every single thing about our new life in Jesus serves to give glory to the God who gave us those blessings.  No doubt people see it now in part, but in eternity, there will be no question!  Every blessing – every reward – every single thing at all will be known as a gracious gift from the Lord Jesus.  People will see the blessings of the Lord, and they will praise His name.
  • God beautifies in salvation (vss. 10-11)

10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

  • Who is the speaker here?  This would best seem to be Isaiah, speaking on behalf of the nation.  The Messiah has been promised, and Himself promised to come on a mission of mercy.  Yahweh God personally promised that His covenant oaths would be fulfilled.  Incredible blessing unto Zion has been declared, and now the nation (via the prophet) responds.  With what?  With joy!  Isaiah sees how God has clothed the nation with saving grace, and he cannot hold back his praise & joy.
  • Likewise with us.  We can rejoice in our salvation.  We were clothed in filthy rags, but now we have been clothed in the righteousness of Christ. (2 Cor 5:21)  Made beautiful in His sight…
  • Question: do we rejoice?  Truly rejoice?  When was the last time you took time in your prayer to spend time just being joyful in the presence of God?

11 For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

  • Answers the question how all these things will come to pass.  How can the people know that Messiah will come in His mission?  How will it be that all the blessings of the Millennial Kingdom will come true?  All of it is through the Lord.  God is the source of it all.  Just as assuredly as gardens spring up from the earth, so will blessings to Israel spring up from the Lord God of Israel.  He is their provider & source of strength.
  • The work that God has begun, He will be faithful to complete. (Phil 1:6)  How do we know?  It comes from Him!

God gets personal in His assurances to Israel for all of these promises…
Isaiah 62

  • Messiah’s promise to bless Zion (vss. 1-9)

1 For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, Until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, And her salvation as a lamp that burns.

  • Who is the “I” – the speaker?  Again, this is debated somewhat.  It could be Isaiah, but considering the actions taken in vs. 6 on behalf of the nation, it seems more likely that the Messiah is speaking again.  Some tremendous things have been promised on behalf of the nation.  These were blessings that surely would have been difficult to believe considering the suffering that the Jews were about to endure.  So the Messiah speaks up as God, giving assurances of what He will do.  He will not stay silent – He will not be absent – He will not grow weary.  God will work to see His plan complete.  God’s will regarding Israel WILL be done, and every single promise He made will be fulfilled.
  • What a tremendous promise from our God!  We can be sure that not a single promise will remain undone by the end of time.  We won’t get to eternity & wonder, “So did God really mean it when He said ____?”  Everything will be complete!  He will not rest until it is!  For Israel, that means that they can expect a day in which they WILL live in the “righteousness” of God (something of which they do not experience now).  For us, it means that we can expect a day in which we WILL live in the very presence of our Lord Jesus!  We’ve already received His righteousness and salvation, but we have not yet experienced His presence.  But we will…of this, we can be sure!

2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the LORD will name. 3 You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem In the hand of your God.

  • What can the Jews expect the Messiah to accomplish on their behalf?  Incredible blessing!  The righteousness of Millennial Israel will be so bright, that even “the Gentiles will see” & “all kings” will take notice.  In the kingdom, the people of God have a new righteousness, a new glory, and “a new name.”  What will it be?  The “LORD will name” it in the next verses – but the important thing for now is to know that it comes from the Lord Himself.  The nations of the world will no longer insult the Jews and call them every insulting name in the book; they will have a glorious name given them by the God of Israel.  They will be lifted up among the nations and given honor.
  • How much honor?  They will “be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD” – they will be as a gemstone of God.  Amazing grace!  This is a nation that many other nations of the world had attempted to cast to the dung-heap of history.  This is a people that had been discarded & outcast by the Gentiles.  Numerous times in history, empires have attempted to exterminate the Jews (most recently the Nazis & the Muslims) – all have failed.  In the Millennial Kingdom, there is no more disdain for Israel, there is only honor and glory.
  • What will the nations see in Israel?  The same thing they are supposed to see among the Church today: Jesus!  We have no glory of ourselves; we are supposed to shine forth the glory of Christ.  Likewise with Israel.  The glory of Israel in the Millennial Kingdom will literally shine forth in brightness like a gem – why?  Because the Incarnate Son of God will dwell in Jerusalem reigning from the throne of David over the world.  The brightness of His glory will shine forth & all the world will take notice.  Thus when people witness the glory and honor of the nation, ultimately they will witness the glory and honor of the King.
    • That’s supposed to be what happens with us.  When people see our good works, they will glorify our Father in heaven.  When the world sees our love for one another, they will know that we are disciples of Jesus.  Any glorious work done through us only serves to show the glory of the God who chooses to work through us.

4 You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the LORD delights in you, And your land shall be married. 5 For as a young man marries a virgin, So shall your sons marry you; And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, So shall your God rejoice over you.

  • Here is the new name for Israel.  They were known as “Desolate,” but now they are known as “Delight.”  “Hephzibah” = “My Delight is in Her.”  “Beulah” = “Married.”  What a transformation!  They had been forsaken, but they will be restored to magnificence!  God delights in His people.  They were once cast off as unfaithful, but now they are brought back as a virgin bride unto God.  The book of Hosea shows the grace and patience of God as He continually cared for Israel as the prophet cared for his unfaithful & adulterous wife.  In the Millennial Kingdom, all of that sinful past is erased.  Through the work of Messiah on their behalf, they could be set before God as a spotless bride!  THAT is grace!
    • Do we understand that this is what Jesus does for us, too?  Because of the cross & resurrection, our sinful past is erased.  It’s completely dealt with & done away with.  We WERE stained, but NOW we’re spotless – all because of Jesus.
    • We also look forward to a new name.  (Rev 2:17, 3:12)
  • Earlier Isaiah had written of how he (and the nation) would rejoice in the Lord.  Notice the change.  Here, we’re told of how God rejoices over the nation.  “So shall your God rejoice over you.”  God rejoices over His people! God rejoices over YOU!  THAT is how clean the Lord Jesus has made you!  There is no anger from the Lord over you – only delight & joy.

6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent, 7 And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

  • Not only will God delight over His people, He will protect His people.  In the current day of Jerusalem, the watchmen on the wall failed.  They did not warn the people of the danger that approached, and even when they did, they were unable to fend off the Babylonian invasion.  Not so in the Millennial Kingdom.  In that day, Zion will be under the personal protection of Christ Jesus.  There will be no sneak attacks upon Israel – there won’t be any rockets falling into the cities or suicide bombers.  All of that will be past as King Jesus gives His personal protection to the people.  God will see His people exalted among the earth, and invites the Jews to continue to ask about it: “And give Him no rest till He establishes…”  IOW, pray for this time of victory, and keep praying for it!  Don’t stop seeking the Lord for this time until He brings it to pass.
  • Does the Church have a similar invitation?  Yes!  We’re to continue to ask God for Jesus’ soon return.  That’s exactly what the petition of “Maranatha” means: “Come, Lord Jesus!”  Ask & keep asking for that day.  Give God no rest in prayer.  Not that God desires a rest, but He desires that we would continually seek His face in this.  Don’t stop looking for the Lord’s return – don’t stop praying for God’s will to be done among the earth & for the fulfillment of this age.

8 The LORD has sworn by His right hand And by the arm of His strength: “Surely I will no longer give your grain As food for your enemies; And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, For which you have labored. 9 But those who have gathered it shall eat it, And praise the LORD; Those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”

  • God reiterates the surety of His promise.  All of these things that He had promised Israel WILL come to pass.  He has “sworn” to see it done.  There is coming a time that Israel would no longer be ruled by other nations, but they would be able to eat the fruit of their own labors to the praise of God.  One day Israel will again be in a right relationship with God Almighty, and they will worship God rightly in the holy courts of Zion.
  • Prepare to see the blessing (vss. 10-12)

10 Go through, Go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; Build up, Build up the highway! Take out the stones, Lift up a banner for the peoples!

  • There are two commands for preparation.  First, the people were to prepare to return.  The roads needed to made clear for the nation to return in victory to their homeland.  There were three major waves of return from the Babylonian exile, but none of them were truly complete.  There has been a major return of Jews back to the land of Israel today – but even in modern times it is not complete (and the world certainly has not welcomed their return).  But it WILL happen.  The people will go through the gates of Millennial Zion as the nation returns to Israel.  Their hearts needed to be prepared at any time for it to come to pass.

11 Indeed the LORD has proclaimed To the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Surely your salvation is coming; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.’ ”

  • The second command of preparation was to prepare to see their King.  They needed to be ready to see the God of their salvation.  He would be coming to them, and He would be bringing His reward with Him.
  • Israel was not prepared for the first coming of their King.  A small number received Jesus as the Messiah that He is, but the nation as a whole rejected Him.  But He will be coming again – and the nation needs to be prepared for that day.  They will see their King coming with great power and glory, and although they will mourn their sin, they will still look forward to see their salvation approach.
  • Israel was called to prepare in two ways; as the Church we have but one.  Are we prepared to see our King?  Are we prepared for the day in which He will call us home?  Be assured that He IS coming, and although no one knows the day or the hour, we need to be ready at all times.

12 And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the LORD; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.

  • The reward for those who are prepared: salvation!  These are those who trusted the sure promises of God & prepared themselves to see His coming.  They are made “holy” by His grace – they are “redeemed” from their sin – they are personally “sought out” by the Lord – never “forsaken” by Him.  Why?  Because of the sure promises of the Messiah.

Conclusion:
God does not break His word!  God keeps every promise that He has ever made.  If there is anything that can be trusted, it is the promise of the Lord Jesus Christ – of that we can be sure.

Israel could trust that the Messiah would come for them in a magnificent mission of mercy – they could trust that He would come in power and marvelous defense for the people in which He delighted – they could trust that God would redeem them and seek them out.

This is what our Lord Jesus has already done with us.  He came on a mission of mercy to seek us out, and we were found by Him.  He gave us liberty from our sin, and gave us a garment of praise instead of the burden of death.  He gave us a glorious future inheritance, in which we know will spend eternity with our Savior.  We have been placed under His protection and strength, and we can be sure He delights over us. 

Do you trust Jesus to keep His word?  Do you trust Him to faithfully see His promises fulfilled?  When He says He delights over you, do you believe Him for what He says?  When He says He is coming quickly, do you wait for Him expectantly?  Beloved, renew your trust in your Savior!  He has already shown Himself faithful on your behalf, and there is so much more in store…and He will not rest until it is done.

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