The Book of Isaiah-Is.43:8-38- “Witnessing The Lord”

How do we witness the Lord? Prophet Isaiah enumerates what the Lord God has been to His people: Savior,Redeemer Your Holy One,Your King, the Lord, and God. There is no place on the earth or under the earth or in heaven where the glory of God has not had sovereign Authority. Physical laws that keep the earth are proof of His Power and Wisdom. And those have nothing to say on the matter are blind having eyes, deaf having ears. Here in the case of Israel and the Gentiles such a condition has more to do with their spiritual vacuum than anything else. Jacob was called by name and the nation chosen to be His own, How wonderfully He led them out of their bondage to a land flowing with milk and honey. But in their failure to witness of His Name or Holiness they were found with strange gods so to speak. If they cannot deem Him as He is they have made God the maker of heaven and the earth a lie. In short they have been witnessing alternate facts. Oh, we have modern churches,- and mammon is what they follow and the gospel of prosperity is nothing from God but alternate facts. They don’t even distinguish between truth and falsehood so miracles are for them fake news. Their ecumenism dare not show Christ for what he is so when a pastor seriously state that suffering is not Christian-like what is he speaking about? Suffering Servant whose suffering was for our sakes, for our sins. Despite the testimony in the word of God that ‘by his stripes we are healed(Is.53:5)’ which is the very basis to be called into fellowship of God through him. Our witnessing him as any other would be complete falsehood. Without death and suffering, no glory of being risen Christ and if we refuse to conform to it every step of the way we witness another Christ, a lie nevertheless. If we are loath to admit before the world and what his blood has done for us what else can give muscle to Christian experience? Evangelicalism today is in a false position as Israel was in the time of Isaiah and this verse applies to them: “Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.(v.28)” If white nationalism is a curse and the highest in the realm whether prince or President espouses such cause it is tantamount to profaning the sanctuary. ‘In God we trust’ was symptomatic of the role of church as sanctuary.

“Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears(v.8)”.

9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

11 I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.

12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.

13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

14 Thus saith the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.

15 I am the Lord, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

16 Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;

17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

22 But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.

23 Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.

24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.

25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.

28 Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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