The Book of Isaiah-Is.56-“Everlasting Name”

” I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off(v.5). It is a name given by God. At the present we shall make a general statement. Because God is eternal only what name he chooses can be considered as everlasting.

In the life of King David we read that God did not let him  build a house for Him. He was a man after His own heart (Ac.13:22), despite of which God would not. The reason, he had shed much blood.  Instead He permitted his son to build one that we know as the Solomon’s Temple. When King Solomon finished building it God appeared to him second time and said, “I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever…(1 Ki.9:3-NASB).” Further down we also read that it was  conditional.

The Holy One of Israel had said his eyes and ears would be on that temple perpetually so no one can expect God to be pleased by offerings brought before him with indifference let alone with guilt in the heart. “But if you or your sons indeed turn away from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and the house which I have consecrated for My name,.(.vv.6-9)” So God decides where his name should be put and on whom. This indeed was the case. The calamities that befell Judah at the time of Isaiah were outward expression of God’s displeasure.

“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? (1 Ki.8:27)”
God as the creator of heaven and the earth does not require a house as such to dwell in. The house as a dwelling place of God is to be understood as a resting place for God. It is spiritual significance we need look at. Fellowship is between God and man. So what quality are we looking at for God to find rest?

From the breath of God in the nostrils of Adam we shall take it as a metaphor. Our body is a temple “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?/ If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are( 1 Co.3:16-17)”. So God did have a purpose in freely giving us the Spirit. When we speak of indwelling Spirit as earnest of our adoption breath of God is a forerunner of outpouring of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus Christ promised  rest we have additional clue.  “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you(John 14:20)”. Historically as with other temples of old, our bodies are to be considered as temples of God. Entering into Sabbath derives by the same token an added dimension to this personal relationship. Gift of the Spirit therefore is a blessing for us to profit from.”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(Ro.8:15).

Let us refresh once again from the verse quoted above: “I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.(1 Ki.9:3)”. Fellowship of God is to be experienced as Adam as living soul in our earthly lives. This abiding life is like a branch of vine being carefully tended by the Husbandman so we produce much fruit. It is Christian Living in a nutshell. Significant is the capitalization of L We are dead to the world, and having risen we are hid in heavenly places. We begin our Christian lives as new creation. Death is only as far as our bodies are concerned for God has chosen us and put his Name which is the everlasting name.

It is also called by another name: name of the Father. In the Book of the Revelation we read of the saints in eternity having name of the Father in their foreheads. So while we have bodies we are the tempe of God in which God finds rest. In terms of the Church  we are part and parcel of the Body to which the Head is Christ.

Benny

 

Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.

Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.

Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the Lord, speak, saying, The Lord hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.

For thus saith the Lord unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;

Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;

Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

The Lord God, which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.

All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye 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.

11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.

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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