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November 19, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 63 (ESV)

Who is this who comes from Edom,
    in crimsoned garments from Bozrah,
he who is splendid in his apparel,
    marching in the greatness of his strength?
“It is I, speaking in righteousness,
    mighty to save.”

Why is your apparel red,
    and your garments like his who treads in the winepress?

“I have trodden the winepress alone,
    and from the peoples no one was with me;
I trod them in my anger
    and trampled them in my wrath;
their lifeblood spattered on my garments,
    and stained all my apparel....Continue Reading

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  1. Isaiah 63:17-19 (ESV)
    17  O LORD, why do you make us wander from your ways and harden our heart, so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes of your heritage. 18  Your holy people held possession for a little while; our adversaries have trampled down your sanctuary. 19  We have become like those over whom you have never ruled, like those who are not called by your name.

    God didn’t cause his people to sin, to ‘wander from your ways and harden our heart’. Rather, God gives them over to their own sin and allowed them to harden their hearts.
    Job 34:10 (ESV)
     “Therefore, hear me, you men of understanding: far be it from God that he should do wickedness, and from the Almighty that he should do wrong.
    Isaiah 6:10 (ESV)
     Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
    Romans 1:24 (ESV)
     Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
    Romans 1:26 (ESV)
     For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;

    James 1:13-15 (ESV)
    13  Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14  But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15  Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

    God never causes us to sin. When we sin we are led away by our own desire.

  2. 7 I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord,
    the praises of the Lord,
    according to all that the Lord has granted us,
    and the great goodness to the house of Israel
    that he has granted them according to his compassion,
    according to the abundance of his steadfast love.

  3. 11 Then he remembered the days of old,
    of Moses and his people.
    Where is he who brought them up out of the sea
    with the shepherds of his flock?
    Where is he who put in the midst of them
    his Holy Spirit,
    12 who caused his glorious arm
    to go at the right hand of Moses,
    who divided the waters before them
    to make for himself an everlasting name,
    13 who led them through the depths?
    Like a horse in the desert,
    they did not stumble.
    14 Like livestock that go down into the valley,
    the Spirit of the Lord gave them rest.
    So you led your people,
    to make for yourself a glorious name.

  4. Good word Daniel. And welcome to commenting here!!!!!!

    The only thing God does is reenforce the hardness in man’s heart that is there already, both for His purposes as well as to expedite our deteriorating into evil. The quicker and deeper we fall, the greater the implications and consequences of evil we face, the greater chance we have to turn from our wicked ways to Him. There is an aspect as well that if God is sovereign, then there is an effect He has on all all free will, not to change it or rob us of it or free us from the accountability we have for it, but to bear a measure of responsibility because He has allowed it to be so. So if the Israelites hearts are hard, then God allows that to happen and therefore has to face the questions of why are you letting that happen. It’s part of the implication of His sovereignty. But the clear testimony of scripture is that it never cancels free will, but does interact with it, in ways, unfortunately we may not be able to understand.

    But what really struck me in this chapter is the stark juxtaposition of Gods’ wrath and His mercy. Where have you been and why are your garments red? I trampled the nations in my anger and trod them in my wrath and their blood got on me. And yet then verse 7,I will tell of the kindness of the Lord….He has done things according to His compassion. Well which is it? Is it a both/and or an either/or. We must understand God is a God of wrath and a God of mercy and He does not struggle with being both. He doesn’t have a split personality. Yet Scripture clearly declares both and therefore we miss something if we do not believe and embrace both! To me it is exactly what we need as humans: a warm hug and a swift kick, sometimes both at the same time. And God has enough guts and enough love to be and give both.

    And just realize the verses on His compassion and provision here are far greater. How powerful and merciful He has been to Israel, constantly drawing them and providing and yet they forsook Him. Hopefully that is not something we replicate……

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