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Living Life

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  • October 2017
2017. 10. 9 | Anticipating the King (Isaiah 33:17~24)         Speakers Jae Ryun Chung

17 Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar.
18 In your thoughts you will ponder the former terror: "Where is that chief officer? Where is the one who took the revenue? Where is the officer in charge of the towers?"
19 You will see those arrogant people no more, those people of an obscure speech, with their strange, incomprehensible tongue.
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; its stakes will never be pulled up, nor any of its ropes broken.
21 There the LORD will be our Mighty One. It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams. No galley with oars will ride them, no mighty ship will sail them.
22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.
23 Your rigging hangs loose: The mast is not held secure, the sail is not spread. Then an abundance of spoils will be divided and even the lame will carry off plunder.
24 No one living in Zion will say, "I am ill"; and the sins of those who dwell there will be forgiven.

 

Reflection

Better Days Ahead (33:17–19)

Imagine if you were living in a time when there was a constant threat of outside invasion, how it would feel to suddenly wake up to peace and freedom after decades of oppression. This must have been unimaginable for the people of Judah, who are living under the oppressive thumb of Assyria. God promises, however, that a day of liberation is coming. In that day, the Assyrian officials will be nowhere to be seen, and the Assyrian language will no longer be heard. Every trace of Assyrian presence will be gone from the land. Through His promises, God invites His people to see beyond their present circumstances and hope in what He will surely accomplish in the future.

 

Are you caught in the middle of any unwelcome circumstances? Which promise of God anchors your hope?

 

Secure in His Reign (33:20–24)

People pursue security in myriad ways. As individuals, we seek the preservation of our possessions, lifestyles, and rights. As citizens, we try to elect leaders who will advance our interests and the interests of our nation. As parents, we invest in our children’s future by providing them with the best educational opportunities. In our pursuit of such things, however, we often forget that the security we desire is unattainable until God establishes His eternal reign over the earth. This is the only reality that will usher in permanent peace. When God fully manifests His rule as Judge, Lawgiver, and King, His people will finally experience uninterrupted victory and wellbeing, and all the nations of the world will benefit.

 

Meditate on the promise of God’s future reign over the earth. How does He provide a kind of security that nothing else in this world offers?

 

A letter to God 

Jesus, You are the King our hearts long for. Come take Your place on the throne and manifest Your reign over the nations. We desire Your rule of justice, peace, and righteousness. Thank you for leaving us with the promise of Your return. We wait for You. In Your name. Amen.

 

 

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