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Living Life

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  • May 2018
2018. 5. 13 | Relationship Restored (Isaiah 62:1~9)         Speakers Jacob Jeon

1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remain quiet, till her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.
2 The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.
3 You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah ; for the LORD will take delight in you, and your land will be married.
5 As a young man marries a maiden, so will your sons marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.
6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the LORD, give yourselves no rest,
7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
8 The LORD has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: "Never again will I give your grain as food for your enemies, and never again will foreigners drink the new wine for which you have toiled;
9 but those who harvest it will eat it and praise the LORD, and those who gather the grapes will drink it in the courts of my sanctuary."

 

 

Reflection

A New Name (62:1–9)

Isaiah will not keep silent in prayer because he desires to see the salvation of God’s people in Jerusalem. Though they were not faithful to the LORD in the past and were disciplined for their idolatry, they will not remain this way forever. God will restore His relationship with His covenant people and rejoice over them as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride. Instead of being called Deserted and Desolate, His people will be called Hephzibah, which means “my delight is in her,” and the land will be called Beulah, which means “married.” In this message of hope, God says that His people will no longer toil for their enemies but will eat and drink the fruit of their harvest. When all seems lost, we can find hope in God who desires to restore and build up His people.

 

What has made you feel deserted and desolate? Why are you able to find hope and strength in God?

 

 

A letter to God 

The Unreached
The majority of Tajiks in Tajikistan are Sunni Muslims. Fear of backlash from radical Islam acts as a barrier to the spread and practice of Christianity. Pray that God would raise up church leaders and missionaries who can disciple believers in Tajikistan and that He would strengthen and encourage those who face persecution.

 

 

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