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Living Life

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  • May 2018
2018. 5. 14 | Prepare the Way (Isaiah 62:10~63:6)         Speakers Jacob Jeon

10 Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.
11 The LORD has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: "Say to the Daughter of Zion, 'See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.' "
12 They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.

1 Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? "It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save."
2 Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress?
3 "I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing.
4 For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come.
5 I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm worked salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me.
6 I trampled the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground."

 

 

Reflection

To the Ends of the Earth (62:10–12)

God is paving the way for salvation. He is clearing all obstacles so that His people can come to Zion, and He proclaims the coming Savior to the ends of the earth. People from all nations are given the opportunity to come to Zion and receive a new identity as His Holy People. They will be called Redeemed of the LORD, Sought After, and the City No Longer Deserted. Today, we are His redeemed people, and we can praise Him because He removed all obstacles not only for our own salvation but also for people from all nations so that they could come to Him. May we continue to spread the Gospel each day so that more people can become a part of His Holy People.

 

Why are you thankful for your salvation? Who can you share this joy of salvation with today?

 

The Bloodstained Warrior (63:1–6)

Isaiah sees the Messiah as a victorious and bloodstained warrior coming back from Edom, an unbelieving nation that is symbolic of those who despise the promises of God. With great strength, the Messiah has trampled those who continue in sin, like someone stomping on grapes in a winepress. He has executed judgment against the nations in His wrath and vengeance, and He alone has achieved salvation and redemption for His people. This somber imagery reminds us that the nations will reap the consequences of their actions and helps us to recognize the power and justice of our Lord. Those who remain in Christ will join Him in victory, but those who have disdain for God will face His wrath.

 

How often do you think about the strength and justice of the Lord? How can you pray for those who reject and despise God?

 

A letter to God 

Dear God, thank you for paving the way of salvation for all people. May I partner with You in bringing the Gospel message to the world so that more people will know You and rejoice together in Zion. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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