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Living Life

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  • May 2018
2018. 5. 15 | Remembering the Past (Isaiah 63:7~19)         Speakers Jacob Jeon

7 I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us-- yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses.
8 He said, "Surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to me"; and so he became their Savior.
9 In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.
10 Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them.
11 Then his people recalled the days of old, the days of Moses and his people-- where is he who brought them through the sea, with the shepherd of his flock? Where is he who set his Holy Spirit among them,
12 who sent his glorious arm of power to be at Moses' right hand, who divided the waters before them, to gain for himself everlasting renown,
13 who led them through the depths? Like a horse in open country, they did not stumble;
14 like cattle that go down to the plain, they were given rest by the Spirit of the LORD. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name.
15 Look down from heaven and see from your lofty throne, holy and glorious. Where are your zeal and your might? Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us.
16 But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.
17 Why, O LORD, do you make us wander from your ways and harden our hearts so we do not revere you? Return for the sake of your servants, the tribes that are your inheritance.
18 For a little while your people possessed your holy place, but now our enemies have trampled down your sanctuary.
19 We are yours from of old; but you have not ruled over them, they have not been called by your name.

 

 

Reflection

Kindness and Love (63:7–10)

In His kindness and compassion, God did many good things for Israel. He was faithful to them, and He expected His people to be faithful to Him. However, they were rebellious and suffered distress as a consequence of their sinful behavior. God was not delighted in their distress. He, too, was sorrowful to see His people suffer, and so with love and mercy, He redeemed them. Yet they grieved the Holy Spirit, and instead of God becoming their Savior, He became their enemy because they had chosen to rebel against Him. When people sin against God, they sometimes believe that He is mean and merciless. The truth is, however, that He is a God of kindness who desires to show His compassion and love to His people.

 

When have you seen the kindness and compassion of God? How can you reflect these characteristics of God to others?

 

The Grace to Turn (63:11–19)

The Israelites remember their deliverance from slavery in Egypt and how God guided them through the Red Sea. He provided for them in the wilderness and brought them to the Promised Land. But the prophet Isaiah now sees that His tenderness and compassion are being withheld because of the sins of His people. Isaiah declares that the LORD is the Father and Redeemer of His people. He asks God to return to them and not allow them to wander or be irreverent toward Him again. When we wander from God and face the consequences of our sin, we need more of His grace. When we experience this grace, it helps us to turn away from sin and turn back to God.

 

Why are you thankful for God’s grace? How has His grace helped you to remain faithful to Him?

 

A letter to God 

Dear Lord, thank you for Your grace in my life. You have always been faithful me, even when I was not faithful to You. May I always remember Your love and walk in Your ways. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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