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Living Life

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  • May 2018
2018. 5. 17 | Judgment and Salvation (Isaiah 65:1~16)         Speakers Dave Paek

1 "I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.'
2 All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations-
3 a people who continually provoke me to my very face, offering sacrifices in gardens and burning incense on altars of brick;
4 who sit among the graves and spend their nights keeping secret vigil; who eat the flesh of pigs, and whose pots hold broth of unclean meat;
5 who say, 'Keep away; don't come near me, for I am too sacred for you!' Such people are smoke in my nostrils, a fire that keeps burning all day.
6 "See, it stands written before me: I will not keep silent but will pay back in full; I will pay it back into their laps-
7 both your sins and the sins of your fathers," says the LORD. "Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains and defied me on the hills, I will measure into their laps the full payment for their former deeds."
8 This is what the LORD says: "As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes and men say, 'Don't destroy it, there is yet some good in it,' so will I do in behalf of my servants; I will not destroy them all.
9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah those who will possess my mountains; my chosen people will inherit them, and there will my servants live.
10 Sharon will become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds, for my people who seek me.
11 "But as for you who forsake the LORD and forget my holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,
12 I will destine you for the sword, and you will all bend down for the slaughter; for I called but you did not answer, I spoke but you did not listen. You did evil in my sight and chose what displeases me."
13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "My servants will eat, but you will go hungry; my servants will drink, but you will go thirsty; my servants will rejoice, but you will be put to shame.
14 My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts, but you will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit.
15 You will leave your name to my chosen ones as a curse; the Sovereign LORD will put you to death, but to his servants he will give another name.
16 Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the God of truth; he who takes an oath in the land will swear by the God of truth. For the past troubles will be forgotten and hidden from my eyes.

 

 

Reflection

Full Payment for Sin (65:1–7)

The people of Israel do not seek God. They are obstinate and insist on going their own way. Although God continues to call His people to Himself, they persist in their willful ignorance of the living God, provoking Him to His face. The Israelites engage in flagrant idolatry by performing various rituals, building altars, and burning sacrifices. God is patient, merciful, and gracious, but He will not be mocked. He desires for sinners to return to Him, and He continues to hold out His arms to them. There will, however, come a time when God in His perfect justice will administer the full payment for unrepentant sinners. May we choose to seek God and help others to go to Him while there is still time.

 

Why do some people remain obstinate and insist on their own ways? How can you encourage them to go to God and walk in His ways?

 

The LORD’s Servants (65:8–16)

God in His mercy does not bring complete destruction on account of His servants—those who have remained faithful and continue to seek Him. Out of a seemingly hopeless situation, God declares that He will bring forth offspring from Jacob, and they will prosper. In contrast, those who disobey God and ignore His call will suffer a very different fate from His servants and experience the full measure of His judgment: there will be hunger and thirst instead of satisfaction, shame and anguish instead of rejoicing and joy, and death instead of life. God has offered us hope through the Gospel—may we turn from our rebellion and submit our lives in wholehearted worship to the one true God.

 

How have you been faithful as a servant of God? What satisfaction and joy have you found in serving Him?

 

A letter to God 

Father, thank you for the salvation You have given me through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Give me ears to listen to Your words and a heart to obey Your commands so that I may bear much fruit for Your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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