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II Samuel 7:18-19 ” Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: ‘Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that You have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in Your sight, O Sovereign Lord, You have also spoken about the future of the house of Your servant.’ “

The Lord calls you to do His work and instead, you balk.  You feel incapable, inept, and unfit for the job.  Wonderful!  You’re in great company!  Here King David, a man after God’s own heart, lamented…”Who am I Lord to be used by You?”  When God called Moses, all he could do was make excuses and ask, “Who am I?” (Exodus 3:11)   Isaiah, when called, could only fixate on his own sinfulness and unclean lips, not on what God was commissioning him to do.(Isaiah 6:5)  Jeremiah tried to justify not obeying the Lord by claiming he was too young to preach. (Jeremiah 1:6)  And Ezekiel when called,  just got angry. (Ezekiel 3:14)  Realize that you are not alone when you feel unworthy and unqualified for the plan God has laid out before you. He would not have called you if He wasn’t absolutely certain you were the best one for the job.  Please understand that the Lord isn’t asking you to do it alone…He’ll be with you every step of the way…He’s only asking for your obedience.

Jeremiah 31:34 ” No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord.”

Isaiah gives a vivid picture of this knowledge of the Lord in Chapter 11, verse 9 when he says,  “For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”  All mankind has the opportunity to experience the Lord in a personal way…to have intimate fellowship with the Creator of the universe.  For you can be “told” about God all your life, but it’s not until you fully grasp what Jesus did for you on that Cross…dying so you may live…that you can really “know” Him.     “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8

Genesis 49:10 ” The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until He comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is His.”

This Messianic prophecy is of Jesus coming to rule and reign over all the people of the world…both Jew and Gentile.  This is also shown in Isaiah 49:6 where it says that Jesus is coming not only to Israel, but to the Gentiles…”that You may bring My salvation to the ends of the earth.”  It’s not that there’d be a continuous reign by the descendants of Judah…only the promise of the permanent right to rule…this being in Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  And at that time He will say, ” Before Me every knee will bow; by Me every tongue will swear.”  (Isaiah 45:23)

Luke 4:28-29 ” All the people in the Synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove Him out of the town, and took Him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. But He walked right through the crowd and went on His way.”

Jesus was back in His hometown of Nazareth…the place where He had been brought up, and where everyone knew Him and His family.  We find Him on the Sabbath in the Synagogue where someone handed Him the scroll of Isaiah to read from.  He read from Isaiah 61:1-2 …( Which was Jesus’ exact job description here on earth) and then sat down.  Everyone spoke well of Him until He uttered 8 words, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  No wonder the people were furious!  All they could see was Mary and Joseph’s little boy…and now He’s daring to claim to be the Messiah!  Their minds refused to believe…their hearts were hardened by pride…their eyes were blinded to His Deity.  Their long-awaited Messiah had come and was in their midst…yet they rejected Him.

Isaiah 2:5 ” Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.”

Walking in the light of the Lord is so much more than how we behave in Church…or what we say, or don’t say around the Pastor…or how we can quote Scripture at Bible Study.  No, walking in the light of the Lord is more a lifestyle…a way of life of putting others before ourselves, of speaking truth and wisdom in difficult situations, and of doing the right thing…even when no one else is looking.   Rather, walking in the light of the Lord is manifesting the enlightenment of the knowledge of God into everyday living for His glory.

Isaiah 63:7 ” 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.”

This verse starts out with the words, “I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord”.  The Hebrew word for “tell” here has two definitions – the first  being to remember or reflect upon, the second being to declare or proclaim.  When we stop and reflect upon just how much the Lord has done for us…how many good things He has provided…how merciful and kind He has been towards us – how can we not want to share with others this love?  Ephesians 2:4 tells us, “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”  It is only by that unwarranted, unmerited love of God  you are the person you are today through Him.

Isaiah 1:5-6 ” …Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart affected. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness – only wounds and welts and open sores…”

Why do you persist in rebellion?  Great question, right?  We stubbornly continue down paths of disobedience and willful defiance against God…knowing full well, it’s only hurting ourselves.  And if we think about it…most of the injuries we receive are self-inflicted because of the foolish choices we make.  Jeremiah 30:17 says, “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds declares the Lord.”  Disobedience causes unsoundness within us.  But God wants to come and restore us back to health…returning us to wholeness and peace.