I’ve just read something that jumped off the page, grabbed me by the throat, and gave me a vigorous shake, and I want to tell you about it. It’s from this dude named Isaiah, and he gave me this message after having just been talking with God.
Yeah, I know. It sounds like someone needs to get to the pharmacy ‘cuz they’re behind on their medication. But, I’m here to tell you that it’s the real deal.
This Isaiah dude has a message from God, and it’s been in the mail for something like 2700 years. I know that the mail can be kinda slow sometimes, and yes I know that 2700 years is ridiculous. Write your congressman.
Anyway, it doesn’t really matter that it has taken this long to get to you, ‘cuz it’s just in time for you to act on it. So, listen up.
But, before I get into that, maybe I should tell you how I get these 2700 year old messages.
I read the bible. All the way through. Every year. And, I’ve been doing that for almost twenty years, and it has been a massive, gigantic help. I highly recommend it. If you’re Christian, get the One Year Bible. It really is the easiest way to do this. If you’re Jewish, you could do the same and skip over the New Testament stuff. Or, you could read the New Testament stuff to figure out what all the fuss is about. Your call.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a “Just Tanakh” version of the One Year Bible. If anyone finds one, drop me a line. However, if you can’t find one and are interested in a One Year Bible with just the Tanakh, let me know. I can quickly work one up in electronic format.
Anyway, back to this Isaiah dude. The passage that I’m talking about is in Isaiah 40, through to 41:16. When I read that, I thought, “wow, I’d better make sure that I’m on the right side of what’s goin’ down.”
41:8 But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend,
9 you whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, and called from the corners thereof, and said unto you, You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you away;
10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.
11 Behold, all they that are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded: they that fight with you shall be as nothing, and shall perish.
12 You shall seek them, and shall not find them, even them that contend with you: they that war against you shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nothing.
13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, saying unto you, Fear not; I will help you.
Being on the wrong side of that passage is going to hurt. A lot!
But, let’s say that you want to do more than just avoid the bad stuff that could happen to you. Let’s say that you want to be FIRMLY on the right side of what is going to happen. Do this:
40:1 Give comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.
2 Speak comfortably to Jerusalem; and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received of the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.
And, for those of you who have gotten the message, don’t stop there. Keep going by doing this:
40:9 O you that proclaim good tidings to Zion, get up on a high mountain; Oh you that proclaim good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold, your God!
10 Behold, the Lord God will come as a mighty one, and his arm will rule for him: Behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and will gently lead those that have their young.
That’s right. Get out on the biggest stage that you can find, with the best sound system that you can get, and speak as loudly as you can.
Do something like IsraelOutlook.com – or whatever else fits the definition.
And, when you get tired and a little defeated, remember this:
40:31 but they that wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.
And yes, that verse is vital. Over the years, there have been times when I’ve gotten really tired of doing this and have often wondered if anything that I write actually makes a difference. Well, that verse is like coffee for the soul. I can’t read that one enough.
(I like coffee!)
So, get out there and make a difference. Tell the people of Israel that God has the situation under control, and that He loves them, wherever (and whatever) they are. And then…
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.