Tuesday, February 12, 2008

His Strange Work - Isaiah 28

His Strange Work

Isa 28:20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it.

This is as a proverb, the bed that was for rest and comfort, was too short. The covers, that they could hide under and gain warmth, were too narrow. All the devices of the rebellious in Israel and in Judah, brought no comfort. Only God could be their rest.

Psa 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psa 37:8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Psa 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

Evildoers shall be cut off, yes, even those of God's covenant people who rebelled against him.

Isa 28:21 For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.

Perazim was the place of a military victory for David and Gibeon, was a place of victory for Joshua. These were servants of the LORD. The LORD fights for his servants who trust in HIM. It is a strange work when the LORD must punish a rebellious people, who he loves and who he calls his people.

Job 5:17 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:
Job 5:18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
Job 5:19 He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
Job 5:20 In famine he shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
Job 5:21 Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.

Perhaps the strangest of all events was that God himself would come down to remove the sins of all people who would believe, through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ for their sins. Sinners repent and turn to the strange and marvelous way of salvation, through the death and resurrection of the Messiah Yeshua; Jesus, my Lord and my savior.

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