He is Lord!

Isaiah 12:4. “And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call  upon His Name, declare His  doings among the people, make mention that His Name is exalted.”

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For the first time in the history of the world, all people everywhere will acknowledge the glory of the Lord God, Jehovah, Messiah!  There will be complete freedom to praise Him, and to talk about His amazing goodness. His Name will be exalted above all other names.

Makes me want to be there, right now!

Sunday Morning Coffee: Recovery

For the last five months or so, I’ve been  pretty useless.  Terry’s had to take over the housekeeping while I sat or lay in bed, nursing my aching back.  I’m definitely better now, with one little setback three weeks ago, and this last few days I’ve resumed some chores as my strength and energy permit.

Do you know what happens to your muscles when you do nothing?  It isn’t pretty. They get flabby, and you don’t have a lot of get-up-and-go. If your lifestyle doesn’t include some purposeful physical activity,  your muscles are going to turn to mush.

It’s not pretty.

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We have a multi-purpose cable  gym downstairs, so I’ve put myself back on the track of better muscles, more strength, more energy.

Friday I did some leg lifts. Thought I was going to die.  But I did them again yesterday, and it was a little better. This is just for starters.  I need to work my arms, shoulders, my core–everything.  And I have to do it carefully so as not to wake the sleeping monster in my lower back.

Thinking about all that, I thought about how quickly we can become spiritually flabby. Skip your Bible reading and Bible study for a week, put aside prayer, miss church?  It’s going to be very easy for Satan to pay you a little visit and direct your thinking to an unhealthy place.  I hate missing church.  I’ve missed more church in the last five months than in my entire life up to now. Breaking that pattern of church attendance can cause a spiritual ennui that drives you right down into depression.

Combine all that spiritual neglect with chronic pain, poor sleep, lack of fellowship with other believers, and you have a recipe for disaster.  It’s time to put yourself back on a spiritual exercise regimen, because you can’t fight Satan if your spiritual armor is missing.

Am I saying this has happened to me?  Yes, absolutely, to a degree. Anyone who thinks that being physically inactive sounds like a wonderful vacation?  Has never been forced into physical inactivity.  Partly because of the work I do with people who are suffering depression, I’ve been aware of my own tendency in that direction.  I’ve been purposeful about keeping up with my Bible study blog because it helps me stay in the Word. I chose to spend more time in prayer, because–not much else to do, right?  Use the time wisely.

Some days it’s been a battle, and some days I’ve just given up and wallowed in the muck, Not often, though.  I don’t like muck.

I am keenly aware that it could–and probably will–happen again. The conditions in my lower back aren’t things that can be cured.  I don’t look forward to the next event, but I’ve learned a little bit about how to deal with it.

 

Rapturous Joy

Isaiah 12: 3. “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”

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Therefore refers back to the previous verse:  Messiah is the strength, the song, and the salvation of those who experience the Millenial Kingdom.

The word joy denotes a rapture never before experienced by God’s people. The joy will be unrestrained, at it will flow from the waters of salvation. The Messiah that the Jews rejected when Jesus walked the earth is now the source of all things for them.

In the New Testament, Jesus described Himself as the living water. Anyone who drank of the water He provided would never thirst again. He is the water of life, the source of peace and joy, and the beauty that exists where water is plentiful.

JAH Jehovah

Isaiah 12:2. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song: He also is become my salvation.”

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The only other place in which the construct  LORD JEHOVAH is used is in  Isaiah 26:4.  This double title establishes Him as LORD GOD;  it is the Lord most vehement.  It is the supreme Lord. Nothing nor nor one is above Him. His power is absolute.

After the Jews who come through the seven  years of the Great Tribulation have endured and turned completely back to the LORD GOD, they finally, with the rest of the world, find that He alone is salvation; He alone is strength; and He alone is the song, or the joy, the worship, the praise.

Worship in the Millenial Kingdom

Isaiah 12:1. “And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise Thee: though Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou comfortedst me.”

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This short chapter describes how we will worship Messiah, Jehovah, when He reigns over the whole earth from Jerusalem.

In that day: Always refers to end times Millenium. Jesus Christ, Messiah, is in complete control.

O Lord, I will praise Thee:  ALL the people, not just the Jews who are restored to their land, will praise Messiah.

Thou was angry with me:  The anger of God has been poured out, the Antichrist is defeated, and Israel is restored. While it is true that all people will honor Messiah, the Jews in particular will have more reason to rejoice as they acknowledge the righteous anger of God.

Thine anger is turned away: The time of retribution is past.

Thou comfortedst me:  Israel is restored  and reconciled to God. Peace is established.

Geographical Changes

Isaiah 11:15-16. “And the  Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea: and with His mighty wind shall He shake His hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dryshod. And there shall be an highway for the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria: like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.”

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(Isaiah makes the comparison, in these verses, of God making a dry path through the Red Sea, like He did when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. Will it look like this?  No idea, but I liked the picture)

God will create geographical changes to accommodate the return of the remnant of Israel to their homeland. The sea between Egypt and Arabia will be destroyed, and the river Euphrates will be smitten into seven shallow brooks. From Egypt to Assyria there will be a highway for traffic.

Cross reference:  Zech. 10:11