Hiding Won’t Help

Isaiah 2:19-21. “And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth. ”

In that day when Jesus comes back to set up His kingdom, people are going to be terrified to be discovered with their homemade gods of silver and gold. They will throw them into holes in the ground, or into caves where bats dwell, in an effort to hide their idols from Him. They will themselves crawl into crevices and clefts in the rocks, hiding in fear from the majesty of God.

I won’t help them.

Here are some other references that pertain to these events:

Is. 13:9-13; Joel 2:30,31; 3:16; Hag. 2:6-7; Matt. 24:29,30; Rev. 6:12-17; 16:18-20.

Idols Gone!

Isaiah 2:18. “And the idols He shall utterly abolish.”

This short little verse is chock full of thought-provoking wisdom.

And idol is any thing we worship, anything more important to us than God. I can be anything from a creation made by man for the purpose of worship to something as simple as the TV or our cell phones.

Cell phones?  Just don’t even get me started. This little mini-computer has become the focus of too many lives. Irresistible, it interferes with everything and almost always gets first place. You’ve all seen the pictures of a group of people sitting at a restaurant, ostensibly out for an evening of fellowship; problem is, they’re all on their smart phones.

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I think that’s idol worship.

I don’t think there will be any smart phones in heaven.

But I’ve gone to the mundane. What is so important here is that when Jesus reigns, there will be NO other gods before Him. ALL idols will be destroyed. Only He will be exalted.

And there will be peace on earth.

Cedars and Oaks

Isaiah 2:13-17. “And upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up, And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and  upon all pleasant pictures, And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.”

The tall, strong cedars of Lebanon, the mighty oaks of Bashan, are symbolic of the military leader of the nations  that will gather against the Jews before Jesus comes back to reign.The mountains and hills symbolize the mighty kingdoms of the nations. All their wealth, all their power,  all their trade successes by land and sea will be for nothing.

Their haughtiness, not recognizing the true God, the Mighty One of Israel, will eventually bring them low, and God alone will be exalted and held up when Jesus reigns. All of man’s accomplishments will be nothing compared to what God establishes on earth during the Millenial Kingdom.

The Day of the Lord

Isaiah 2: 11-12. “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low.”

When mankind tried to build a tower to heaven to reach God on his own terms,exalting himself above God,  God destroyed the tower, confounded the language, and put them all to shame  (Gen. 11:1-9).

Man is still trying to exalt himself above God, and for Judah, there would be sure and soon-coming judgment for their failure to submit to His authority.  Those who were proud and haughty in their own importance would soon be brought low, and God alone would be exalted.

Verse 12 mentions the “day of the Lord of Hosts.” This is a switch from the impending doom on Judah and a change into the far future, when the rule of mankind, especially the Gentiles, would come to an end. This is not speaking of a 24-hour day, but of a period of time when God will take control. From this point to the end of this chapter, we read of the judgments that will fall on all the nations when Jesus comes to rule and reign on earth for 1,000 years.

That period is described as “the day of the Lord.” This present period is called “man’s day” (I Cor. 4:3) where the phrase is “man’s judgment,” for in our day we are inundated with the ungodly and unbiblical judgment of men on so many things. There have been days of the Lord in His dealings with Israel in the past, but this usage indicates a far future period, as in Joel 2:31 and Malachi 4:5. There will be a complete overthrow of Gentile power (Isa. 13:9-11, 34; Dan. 2:34,44; Obad. 15) and the deliverance of the Jews from the centuries of persecution since the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Sunday Morning Coffee: Not What I Planned

Yesterday we spent the day with my daughter and her family. We drove out to Lancaster, which always delights with its peaceful, rolling green hills and lush farms. It was a beautiful day,if a little warmer than necessary, with billowy white clouds and  breeze that helped keep the heat bearable.  We went to the 60th Annual Threshing event at one of the farms. It was perfect for Terry, Aaron and the boys. Lots of antique machinery, including a beautiful Pierce Arrow  that even I was impressed with.

The main event was a demonstration of how wheat has been harvested, threshed, baled and so on.  I loved watching that. History always grabs my attention.

My favorite thing, though is people-watching. As I sat resting in the shade for a while, I watched the people with great interest. There were Amish farmers there, some older men who had massive forearms, and I pictured them driving their horses, five abreast, turning up furrows in the rich earth.

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There was an Amish family, very large, and the mom was obviously enjoying every minute with her flock. The dad?  Patient, calm, and kind. Delightful to see.

Many other people, old and young; as they walked by, I wondered what their stories were.

Terry joined me after having wandered through the antique cars, tractors, and other machinery with the boys. We sat and enjoyed the shade, the breeze, and the scenery. When it was time to go, we both slowly straightened up from the bench, laughing with each other as we  used our canes for support.  I said, “Remember when we could walk for hours, move freely, get up and down without even thinking about it?  And hoping we’d never get old and crotchety? Well, here we are!”

It happens sooner than you think, especially, as with Terry, when you sustain a serious injury that  totally changes you. And my lower back issues have made me look and feel a lot older than I did just two short years ago.

Well, it was a great day in spite of our crotchets, and we enjoyed ourselves, ending the day with a delicious meal with the family.

I felt fine when I went to bed.  Tired, but it was a good tired.  However during the course of the night I woke up several times feeling chilled  and then hot.  And finally, around three a.m., my old friend the Mother of All Migraines came to visit. So here I am at home this morning instead of enjoying church.  Please don’t make any loud noises.  Please don’t turn on the lights.  And please don’t ask me to talk to you or laugh at a joke.

Godzilla was a sissy compared to me with a migraine.

The coffee helps. When it’s gone, I feel my quiet, dark bedroom calling to me.

A Little Rant

If you’re tired of hearing me complain about trying to lose weight, control sugar, exercise, etc. just go read something else.  I’m writing this more for my own benefit–trying to vent in a healthier way than going out and finding the biggest tub of chocolate ice cream there is.

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So I lost 17 lb., felt really good about it, and then. . . . . . . nothing.  Zero.

A couple of factors.  My back went wonky on me, and I went through about three months of pretty bad pain before my doctor and I finally got it under control.  I couldn’t even swim, so exercise was a zero. Walking is painful. It’s frustrating.

I’m back in the pool now, did ten laps this morning.  Then, on my way out the door, I saw the sign informing us that the pool will be closed for two weeks for maintenance and cleaning.

Sigh.  Sigh. Sigh.  Just when i was getting back into my groove.

A week ago, I finally committed to a very low carb food plan for just one week.  Actually, it wasn’t too different from the way I’ve been eating. Lots of protein, good veggies, some fruit. Very few carbs, and nothing more than 15 grams of carbs in any meal.  Fifteen grams is one serving.  I had lost that 17 pounds by staying around 11 or 12 servings per day.

Are you on the edge of your seat?  Waiting to hear about the astonishing amount of weight that happily melted off my belly this week? Yeah?  Well, relax.  Go watch the Olympics or something. Because NOTHING happened this week!  My blood sugar may be nice and low, I don’t know.  I don’t have to check it every day, at this point, because my A1C comes in at about 6.4, which is below the red line for active diabetes.

And if you don’t know what the A1C is, or anything about diabetes, and you’re over 50, just go away.  I don’t like you. You bother me. That’s because you probably can eat just about anything you want, and you don’t gain weight.

Do you have any idea how annoying that is?

Really.  Go smack yourself for me.

I’m so sick of this battle.

No, I’m not giving up.  I don’t want to live with the complications of diabetes. They’re nasty. Eyes, heart, lungs, circulation–you just don’t want to go there, and so far I’ve kept it at bay.  I take one medication orally, and that, along with my diet, is working pretty well.

Except that I can’t lose the weight.

Just. Can’t. Get. It. Off.

And yes, I’ve tried everything out there, and I don’t want to hear about any more miraculous new products or secret methods like those stupid ads on Facebook have–“Just do this one simple trick every night before you go to be to melt the fat off you stomach.”

Right.

What about bariatric surgery?

I know several people who’ve had some form of that done, and they lost a ton of weight. With only one exception,  they’ve all had rebound weight gain of up to 40 or more pounds. I don’t think I want to risk any of the possible side effects, and so far, none of my medical people have suggested it to me.

Well, I’m actually feeling a little less angry and frustrated.  I think my temper is under control. So whether anyone reads this or not, I feel better.

One more thing.  Yes, I’ve looked at this as possibly a spiritual problem, a lack of self-control, etc.  The thing is, I really do eat pretty carefully.  I have often begged the Lord to show me if there is something in me that is in rebellion, if I’m just a selfish pig. There is no question that I’ve been an emotional eater, but I believe that is no longer a problem.

So, my friends, please don’t preach at me, and please resist the urge to tell me all about how you dropped 500 pounds eating nothing but grapefruit rinds and eggshells.

Been there, done that.

Go Hide!

Isaiah 2:10. “Enter into the rock and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty.”

Israel had forsaken the Rock, had turned away from the Might One of Israel to follow after idols created by human hands. Judgment was coming, and they were going to feel the power of His wrath.

“Go hide in the rocks! Go cover yourselves with sand!But try as you may, you cannot escape the majesty of the glory of God!”

Judgment is coming.