Sunday Morning Coffee: Late!

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I went back to bed, hoping to get my back pain under control. Not working. So I got back up, and have tried to distract myself catching up with other things. And then it occurred to me that I haven’t written my Sunday post, so here I am.

I hate missing church. Never missed so much church in my life as I have this past year. Seems like the work week leaves me useless for the weekend, and I work only three days. What a wimp.

But then, last night we went to a Valentine gathering with a bunch of old friends. I sat on a metal folding chair, the kind that has no lumbar support, for a couple of hours. Found a padded bench with a padded back for the next couple of hours, but was still really stiff and uncomfortable.

The hostess of the party broke her ankle some years ago, and one thing leading to another, she’s now in a wheelchair most of the time., She’s 76, still running a huge piano studio, and has no plans to stop. She had a mild heart attack back in December, but is doing well.

There were others there last night that I know have physical aches and pains and conditions. Diabetes, hearing loss, arthritic pain, injury pain like my husband. But we had a great time, laughing together and enjoying each other’s company. Old people having fun at a party. Awesome.

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Anyway, I’ve made the decision to retire. I’ll be 72 this summer; we’ll also be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. Time is catching up with me, sapping my energy because of the pain, and I think I need to take myself out of the job before I really can’t do it any more. So I’ve asked the secretaries not to give me any new clients, and hoping that by mid- November I’ll have finished with all my present clients.

This is a very big deal, a tough decision to make. A major life event that I did not anticipate even five years ago. I thought I’d work until I could no longer sit upright in my chair. That time has come sooner than I expected.

This isn’t a particularly cheerful post, but then I’m not in a particularly cheerful mood. And here comes Terry, home from church.





Restoration Promised

Isaiah 62:10-12.

10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.

11 Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.

12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

In 40:3, a reference is made to the way prepared for the coming of the Messiah. Here, it is the way prepared for His people.

The highway mentioned here is a literal one referred to several times before this (v. 10; 11:10,19:23; 35:8).

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The “standard” is always a rallying point around which the people can gather. Messiah, Himself will be the standard; the rallying point point of all nations. To Him they will come and to Him they will put their trust

Messiah is the salvation of all people in every corner of the earth. Not only His chosen people Israel, but also all the nations of the earth will enjoy the reward and blessing He has in store for them when they turn to Him in recognition and praise.

In that day, Israel will earn the name God’s holy people;  and Jerusalem    will enjoy the blessing and privilege of being a city everyone wants to see; of not forsaken.   

Indeed, the world will be a far different place for everyone when Jesus rules and reigns in Jerusalem, and the whole world is blessed by His presence!

Free from Oppression!

Isaiah 62:8-9.

The Lord hath sworn by His right hand, and by the arm of His strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:

But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of My holiness.

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What precious promises to a land and a people that will have gone through the Tribulation and been crushed under the heel of Antichrist! All down through history, one nation invades another and takes possession of everything that the people had labored for, but will not be allowed to enjoy.

God’s promise to Israel is that He will defeat the nations that would love to defeat Israel. No other nations, from that point to forever, would steal their hard-earned food and wine. They would enjoy the fruits of their own harvests, with no more fear of an enemy focused on destruction.

Watchmen on the Walls

Isaiah 62:6-7.

I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence,

And give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

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Watchmen on the Walls:  The idea here is that God’s prophets and ministers were like the watchmen who could not hold their peace or give Him rest day or night until Prophecy was completely fulfilled in the full restoration of Jerusalem and Israel in their land.

Since cities were first built, walls have been built around them to protect them from invasion; the watchmen had the duty of warning the citizens if an attack was coming. The watchmen in this passage are not there to warn of attack, but to encourage the people and to continually pray to God for the complete restoration of Israel and Jerusalem.

God Rejoices over Israel

Isaiah 62:5.
 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

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This is a very tender picture, the bridegroom rejoicing over his pure bride with protective, loving delight. As a young man marries a virgin, so will the sons of Israel come back to and marry (be united with) the rest of Israel and their land Palestine.

As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so God will rejoice over His eternal people and their land when the are eternally united.

In June, Terry and I will have been married for 50 years. I remember as if it were yesterday the expression on his face as I walked down the aisle toward him holding my dad’s arm. What I didn’t know is that the look of love, hope, expectation and rejoicing would never change. Of course we have had our times of struggle and not being happy with each other. That is normal in the best of marriages. But when the love is true and faithful, that sense of protection and caring that the bridegroom offers his bride never goes away.

So is the rejoicing of God when His people Israel finally turn to Him forever, never turning back to idols and other gods. The joy that a married couple feels here, now, will be like a tiny candle compared to the bonfire of rejoicing in the heart of God when Israel returns to Him forever.

Sunday Morning Coffee: Words are so Cool!

It’s actually Saturday night. I like to do this post early when I can so I don’t have to rush through it.

I love words. The etymology of words always fascinates me. I picked up a new one today. I’ve heard it before, but never looked up the definition and history (etymology), and I’m glad I took the time to do so today.

Terry was reading a book by Arno C. Gaebelein on the Gospel of Matthew. The author had commented that the word wisdom was an accurate adumbration of Jesus. We looked it up in a dictionary, and the best choice for this particular use is that wisdom, in the passage, is a foreshadowing  of Jesus.

Proverbs 9:10 tells us that the fear (respect, reverence) of God is the beginning of wisdom. He is wisdom. Therefore, His Son, Jesus, is wisdom.

But I was still curious about that big word that I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone else use, so I looked up the etymology. It is, quite literally, to cast a shadow:

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late 16th century: from Latin adumbrat- ‘shaded’, from the verb adumbrare, from ad- ‘to’ (as an intensifier) + umbrare ‘cast a shadow’ (from umbra‘shade’). (Wikipedia)

And here’s more, from my online dictionary:

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/ˈəmbrə/noun

  1. the fully shaded inner region of a shadow cast by an opaque object, especially the area on the earth or moon experiencing the total phase of an eclipse.

There’s more, about the penumbra and the antenumbra, but I’ll let you look that up if you’re interested.

And I finally know now where the word umbrella  comes from.

See? Words are SO interesting!

Catching Up

I missed doing a post yesterday, and this one won’t be long. I’ll be back on track tomorrow with my Sunday Morning Coffee post.

I’ve been fighting something–a cold, laryngitis, cough. No fever, but it’s wearing me out. It has slowed me down, and I doing everything I can think of to get rid of it–except going to the doctor. Since there’s no fever, I’m pretty sure I’ll be told it’s just a virus and to do what I’m already doing, which is all the old-fashioned home remedies your mom used on you, including a mixture of honey and lemon that my husband just brought me 🙂 This seems to be an annual event for me, one I would be very happy NOT to indulge in again!

I hope, if you’re a steady reader, that you are enjoying this final trip through the book of Isaiah as much as I am. It is easy to become discouraged, isn’t it? There’s not much right going on politically, although there has been a resurgence in our economy and progress in some other areas. But it isn’t over until God says it’s over, and I’ve read the back of the book–and we win 🙂