In the Written Word with the Living Word
Sunday – Nov 22, 2015 – QT
Isaiah 17 (NASB)
4 Now in that day the glory of Jacob will fade,
And the fatness of his flesh will become lean.
5 It will be even like the reaper gathering the standing grain,
As his arm harvests the ears,
Or it will be like one gleaning ears of grain
In the valley of Rephaim.
Israel was fascinated with themselves. They sought for what God wanted to give them; they displayed excitement over the possessions, and miracles they were receiving from God. They gave God praise, thanking Him for the stuff. But Israel was fascinated with themselves.
With subtlety they were lead astray by the things from God. With the craft of the deceptive cloak of religion, their hearts shifted from their love of God to a captivated love, for the things of God. God and God’s stuff, to them, became the same. The decedents of Jacob didn’t even notice this shift and ignored the prophets who were announcing His warning.
Father, this sounds a lot like the church of today. I do not want to be fascinated with STUFF. I will enjoy the stuff as a gift from You. Yet, I will be of those who will lay aside, run with endurance, and I will fix my eyes on Jesus considering Him, so as not to grow weary or lose heart.
…”let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12: 1-3 (NASB)