He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" - Romans 8:32

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Sunday, June 24, 2012 

God's Word & the Nations

Isaiah 56 portrays the irresponsible religious leaders of Israel as men who were concerned only with their own personal pleasures (vv.10-12). They were said to be blind, without knowledge, loving to slumber, and having a “mighty appetite.” They had all turned to their own way, v. 11, words that are reminiscent of 53:6, hinting that it is not only the leaders who are guilty of this selfish comfort zone concern for their comfort zone. 
 
This chapter promises us hope for the nations that they will turn to God. I find encouragement and exhortation here to continue in this work leading them to do so. God Himself has spoken it. This is not an empty hope or our own idea; this is the command of God and it is accompanied by His promise. He will receive and save ALL who turn to Him in repentance.

Let us also repent and return if we find ourselves among those who are only concerned with our own bellies, bank accounts, buildings, budgets, and baptisms. Let’s remember that in the temptation of Jesus, the devil took a legitimate longing (hunger after 40 days of fasting) and exploited it, as he still does. He tempted Him three times—with food, power, and possessions. Let us also must resist the temptation to serve self, repent where we have done so, and return to the purpose of the Bible, which is that we may know God and make Him known. A world waits to hear the good news of the Gospel.
 
- read Dr. David Sill's entire post here.

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