Today is a beautiful day in the kingdom. It is sabbath and five days before Rosh Hashanah (hope I spelled that right). Lets pray that the Lord be in our words, actions, thoughts and that He makes our will His. Controlling our actions through our intentions. That we take loving joy in persecution and expect the Lord’s protection through any spiritual battle.
Allow us to see that the seemingly important needs and dire situation that is the carnal mind living in the flesh is patterned after a spiritual realm that is higher than the flesh. Part of it is all around us. Thank you for your angels and your intervention in the lives of the saints so that we have the example of Jesus Christ to live up to by believing and acting on what that belief tells us is needed. God, you are awesome. Please be a greater part of our life.
The end of ch. 8 has some advice that will never cease to be sound: <Should not a people seek unto their God for the living unto the dead?> This follows an explanation of a common thing for people to do. To see something amazing or powerful happen and immediately get sucked into it. Just because it is powerful or out of the ordinary does not make it good. Satan was created with an enormous amount of power and is only usurped by God. The previous line read: <seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and that mutter> seeking unto those things is bad. In this case it is the people seeking to astrologers and the power of idol worship in the stead of the One and Only Lord of Hosts: Yeshua Ha-Mashiak.
<The sycamores are cut down but we will turn them into cedars> the people say.
This is not pleasing to God. What do we know about cedar and sycamore wood? Lets keep in mind that they look to the power of astrologers, wizards and pagan worship to bring into fruition things of this nature. Sycamore wood and Cedar are both suitable for furniture. Cedar has a resistance to rot and decay, it basically doesn’t while sycamores do. Sycamores though, are a great wood for under shingles in a roof because nails do not rust in it. Something to do with a lack of acid.
So the people want to take something that rots and turn it into something that doesn’t. Let’s look at the guilt that rides on the coat tails of sin. The shame that comes as a cherry on top of a known iniquitous action. If I do something I know is wrong and my boss starts talking about it, whether or not she is accusing me of it, I become uncomfortable. The feeling is quite debilitating and it takes some skill and practice to operate through such a feeling. That feeling can be equated to rot. Sin rots us inside.
Adam and Eve felt shame when they were called by God after they had done wrong. What did they do? They hid themselves from Him. So what can we learn from the first story after creation? That sin creates shame which is a wedge that drives us away from Our Creator. So in an equation it would look like this:
Sin (eventually)= shame
Sin+human = less God
Sin+human+levitical sacrifice = us re-allowing God in and His purity in us (Old Covenant) However, those sacrifices only reminded people of their sins as opposed to helping them to forget.
Sin+human+believing that our sins leave us and go to the crucifixion = us re-allowing God and his purity in us (New Covenant)
Shame is dirty, God is pure, they are like magnets that will not touch, it’s just the way it is. A sinfully dirty person (who wont let go of their sin) has a sixth sense about purity and wont be around it because it is stressful. It makes them uncomfortable. Sin can’t be around purity, that’s the nature of the world and why we feel uncomfortable when a thing we have done wrong comes up.
Now, that feeling of shame can be equated to energy in that energy cannot be created or destroyed. I don’t know if this is fact but the picture we are about to paint helps to make a point that is a great step in believing. Energy is manipulated in many ways but cannot be created or destroyed. Lets say there is only a certain amount of guilt and shame in existence and it just gets manipulated, moving from one vessel to another. When Adam and Eve sinned God killed an animal. He did this so that they could cover their nakedness. This was the old testament way: people fell short, the Levitical Priests sacrificed lambs and such so that the people continued to live in a carnal world that subtly calls us to feed our spirits closer to God.
Now a days it is common for people to cover their sins. It affects major life decisions, relationships, the direction of conversation, fighting, peace, love and hate, religion. Everything. Except for the saved. It is common for people, ignorant to the power of the tongue and action, to sacrifice members of their own families in order to have a vessel to hold their iniquity. There are all kinds of ways to move sin, guilt, and shame around; The only way that leads to light, truth, eternal life, and away from wrath is to believe on Jesus. He conquered sin, all of it, thousands of years ago. God is timeless and so incredibly graceful that He usurps the authority of time. He sends our sins, our guilt, our shame to a man who battled through life just like us but became perfect. All this in order that He become the vessel for which a world’s eternity of shame and guilt and sin rest on Him. Saving us from a life without a relationship with our eternal God Jesus.
Back to Isaiah:
The beginning of Ch. 9, verses 1-7 are a continuation of Ch. 8. Much like how Ch.4 is a continuation of Ch.3; so there are probably a lot of parallels there that I am missing. The second part of the chapter is the word of the Lord in Jacob ( The house of Israel ) <The Lord sent a word into Jacob and it hath lighted upon Israel> So this means God revealed a truth to each man within them. This is where it is up to them to ignore foolish pride, humble themselves to what they know to be the truth and follow humility and God’s word to more truth. This leads to righteousness which is a channel for grace which will help them conquer the coming trials.
Most men will follow their carnal minds, which is enmity against God <Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.> But some will know that it is time to give up on that deathly mindset and follow what is right, old souls they. <For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.> God’s hand is always out stretched in this way. Sometimes though If we are in a really dark place we must trudge through more darkness to get closer to the light <and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their King and their God, and look upward. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish, and they shall be driven to darkness. Nevertheless the dimness shall be such as was in her vexation><The people that have walked in darkness have seen a great light: they dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.>
Again, in Isaiah, a prophecy of the coming of Jesus and the use of the prophets tongue to prepare the world for His coming. <And the government shall be upon His shoulders> The government of the spiritual world rests on His shoulders and was altered, especially when He became the sacrifice for a world of sin. An eternities worth.
<of the increase of His government and peace their shall be no end> This is where the above illustration comes into play with there being only a certain amount of sin and it only being swayed from one vessel to another. Jesus drank that cup, all of it, it cannot increase, only decrease and therefore increasing His government. Sin was conquered by Jesus through the crucifixion. (every knee shall bow)
Literally everyone is a believer < increase shall have no end > This is because it refers to sin as a single entity that we all share. sin (the single entity) was conquered, period, end of sin.
In order to believe this we must know we cannot understand it right away. We just trust that God’s ways are beyond our understanding. Believe it just like you believed in Santa (which is a lie and makes no sense) except Santa’s real life, which was good, was used by Satan to create a horrible wedge of a lie that follows us into adulthood and keeps us saying with our mouths and believing in our minds that we believe on Jesus but in our hearts we really know that we don’t. “Everyone believes in Jesus, of course I believe in Jesus” is the thought process but do you ever feel shame? If you do then you don’t believe. When you admit this and go ahead in trying to, that shame will be slowly channeled to the year 33 when Jesus died and you will have a real life experience as to why you believe. You will believe because it is real, not because you are supposed to. Once we truly become believers there is no not believing anymore: <the zeal of The Lord of Hosts will perform this> Once a believer always a believer.
Verses 8-21 are almost a chapter within themselves. It tells of a war against the Israelites that occurs because The Lord clued them in by speaking internally to each member of the house of Jacob (Israelites) and they were proud and ignored it, the galoots: <The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel. And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart, The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars. Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;> This war starts with the Syrians and ends with Phillistines. God doesn’t hold back.
verses 13-17 are unique in that they explain that the leaders of Israel lead the tribe astray. That they are surrounded by leaders who do not seek the Lord. Nevertheless, everyone is iniquitous, therefore anyone who becomes a leader will lead them in the wrong direction. The people trust their leaders as they are a good representation of the people. As is true today, regardless of all the complaining, it shows how much hate we actually have for ourselves and are blinded to it by the power of satan. Seeing this as a possibility and turning to God will fix our lives forever, but through a great deal of time, trial and tribulation which the Lord will hold our hands through, thus making a genuine personal relationship with each of us.
Through all of this waring and cursing and hatred and iniquity the Lord will continue to stretch His hand out. Like a good father He punishes them for their wrong doing and expects them to hate Him for it, yet He never takes from the table what He has to offer: it says in verse 12, 17 and 21. <For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.>
This leaves us with one question <Should not a people seek unto their God for the living unto the dead?> The answer is of coarse, YES. No matter our experience within the world, what we trust as fact and fiction, no matter what granny thelma says or what the preacher on the tv preaches we should always personally seek unto Yaweh, Jesus, The Holy Spirit. Our One true God. Do so humbly and lovingly.