December 18, 2014

Today you should read: Isaiah 28

Isaiah 28:5 is just great.

In that day the LORD of hosts will become a beautiful crown
And a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people;–Isaiah 28:5 (NASB)

In what day? The day where God replaces the drunkenness of Ephraim (another name for the northern nation of Israel) with His beauty. God was going to judge Ephraim for her pride and drunkenness and the fact that they had faded from Him. Through His judgment, He would remove their ugliness and replace it with His beauty. What a great picture of the gospel! The gospel is cleansing and replaces our ugliness with His beauty. He takes our old life and makes it new.

I have a question for you today. Do your old sinful ways or old habits ever try to creep back in your life? Ever find yourself giving in to sinful temptations? Ever feel dirty, ugly, and gross? Well, here’s some great news: The beauty of the Lord replaced the faded beauty of Ephraim, and the beauty of the Lord replaces your faded beauty as well.

Also, look also at the foreshadowing of the Messiah in Isaiah 28:16.

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.—Isaiah 28:16

Peter actually quoted this verse in 1 Peter 2:6 to describe Jesus and the results of believing in Him. Jesus is the Messiah, the cornerstone laid in Zion. Those who believe in Him will not be disturbed, or put to shame. The phrase “will not be disturbed” or “will not be put to shame” literally means “will not flee.” In other words, those who believe in and rely on Jesus, the stone of Zion, will not need to flee when tribulation comes.

I have another question for you today. Are you disturbed by difficulty in your life today? Do you worry about being put to shame because of some trial in your life? Do you want to flee from your problem instead of facing it? Let me encourage you today: Jesus is your stone of Zion. He is your cornerstone. He is the sure foundation. Run to Him. Turn to Him. As you believe in Him, you need to be disturbed.

Posted by: Rich Duffield

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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