Monday, June 27, 2011

"The Mouth of the Lord"

18“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Thought your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool. 19 If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; 20 but if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 1:18-20 NASB)

What an amazing passage; here preserved are the prophet Isaiah’s words to Judah before the exile and destruction of Jerusalem. History records the later collapse of the kingdom and capture and exile under Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon; but during the time Isaiah wrote this, that event was still in the future. But of course through the writings of Isaiah, found to be nearly 90% unchanged in the analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls; a continuity of writing nearly unchanged for over 2600 years and in your Bible on the table. So we know that Isaiah’s words were true words of prophesy, for they came to pass. History records that most of the people of Israel and Judah (the divided Kingdom of Israel) were killed, starved, or carried away into exile.

I want you to now focus on these words at the end of verse 20 “…Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” What does that mean to you? Isaiah was a true prophet, so therefore he spoke/wrote what he was told by the Spirit of God. The people whom he served relied upon him to tell them what God’s will for them was. I am sure there were men and women who did listen and do what Isaiah told them to do, but it seems that many did not.

“…Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Again I ask, what does that mean to you? Isaiah wrote these words; they are from the first chapter, and most all scholars are in agreement that this early portion of Isaiah is clearly his work. So you can feel confident that these words are true, accurate, and dependable.

“…Truly, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

If this is the word from God’s mouth, given to Isaiah, and proven a true prophecy; what do you do with the Bible on your table? If this writing is historically accurate predictions…and is accurately transmitted to your Bible when compared to the Dead Sea Scrolls…What are you going to do with that information?

I want to read more. I want to study more. I want to tell more people that this book, the Holy Bible, is TRUE.

And I want to know more about what “…The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

How about you?

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