Archives For Israel

Let’s do a quick review of what we have covered over the past four weeks:

  1. Foundation Verse #1 – Genesis 1:1
  2. Foundation Verse #2 – Matthew 6:24
  3. Foundation Verse #3 – Proverbs 3:5
  4. Foundation Verse #4 – Psalm 1:6

QuietOur fifth foundation verse is found in Isaiah 30:15 – For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,

This verse requires us to go back a little bit in this chapter for some content. We can see that God is talking to His people, the Jews. He is giving them a warning because they have become very rebellious. Instead of following after God, they have chosen to go in their own direction and follow after their own desires (wow, sounds a lot like today’s christians!).

The prophets tried to tell explain to them their sinful ways but the Jewish people did not want to hear anything about God. Because of their sinful ways, God allowed them to be overthrown. The people began to cry out that they needed to return to God alone.

This is where our foundation verses comes in. God was speaking to them and telling them that if you will return to me and rest in me, you will be saved (find safety).

The last part of the verses says, “…in quietness and in trust shall be your strength”. Too many times we hustle through our day without even stopping to listen to what God is saying to us. We need to be quiet and still before HIM. In that quiet and stillness, we can begin to trust Him more and more.

Are you being quiet in the presence of God? Are you trusting HIM?

Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
there’s mercy with the Lord;
and he will surely give you rest,
by trusting in his Word.

Only trust him, only trust him,
only trust him now.
He will save you, he will save you,
he will save you now.

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Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

In the book “Multiply: disciples making disciples”, Francis Chan makes the following statement:

In Exodus 19:5-6, God told Israel that they were to be a “kingdom of priest” and a “holy nation.” These two titles are extremely important for understanding Israel’s calling. A priest has two responsibilities: to represent a holy God to sinful people, and to represent a sinful people to a holy God. As a kingdom of priests, Israel was meant to represent their God to the nations around them. Collectively, they were to show the world who their God was and what He demanded of the world. On the other side, God meant Israel to represent these nations to Himself.

Chan went on to say,

These concepts are also present in the title “holy nation.” They were meant to stand out, to be clearly different from other nations. They were set apart for God’s purposes. They were to minister on God’s behalf, to show the holy character of God to the world around them and be a light to the nations.

Before you begin to say that these verses were for the nation of Israel let me say, you would be correct. We can see, as we continue through the Old Testament, that the nation of Israel did not fulfill their responsibility as a “kingdom of priest” or a “holy nation”.

So how is this relevant to us today? I Peter 2:5, 9 explains,

You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – I Peter 2:5

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. – I Peter 2:9

If we know Christ as our Savior, we are a royal priesthood and a holy nation! We have a responsibility, just as the nation of Israel had. We are to represent a holy God to sinful people, and to represent a sinful people to a holy God!

Points to Ponder:

  1. Are you a Christian? If not, please contact me because I would like to talk with you more.
  2. If you are a Christian, are you doing what we were saved to do?