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APRIL 12 – Whom Shall I Send


APRIL 12 – Whom Shall I Send

Isaiah 6:8  Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. 

The Lord calls men to serve him to speak to a wicked and adulterous people. Isaiah heard the voice of God. God apparently was speaking to himself. Notice “I” is singular and then “us” which is more than one. Isaiah said that he heard. How many hear the call of God to service and never answer the call? There are many excuses for not serving. None are acceptable to God.

We see that Isaiah knew exactly what he was in the eyes of a righteous and holy God. His declaration, “Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips.” He recognized his wickedness and unworthiness to serve. There are none that are worthy to serve God. We find that God will equip those that He calls. The Seraphim with the coal cleansed and prepared Isaiah for service. God cleanses and prepares those that He calls to step out in faith to the service that He has prepared that man to do.

Notice the terms,”go for us.” The idea is to go. Sounds like the Great Commission. “God to all the world and preach the gospel.” Those that are called are not called to settle in a place and do nothing. They are called to go. Some have ensconced themselves so firmly in their community that their response is, “I will go anywhere within fifty miles of my home. Isaiah’s response was,”Here am I; send me. Notice the wording here. “Send me.” No limitations are put upon God. The implication is, I will go where you send me. We are not called to sit with folded hands Sunday after Sunday listening to the message of the pastor. We are called to go and “tell this people, Hear ye indeed but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.”

We are called to set aside family, occupation, and familiar things and go.

How about you? Will you go where the Lord sends you?

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Praise the Creator  


 

Isaiah 40:22-26

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things,” Isaiah 40:26.

Have you heard about the city man who went to visit his farmer friend and took him out to lunch. Being rather hungry, the city friend dug in immediately and garbled, “No need for thanks; I’m starved.” The farmer said, “We have some folk down on the farm that are not thankful. They just stick their heads in and get after it. They are our hogs.”

Some scientific minded people have taught our children for nearly one hundred years that they are just sophisticated animals who created themselves as they struggled up the chain of evolution. They think the beautiful world was nothing more than a chaotic accident that took billions of years to create itself. It takes an enormous amount of faith to believe in that many accidents.

Paul concluded that even a pagan can look at creation and know there has to be a Creator, therefore, he is without excuse. Isaiah 40 has many golden nuggets that attest to God’s power and omniscience in creation, “Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand . . . the nations are as a drop of [in] a bucket . . . the inhabitants of the earth are as grasshoppers” (verses 12, 15, 22). It does not take much imagination to see God in Isaiah 40 telling miniscule man who is in charge. Then he compares our problems to God’s creative power: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength . . . mount up with wings as eagles…run, and not be weary . . . walk, and not faint” (verse 31). Since God created us, He can fix us.

 

IN OTHER WORDs

We have to be sure that we are waiting upon the right God.

Robert Brock

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He Is the Savior  


Isaiah 45:20-23
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else,” Isaiah 45:22.
God speaks through Isaiah: gather all the nations which worship dead gods. Sticks, stones, dirt, metal—you name it, man worships it. Lost man worships the creation for security rather than the Creator. Gather yourselves together. Give it your best shot; put all your strength together. Let the earth rumble with your war machines. Bring it on!
In Ezekiel 38; 39, the armies of Satan are oblivious to the fact that God is actually drawing them together into one monster battle, a showdown to prove who the God of the universe really is—all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere present, eternal God. Like Elijah’s square off on Carmel, He will show His arm of salvation to His people and put hooks in His enemies’ jaws. Then, the mountains of Israel will explode into volcanic ash under their feet; the blood of the earth will flow to the horses bits, and the enemies’ eyes will melt in their sockets.
At that time, none of His enemies will need a telegram saying, “I am God and there is no other. I alone am salvation. What is your problem down there?” He has already delivered His telegram and offered pardon to all who would believe that He sent His only begotten Son to suffer and save sinners. The saddest part of this whole scenario is the fact that lost men with their no-gods hide in the caves and beg the mountains to fall on them and separate them from the source of all this judgment on the ungodly.
They know where the judgment is coming from and still refuse to repent. Hell is full of ungodly pride. Pride is Satan’s favorite forté.

JUST SAYING
I suspect any person wacky enough to attack his own Creator probably deserves what he gets. God makes it clear that man’s rejection of His Son breaks His heart.
Robert Brock

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He Is Salvation


Isaiah 12:1-6
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; . . . with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation,” Isaiah 12:2, 3.
In his best moment, man is still a cup of dirt mixed with water. Add Jesus and man is a light bearer. Without Jesus, man realizes how vulnerable he is; therefore, he must search his entire lifetime for security and safety. Ecclesiastes 3:11 states, “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart.”
Jesus entered into the world offering eternity with the Creator, and man must choose. Shall I surrender that which I cannot keep to gain that which I cannot lose? The lost man made in God’s image wants to control his own destiny. He will do everything he can to create his eternity on earth. All the while, every evidence tells him nothing on earth is permanent. Isaiah 12:3 tells us to trust in Him and we can have joy drinking from the wells of salvation.
In his quest to determine his own destiny, lost man’s mind devised a system whereby he could believe that he created his own self as he struggled up the chain of evolution and, thus, eliminate the Creator or a system of justice by which he will be judged. In his confusion he has made himself very complicated. God simply says repent, believe, confess and ask and all the glories of Heaven are yours. Jesus does not just cause our salvation, He is our salvation.
JUST SAYING
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John3:36).
Robert Brock

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God of Truth


 

Ēl-’Emûnâ

 

Few words captivate and consume this writer more than the word truth (grace is another). Sadly, however, few words are under more attack than this one. We live in an age of unprecedented relativism, where truth is “up for grabs,” is different for each person, and changes according to circumstances.

 

In stark contrast, God is the God of truth. As Moses sings, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deu_32:4). The psalmist echoes in a messianic prophecy, “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth” (Psa_31:5; cf. Luk_23:46). And the prophet Isaiah repeats, “That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth” (Isa_65:16).

 

Truth is a translation of ’emeṯ (H571, or ’emûnāh, H530, ), which has at its root the ideas of firmness and certainty and includes such concepts as truth, rightness, and faithfulness. Also inherent in the word is the idea of faith, which in biblical usage “is an assurance, a certainty, in contrast with modern concepts of faith as something possible, hopefully true, but not certain.”

 

It is extremely significant that the Septuagint translates this Hebrew word with the Greek alētheia in some 100 instances. As one Greek authority defines it: “Etymologically alētheia means nonconcealment. It thus denotes what is seen, indicated, expressed, or disclosed, i.e., a thing as it really is, not as it is concealed or falsified. Alētheia is the real state of affairs.” The fundamental concept of truth is that it is absolute and certain, is incontrovertible, irrefutable, unarguable, and unchanging. If something is true, it is always true and can never be untrue, no matter what the circumstances.

 

This name greatly helps us understand who God is. He is the God of certainty, firmness, and assurance. He never changes and is absolutely dependable. Again, Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Heb_13:8, ). As we rejoice in the certainties of the God of truth, let our desire in turn be the pursuit of absolute truth in all things and in every area of life.

 

Scriptures for Study: What does Joh_14:6 declare? In Joh_16:13, what is one ministry of the Holy Spirit? In Joh_17:17; Joh_17:19, what is a result of truth?

 

 

 

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