This morning I was studying Isaiah chapter 49. Notice with me verses 8-9.
This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ “They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill.”
This chapter is speaking about the restoration of the nation of Israel. While there is a direct prophetic word for Israel here I believe that there is also a word for you and I and all Christians in these verses as well.
Israel was called by God to bring forth his plan of salvation to the world.
Through their lineage, Jesus was born and became God’s perfect sacrifice to pay the penalty for mankind’s sin. Through several different periods of history Israel fell away and later came back to God. Why was God so patient with this very obstinate people? Because it was through his covenant with them that he intended to redeem the entire world. His love for all people through all time is reflected in his great patience and perseverance with Israel.
This is wonderful but what I really want you to see is the result of all of this. It’s seen in these verses from Isaiah. Notice the things that God’s people will do after God has kept them.
“You will be a covenant for the people…”– it is through God’s people that he will relate to this world. That’s you and me.
2 Corinthians 5:20 says… “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
It’s through you and me that God is working out his plan of salvation in the world:
- To restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances. Sons and daughters of God have been kidnapped by sin and their lives are being ravaged by its affects upon them. They were created to be in fellowship with God and receive an inheritance as one of God’s children. Through you and me, they regain their “desolate inheritance!” We are taking back what Satan has stolen!
- To say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ What an awesome privilege you and I have. We are in the business of bringing people into freedom and out of the darkness.
Today let’s pray diligently for those whose lives we will intersect today. We have too big an assignment to fail!