Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A SURE FOUNDATION

Today’s┬áReading: Isaiah 28-29

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A couple of tourists enjoy the ruins that Josephus called a “most magnificent Palace.” Herod the Great built it on a promontory jutting out into the waters of Caesarea. The pool in the centre was nearly Olympic in size and was filled with fresh water. A statue once stood in the centre. Paul would have been imprisoned on the grounds of this Palace (Acts 23:35). Caesarea Maritima is a national park on the Israeli coastline, near modern Caesarea. In today’s reading God says, “Behold I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation!” (Isaiah 28:16a). Herod’s buildings have crumbled, but God is constructing a forever building!!!

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Key Verse: Isaiah 29:18

In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness.

There’s bad news on the way to the good news of our key verse. Six times Isaiah declares that “intoxicating drink” and drunkenness are bad news! Like this blog, hopefully, “precept upon precept [repeated], line upon line [repeated], here a little, there a little” (28:10) will cause us to understand the message! God will then use the people who speak other languages, the Assyrians and the Babylonians, to speak to His people, because they don’t listen well! It’s almost as if they had a pastor with a serious stammer trying his best to communicate. In 28:13 the people responded to Isaiah’s words with mockery, considering them unworthy of a hearing, repetitive, and boring. This resulted in backsliding, brokenness, and being caught in the snare of their own making. They brought it on themselves! Isaiah 28:16 tells us of the foundation upon which we should build our lives. A helpful New Testament reading is 1 Peter 2:4-8.

Isaiah 29 mentions “Ariel” several times. “Ariel” means in Hebrew, “Hearth of God,” and probably refers to the altar of burning coals in the Temple at Jerusalem. The people who offered their sacrifices were going through the motions of their religion but were not repenting for their sins! Therefore, they were bringing more judgment upon themselves. But God does not give up on His people. It turns around and our key verses kick in! Hallelujah!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray that I will have Your grace to continue building my life on Your “sure foundation,” the measuring line (horizontal) and the plummet (vertical) being 100% governed by the position of Jesus Christ in my life, the “Precious Cornerstone!” I ask this in His Name! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve been impressed by the repetition of “black cummin” and “cumin” in today’s reading. My daughter, Ellen Shaheen, has become an expert cook in middle-eastern foods. She tells me that “black cummin” is caraway seed, and cummin is the spice that makes much of her food so delicious. In preparation for use, the seeds are “beaten out with a stick” (28:27) in order to remove the casings and to bring out the flavour of the spices. The “beating” Judah had by the Babylonians served to bring out the best in the people of God! Never again did the Jews turn to wholesale idolatry.

Yours for building in an excellent way the “temple” in which God desires to live and in which we live! (1 Corinthians 6:19-20),

David

P.S. I asked our daughter, Ellen, for samples of “cummin” and “black cumin” which are mentioned in today’s reading. She told me that the “cumin” has been ground into a fine powder and the “black cumin” or “caraway” is beaten to remove a shell. Isaiah gives us a word picture of what the Assyrians and Babylonians will do to Israel and Judah! I know from personal experience that the end result makes certain foods taste very good! (Isaiah 28:25-27)

15 thoughts on “Tuesday, January 2, 2018

  1. Amen to today’s scripture and message. Christ is our cornerstone and we are brothers and sisters together, united as one body for our Saviour. Blessings on this cold day, fellow saints in the Lord.

    The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
    Psalm 118:22 ESV

    Cornerstone – Hillsong Live (with lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZq9xTfHvgo

    • God bless you Beverlee Kay thank you for your music that you share with everyone, always gives me goosebumps…..always so interested in you blog……God bless you….
      hope to go swimming tonight, very cold here in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia

      • Thanks, Sah. It is so cold here, in Picton, Prince Edward County, ON, too. Such a bitter Canadian winter, this year. I went swimming in the pool at the rec centre this morning; so warm; it was just lovely. Hope you have a great swim, tonight, Sah, and God bless you!

    • One of many worship songs…one of my favorite…thank you Beverlee!!

      Amen, “sisters together, united in Christ”

  2. God bless all my blog friends in the New Year that stretches before us
    Today we are going to my best friend Elizabeth’s funeral. I believe she is in heaven. We had talked about her salvation recently on the phone and she said she was going to ask Jesus into her life she did’nt
    Do it with me but promised she would .
    ,I won’t be sure until I get there. When I saw her last week she was so peaceful and serene, it gave me hope. Eleanor M.

    • Prayers are with you, Eleanor. Find strength in knowing she was peaceful in her last days; assuredly, she is in heaven because she did call on the Name of Jesus. I was certain to have both my parents call on His Name with me when I last saw them before they passed and it gave me reassurance. Trust He is with her and be gentle with yourself, holding fast to your precious memories together.

    • Eleanor
      I could not blog yesterday, something was not working but I was praying for you all day…..I have had the same experience, people say they are going to ask Jesus into their hearts and I explain that it is not hard to do…and they do not need to feel ashamed so, I trust the Holy Spirit who calls, gathers and enlightens and sanctifies in the one True Spirit. we lift all people up to the Lord for His unconditional love, mercy and grace….

  3. Lianne
    I was also praying for you yesterday…….praying for good health……
    Blessings to you and thank you for posting your thoughts and prayers for all on this blog…..

  4. Leaning on the arms of our “Chief Cornerstone” Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior. Trusting Him go guide and lead us in His ways through this New Year and always.

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