Monday, July 10, 2017


"No weapon that is formed against you will prosper" (Isaiah 54:17a)
This is an amazing truth for the believer as it was when the Almighty spoke it through the prophet Isaiah in Chapter 54This is another of those most popular Bible verses which merchandisers love to put on bronze plaques, posters, men's ties, bible covers and more. Anyone looking at this promise can understand why we all love this portion of a fairly long verse. Quite simply, it reaffirms that if God is for us, who and this means - no one - can be against.

But like all the other world famous five previous verses we have looked it, context is everything. God may have spoken in riddles and Jesus did speak in parables. However, even those parables from Christ Himself, were full accounts which taught various eternal truths. What God is saying here in Isaiah 54 is full on incredible.

Just previously, in Isaiah chapter 53, Isaiah, under the direct Word of God, prophesied the Final Sacrifice which Jesus gave of Himself in the entire Crucifixion story, in stunning detail. The horror of what was done to Jesus by those who tortured and killed Him on the Cross, is laid out in full view as well as, the reason it happened. 

However, immediately, next up in Chapter 54, God turns the lights on. In Psalm 30:5 He says "though weeping may endure for a night, joy cometh in the morning". This joy is the Hope of Zion. The Hope of all who trusted in what just happened in Chapter 53 with the Sacrificed Life of the Suffering Servant - the Lord Jesus Christ.  For the entire chapter of Isaiah 54, God recounts the suffering and persecution of His people and extrapolates this to us, as our example of where we should put our Hope.
Isaiah 54:13-17, we read:
13 “All your sons will be taught of the Lord;
And the well-being of your sons will be great.
14 “In righteousness you will be established;
You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear;
And from terror, for it will not come near you.
15 “If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me.
Whoever assails you will fall because of you.
16 “Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals
And brings out a weapon for its work;
And I have created the destroyer to ruin.
17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.

There is coming a Day, when we all graduate to Glory (Heaven) and all our children who believed in Jesus as Lord and Savior will "be taught of the Lord" (Verse 13a)...and BY the Lord. Heaven will be a place of instruction because the we only know a fraction of 1 percent of what we think we know on this side of eternity.

There is coming a Day when the "well-being" of the family of God will be great (Verse 13b) and He Himself will wipe away all our tears and there shall be joy forever more.

There is coming a Day, when we shall not fear the enemy and those who persecute Christians, the Elect of God, because the wicked will not stand in the assembly of the righteous (those who are saved). Psalm 1 tells us this Truth. All persecution, oppression and its false religion and ideologies will be gone. (Verse 14)

But for now, we see the goodness of God to even those who do not like Him and even war against Him. The Lord is good to both the just and the unjust, because He is always full of grace, love and long-suffering. He is always patient and wishes that none should perish away from Him. The rain falls on both the Christian and those who do not support us...evenly.  God is a loving God is continually gives us time to make things right before Him and our fellow man or woman. It was the Lord Who gave mankind the ability to make the same destructive weapons used against His people.

But God, He has a day coming when none of those supposedly superior man-made weapons will succeed against God's people. For The Lord Himself will descend with a shout .....and those who His will rise up to meet Him in the air. The blacksmith, whose talent built the weapon which will be used against a child of God, will see that sword melt in the enemies' hands, as Christ returns to take full control.

This prophetic promise is coming for the Day of Reckoning when the All Powerful Righteous Judge will call us into His Throne room as He vindicates us, and sets the Captives Free. Why is this possible? Because He, God, says so. When God makes a promise, no weapon, scheme or plan of man, can ever thwart it. Amen.

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