Isaiah 8   Psalms 91 Philippians 2

Isaiah 8  In a nutshell, there is trouble for Damascus and Samaria.  Jehovah is with the remnant of true believers. Fake believers will always stumble over truth. Vs 14 is Messianic in nature, but also enduring truth.

Psalms 91 There is security for true believers in Jehovah and His Messiah, He will gather them under His “kanaph,” wings,( His hem, His fringe) where they may seek refuge.
Jesus used this analogy when he was lamenting over Jerusalem, Matthew 27.31, saying how He longed to gather them together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but they were unwilling. In Matthew 9.20, again we see the use of this same concept with the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years, which according to the Law of Moses made her unclean. So she had to live away from her home, from her family, and from her community. When Jesus came by, she violated the Law, by entering the crowd so she could come close to the Savior. She reached out and touched the hem of His garment and was healed. Malachi 4.2 speaks, “There is healing in His wings,”  which this delighted woman found out was very literal.

Philippians 2 We are admonished to be like Christ, to be of the same mind as He who gave up everything to become like one of us. Jesus humbled, or humiliated Himself to become a man, then did it again to die a criminals death.  So we see pride has to go if we are to be like Christ. Verse 12-13 if we are true followers, not fake followers, we will “work out our salvation with trembling and fear, for it is God at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  1 Corinthians 15.10 Paul says,” I am what I am by the grace of God,”  not what he was, not what he will be, but what he is, then he continues to say, “I labored even more than all of the other apostles, yet not I but the grace of God with me.”  Working out our salvation is not apart from God but only with Him.  In Galations 2.20 we see Paul saying it is none of him, yet it is all of him. He dies with Christ, yet he lives.
Finally in Exodus14.13 Moses, at the shore of the Red Sea told Israel “Do not fear!  Stand by and see the salvation of Jehovah.”   In verse 15 God says “Why are you crying out to me, tell the sons of Israel to go forward!”  In other words quit talking about it, quit standing around waiting for an epiphany, get going, get moving, work out your salvation with actions, and deeds befitting Christ.  See what He has in store for you true believers.

Karl