Psalms 80: 1-7, 17-19
Isaiah 7. 10-16 Snippets of scripture without the context in which they are written are only as good as any other adage, or proverb, or idiom. In this text from Isaiah we have the prophecy of the the virgin birth of the promised Messiah, verse 14. In the context of the time it was written, Ahaz is King of Judah, in a civil war with Israel, and a man without faith, verse 9. God speaks to him again and offers him any sign he may desire but Ahaz refuses, and Jehovah is perturbed with him but gives a prophecy anyway, of the coming Messiah who is to come centuries later. Such a prophecy is of little use to Ahaz who is in the midst of his own current dilemma.
Psalms 80: 1-7, 17-19 The word of God in these passages are written as songs and short prayers, and words of wisdom, unique to the rest of the scriptures that are historic and prophetic, revealing who Jehovah is and His plan for Israel and mankind. As Psalms 80 starts we see a beautiful reference to Jehovah as Israel’s Shepherd, who is symbolically enthroned between the Cherubim on the Mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant, a reference to times past. The northern tribes of Israel are in exile to Assyria, and Judah is exiled to Babylon, and the cry is for Jehovah to restore His people and to make His face to once again shine upon them. Send someone, like a Moses to rescue us from our bondage and we will serve you forever, is the final cry from this psalm. God did and His name was Jesus.
Romans 1.1-7 Paul describes himself as a servant of the promised Savior. Ahaz did not understand the prophecy given to him. Judah didn’t understand their own request for a deliverer when they were exiled. At the time of their visitation, the appearance of Jesus, the nation of Israel, the religious leaders, priests and Sanhedren did not recognize their savior. Jesus was to be recognized by His power in healing and miraculous works, by His holiness, and surely by His sacrifice and resurrection, all of which were prophesied in the scriptures.
All of these men of old missed the obvious, yet obscured signs, because of the hardness of their hearts, even when Jesus was among them. We then who have the perfect vision of hindsight, should have no problem understanding the word and works of God in our midst. We who are saved by grace through faith in Jesus the Son of God, should not take lightly the scriptures, the Word of God, but study to understand and show ourselves approved unto God, workmen who need not be ashamed, rightly understanding the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Just a note of personal update on life for us in Missouri, for those back home in Joliet. The Lord’s ministry is flourishing here. At Open Range Church, our home church, my Saturday night class is continually growing, a door is now open for teaching at the Abundant Life Bible study we attend, I get to preach on a scheduled basis at church and lives are being changed in many walks of life, including Walnut Waters, our Bed and Breakfast. “The Word of God is living and active, …and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of our hearts.” I pray that all is well back home, I surely miss you guys.