Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 25, 2017

“Listen to Me … Look to the rock … Pay attention to Me, O My people, And give ear to Me, O My nation … Listen to Me”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah 51:1-11.

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
Who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were hewn
And to the quarry from which you were dug.
“Look to Abraham your father
And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain;
When he was but one I called him,
Then I blessed him and multiplied him.”
Indeed, the Lord will comfort Zion;
He will comfort all her waste places.
And her wilderness He will make like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the Lord;
Joy and gladness will be found in her,
Thanksgiving and sound of a melody.

“Pay attention to Me, O My people,
And give ear to Me, O My nation;
For a law will go forth from Me,
And I will set My justice for a light of the peoples.
“My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth,
And My arms will judge the peoples;
The coastlands will wait for Me,
And for My arm they will wait expectantly.
“Lift up your eyes to the sky,
Then look to the earth beneath;
For the sky will vanish like smoke,
And the earth will wear out like a garment
And its inhabitants will die in like manner;
But My salvation will be forever,
And My righteousness will not wane.
“Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
A people in whose heart is My law;
Do not fear the reproach of man,
Nor be dismayed at their revilings.
“For the moth will eat them like a garment,
And the grub will eat them like wool.
But My righteousness will be forever,
And My salvation to all generations.”

Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord;
Awake as in the days of old, the generations of long ago.
Was it not You who cut Rahab in pieces,
Who pierced the dragon?
10 Was it not You who dried up the sea,
The waters of the great deep;
Who made the depths of the sea a pathway
For the redeemed to cross over?
11 So the ransomed of the Lord will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
And everlasting joy will be on their heads.
They will obtain gladness and joy,
And sorrow and sighing will flee away.”  Isaiah 51:1-11.

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“Pay attention to Me, O My people,
And give ear to Me, O My nation;  …”  Verse 4.

And yet, other doctrine continually looks inside to itself and pays attention to its own works and its own will and how it can improve itself. 

But, Reformed Doctrine continually looks up to God and pays attention to God and God’s works and God’s will.  

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
Who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were hewn
And to the quarry from which you were dug.”  Verse 1.

Other doctrine considers the rock from which they were hewn in this verse 1 to be their family, their friends, their social groups, and their national origin. 

But, Reformed Doctrine considers that rock to be “the Rock of Ages”, namely the LORD God, the rock of its salvation. 

“The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock;
And exalted be God, the rock of my salvation,”  2 Samuel 22:47.

Other doctrine seeks to develop its own righteousness so that it can earn its own salvation. 

But, Reformed Doctrine seeks the righteousness of God and the salvation of God.   

“My righteousness is near, My salvation has gone forth,
And My arms will judge the peoples;
The coastlands will wait for Me,
And for My arm they will wait expectantly.”  Verse 5.

“… But My salvation will be forever,
And My righteousness will not wane.”  Verse 6.

“…  But My righteousness will be forever,
And My salvation to all generations.”  Verse 8.

“So the ransomed of the Lord will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
And everlasting joy will be on their heads.
They will obtain gladness and joy,
And sorrow and sighing will flee away.”  Verse 11.


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