Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 20, 2017

“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah 66:1-17.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+66&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Thus says the Lord,

“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that I may rest?
“For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord.
But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

10 “Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her;
Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her,
11 That you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts,
That you may suck and be delighted with her bountiful bosom.”
12 For thus says the Lord, “Behold, I extend peace to her like a river,
And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees.
13 As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”
14 Then you will see this, and your heart will be glad,
And your bones will flourish like the new grass;
And the hand of the Lord will be made known to His servants,
But He will be indignant toward His enemies.
15 For behold, the Lord will come in fire
And His chariots like the whirlwind,
To render His anger with fury,
And His rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For the Lord will execute judgment by fire
And by His sword on all flesh,
And those slain by the Lord will be many.
17 “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens,
Following one in the center,
Who eat swine’s flesh, detestable things and mice,
Will come to an end altogether,” declares the Lord.”  Isaiah 66:1-2 and 10-17.

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Other doctrine teaches that comfort comes from a good self-image.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that comfort comes from understanding to Whom we belong.  Our comfort is that we belong to our faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

Q. 1.  What is thy only comfort in life and death?

 A.  That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ;  who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil;  and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;  yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.  Heidelberg Catechism.

Comfort does not come from a good self-image as taught by other doctrine.

Today’s Scripture refutes such a false notion.

“…  He who burns incense is like the one who blesses an idol.
As they have chosen their own ways,
And their soul delights in their abominations,
So I will choose their punishments
And will bring on them what they dread.  …”  Verses 3-4.

“Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens,
Following one in the center,
Who eat swine’s flesh, detestable things and mice,
Will come to an end altogether,” declares the Lord.”  Verse 17.

In sharp contrast to the teaching of other doctrine, Reformed Doctrine teaches that comfort does comes from humility and a good image of God.

“TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, leads us to humility by its teaching of man’s natural condition of “Total Depravity”.  “TULIP” leads us to that good image of God by its emphasis of God’s sovereignty and that God provides all that is needed for salvation.  “TULIP” leads us to look to God and trust God for such comfort.

…  “But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”  Verse 2.

“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you;
And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”  Verse 13.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction …”  2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

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