July 6, Reading 2 – Isaiah 17, 18

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SAA Notes

Cush is Ethiopia. In God’s good providence, Damascus was one of the first cities beyond the borders of Palestine that received the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When we read of judgment, we also need to remember God’s mercy and grace. The Gospel is for all nations and peoples – Syria’s original religion followed the LORD. They forgot God their Saviour! (17:10)

SJA Notes

“For you have forgotten the God of your salvation and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge;” v10

These are words for our world today! They’re not just to ancient Israel.

People today have forgotten the God of their salvation! They have not remembered the Rock of their refuge!

And it will be to their eternal damnation unless they repent.

Because, and this is a really clear pointer, “In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel. He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense.” v7-8

For us, we can see the day of Jesus’ return clearly here.

And in one of the instances where Jesus speaks of it, He tells us of the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25). The sheep are welcomed into the kingdom, the goats and cursed and must depart to eternal fire.

On the day man looks to his Maker – May it be as SHEEP and not as GOAT!

We have a better story to tell people, that Jesus is the great shepherd that they must come to for salvation, He is our only refuge. And the _otherwise_ is eternal fire. Curse.

No doubt we will be laughed at. They laughed at Noah. They laughed at King David. They even laughed at Jesus. So what is scorn to us but a little of the persecution our Lord suffered?

Let’s be encouraged to spread this word of hope and judgement, both sides of the same coin – That God alone is our salvation and refuge and that we must remember Him!

* Father God, please grant us opportunity to spread Your word to those around us.

Please save our loved ones who have forgotten You. More, please save those around us, lost and lonely in this world.

Open their eyes to the wonderful truth found in You as refuge and salvation.

Amen.

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