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The Eternal Covenant of Peace

John Collins06/27/2012
In Isaiah 54, God spoke words of comfort through Isaiah.  It was the eternal covenant of peace.

God said for the barren to sing, and sing loudly.  The children of the desolate would one day be more than the children of the married.  They should enlarge their tents and increase the size of their habitations.  God said, "Do not hold back, lengthen the cords and strengthen the stakes!"  God said through Isaiah that they would be spread abroad and their offspring would possess the nations and fill the desolate cities.  

God gave them comfort, telling them not to fear.  They would not be ashamed.  He told them not to be confounded, they would not be disgraced.  Forget the shame of the past, they would remember their reproach no more.

He said their Maker was their husband, and Yahweh is his name.  He said that the Holy one of Israel is their Redeemer, and He is the God of the whole earth.  

The Lord had called them like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a young wife when she is cast off.  For a brief moment, they were deserted by God, but He said he would gather them together with great compassion.  He had overflowing anger for only a moment and hid His face from them, but He would have compassion on them with everlasting Love.

God said that this is like the days of Noah to him.  As he swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth, He swore that he would not be angry with them or rebuke them.  The mountains may depart and the hills vanish away, but His steadfast love would never depart from them.  His covenant of peace would not be removed.

God spoke through Isaiah, "O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold I will set your stones in antimony and lay your foundations with sapphires."  He said that their children would be taught by the Lord and there would be great peace for their children.  They would be established in righteousness, far from oppression.  They would not fear from any terror, for it would not come near to them.

God said that if anyone brought them trouble, it is not from God.  Whoever does this will fail because of them.  God created the blacksmith who blows the coals of fire and produces weapons for its purpose.  He also created the ravager to destroy.  No weapon fastened against them will succeed.  Every tongue that speaks against them in judgement would be refuted by them.  

This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord!

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we his servants?  Do we claim this heritage?  When any man rises up against us, do we remember who our Father is?  When men come against us with evil plans, do we not remember that we have the same creator that created that evil man?  When men bear false witness against us in judgement, do we remember that God created their tongues?  Do we accept the eternal covenant of peace?

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