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Both the Bible and history declare that God is faithful and that we can fully rely on God to keep his promises.
Paul knew that faithfulness was part of God’s essential nature when he said, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . . faithfulness” (Galatians 5.22).
King David understood God to be faithful and was willing to trust his life to him.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God. (Psalm 31.5)
The Book of Isaiah is filled with promises given to us by our faithful God.
Promises in Isaiah
Two of God’s promises to Israel involves the Messiah and the return of the nation to the land he gave them.
Isaiah wrote this about the Messiah. “On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious” (Isaiah 11.10).
Rudy Ross points out in today’s YouTube video on this passage how Jesus can trace his genealogy back to King David and his father Jesse, who were descendants of Abraham.
Jesus said this about being a “signal” to the world, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12.32).
Concerning nations inquiring of him and dwelling with him, Jesus said:
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide [or dwell] in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15.5).
“If you abide [or dwell] in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15.7).
Since he came, Jesus has fulfilled the promise of Isaiah in the lives of multitudes of people. They have come to him and received the benefits of a personal relationship with him.
Isaiah’s second promise described the gathering of God’s exiled people.
“On that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that is left of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Ethiopia, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.
“He will raise a signal for the nations,
and will assemble the outcasts of Israel,
and gather the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.” (Isaiah 11.11-12)
God’s people have been scattered and gathered throughout their history.
— In 605 B.C. the Babylonians conquered both the Northern Kingdom (Israel) and the Southern Kingdom (Judah) and removed the people from the land.
In 539 B.C. the Persians returned the exiles to the land that God had given to them.
— In A.D. 135 Rome smashed a rebellion led by a Jewish leader, Bar Kokhba. The Romans killed an estimated one million persons and scattered the Jewish population across the Roman Empire.
In A.D. 1948, the Jews returned to the land of Israel, after 1813 years of being dispersed to the nations.
— Paul writes of a promise yet to be realized, “And so all Israel will be saved . . . for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11.26 and 29).
What the full message of Romans 11 means I don’t know. However, it’s clear that the promise through Isaiah still has more to come for the Jewish people.
As you consider this passage today, please join me in applying this passage to our lives.
(1) Let’s experience all that God wants us to have through his Son, Jesus Christ.
Isaiah prophesied that a Messiah would come. We could dwell and abide with him. We could inquire of him. Jesus fulfilled that promise.
Let’s experience this wonderful gift to the fullest.
(2) After a terrorist destroyed a hospital in Syria, a commentator said, “Anyone can tear something down. It takes someone special to build something up.”
From 700 B.C. to 2021, rulers claim power because they can destroy the people and nations around them.
On the other hand, the King of all kings can bring his people out of the lands where they have been scattered.
His creative power is so rich that he can give life and well-being to all.
When we choose allies, let’s align our attitudes and actions with God and his purposes.
(3) Like the 1813 years that the Jewish people waited to return to their land, some of God’s promises take a very long time to be realized.
Isaiah confronted the leaders of his day because they were not willing to wait on God. Instead of trusting God, they turned to their plans and to idols to obtain what they wanted.
Let’s learn from Isaiah while we wait for God’s promises to be realized in our lives. Our trust in God will never let us down.
About This Blog
Rudy Ross is an excellent student of Isaiah. Rudy and I have a video you can see on the Bob Spradling YouTube Chanel.
Rudy will bring a different dimension to Isaiah than what is in my blog. I hope you will check out and enjoy my interviews with him.
I am indebted to a book by Dr. John Oswalt on Isaiah for his insights into this powerful book.
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