Posted by: biblestudyseattle | March 25, 2017

A Favorite Passage

One of my favorite passages is a little mysterious:

“So the Lord must wait for you to come to him

    so he can show you his love and compassion.
For the Lord is a faithful God.
    Blessed are those who wait for his help.

O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem,
    you will weep no more.
He will be gracious if you ask for help.
    He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.
Though the Lord gave you adversity for food
    and suffering for drink,
he will still be with you to teach you.
    You will see your teacher with your own eyes.
Your own ears will hear him.
    Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
    whether to the right or to the left.
 Then you will destroy all your silver idols
    and your precious gold images.
You will throw them out like filthy rags,
    saying to them, “Good riddance!”  Isaiah 30:18-22

We will see our teacher with our own eyes!  Sounds like Job: “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last.  And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God!”  Job 19:25-26

A voice will tell us which way to go in that day.  A quiet, gentle voice.  Especially is we are tempted to do the wrong thing.  This will be the best parent ever!  Elijah heard that voice:  “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.  And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  1 Kings 19:11-13


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