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One Body, One Nation

KJB Daily DevotionFollowing Jesus Through Every
Chapter

Date: Monday, July 25, 2016
Chapters: Isaiah 16-19
Message: One Body, One Nation

Hello
My Friend,

Right now the people of God are scattered all
over the world. Who are we? The saved, born again souls who have
accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ as their Saviour. We are not Jews,
Greeks, Italians, or Americans, we are one body and one nation,
united unto Christ through His blood, and one day, we will all meet
together to live with Him in His Kingdom. “But
all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every
man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many
members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one
body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into
one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free;
and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
” - I
Corinthians 12:11-13.

Sin is what separated God from man,
and if you think that His judgment is limited to Israel, whom He has
His own dealing with, think again, God judges all nations. Through
Isaiah, God continues to foretell the judgment upon the surrounding
nations, now we see the judgment of Moab, this was a warning given to
get them to see God is in control. Descendants of Lot, the children
of Israel had their last encampment there before they entered the
land of Canaan, and Moses was buried there. They have always been
known for their false gods and idolatry, and it was time they knew
the God of the Hebrews is the God of all creation.

Take
counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst
of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth. Let
mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from
the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the
spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land. And in
mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in
truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and
hasting righteousness. We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very
proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his
lies shall not be so. And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that
Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary
to pray; but he shall not prevail. This is the word that the LORD
hath spoken concerning Moab since that time. But now the LORD hath
spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and
the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude;
and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.
” -
Isaiah 16:3-6,12-14.

but he shall
not prevail.
” You know, God does not want to bring judgment
upon anyone, in fact, He does not, we do it all on our own because we
refuse to acknowledge Him. God did this for two reasons, 1. To show
them that, while judgment begins at the house of God, it shall not
end there. 2. The God of Israel is the God of all nations. It is
always typical for people to start praying when their lives are being
threatened, we can pray all we want, but unless we are saved, God
will not hear us. People all over the world are in churches
representing God and praying, yet none of their prayers are heard
because they do not know Jesus as their Saviour. We cannot get to God
unless we know His Son. “Jesus saith unto
him,
I am the way, the truth,
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

- John 14:6.

Now comes the judgment of Damascus, the
capital of Syria, and the ten tribes of Israel who turned their backs
on Him, but in the midst of judgment, a gracious
promise that a remnant would be preserved.

The
burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city,
and it shall be a ruinous heap. And in that day it shall come to
pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of
his flesh shall wax lean. Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as
the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the
uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches
thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel. At that day shall a man look
to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of
Israel. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands,
neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the
groves, or the images. In that day shall his strong cities be as a
forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of
the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation. Because thou
hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of
the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants,
and shalt set it with strange slips:
” - Isaiah
17:1,6-10.

Yet gleaning grapes
shall be left in it,
” Just as the gathering of grapes or
olives will leave a few that are inaccessible at the very top of the
branches, only a few of the billions of people on the earth will look
to their Maker and be saved. Mercy is only reserved in the midst of
His judgment, for His remnant, who are the ones who put their faith
and trust in His Son. This remnant shall be made holy, acknowledging
God's hand in all things, giving Him the respect and glory due to His
name. One day, even Israel will acknowledge Christ and a remnant of
them will be saved.

The Jews, at present are cast off
because of unbelief, but will in due time as a people be taken into
God’s favor again, when the fullness of the Gentiles comes in and
when Christ returns. Every nation will fall, therefore, every nation
is called to observe the judgment that is about to be inflicted upon
them. Through Isaiah God tells of the desolation coming of a land or
country not known, but also assures His people that He will protect
them and give them rest and a dwelling place away from the
desolation.

For
so the LORD said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in
my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of
dew in the heat of harvest. For afore the harvest, when the bud is
perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both
cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the
branches. They shall be left together unto the fowls of the
mountains, and to the beasts of the earth: and the fowls shall summer
upon them, and all the beasts of the earth shall winter upon them. In
that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a
people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their
beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose
land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of
hosts, the mount Zion.
” - Isaiah 18:4-7.

a
nation meted out and trodden under foot,
” Though
God’s covenant people are trampled on as a nation, scattered and
abused, no nation, however formidable, will be able to swallow them
up. Though they are cast down, they are not utterly forgotten of God.
This is not just Israel God is talking about, this is all nations,
through Isaiah God even foretells the coming destruction of Egypt,
but He also gives them some hope as well.

The
burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and
shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his
presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. And
the LORD shall smite Egypt: he shall smite and heal it: and they
shall return even to the LORD, and he shall be intreated of them, and
shall heal them. In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to
Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian
into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. In
that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even
a blessing in the midst of the land: Whom the LORD of hosts shall
bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my
hands, and Israel mine inheritance.
” - Isaiah
19:1,22-25.

Israel be the third
with Egypt and with Assyria,
” Jews and Gentiles alike shall
not only unite with each other in the Gospel under Christ, they shall
all be united as one nation. They shall all share in one and the same
blessings, come to the same throne of grace, and serve with each
other, ending all disputes and uniting the hearts of believers. “And
so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out
of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as
touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For
the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. For as ye in
times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through
their unbelief: Even so have these also now not believed, that
through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded
them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

- Romans 11:26-32.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “Because
thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been
mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant
pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:
” -
Isaiah 17:10. Jesus is the Rock of our strength.

Today's
Prayer
: Jesus, You have never limited Your gift of eternal
life to just a certain nation of people, You encourage and invite all
who believe in You to receive it. Thank You for making a way for us
to not only be saved from hell and destruction, but so that we can
communicate with our Father as well. As we are scattered right now,
be our voice to find others who want to join us, and be our strength
and protection as judgment comes upon all nations. In Your name,
Jesus, Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,

Christina

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