Promoting Word Study
At the presentation of The Holy Spirit Speaks that I recently did, I said something to the effect that God was late. It is controversial, if not outright blasphemy, to say something like that in a room full of veteran Christians. So, the argument in my head started. Was God Late? What is the problem with saying that? The response was a well-known verse from Isaiah 55:8-9. If you don’t know it, you have probably have heard of it summarized in a Christian song. However, to get everyone on the same page here it is out of the bible:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
This is the verse that was thrown back at me the moment the words left my mouth. I am sure that statement helped me lose credibility with my audience. However, I used to think that losing credibility was a bad thing, then I read the New Testament and met The Holy Spirit. I love Jesus mainly because he says things like this, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day, (2 Peter 3:8 KJV). Jesus brings reality to the situation.
The verse from Isaiah is true, but it is blind faith. It requires us to trust God because he is God. God himself knew that we would never do that. That, we, free moral agents couldn’t by our very nature, do that. Hebrews 9:15 says, “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” And what is that New Convent: “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away, (Hebrews 8: 7-13 KJV).
Thanks for Reading. Please be on the Look out for A Paradox part 1. God Bless You and talk with you soon. GE Williams