每日诗歌: 我相信 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSD49AjWZBQ)
“但你们的罪孽使你们与神隔绝，你们的罪恶使他掩面不听你们”（赛59:2）。神的话必须包括万物的根本问题 - 人的罪。我们都没有达到神起初创造人类的本意（初衷），这样的认知是真正悔改背后的驱动力。当我回头看我自己的信仰之旅时，认罪的困难曾是我成为基督的一个真门徒的最大障碍。即使成为基督徒以后，我们仍要认识到我们还是不断地需要福音。忽略这个基本真理，而只专注于令人鼓舞的信息，是把我们自己放在自以为义和感觉良好之错觉的危险滑坡上。
Isaiah 59 [Read]
Isaiah 60 [Read]
Isaiah 61 [Read]
1 Thessalonians 4 [Read]
What is the word of God in its fullness (Col 1:25)? This question came to my mind when I read today’s OT reading. In these three short chapters of prophecy, we gain a glimpse of that ever so important understanding of our faith.
“Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear” (Isa 59:2). The word of God must include the fundamental problem of all – human sins. We have all fallen short of God’s original intention of creating human being, and such recognition is the driving force behind true repentance. As I look back to my own journey of faith, the difficulty of accepting this was my greatest obstacle in becoming a true disciple of Christ. Even after becoming a Christian, we still need to recognize our continuous need of the gospel. Ignoring this fundamental truth and only focusing on encouraging messages is putting ourselves on the slippery slope of self-righteousness and felt-good delusion.
“I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garment of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness” (61:10). The word of God must also include the great and sure hope of our future glory with our Master, and that compels us to live a holy life in this world. People of God will receive a double portion to replace their shame, and will rejoice in their inheritance to replace their disgrace (61:7). Part of this is already ours with the coming of Messiah, but the other part is still in the future. This recognition enables us to face the afflictions and troubles that are part of this life, not by ignoring them, but by seeing those as God’s purposeful means of making us more like our suffering Master.
A great example of this is how our Lord Jesus cited the message of Isaiah 61:1-2 to his own people in Luke 4:18-30. The Jews were delighted with the positive encouragement at first, but they turned violent upon hearing the other part of the truth. The fullness of God’s word is not meant to be easy to swallow or soothing to our ears. The word of God is for “teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2Ti 3:16-17). Let us all be reminded by this today.
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