Monday, May 19, 2008

Mon., 5/19/08 Devotion (Isa. 19:24-25)

Today's encouragement comes from Isaiah 19:24 & 25, where we read these words:

"In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria--a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, 'Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.' "

This is a remarkable section of Holy Scripture (above). In the New Covenant church of the Lord Jesus Christ, old enemies become brothers, as they share the same faith in the same Messiah (Jesus). Israel, representing the privileged Old Covenant, is joined with Egypt (her former oppressor), and Assyria (another typical world-foe).

Only God could do this. And, in fact, He *is* doing it, even as we write (or read). Christ is building His church, and nothing can stop Him, (see Matt. 16:18).

[Puritan quote of the day: "God is a free agent, to work where He will, and when He will, and to reveal His love how He will, and when He will, and to whom He will." --Thomas Brooks, in "Heaven on Earth"]