Monday, 5 October 2020
Isaiah 54:17 "No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from Me," declares the LORD.
Often misappropriated - for these words were spoken to and for Israel after her time of punishment in the Babylonian exile - this promise gave hope to the people returning to the land of Judah to rebuild the Temple and the city of Jerusalem. They give hope as well to generations of Jewish people struggling against oppression and mistreatment, often at the hands of the organised church, that God is with them and will never let them go. There will always be a Jewish people, because God has promised and can be trusted to keep His word.
Another promise is given to the followers of Jesus:
Mark 13:11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
These words are used in all three synoptic gospels, but we must understand them in this day. It doesn't mean that troubles will not come; on the contrary, it promises that it will come and when it does, we will be given words to speak that will confound all God's enemies.