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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Peek at Dessert First

Now it shall come to pass in the latter days ...
Many people shall come and say,
"Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YHWH,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways ... "
They shall beat their swords into plowshares ...
~ Isaiah 2:2-4

My read through the Bible over the course of a year alternates between Old and New Testaments, between history, poetry / epistles, and prophecy. I now venture into Isaiah.

Most striking is that a book with the breadth of Isaiah begins with a look at the end—as if the Lord YHWH is about to serve a week-long, full course feast, but serves a peek at dessert first. This particular feast will serve some of Scripture's most glorious passages as well as some of its most bitter ones.

We do well to remember the peaceful end God has readied for us to savor for all eternity when we stare down the bitter moments which must also be swallowed.

Father, Your every plan is perfect. Your timing may always be trusted. Please draw our hearts to be taught in Your ways. Please serve from this rich and glorious book the insights each and every blog reader needs for the present hour.

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  1. "Father, Your every plan is perfect. Your timing may always be trusted." I echo this sentiment from every fiber of my being. Amen!

  2. The perfect time of God is so not in my time. I just wish we were in the same time zone!

  3. "Your timing may always be trusted." AMEN!

    I'm believing that.

    My blog list has been wonky. Won't scroll down much. Found you anyway. Thanks for email.
    ~ Wendy

  4. amen.

    "Your timing may always be trusted" spurred a little extra study of a recently learned verse(Jer.17:7) this morning in relationship to trust. some of the cross references were/are dessert in relationship to it. am looking forward to this study and praying for understanding.


  5. Tana ~

    Coming from someone who's waited as long as you have, I can truly rejoice for your 'amen' to the Lord's perfect timing. :D

  6. David ~

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry or just drop my jaw in awe of the wisdom which puts God's timing in time zones. Funny how time zones can put others in past, present and future all at the same time ...

  7. Wendy ~

    Thanks for the email back! Since we look back and see God's perfect timing, we just need to learn to do it in the present ... yes?

  8. Bud ~

    When the word "hope" appears in the Bible, it usually translates various words related to waiting and faith, endurance and patience and perseverance. But in the instance of Jeremiah 17:7, hope translates the Hebrew word mibṭâch, which means refuge, security, assurance.

    (Just thought you'd appreciate that tidbit ...)

  9. Did you see those little cream puffs on that tray? Yum.

    His Word is sweeter than that whole pile of desserts, and much more healthy. ;)

  10. Snady ~

    Thinking of how sweet ALL His words are does make the metaphor less than perfect....

    "How sweet are Your words to my taste,
    Sweeter than honey to my mouth,"
    ~ PsLm 119:103

  11. I must say that this picture captivated my eyes so it was hard to read further...

  12. Natasa ~

    It sounds to me like you have a sweet tooth, however that might translate ...


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