Picture a cucumber field and it’s completely destroyed and the only thing that is left is a little hut and that’s the remnant. There’s just one little thing left among all of the abundance that used to be. ~Scott Brown
From Scott Brown’s Comfort, Yes, Comfort My People.
Isaiah speaks to those whose hearts are turned toward Him. He speaks to preserve a remnant. Here we learn that had it not been for God’s mercy, we would have been like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.
We are a remnant that is keeping the world from being destroyed. Those whose hearts are turned toward God have the effect in the world of holding back the judgment of God. We would have become like Sodom, at least the people of Israel would have, and so would we, as remnants. Isaiah is speaking comfort to a remnant and judgment to those who are not. He is telling the story really, of all of history, because in every era of history there is a remnant that exists in the world and Isaiah is speaking to comfort the remnant, and to disturb those who are not.
And the only hope for any of us is to become that remnant through repentance.
So the prophet will speak directly into our souls. He will unmask us. He will provoke us. He’ll chide us. He’ll correct us. He’ll comfort us. He’ll take us apart. He’ll put us back together again.
God knows he desires to heal His people. He knows he desires to take them further.
God is so patient to take us long the line. How he meets us here, and we run, and he meets us again, and then he meets us again, and He continues to help us. He’s so gracious, he’s so kind. Without cutting us off He continues to meet with us.
The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy and what that means is, that the prophets are only speaking about one single personality, Jesus Christ. That’s why it is that when history comes to a conclusion, everything in history will zoom into one single person on His throne, the Lord Jesus Christ.
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