“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”Isaiah 40:8 (ESV)
In the last week, I have been especially drawn to the book of Hebrews. The author brings to life the new covenant to Messianic Jewish believers, who were in desperate need of encouragement as they were experiencing persecution. As the founder of #MeetMeinIsaiah, it probably doesn’t surprise you that I am fascinated with the fulfillment of Jewish prophecies in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah. While reading the first three verses of Hebrews last night, my mind raced with so many passages in the Old and New Testaments echoing the same message. The continuity of the entire Bible never ceases to amaze me! Although written by 40 authors over a period of 1500 years, the Old and New Testaments read as one book. The author of Hebrews sums it up beautifully:
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” Hebrews 1:1-3 (ESV)
I like how the author Dr. Robert D. Heidler says it in his book, The Messianic Church Arising:
“When John the Baptist introduced Jesus, he did not have to spend three hours describing who Jesus was and what He came to do. He just said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ They knew what He meant!”
When I think of the length God has gone to reveal Himself to us, I think of the words from the hymn, “How Firm a Foundation.”
"How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?"
If you are longing for security in this ever-changing world, then read the entire Bible, Old and New Testaments. Since that might take a while, maybe just start by reading Isaiah 53 and the book of Hebrews! You will surely find comfort in a God who doesn’t change, and who loves you so extravagantly that He sent His Word to you, straight from Heaven.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…”John 1:1, 14a, (ESV)
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