Zion will blossom
Isaiah 35:2 - It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.
Let me expound the scripture before getting to the message.
The word translated as abundance is the same word blossom together they do mean blossom abundantly but when one goes into the grammar if the words the first shows incomplete and second complete.
The word singing notes as joyful singing
Lebanon means whiteness and symbolizes righteousness
Excellence here means majesty in sense of beauty
Carmel comes from the root word that means to be fruitful
Sharon comes from the root word that means to be upright
Zion symbolizes the mature people of God or in other words Sons of God or the real Israel [Prince of God].
Isaiah 35:2 [expounded] - It shall blossom, blossom and rejoice even with joy and joyful singing: the glory of righteousness shall be given unto it, the majesty of fruitfulness and uprightness, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.
Today's message gives us 2 important facts one that God is going to mature some of His people from stage to stage to make them into Sons of Gods having power with God. The other fact is they will give glory unto God because His righteousness with be seem in them.
Something very beautiful we learn here is about righteousness. We all think righteousness means to be about being in right standing with God, but here we learn something new. Here righteousness has 2 factors one part of it is to be in right standing with God [Sharon] and the other factor is it also needs to be fruitful [Carmel].
It is very important to know if we are walking in righteous or are religious. One leads us to God and the other to disaster. Both of them may make us feel we are doing what God has told us to do but the difference comes when we test by what we are doing is it causing us to be fruitful.
Righteousness is not just about obeying what God has said. If we follow the instructions in the letter than we become religious people and land up getting destroyed, but if we follow the instructions in spirit then we will be fruitful and truly righteous. The glory of God may not be seen immediately but grow stage by stage as we grow into mature Sons.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You are Almighty God, You are Holy and Righteous. You desire us your children to be like You to be a part of You. Lord, we pray as Christians we do not get fooled into being religious but be blessed with wisdom to walk your way of righteousness by keeping your Word and being fruitful in You...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference ]
John 1:12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Romans 8:14 - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
2 Corinthians 3:6 - who also made us sufficient as ministers of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
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