There is an amazing scripture in Is. 28:9-29, I’ve highlighted some of scripture below, that stood out to me.
God’s word can quickly become a rule book, to do this, do that, a rule or process for this, a rule or process for that. A little here, a little there….
We so quickly make it into something that it was never intended to be…when HE is truly supposed to be our resting place of repose, (a state of rest, sleep or tranquility). Sounds pretty relaxed to me. Lol.
A place of, "It Is Finished." I have all that I need, I do not need strive to get something that I’ve already gotten because Jesus already got it for me.
Our Father is extravagantly in love with us. He delights in us and who we are. He’s given us all of HIMSELF, His righteousness, His purity, His Peace, His Joy, His LOVE, His delight in exchange for taking on all of our sin and then goes even further in that He doesn't even remember our sin anymore? WOW! (Col. 1:14, Heb. 9:22-28, 1Pet. 3:18)
In Song of Solomon 1, His words to us are, “you are lovely; you are so lovely like fine linen tapestry hanging in the Holy Place. You are his radiant one, his dearest one, You’re thrilling to Him and my personal favorite, you are marked by HIS redeeming grace.
Read below, ask the Father to speak to you, and this year focus on that place of rest, trusting HIM to be your place of repose.
This year I’m going to continue to read His word in a much different way after understanding this scripture.
I encourage each of you, to do the same.
Love y’all! Cin
“Who is it he is trying to teach?
To whom is he explaining his message?
To children weaned from their milk,
to those just taken from the breast?
10 For it is:
Do this, do that,
a rule for this, a rule for that[a];
a little here, a little there.”
11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues
God will speak to this people,
12 to whom he said,
“This is the resting place, let the weary rest”;
and, “This is the place of repose”--
but they would not listen.
13 So then, the word of the Lord to them will become:
Do this, do that,
a rule for this, a rule for that;
a little here, a little there--
so that as they go they will fall backward;
they will be injured and snared and captured.
14 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers
who rule this people in Jerusalem.
15 You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death,
with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement.
When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
it cannot touch us,
for we have made a lie our refuge
and falsehood[b] our hiding place.”
16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; 1Pet 2:6
the one who relies on it
will never be stricken with panic.
17 I will make justice the measuring line
and righteousness the plumb line;
hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie,
and water will overflow your hiding place.
18 Your covenant with death will be annulled;
your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand.
When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
you will be beaten down by it.
19 As often as it comes it will carry you away;
morning after morning, by day and by night,
it will sweep through.”
The understanding of this message
will bring sheer terror.
20 The bed is too short to stretch out on,
the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.
21 The Lord will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim,
he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon--
to do his work, his strange work,
and perform his task, his alien task.
22 Now stop your mocking,
or your chains will become heavier;
the Lord, the Lord Almighty, has told me
of the destruction decreed against the whole land.
23 Listen and hear my voice;
pay attention and hear what I say.
24 When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually?
Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil?
25 When he has leveled the surface,
does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin?
Does he not plant wheat in its place,[c]
barley in its plot,[d]
and spelt in its field?
26 His God instructs him
and teaches him the right way.
27 Caraway is not threshed with a sledge,
nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin;
caraway is beaten out with a rod,
and cumin with a stick.
28 Grain must be ground to make bread;
so one does not go on threshing it forever.
The wheels of a threshing cart may be rolled over it,
but one does not use horses to grind grain.
29 All this also comes from the Lord Almighty,
whose plan is wonderful,
whose wisdom is magnificent.