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The Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise! No one can fathom his greatness! One generation will praise your deeds to another, and tell about your mighty acts! I will focus on your honor and majestic splendor, and your amazing deeds! They will proclaim the power of your awesome acts! I will declare your great deeds! They will talk about the fame of your great kindness, and sing about your justice.
The glorious magnitude of God is such that we cannot list all of His characteristics; all of who He is. We cannot comprehend God's thoughts, or hope to imagine His fullness. Even though we cannot experience or share the full measure of God, we can share our testimonies and stories of who He is! We should share them! The design is that one generation would share the gospel with the next. Praise, pray, and live like God is your everything. That kind of lifestyle on display paves the way for future generations to believe and live boldly for Christ!
This is evidence of God’s righteous judgment, to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which in fact you are suffering. For it is right for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to you who are being afflicted to give rest together with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.
We are grafted into the "family" that is the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In Christ we are united with God, and God is able to reside in us via His Holy Spirit. Because of this relationship, and the resulting gangbuster overflow of grace, mercy, and good works. Yet even though God's goodness is apparent in our walk with Him, there are times when we are afflicted with some kind of persecution for the name of Jesus. We suffer for the name of Christ, yet we will have rest together with Jesus! That is the promise!
I lay flat on the ground before the Lord for forty days and nights, for he had said he would destroy you. I prayed to him: O, Lord God, do not destroy your people, your valued property that you have powerfully redeemed, whom you brought out of Egypt by your strength. Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; ignore the stubbornness, wickedness, and sin of these people. Otherwise the people of the land from which you brought us will say, “The Lord was unable to bring them to the land he promised them, and because of his hatred for them he has brought them out to kill them in the desert.” They are your people, your valued property, whom you brought out with great strength and power.
Moses is preparing Israel to cross the Jordan and ultimately enter into the land that God has promised them. He remembers in front of them the time he received the ten commandments from God, and how severely Israel sinned against God. This is a reminder to Israel and a testament to Moses' faithfulness - and ultimately God's faithfulness. God is Just, and sin cannot stand unpaid. Moses prayed that God would forgive Israel, he attempted to atone for the sin. Again we are shown our desperate need for Jesus, our perfect High Priest, in Israel's history.
Listen to me, you coastlands! Pay attention, you people who live far away! The Lord summoned me from birth; he commissioned me when my mother brought me into the world. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, he hid me in the hollow of his hand; he made me like a sharpened arrow, he hid me in his quiver. He said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, through whom I will reveal my splendor.”
The entirety of Isaiah 49 prophetically declares God's salvation plan for not only His chosen people, Israel, but for all people. Through Christ Jesus, God is glorified before all people. He is the fulfillment of the law, and the bringer of a new covenant. Jesus is a completion of what was, an example of who God is, and a call to the promise of eternal life found in Himself. Jesus Christ is the culmination of God's Story; the cornerstone of both His redemptive history and of our faith.
Watch out for yourselves and for all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son.
Paul is charging the Ephesian elders to guard themselves and other believers in Christ Jesus. Paul says that it is the Holy Spirit that has made them overseers, and it is so with our churches today. Each and every pastor and leader in the church has been made an overseer by the Holy Spirit of God. This is not a responsibility that should be taken lightly, and if it is handled irresponsibly, there will be consequences for it. Lives are at stake, and that is the reason for the urgency in Paul's charge. Paul also reminds them, that it is God who makes it possible to build a church at all.