Saturday, June 25, 2016
“But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them” (Isaiah 63:10 KJV).
Every nation today would do well to take note of today’s Scripture!
Friends, we all have stories of how ungrateful people stabbed us in the back. After we did so much for them, they treated us most horribly. We tried to be kind, patient, and loving, but they would have none of it. They were only interested in serving themselves and getting their needs met. When we ceased doing what they wanted, they had nothing else to do with us or say to us. This parallels today’s Scripture.
Verse 9 says, “In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.” JEHOVAH God had been so generous in what He had done for the nation Israel. He had given them so much. Most importantly, He had pity on their souls and had given them a way to fellowship with Him and escape hell! He was so loving in picking them up and carrying them along when they were too weak to help themselves.
Now, the opposite: “But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.” As any group of sinners would be, the nation Israel was unappreciative. As they (sinners) could never do anything to please God, so God could never do enough to please them. They provoked His Holy Spirit, constantly murmuring and complaining, always forgetting just how good He had been to them for so many centuries. Finally, He was “turned to be their enemy.” That is, He was no longer on Israel’s side. The nation would face military defeats, economic hardships, sicknesses, and so on. “And he fought against them.” Oh, what a travesty! Thousands of years later, Israel has yet to recover.
After 2,000 years of God’s longsuffering, and their ungratefulness, the world’s nations should never forget that that same holy, righteous God will be coming after them once our Dispensation of Grace closes!