If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a hundred times.
Pastors commonly quote this verse immediately after reading a passage of Scripture to rightly remind the hearer that ‘the word of our God stands forever.‘
How many, I wonder, have this verse come to mind when they proceed to misuse the Apostle Paul and lead the hearer to wrongly agree with the preacher that ‘the Law has been done away with.’ You know, the breathed ‘word of God that stands forever?’ Hmmmm….
But that is not really what this post is about… LOL! While looking at that verse, and then comparing the surrounding context, I saw something that had previously escaped me!! (Pretty easy since taking this Hebraic journey! I find new stuff everyday that never fit or made sense in the Christian religion.)
Most of us are familiar with Handel’s Messiah and the great rendition of Isaiah 40… Comfort Ye My People. The general view of this passage of Scripture is that it was fulfilled at Yeshua’s first coming, but this morning I saw something totally different! There are multiple pointers in this passage that indicate it is future prophecy and ironically, in the midst of this great promise is ‘the word of our God stands forever.‘
Walk with me through the first eleven verses and see that it indeed is unfulfilled.
“Comfort, O comfort My people,” says your God.
2 “Speak kindly to Jerusalem;
And call out to her, that her warfare has ended,
That her iniquity has been removed,
That she has received of the Lord’s hand
Double for all her sins.”
Has Jerusalem’s warfare ended? We don’t even need to ask that question seriously of anyone! Her warfare WILL end… when Messiah ben David stands on the Mt. of Olives! Not a minute before!
I will agree that in Messiah Yeshua’s atoning sacrifice, her iniquity is removed, but that only when each individual turns and looks at the ‘bronze serpent.’ Her corporate sin is atoned for, but yet unrepented for… That will happen when Zechariah 12:10-14 is fulfilled.
3 A voice is calling,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.
Interestingly, John the Baptist, forerunner of Yeshua used this verse, but Malachi 4:4-6 indicates that Elijah will yet come again… I believe it is the spirit of Elijah moving even today to awaken people to the Law of Moses and turn the hearts of the fathers to the sons and the sons back to the fathers (Avraham, Itzkah and Ya’akov)
4 “Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley;
5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
This speaks of the Second coming. Every eye will see ‘the glory of the Lord’ at His coming… and mourn!
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
6 A voice says, “Call out.”
Then he answered, “What shall I call out?”
All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
7 The grass withers, the flower fades,
When the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.
The cry, at His coming is, ‘All flesh is grass. The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever!’ He will demonstrate His great power and authority as He destroys the enemies of Jerusalem! Revelation 19:11-21? He is going to prove that HIS WORD, the Memra,* Metatron,* The Word of God stands FOREVER. Unchanging! (*Read The Return of the Kosher Pig, by Rabbi Itzhak Shapira to understand Rabbinic thought on these and other titles of Messiah. This book and another related book with names of the Mashiach are reviewed here.)
9 Get yourself up on a high mountain,
O Zion, bearer of good news,
Lift up your voice mightily,
O Jerusalem, bearer of good news;
Lift it up, do not fear.
Say to the cities of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
What do the cities of Judah need today, more than ever? What will they see at the Return of the King? ‘Here is your God.’ WOW!!
10 Behold, the Lord God will come with might,
With His arm ruling for Him.
Behold, His reward is with Him
And His recompense before Him.
11 Like a shepherd He will tend His flock,
In His arm He will gather the lambs
And carry them in His bosom;
He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
How cool is that whole passage? And, couched right in the middle is, ‘the word of our God stands forever.’ That would include the Torah! You know, the ‘Law that will be written on our hearts?’ The Law that will ‘go forth from Zion?’
Yep. That Torah.