FORSAKEN NO MORE
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Summary: God has a wonderful end in mind for His people. Long ago He purposed the redemption, righteousness, & restoration of the people of Zion. They may anger Him by their sin & hard heartedness, but God stands ready to save & make them holy.
Audience: General adults
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FORSAKEN NO MORE
[Revelations 2:16-17, 3:11-13]
God has a wonderful end in mind for His people. Long ago He purposed the redemption, righteousness, and restoration of the people of Zion. They may anger Him by their sin and hard heartedness, but God stands ready to save and make them holy.
Though the people had deserted God and His ways, He will not forget them nor forsake them. He will continue to speak to them and call them into a deep and meaningful relationship. One day the people of Zion will respond and become His holy, righteous people. God speed the day.
I. BECOMING GODíS DELIGHT, 1-5.
II. BEING GODíS WATCHMEN, 6-9.
III. BLESSINGS FOR GODíS WORKMEN, 10-12.
In verse 1 God promises to continue speaking to and dealing with the people of Zion until glorious changes are wrought in their lives. For Zionís sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalemís sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning.
God has been actively working to bring about a bright day for His people. In the past God has been charged with not listening to the cries of His people (42:14; 45:15-19; 57:11; 64:12; 65:6) but He was working and will continue to work. The reason the people might not have seen Him working or benefitted from His working is because He is working for His peopleís righteousness and salvation. They, like we, want Him working for our greatness and comfort instead.
Day and night our unresting Christ pleads for the people and city that crucified Him. It is in answer to His supplications that she will one day arise from her spiritual ruins. The righteousness of God will shine forth in the character of His saved people, for God has promised to bring to bring it to pass.
Is it not also true that He ever lives to intercede for us also? See Hebrews 7:25. Certainly Godís sifted like wheat Simons in His service would drift beyond hope, if He did not pray for us (Lk. 22:31). Every one of us are recipients of Jesusí intercessions. Otherwise there would be no hope for our salvation and righteousness.
Verse 2 indicates what happens when His people shine with Godís salvation and righteousness. The nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. And you will be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will designate [lit pierce].
The work of God will no longer be hidden within the lives of His people but the nations and kings will see their righteousness and the glory it will bring them. The mention of kings implies even kings will submit to Godís peopleís new condition and identity.
His peopleís reputation will be so transformed that God will give them, each of them (sg. you) a new name (Rev. 2:17; Isa 56:5). (Similar to when God changed Abram, Jacob, Simon & Saulís name). Their new name will reflect the new condition and character that Godís work of salvation provides for them. God will name His people in accordance to what they are.
Verse 3 contains another indication of the transformation of both the people and their condition. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem (lit. turban) in the hand of your God.
A crown of beauty (glory) and a royal diadem are used to express the greatness of Godís handiwork
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