Repentance Demonstrated (Part 2)- Isaiah- Week 6- Day 5

Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited. And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 31:8-9

Explanation:
Repentance reveals our trust in God. God always comes through on His promises. Here Isaiah foretells of the protection God would provide. Assyria would be defeated, but not by a mean or mighty man. This may seem impossible to those in that day because of the military strength of the children of Israel. From a human perspective it would have been impossible, but we know that Assyria would fall at the hand of the Lord.

Isaiah 37:36-37 describes what many believe to be the fulfillment of this prophecy:

Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

Isaiah 37:36-37

It is also described similarly in 2 Kings 19:35-36:

And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

2 Kings 19:35-36

The “he” in verse 9 continues to refer to Assyria.

And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 31:9

Assyria will leave because of fear, and the leaders of Assyria will be afraid of the ensign or the battle flag of the Almighty God.

Application:
God can be trusted! When we follow Him in obedience and repentance, it is good for us. We can experience His protection. This does not mean that no bad thing will ever happen to us. What it does mean is that those that are in Christ Jesus need not worry about ultimate, eternal danger. Repentance and faith in Christ will always lead to eternal protection. When we repent and put our trust in Christ we can be assured of our salvation.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:9-13

Response:
Is there something you need to repent of today? Put your trust in Christ!

Romans- Week 10- Day 5- Romans 11:30-32

For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:  (31)  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.  (32)  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. 

Romans 11:30-32 

Explanation:

The partial and temporary allowance of Israel’s hardening in unbelief of the Gospel has resulted in the gentiles hearing and believing the Gospel.   Ultimately there will be a revival among the children of Israel and they will believe in great numbers again.  God has allowed a temporary and partial unbelief so that his Divine salvation can be heard and believed throughout the world.

We know what God’s will toward the individual:

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 

2 Peter 3:9 

Application:

What God has promised to Israel He will do.  What God has promised to us He will do.  His desire is for His glory, and for the salvation of sinners.  God is working in the course of human history so that people would know and believe in Him.


Response:

We must trust God in all that He does because of who He is.  What is a way that you can trust in God’s plan today?

Romans- Week 9- Day 4- Romans 10:13

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Rom 10:13

Explanation:

There are some encouraging words in this verse.

  • Whosoever. Whosoever means anyone. ANYONE! Old, young, rich, poor, male, female, sophisticated, unsophisticated, the addicted, the self-righteous and religious can all call on the name of the Lord to be saved. Whosoever!!!!
  • Call. It just means to ask. We talk to God believing He hear’s us.
  • Lord. Our faith is in a sure foundation.
  • Shall. That’s promise language. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
  • Saved. This describes a new destiny, a new position, and a new hope. We are saved from God’s wrath, from eternal damnation, and from the sting of death.

Praise God who promises to save all who call!  

Whenever I think about this simple verse it reminds me of the thief on the cross. Do you remember the story?

And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  (40)  But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?  (41)  And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.  (42)  And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  (43)  And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Luk 23:39-43 

A few things strike me about this narrative:

  • 1. He acknowledged his own guilt.
  • 2. He acknowledged Jesus’ innocence.
  • 3. He acknowledged Jesus as Lord.
  • 4. He believed Jesus could save him as demonstrated in his calling on the Lord to save.
  • 5. Jesus responded to his faith by assuring Him of life after death.

Application:

The only thing this man could offer Christ at that moment was his sincere faith. We are saved the same way. When we understand who Jesus is and ask him to save us, He promises that He will. It doesn’t matter who you are. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. The promise is forgiveness. It is why Christ came, died and rose again.

Response:

  • Call on the Lord to save you if you have not!
  • Declare this to anyone who will listen.
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Romans- Week 9- Day 3- Romans 10:11-12

For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  (12)  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

Romans 10:11-12 

Explanation:

There are two aspects to these two verses that need to be pointed out. 

First, the surety of the promise.

Have you ever relied on someone for something and then they didn’t come through?  It’s happened to me before.  I’ve “worn egg on my face” because someone didn’t do what they said they would do.  It is a diifficult and maddening circumstance to find yourself in a place where someone said they would do something and they didn’t.

Paul is referencing an scriptural theme here when he said, “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.”

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. 

Isaiah 28:16 

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 

Jeremiah 17:7

The idea is that if God makes a promise he can be trusted.  You will never be in a situation where you are counting on Him for something He promised and He doesn’t come through.  In the context, the promise is that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Second, let’s talk about the person to whom the promise is made.

In verse 12, the emphasis is that God can be relied, and when God says “whosoever”, He really means whosoever.  Jew, Greek, rich, poor, beautiful, ugly…these human distinctions do not matter to God.   The Lord God who is Lord over everyone is “rich”, that is He has all of the resources needed, to save anyone and everyone that call on Him for salvation.

Application:

Jesus died for you.  He will save whoever sincerely calls to Him for salvation.  Today is the day of salvation if you have never repented and called to Him by faith for salvation.  There is no person who He will not save.  That person does not exist.  He is willing to forgive.  He is able to forgive.  He has all the resources to fulfill the promises that He has made at His disposal.  If you will call on Him to save you, you will never be left “holding the bag.”

Response:

1. Call on Him to save you.

2.  Tell everyone you can.