Monday, September 17 2012
Verse of the Day: V5 “For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.”
1. War (V1-4)
V3 “And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
Though the people of Israel suffered much as they lost their wealth, possessions, lands, and families because of war, the Lord promised the remnant who believed and trusted in Him that one day there shall be no more war, but everlasting peace with Him in heaven.
V4 “But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.”
2. Walk (V5-7)
V5 “For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.”
Though the people of Israel sinned against God, and worshipped their self made gods, and walked in the name of their gods, there would be a remnant that believed in the true and living God, and walked in His name, and would be under His reign now and forever.
V7 “And I make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.”
3. Woman (V8-13)
V10 “Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shall thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.”
God encouraged the remnant to endure the intense pains just like the woman during childbirth. Just like there shall be great celebration when the baby is born, there shall also be great celebration when the remnant would be delivered from the Babylonian captivity.
V13 “Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to walk with You and in Your name now and forever.