Picking up with verse 10, we are in a last days context.
Behold, the LORD God shall come with a strong hand,
And His arm shall rule for Him;
Behold, His reward is with Him,
And His work before Him.
Who is this Ruling Arm? It is the Messiah, Yeshua, who isn't merely seated at the right hand of God, He is the arm of God. There is but one throne in heaven.
God is One, but He manifests in different contexts. The Hebrew word for one is echad- which means a plurality within a unity. For example, a basket of fruit is a singular basket of fruit but contains many fruits.
God is spirit. Yeshua the Messiah is the physical manifestation of God Himself. One of my favorite preachers uses the expression, "God Loves and Yeshua Does." He is the action part of God.
And the Holy Spirit is the very breath, power, and presence of God. The Hebrew word for spirit, ruach, means breath or wind. As believers, we get to have that very breath and power of God's spirit dwelling in us!
|Ruach HaKodesh - Holy Breath of God|
- Hebrews 12:2 - Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross
- Psalm 2:7-8 - He will receive the nations for His inheritance
- Isaiah 19:25 - My people Assyria, Egypt, and Israel My inheritance
- Matt 4:8-9 - Yeshua is offered the kingdoms of the world by the devil
- Revelation 11:15 - All these kingdoms have become His
He will feed His flock like a shepherd;
He will gather the lambs with His arm,
And carry them in His bosom,
And gently lead those who are with young.
This can be compared to John 10 - the Messiah, our Good Shepherd. This tender loving care is a reversal for Jerusalem, over whom Yeshua wept in Matthew 23:37.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”
Even though desolation did follow in 70 AD, there remained a promise that someday Israel would say, "Baruch haba b'shem Adonai... " blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!
Interestingly, this Hebrew phrase is still used to describe the arrival of a Jewish bridegroom...
Isaiah goes on in chapter 40 to describe aspects of God’s greatness… the glory, majesty, and sovereignty of YHVH.
- Who has measured the waters? (Think of the vastness of the oceans.)
- Who has weighed the mountains? (Have you ever picked up a single boulder?)
- Who has taught the spirit of the LORD in the ways of knowledge, justice, and understanding?
This amazing chapter wraps up with verse 31:
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint
The Hebrew word for renew is chalaph; it means to change, to be changed, as in changing one’s clothing. An example would be clothing ourselves with Messiah in Romans 13:14.
- They easily soar above all the problems of the earth
- They will never surrender to the size and strength of their prey
- They fly higher than other birds, up to 10,000 feet
- They have long distance vision; they can see another eagle soaring 50 miles away
- Eagles love the storm and will fly into it, using the wind of the storm to rise higher
- Male and female eagles mate for life and are attentive to their children, the most among birds
- The mother teaches its offspring to fly, putting them on her back and then dropping and catching them
- They build their nest in high, safe places to protect their young
- They will sit in absolute stillness on their nests
- Around age 30, eagles retire, pluck off their feathers, knock off their own beaks, remove their talons, and undergo a 5 month metamorphosis, growing new body parts that give them another 30-40 years. They “change their clothes,” so to speak and are renewed.
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