Justice, Judgment & Mercy – Part 6
A Study of Isaiah 59-61
“All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory. Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.” Isaiah 60:7-9
“All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.
In this prophetic declaration the prophet sees the people of the descendants of Ismael, Kedar and Nebaioth, both Arab nations, bringing their flocks to the Holy City, Jerusalem, to make sacrifice in worship to the God of Israel and more specifically, to Jesus Christ, Whose throne is there. They glorify the house of God’s presence, His glory in that place with their sacrifices.
Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
This is a beautiful and vivid picture of the redeemed rushing in great numbers hastening like a flock of Doves to come to the Holy City, to come to the place of the presence of the Holy One of Israel, Jeshua Hamashiach, Jesus Christ, The Anointed One. Here they find rest, peace, safety, provision, healing and joy inexhaustible.
From the farthest regions to the local provinces they come with their precious riches to honor and worship the One true and only God of all Creation, Whose Holy name is Jesus, The Word, The Way, The Truth, The Life, The Light of The World.
Jesus glorified the Father with His life as the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, laying down His sinless life to redeem our sinful life to show the enormity of God’s love for us and to translate us from death unto life eternal. The Father has now glorified the Son in that all things are now under His feet and He has given Him to be the head over all the Church and seated Him at His own right hand.
“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:15-23
In Jesus, God is glorified. In Him is the name of the Lord glorified among men (mankind). God has declared His glory in Jesus Christ and now that glory is revealed to us and in our Lord Jesus Christ we have a share in that glory to glorify Him to the world as His witnesses, His Ambassadors, His sons and daughters imprinted and sealed with the mark of the Holy Spirit on our hearts.
“Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” John 12:28
“So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him.’ “ John 13:31
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13
This is one of the most profound statements of assurance that our prayers are important and powerful. Did you get what Jesus said here? We cause God to be glorified in Jesus when we ask in Jesus’ name and He does what we have petitioned Him to do.
Think of it! When we pray, asking in Jesus’s name, Jesus is saying, He’ll do it (because we ask in His name) so that the Father is glorified in Him.
Jesus wants to, even greater than wants, is eager to answer our prayers asked in His name because when we do we provide an opportunity for Him to glorify the Father by answering that need, stamped, so to speak, with His name as the seal. It is like a letter written and sealed in an envelope with a wax imprint of the Kings signet stamped in the wax.
Now we cannot separate the name of Jesus from His will, His Word. His name, His will, and His Word are one. He cannot honor or endorse something that is outside the scope of His will. His will is always to glorify the Father. His Word is given to us in the Scriptures. We can only know His will by His Word. God is not glorified in sin, therefore praying for things crosswise the will of God will not be heard and cannot be answered because they are not within the scope of His will.
The assurance of our prayers being heard and answered is in knowing that when we ask according to His will He hears us.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15