Monday, February 2, 2009

Threshed People- Isaiah 21

“O my threshed people, and my afflicted of the threshing floor!
What I have heard from the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
I make known to you.” (vs 10)

The words of chapter 21 speak of the great calamity that will fall on Babylon at the hand of the Medes and Persians. It is said to be a "harsh vision" (vs 2). There's nothing pleasant about what Babylon is going to face. Yet, these words of calamity for the crown of Babylon are words of comfort to the captive of Israel. The prophecy of this downfall had to be an encouragement to them. Their oppressors are about to be oppresed. Vengeance is the LORD's and it is about to be served.

In verse 10 God refers to Israel as His “threshed people.” Matthew Henry poignantly says: “The church is God’s threshing floor. True believers are the corn of God’s floor. Hypocrites are but as the chaff and straw. The corn of God’s floor must expect to be threshed by afflictions and persecutions. Even then God owns it for His threshing; it is still His."

There is no safer thing to be than His and no safer place to be than in His church.

In His glorious grace,

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