Posted by: dhkrause | August 22, 2012

Light on the Way to Zion

It is a wonderful thing to realize that everything you have experienced in your interactions and dealings with Yahweh up till now has been to prepare you for the glorious walk that still lies ahead.  R. Abraham, native missionary to India, humorously referring to Amos 5:4-6 as the “gospel of Amos”, notes that in this passage Yahweh tells Israel not to seek Bethel, Gilgal and Beersheba – glorious signposts of the past – but to continue seeking Him.

Amos 5 (NIV)
4 This is what the LORD says to Israel:
“Seek me and live;
5 do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal,
do not journey to Beersheba.
For Gilgal will surely go into exile,
and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.”
6 Seek the LORD and live…”

The heart cry of bond-servants of Yahweh is to continue walking in the light as he is in the light, and their prayer is, “Let Your light shine through my life and let all the glory be to You.”  Having received Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ, we desire to walk in his light giving ever increasing glory to the Father who sent him.  1 John 1 describes walking with Messiah in his light:

1 John 1 (NIV)
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

Yeshua declares in John 8:12 (NIV), “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  His desire is for us to know him in all of the ways described in Isaiah 9:6-7.

Isaiah 9 (KJV)
6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.  7Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

David as the bond-servant of  the LORD [Yehovah’] knew Him in each of these ways.  For example, he celebrates Yahweh as the Mighty God in Psalm 18, written on the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul:

 Psalm 18 (NKJV)
1
I will love You, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.

Solomon like his father David came to know Yahweh as the mighty God.  He writes in Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV), “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”  Paul in Romans 10 likewise advises those seeking salvation to call upon the name of the Lord and be saved:

Romans 10 (NIV)
9
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
11
As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” [Isaiah 28:16]
12
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
13
for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

In this last verse, Paul was paraphrasing Joel 2:32.

Joel 2:32 (NKJV)
And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the remnant whom the LORD calls.

This “remnant whom the LORD calls” is described in Psalm 84 as “those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.”  Verse 7 declares, “They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.”

Psalm 84 (NIV)
4
Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.  Selah.
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka [weeping],
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools [blessings].
7 They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.
11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
12 LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.

Isaiah 60 describes a soon coming time when the light and glory of the LORD [Yehovah’] will shine forth from Jerusalem to the entire world.

Isaiah 60 (NKJV)
1
Arise, shine; For your light has come!
And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
2
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

In Matthew 5:16 (NKJV), Yeshua the Messiah, Jesus Christ, commands those walking in his light, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

David Krause, dhkrause@neteze.com,7/18/2011


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