Isa 51:1 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek Jehovah: look unto the rock whence ye were hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye were digged.
Isa 51:2 Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.
Isa 51:3 For Jehovah hath comforted Zion; he hath comforted all her waste places, and hath made her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of Jehovah; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
In context this whole chapter deals with the end time restoration of the Jews. WE can look at this as a dual word to the Christians. We are told not only to look to the rock, Jesus, but the hole that the rock, our salvation was birthed from. I do not know how you would apply the hole in any way but to recall at communion and examining our hearts remember the hole.
Swiss Cheese has holes, it is my favorite cheese, the holes in the cheese is an analogy to what we were, nothing,dead in trespass and sin, but there are parts without holes. Beloved are you stuck in a hole, a rut? The message should bring some hope.
We avoid the hole, going backwards, by looking to the rock. The N.T. Speaks of building our house on the rock, when the storms come in our life, we may get some scars, hurts, self made prisons and this rock sets us free, “Who the lord has set free is free indeed”.
There are many times in this life when we feel we are stuck in the hole of despair. No way out, over, through, it is ordered by the lord to make less and less holes, so we are solid like the rock, in the rocks image. Perfection will never happen this side of glory, but we can see day by day, less and less holes, the hole of regret, the pit of despair to many is coming to an end.
Our text speaks of a wilderness becoming like the garden of Eden, the literal desert, dry barren places in heart and in a real desert as we are. This desert place the text says will be like the Garden of Jehovah. In the desert we find the lord will develop in us by mercy, grace, love, chastisement etc. something of great value, not depression but as the text says;
…...joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.
Joy, gladness, thanksgiving and song, music. This is what the lord is doing and will do with his people, the lord said I will fill your holes, I will make you glad, full of joy even in troubled times and deserts of despair.
Truly, “The joy of the lord is our strength”. Do you need this holy assurance? You can have it today, no matter what, “Give thanks in all things, in everything, give thanks. No matter what happens we can have joy, suffering and need can not rob us of this joy, it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.
When the Jews were in the Babylonian captivity we read the enemy asked them to sing the songs of Zion, but they said, no joy, we can not sing in captivity we will hang our harps on trees. Are you at that place?So full of fear regret, sadness, that you have hung your harp on a tree of sorrow. A weeping willow, literally weeping.
We do not know everything that is coming, we know enough, but we do not know it all. How will the lord bring Manna and water from a rock, I have no idea, if, and when it comes it will be Joy, it will produce joy as you see the power and miracles of the lord.
The main message today is one of great hope and comfort, it matters not what comes, we have been building our house on the rock Jesus, and we all should continue to do so and not lose heart.
I pray you beloved get comfort , faith, joy in the lords Garden, Jesus was the second Adam, and Jesus gives us eternal life and a life worth living. The lord will meet your need and he will see you through in the days we are in. Hold on to this hope, stand on the rock, proclaim and believe in his word. The word is manna , Jesus is our bread and blood, he is our all in all.
Far not , have faith in God and know the lord is not against you it is just a matter of time. Do not lose heart , never fear man , stand on his promises and you will be full of joy no matter where you are, and no matter what happens, this will blow peoples minds and by the light you have to share many will come to know the lord and find peace and rest of soul, eternal life. The lord will do this, if you are one of his, get ready, yes hared times are on us and will get worse, but we can grow stronger by all we go through, this is the message the lord gave today.