Isaiah 42:21-22 offers the ongoing contrast between God’s word and his people. “It pleased the Lord for the sake of his righteousness to make his law great and glorious” verse 21.
That’s the nature of God’s word, the LAW in the prophetic context. Its origin on Sinai above the plain below. Thunder, lightning and earthquake accompanied its presentation. Terror fell on the Israelites as fire blanketed by black clouds threatened them with destruction—while Moses in the heart of it remained perfectly safe.
“But this is a people plundered and looted…trapped in pits…with no one to rescue…made loot….” verse 22. That’s the contrast between God’s glorious word and his people. Neither the ancient Israelites nor we are equal to its Mighty promise. We don’t live it or proclaim it though we have the ability to do both.
The Law could inspire godly living, as Kings David, Josiah and Hezekiah proved. And if the Law, Christ’s Grace certainly, as Paul, Peter and John proved.
This challenges Christ’s believers to be people of God’s word: informed, rooted, articulate…living epistles known and read by sinners seeking forgiveness and spiritual purpose.
Let us discipline ourselves to remain within God’s will, as intimate with Christ in Grace as Moses with God in Law. Let us rise as Christ calls us to be faithful to the discipline of New Testament Christianity instead of falling to the permissiveness of our perverted society. Let us agree with God that tolerance is no virtue if it accepts sin as equal to righteousness Romans 1:18 ff, I Corinthians 5:2. And let us agree that Christ’s demand of self-denial in discipleship is still necessary even in a culture that glorifies self-consumption and egotism.
What we don’t want to happen in 2016 is that Christians stop being living epistles, known and read, to become only dead letters in a castaway file.