This week in our review of Isaiah Decoded we’ll continue with our look at chapter 4 - Jacob/Israel, Believers in a Creator-God. Another important concept that we need to see in our spiritual ascent to come to know God is the acquisition of divine truth and knowledge, which we don’t see Dr. Gileadi address here in chapter 4. The scriptures nonetheless underpin the Gospel with a pathway to acquire God’s truth and knowledge. Moreover, we can correlate this pathway to acquire godly knowledge with our three categories in chapter 4 – Jacob, Israel and Zion.
One thing that God provides to man is a pathway for us to come to know Him. The pathway that God has given man to come to know Him looks like this –
This sequence can’t be deviated from or we’ll end up going down a false path. Furthermore, we can correlate this pathway with our three spiritual categories here in chapter 4.
Jacob/Gentiles and the Light of Messiah
We know in the scriptures that the Light of Messiah is given to every man to know right from wrong. This becomes critically important to Jacob and also to Gentiles as they response appropriately to this Light and follow their conscience to do the right thing.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” – John 1:1-9
The natural progression from the Light of Messiah - knowing right and wrong - should lead a person to the Law, which expressly defines right and wrong in God’s terms.
Israel and the Law
We see in chapter 4 that Jacob becomes Israel by repenting and returning to the law and renewing the covenant. God’s law in the Torah is God’s truth. Not only does the Law define right and wrong in God’s terms, but it expands on God’s truth to keep one separated from a fallen world. Even though we aren’t able to live all of the Torah, when we live what we can, we show our intent to live all of it.
“Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.” – Psalms 119:142
Moreover, since the Law is God’s truth and an expression of the Spirit of Truth – the Holy Spirit – it properly will lead us to greater knowledge and truth of God, which is integral to becoming Zion/Jerusalem.
It really baffles me how a person can think they are being led by the Spirit when they aren’t striving to live the Torah!
Zion and the Spirit
We also see in chapter 4 that Israel becomes Zion by keeping the Law and enduring tests of faith. When a person is obedient to the Law – are living God’s truth – they qualify to receive God’s spirit – the Spirit of Truth/Holy Spirit. Furthermore, Yeshua declared that God’s spirit would guide us into all truth, which includes receiving a fullness of the Law/Covenants – Matt. 5:17.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” – John 16:13
If it is true that we can be guided into all truth through the Spirit, diligent individuals should have a pretty good idea what God’s Endtime Servant’s message will be!
Jacob, Israel, and Zion
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