For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 66:22, 23.
In the beginning the Father and the Son had rested upon the Sabbath after Their work of creation. When “the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them” (Genesis 2:1), the Creator and all heavenly beings rejoiced in contemplation of the glorious scene. “The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” Job 38:7…. When there shall be a “restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21), the creation Sabbath, the day on which Jesus lay at rest in Joseph’s tomb, will still be a day of rest and rejoicing. Heaven and earth will unite in praise, as “from one sabbath to another” (Isaiah 66:23) the nations of the saved shall bow in joyful worship to God and the Lamb.
The nations of the saved will know no other law than the law of heaven. All will be a happy, united family, clothed with the garments of praise and thanksgiving. Over the scene the morning stars will sing together, and the sons of God will shout for joy….
“And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord.” The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.” “The Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” “In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people.”
So long as the heavens and the earth endure, the Sabbath will continue as a sign of the Creator’s power. And when Eden shall bloom on earth again, God’s holy rest day will be honored by all beneath the sun. “From one sabbath to another” the inhabitants of the glorified new earth shall go up “to worship before me, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 66:23.
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——Please pray that my sons will get good jobs soon. L
Many times as we are driving, we come upon road construction. This causes me to grumble because I have to slow down or stop because of the traffic trying to go from three lanes down to one or two. Although at the time, I don’t like the construction, I’m happy with that the state of Kansas has such good roads. It is rare to have to drive on a rough road, because as soon as there is a pothole or some other deterioration, they resurface it.
Not all Americans have such good roads. One time some years ago, we were traveling in a certain state. We were really grumbling about driving conditions as most of the roads were very rough. There were pot holes everywhere so close together that they could not be avoided. I was worried about my tires and my alignment, but there was nothing that I could do but keep going through them.
As we were driving bumpily through a particular city, our car began to act as though it was not getting enough fuel. Then it died. I coasted to the side of the road. When I tried to restart it, we had no power. My emergency flashers were all that worked—-for a short while. Soon they, too, would not work. Unfortunately our cell phone was out of power because I had used it too much and had forgotten to bring the charger, so there was no way to call for help. Cars were whizzing by us, but no one stopped. Ronnie Jay spotted a police car on the other side of the highway. We thought that he would go to the next crossover and come and help us. He didn’t. After awhile, another police car went by on our side of the highway, and another. They didn’t stop. We began to think that we were going to be there forever. Since we could see that exit in the distance, Ronnie Jay decided that he and Esther could push us to the nearest exit. I wasn’t too sure I wanted them to, for I was afraid that they might get hit.
Just then, I saw another police car in the distance. Out of the car I jumped and waved him down. He stopped. He talked to us for a minute and called a wrecker. Then he explained that he was on his way to a call and could not stay. After about a half an hour the wrecker came and towed us to a mechanic. The problem was found. Because of the rough roads, something shook loose in the alternator and had shorted it out. This short had burned the connector that supplied the power from the alternator to the rest of the engine. An alternator is only a small put of the engine, but without it, the car cannot run.
How often it is that way with us spiritually. We can be going along the bumpy road of life, grumbling a bit but thinking that all is well until some trouble or trial comes upon us. Then we see that something is not right inside. It may be only a little thing that we have allowed within, but it has shaken loose our connection with our Dear Saviour. It may be a duty neglected, or a lack of spiritual growth through our own carelessness, or it may be a cherished sin that we refuse to give up. Whatever the problem, it has its effect on our lives. Whatever it is, it will keep us from receiving the power from On High that we need so much.
James tells us, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10 We exclaimed as did the disciples, “Who then can be saved?” Matt 19:25 “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” vs. 26 Without our dear Saviour, we are weak and sinful and spiritually blind. Of ourselves, we cannot stand perfect before Our Maker. “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Isa 64:6 “The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it, but wounds, and bruises, and putrefying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.” 1:5,6
Praise God! We do not have to stay in that condition. We do not have to keep something within us that can shake loose and cause a spiritual short at any moment. “We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” 1 John 2:1, Titus 2:14 Think of it! Our Dear Saviour not only forgives us, He also cleanses us from all sin. <1 John 1:9> If we let Him, He will dwell within us and change us into His image.
May we come to the Master Mechanic and allow Him to do His work within us. May we stay in connection with Him on the bumpy road of life. May we ever look “unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb 12:2