Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Come let us walk in the light of YHWH

In the last days, the mountain of YHWH’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains. It will be raised above the hills and all nations will stream to it.

Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of YHWH, to the house of the YHWH of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.”

Come, O House of Jacob, let us walk in the Light of the Lord. (Isaiah 2:2,3,5)

Since the beginning, YHWH has made people to need him, to want him, to desire him. But since nearly the beginning, mankind has been of a creature of self-interest instead having interest in the YHWH, who made them. Even the nation of Israel, who YHWH established in order to reveal himself to the world, walked away from their creator. After all that YHWH has showed and done for them, they still focused on the whims and desires of kings and rulers, ironically, appointed by YHWH, rather than their own god-king.

People universally show a penchant for self-interest. Humanism, that once great movement that valued people for the reason of the innate greatness of mankind because they were created in the image of YHWH, was corrupted into a godless worship of the creature. The gift of reason, the handmaiden of theology, once so clearly understood to be too marvelous to have come into existence without out YHWH, became the standard by which everything was judged, even it’s creator. The creation around us instead of being cared for and nurtured because it was made by YHWH and reveals YHWH, has been mindlessly exploited and polluted to serve the purposes of it’s appointed caretakers.

In the midst of the grim history of mankind’s self-preoccupation, YHWH used individuals like Isaiah to call people back to their senses. He calls the people chosen by YHWH to reveal him to the world. Isaiah calls his people to bring the world back to the light. He calls Israel to be the light so that the nations again will see the light of YHWH. Israel, the people chosen by YHWH, were to be the nation where the people of the world would come for the wisdom of YHWH so that they might walk in the way of the YHWH.

And hasn’t this happened? Isn’t it amazing that even though Israel, for all it’s faults, was still used by YHWH to bring light and understanding to the nations. YHWHÂ’s new order for the world, announced by Isaiah is still being worked out by Israel’s Davidic line. Jesus, Israel’s messiah in the line of David, is seated in the temple of the “mountain of the Lord.” The nations are streaming to it to find the ways of YHWH and know his wisdom. All around the world, YHWH’s creatures stream to the “mountain of the Lord.”

YHWH’s people, anyone who is a part of the faithful “remnant” seeking his promised chosen one, are being used by him to bring the nations to the light. In spite of imperfections, in spite of inborn arrogance, YHWH’s redeemed show his light. God’s new order is being established in the world and will be established in the new earth.

Come let us walk in the light of YHWH.

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