Isaiah 51:7-8

Isaiah 51:7-8

7 Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have taken My instruction to heart:
Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults.
8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool.
But My righteousness will last forever, My salvation through all generations.

This chapter has two sections, the first titled Everlasting Salvation for Zion (16 verses) and the second titled
The Cup of the Lord’s Wrath (7 verses). Obviously, the verses above come from the first section.

Today’s verses are incredibly applicable now, in our lives today as Christians. We know what is right because the Bible tells what is right and what is wrong. Having a relationship with Jesus, our Savior, we do our best to take the Bible’s instructions and Jesus’ instructions [found in the Bible] to heart.

God has a specific directive for those of us who have taken His instruction to heart: Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals or be terrified by their insults. We have to choose between God and mere mortals which is really no choice at all in my opinion. There are people who want to deny God and have us deny Him as well. There are people who want us to not only love the sinner, but deny he or she is a sinner in many cases. When we don’t do as the mere mortals ask and often demand all manner of insults are hurled at us.

We are not to fear their reproach [criticisms, censures, reprimands, accusations] because they will not last. Time continues to move forward and as Psalm 37 says:

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

Instead of grass that that withers, we have the Lord’s righteousness and His salvation which last forever. In verse five He says My salvation is on the way and in verse six My salvation will last forever, My righteousness will never fail. Then in case one needs more conviction or persuasion He adds the following

12 I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mere mortals, human beings who are but grass,
13 that you forget the Lord your Maker, who stretches out the heavens and Who lays the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction?

For us salvation has come and His name is Jesus and He knew the truth of what would happen. Thus He instructed His disciples and all future believers

16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
Matthew 10

It’s Monday and thanks to Jesus we have nothing to fear. Have a Great Week.