the disturbing one

June 2015 (29)Isaiah 52:11-15

11 Turn around, turn around, get out of there! Do not touch any unclean thing. Get out from the middle of it, keep clean, you who carry the vessels of Yahveh. 12 Because you will not go out in a hurry, and you will not go escaping, because Yahveh proceeds you; and the God of Israel is your rear guard. 13 Watch, my servant will achieve success; he will be exalted, and he will be lifted up, and he will be very high. 14 Just like many were appalled at you—in the same way his appearance was beyond human disfigurement, and his form beyond the sons of Adam—15 so he will disturb many nations; because of him, kings will shut their mouth. Because they will see what has not been told them, and they will contemplate what they have not heard.

the disturbing one

Isaiah calls his people to stop cowering in defeat under the oppression of their foreign emperor. He challenges them to turn around, lift their heads high, and watch. Coming soon there will be a change in the scenario. A servant is going to arise who will disturb the nations. He will appear disfigured when he is lifted up, and will disturb many nations. He will change reality forever, forcing the proud and superior to rethink things.

Isaiah did not live to see the fulfilment of this prophecy. But you and I know that time itself was rattled and deeply disturbed by what happened on a hill in Jerusalem a few centuries after Isaiah predicted it. Christ can set you free, but first he will disturb you deeply, and get you to thinking.

LORD, disturb us, until we recognise you for who you are, and allow you to change us.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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