“Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people And will have compassion on His afflicted…And all flesh will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isaiah 49:13&26, NASB95)

Notice the scope of the verses above.  The heavens, the earth, the mountains and all flesh are recognizing the merciful acts of God.  God may be dealing with the nation of Israel directly, but He plans to impact much more.  Let’s all notice that creation is a connected unit.  When God created everything and saw it was good, it was.  It was all moving in harmony because it was governed and directed by a God of grace.  Sin had a negative effect on all of creation, not just man.  God’s redemptive and gracious acts upon fallen humanity are recognized and honored by all creation.  The earth, just like you and me, yearns for peace and harmony.  When peace and harmony are found, there is an immediate response of joyful praise.

It is not enough that the nation of Israel know God’s acts of mercy?  The Lord states in verse 26, “And all flesh will know…”.  All flesh will know what?  That God is powerful and mighty?  That He is the judge of all?  NO!  “They will know that I am your Savior and Redeemer…”  This is what God has done for us in Jesus.  Joseph was told by the angel, “And you shall call His name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”  The Lord made a way for us to be redeemed and restored into a right relationship with Him.  Jesus bore our sins on the cross so that we might have a right relationship with God.  It is not enough that we alone know the joy of this message.  God performed this work for all humanity and wants all humanity (all flesh) to know.

So, how does the rest of humanity get to know about this wonderful act of mercy that causes even the mountains to rejoice?  We need to share the message.  We need to let others around us know that the Lord has done this work for them, too.  We need to invite them to opportunities where they can hear the Word of God and be touched by His love and mercy.  Philip once said to a friend, “Come see, I think I have found the Christ.”  And with that invitation, yet another (Nathaneal) joined the ranks of believers.

Who will you invite today?

Peace!

Pastor Tom

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