Adam – God’s firstborn CREATED son of God sinned. And the glory of the Lord departed from Adam. But the seed of the woman was protected through a remnant.
Israel – God’s firstborn ADOPTED son of God – sinned. And the glory of the Lord departed from the Temple of His people. But the seed of the Word of God was protected through a remnant .. and God reserved for Himself 7000 who did not bow the knee to Baal.
The Church – God’s firstborn, created soon to be adopted sons of God sinned. And the glory of God has already departed from the church. But God continues to work His work through a small insignificant little flock. There is nothing new under the sun.. that which has been is what will be, and that which is done is what will be done. Ecclesiastes 1:9
God has indeed withdrawn His presence from the Church He loves so much, just as He withdrew from the nation He chose to be His inheritance. But He reserves for Himself a few – a remnant that will trust in His love. He keeps for Himself a little flock – a tiny ‘Gideon’s army’ who live by faith. And the increase of the world’s evil is commensurate with God’s withdrawing.. until the fullness of evil is come into the world. THEN will God justly judge.. until the fullness of the gentiles is come in. Then God will rapture His church.
But God never forgot His promise to Israel, His adoptive firstborn son: “and so all Israel shall be saved”. And He’ll never forget His promise to the Church – His adopted children: “I will build My church” – but I will build it in My way and not in the way that you think.
Oh!—if I were God I know what I would do…. !!!!!!!!!!!!! But I am not…. and I thank God that I am not God!!!!! I guess you feel the same as me…. If I were God I’d . . . . .@£$%^&*()!@ !!! But you are not – and I thank God that you are not God either!!
In the whole of the sin-soaked, sour-saturated world-system, God has His people – simple – little – quiet – unassuming- ill-treated – misunderstood people. I have reserved for Myself a “7000” who have not bowed the knee to Baal.
Have you ever thought about that 7000 strong army – I have. I imagined a great company of strapping prophets and fighting young men.. armed to the teeth with knives and spears.. conversant in war strategies – rippling muscles and a singing great songs of praise in glorious harmony!! But no… that is not the way that God works. The 7000 would have been a measly mess of pitiful little people: a poor widow with nothing to eat.. a blind man.. a pauper – an outcast leper. The homeless and helpless and poor and pathetic…
“Men and women that were tortured, not accepting deliverance,-that they might obtain a better resurrection. Men and women that had trials of mockings and scourgings – yes, and of chains and imprisonment. Men or women that were were stoned and sawn in two. Men and women that were were tempted. Men and women that were were slain with the sword. Men or women that wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins. Men and women that were destitute, afflicted, tormented.. Men and women of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, dens and caves of the earth, and all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith.” Heb.11:1ff. DID NOT RECEIVE THE PROMISE, WOW!
Why did they not receive the promise that God Promised them? God having provided something better for US – so that THEY should not be made perfect apart from us. They would be those that put their faith in their God, no matter what. They would be those that took God at His Word, and believed what He said. They would be the unsung heroes of scripture – nestling in Hebrews chapter 11.
They would be ones that, “hopefully”, trusted in His word. They would be men and women that, “patiently”, waited for His time. They would be servants of the Lord that, “trustingly”, resting in His love. And for every lone Elijah, God reserves “7000” more who remained faithful.
Today God has reserved for Himself a similar remnant.. one here – one there. Little people who believe God’s word, irrespective of circumstances. Odd folk here and there that trust God’s word implicitly – no matter what. They would be ones that 'hopefully trusted' in His word.
Let us like them be ones that 'hopefully trust' in His WORD. Let us like them be men and women that 'patiently wait' for His TIME.. Let us like them be servants of the Lord that 'trustingly rest 'in His LOVE.
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