Hello again,sorry for the delay with the blog this week. I have had a house full of company and wasn’t able to spend the time I like to in preparation. Let’s continue for a while in our study. We will not study as much today but hopefully can pick up the pace a little during the next few weeks.
We have learned a lot about night/darkness and what that looks like and produces. Some of the information has just been to stimulate our thinking so we can look beyond the surface of things and use the knowledge we gain to pray with understanding about both our own circumstances and the needs of our nation and the world.
One little tidbit that amazed me is that night is shorter than day. Why do we always feel that nights are so long? Is it because of the intensity of night? Night becomes progressively dark then with the changing of the orbit light invades darkness and as it does it becomes brighter and brighter and we say Good Morning. It is important for us to remember that LIGHT dispels the darkness.
Now let’s continue in Isaiah for a little while… The answer to the man from Seir that we started this study with was, (Isa. 21:12) The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come. Sounds like continuous transition to me.
Matthew Henry Commentary : Enquire, return, come. Be inquisitive, be penitent, be willing and obedient.’ The manner of expression is very observable, for we are put to our choice what we will do: “If you will enquire, enquire; if not, it is at your peril; you cannot say but you have a fair offer made you.’ We are also urged to be at a point: “If you will, say so, and do not stand pausing; what you will do do quickly, for it is no time to trifle.’ Those that return and come to God will find they have a great deal of work to do and but a little time to do it in, and therefore they have need to be busy.
A R Fausset…commentary : if ye will inquire, inquire–If ye choose to consult me again, do so (similar phrases occur in Gen 43:14 2Ki 7:4 Est 4:16 ). return, come–“Be converted to God (and then), come” [GESENIUS]; you will then receive a more favorable answer.
As you read and consider our study together think about the things that are unfolding before your eyes with a different discernment. It seems to me the news in our world is ever changing and we need to keep our eyes open to what is going on around us so we can see and understand the darkness/night that is manifesting itself.
Isaiah answered the man from Seir, but not like shipmate Bob did on the old radio program every night with 8 bells and all’s well. He answered it with the morning comes and then night…enquire…In Luke 11 the Disciples had asked Jesus to tell them how to pray which He did and then went on to give them further information.
verse 9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. seek….Luke 11:9..ask-to ask, beg, call for, crave, desire, require. This was the same thing that Isaiah told the man from Seir. The same thing He tells you and me today. Please don’t grow weary in asking and seeking the Lord when you are in a state of darkness. He will hear and shine the light of His love and presence into your situation.
I can’t emphasize this enough, light, light, light. That is what dispels darkness.
We need light…even if it’s only a faint glimpse of light it is better than darkness.
We do not need to settle for just a little bit of light/morning/day.
We saw an example of how light shining out of the sky on a man hiding in a boat revealed his presence in that boat and helped the police to capture him last week in the horrible darkness in Boston, Mass. There was much seeking and asking and enquiring during the darkness of information and truth until that young man was revealed. Then came the victory.
If you have been following the news of the world and our nation you know one of the things happening has to do with life and death and man’s desire to decide who lives and who dies. Life is so precious and yet from the beginning with Cain, men have chosen to eliminate the life of others to pursue their own desires. Darkness engulfs their minds and thoughts and tells them they are right and after all others feel the same way they do so the world moves forward into darkness and out of the light of the Lord and what He has created us to be.
But, God created LIGHT: Gen. 1: 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Let’s continue our study and gain some insights regarding HIS LIGHT next time.