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Part of the FBCS 2010 Read Through the Bible Project: Enter the Story. Join the Song.

Have You Seen This?

Luke 4:31-44    Ezekiel 46-47    Isaiah 65

“Mortal, have you seen this?” (Ezekiel 47:6). Have you, in your reading of God’s word, had a good look at where the story is heading? Do you see it in Jesus, as he cures the sick and commands unclean spirits “with authority and power” (Luke 4:36)? How about in Ezekiel’s vision of the river flowing from the throne of God, giving life wherever it flows (Ezekiel 47:9)? Or Isaiah’s prophecy of wolf and lamb eating together in peace (Isaiah 65:25)? Do you see the trajectory of the story? Hear the consistent theme of the song? Son of Adam . . . Daughter of Eve . . . Child of God  . . . have you seen this?

“For I am about to create a new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17). And, while we aren’t there yet, we’re closer than we were. And it will happen. The coming of Jesus guarantees it, demonstrating God’s authority and power to accomplish what the prophets envisioned: Evil vanquished! Weeping replaced by rejoicing! Death gives way to life, as stagnant waters teem with life and deserts blossom and bear fruit! Healing! Wholeness! Peace! And all are invited (Ezekiel 47:21-23)! “Everything will live where the river goes” (Ezekiel 47:9). The dwelling of God will be among mortals (Revelation 21:3; Ezekiel 37:27) and death will be no more in God’s new creation (Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 35:10). This is where we are headed. This is the direction toward which the story flows; every rivulet, every stream. And it will be so. This is why:

“Here I am, here I am” (Isaiah 65:1). God is here. Now. Always available. Always “ready to be sought out.” With hand extended, offering to touch and heal (Luke 4:40). Always. And this, too, is seen throughout the story, is it not? “Here I am,” says God. And “the wolf and the lamb shall feed together.” Guaranteed! May you see it. May you believe it. May you expect it. And may you forever live the story and sing the song. Amen.

“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
the lion shall eat straw like the ox;
but the serpent — its food shall be dust!
They shall not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain,
says the Lord.”
— Isaiah 65:25

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