Vol. 9, No. 3
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"Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save" (Isaiah 45:20).
Most commentators agree that Isaiah 45:20-25 is a prophecy relating to the church. The passage tells of the glory of God. It tells that he is the one to be worshipped. It tells that all men have the responsibility to obey God. It tells that all who do not come to God and obey him will be ashamed.
The word "assemble" in verse 20 comes from a Hebrew word that means assemble into a specific group. This word means more than just a simple assembling. There is a special purpose for the assembling. Those assembling realize that they are a special group.
There are many today who profess to be Christians. Yet, they say that it is not necessary to be part of a special group. They say that a person can be a part of one of many different groups and still be a child of God. But that is not what this passage says. This passage says that those who are followers of God draw near to one another. They are part of a special group. If one can be a follower of God and be a part of any one of 1,000 different groups, then one is not a part of a special group. One is just part of any group.
Desire to be a part of the special group of people who are true Christians. Assemble with that group. Study your Bible. Learn what is necessary to be a part of God's special group of people. Learn what is necessary when you assemble with that group. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.
God many times refers to himself as the light of the world. Those that live in sin are pictured as living in darkness. They many times are depicted as being in the dark and needing the light of God.
In Isaiah 50:10, God calls for all people to turn to him. He tells them to trust in his name. They are told to dwell upon him and his Word. They are told to fear God.
In verse eleven, we read, "Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow."
Verse ten is referring to the words and philosophy of God. Verse eleven is referring to the words and philosophies of man. Man's philosophies are pictured as the fire and sparks that man starts. Many people look to man's philosophies and so-called wisdom. They expect these to light their way as they travel through life. They think these will guide them through their lives.
Man comes up with all kinds of thinking on how to be happy in life. There are millions of books written telling people how to be happy. But there is a book that was written by God. It tells us how to truly be happy. The Bible is God's wisdom. It is the true light. It is what will start the true spark of life for us. It will give us the proper guidance.
Study God's Word. Obey it. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.