Whose Report Will You Believe? Isaiah 53:1-2

Posted on April 7, 2023

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Whose Report Will You Believe? Isaiah 53:1-2

As we continue this march towards the promise, this question rings louder and the ramifications are even greater considering what the answer could mean for every follower or disciple of Christ. Since we are warned to take what happened to Israel in the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land as an example, we should take a cue from one of the landmark events, the spying of the land of promise.

Consider the promise made by Jehovah in Exodus 23:20-31 and Exodus 32:34

“See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you. Pay close attention to him and obey his instructions. Do not rebel against him, for he is my representative, and he will not forgive your rebellion. But if you are careful to obey him, following all my instructions, then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will oppose those who oppose you. For my angel will go before you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites, and Jebusites, so you may live there. And I will destroy them completely. You must not worship the gods of these nations or serve them in any way or imitate their evil practices. Instead, you must utterly destroy them and smash their sacred pillars. “You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness. There will be no miscarriages or infertility in your land, and I will give you long, full lives. “I will send my terror ahead of you and create panic among all the people whose lands you invade. I will make all your enemies turn and run. I will send terror ahead of you to drive out the Hivites, Canaanites, and Hittites. But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals would multiply and threaten you. I will drive them out a little at a time until your population has increased enough to take possession of the land. And I will fix your boundaries from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the eastern wilderness to the Euphrates River. I will hand over to you the people now living in the land, and you will drive them out ahead of you. Exodus 23:20-31(NLT)

Now go, lead the people to the place I told you about. Look! My angel will lead the way before you. And when I come to call the people to account, I will certainly hold them responsible for their sins.” Exodus 32:34 (NLT)

Please note the underlined portions and compare to the discourse in Numbers 13, noting the report given by the dissenting majority who attested to the veracity of what God said about the land; but the dissenting majority caused panic by looking at themselves as though they were the one to fight the battles! Take a close look at Numbers 13:28-33. These were the leaders of families, spreading word that contradicted God’s spoken word!

When we take account of what the Lord spoke regarding failed house managers in Luke 12:42-48 (TPT)—The Lord replied, “A master will delegate authority in his house to a trustworthy and thoughtful manager who understands his master’s desires. And the household manager will serve others what they need at exactly the right time. And whenever his master returns, he will find that his servant has served him well. I promise you, the master will reward him generously and he will be placed as an overseer of everything he owns. “But what if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master delays his coming, and who knows when he will return?’ Because of the delay, the servant elevates himself and mistreats those in his master’s household. Instead of caring for the ones he was appointed to serve, he abuses the other servants, both men and women. He throws drunken parties for his friends and gives himself over to every pleasure. Let me tell you what will happen to him. His master will suddenly return at a time that shocks him, and he will remove the abusive, selfish servant from his position of trust. The master will punish him and assign him a portion with the unbelievers. “Every servant who knows what pleases his master yet does not make himself ready and refuses to put his master’s will to action will receive many punishing blows. Every servant who does not know his master’s will and unwittingly does what is wrong will receive a less severe punishment. For those who have received a greater revelation from their master are required a greater obedience. And those who have been entrusted with great responsibility will be held more responsible to their master.”

Let each one with assigned responsibility whether at family or church level, take heed to relay the promises of God in keeping the people in line rather than turn their hearts away. The events of today in the nations demand this caution. Selah.

Pastor Afolabi Oladele

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