Sunday 22 September 2013

Jeremiah 27:22 “They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be, until the day that I visit them, says Yahweh; then will I bring them up, and restore them to this place.”

Joel 2:25 “I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the great locust, the grasshopper, and the caterpillar, my great army, which I sent among you.”

The last question that the disciples asked Jesus before He ascended into heaven was, “Is it at this time that you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6)

The response from Jesus really didn’t answer the question that was asked.  He spoke of the times and the seasons that only the Father knows.  But the question of the disciples is very pertinent; it evokes the prophetic, and almost rhetorical questions of Isaiah.  And though Jesus didn’t actually answer the question, he certainly didn’t rebuke them for it.  And in a sense this is the last question asked prior to the sending of the Holy Spirit and the birthing of the Church.  And the question has gone unanswered for the past 2000 years.

With Abraham, God established a covenant on the earth.  With Moses, God established a people on the earth.  With David, God established a physical habitation on the earth.  And there are numerous promises throughout the law and the prophets which indicate that neither heaven nor earth will pass away until God restores all things.

The disciples didn’t understand that day that Jesus was looking roughly one generation into the future and seeing the day the Temple would be destroyed.  And in two generations, Jerusalem would be demolished and the Jewish people expelled from their homeland.

God is a God of restoration.  And all that He has promised, He will restore.  He will never give the devil the pleasure to boast that divine grace wasn’t powerful enough to accomplish divine will.

In your life, it is the same.  The restoration of Israel remains on God’s calendar today so that it serves as a reminder to all of humanity that once God decrees a thing, He will watch over His word to perform it. (See Jer. 1:12 + 29:10, and Eze 12:25) We may feel at times that God has gone far away on vacation and has forgotten us.  But this is simply NOT true.  It is just your feelings playing tricks on you.  God is never far away; He is always watching.  And God will watch over His word concerning you, in order to perform it.

Paul wrote this promise to the Christians in Thessalonica, but I believe it applies to your life today: He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)  So my question to you today is: What is God going to do for you?

As we enter into the third and final week of the fast, we strongly encourage you to write down the different promises that you know you have received from the Lord.  Take your list and worship God with all your heart – even if you don’t feel like it; declare His faithfulness to His word.  And you will see; He will restore you; and He will restore these things to you.

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