Being only 6 verses Chapter 12 is the smallest of Isaiah’s writings but nonetheless, important. It is a song or expression of Thanksgiving to God.
It begins with thanking God for not destroying the nation of Israel in its entirety, even though their constant disobedience warranted it. Reminding the remnant that God is their strength and salvation, the spring from which they draw life.
And in that day – Repeated from v.1, specifically referring to the time when the remnant of Israel and the chosen of the Gentile have been gathered together.
shall ye say, – better put maybe to sing out loud or louding proclaim
Praise the Lord, – what we should all be readily be doing
call upon his name, first thing each morning, that He alone will control and Glory in the day’s proceedings
declare his doings among the people, – This is the Great Commision the duty of every true believer
make mention that his name is exalted. – Again a better or more accurate translation from the Hebrew would be ‘to cause His name to be remembered forever.’
Isaiah speaks of a future event in that day, I would argue that day is here. By that I mean Why not today being the day that we:
Praise the Lord
Call Upon His Name
Declare His doings to all the earth
Cause His name to be remembered forever
Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth.19 Go, therefore, and make disciples ofall nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember,I am with you always,to the end of the age.” – – Matthew 28:19-20 (CSB)
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So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” – –Hebrews 13:6
The Great Commission as Matthew 28:18-20 is known, is just that a commission not a suggestion from Jesus. It is a duty bound assignment for every born again believer. One that many (me include) find difficult.
I think I am Okay at posting here on the old web and serving as a Chaplain, you know in my comfort zones. Yet going out v.19 in the community and evangelizing inviting neighbors to church etc. and now we are getting into the area of very uncomfortable.
Then I read the Commision again and realize I am not the one doing the evangelizing. That is right, unless I completely forget to pray and ask God’s blessing on my endeavors, He (Christ) has promised to be with me throughout my efforts. So it is Christ with me doing the work. Even better what is it that makes me so uncomfortable, fear? Seriously, Hebrews 13:6 makes it clear I have nothing to fear in any circumstance God puts me in, for “The Lord is my helper” and what is it man can do to me?
So the next time the opportunity arises just maybe we can be a little less apprehensive about getting out there and sharing the good news and making disciples.