Isaiah 11 also demonstrates God’s mercy expounded through another remnant by means of prophesying the promise of deliverance from the wrath and judgment that is to come through many generations:
“And there shall one forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots; And the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;”Isaiah 11:1-2
“And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious."Isaiah 11:10
“...It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.”Romans 9:16
Just like Israel, each of us are also born and considered ‘wicked’ by God, Psalm 58:3, refers to us as "wicked" and that as soon as we are born, we "go astray," "speaking lies," and are therefore "estranged from the womb" and separated from God. Our sinful nature always tempts us to think temporally as we live by what we can see and ignoring what we cannot see (Colossians 1:15-20). The "prince of the air" speaks lies to us which keeps us fixated on the here and now, rather than the eternal preeminence. While the "prince of the power of the air" (Ephesians 2:2) is real and working, the "Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6) is even stronger, it is the free will that God gave us to choose which one we shall follow.
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time psat ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ…”Ephesians 2:1-5
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” 1 John 2:16-17
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8
After I repented and whole-heartedly trusted in Jesus Christ alone to cover my sins and secure my eternity, Romans 6:7 indicates that at that very moment, "I was freed from sin." God was willing to withhold or remove the eternal damnation and separation from God that I rightfully deserved.
1 John 5:4 states that at that time, August 25th, 2016, I was "born of God" and had "overcome the world" and in return, the gift of eternal life. With the precious blood of Jesus Christ, my transgressions were casted as far as the east is from the west; which are directional terms that are ongoing and infinite, a wonderful image of God’s mercy.
The Bible now comes to life by the Holy Spirit that undoubtedly resides within me since I trusted in God’s merciful plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. As I read, the contrasts are so overwhelming, the application is so real, and my fairly new spiritual eyes illuminate the Word of God.
How is it that God abhors sin yet extends His mercy to the hopeless and sinful creatures that chose to bask in darkness? The "Father of Mercies" always holds true to His promises and expresses the love for us that His adopted children should also desire to reciprocate towards others. Without God demonstrating love towards us, we would not know love (1 John 4:19).
“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”James 5:11
Crystal grew up in the world but God used her back injury to draw her to Himself through the miracle of salvation. She was born again in 2016 and since then has possessed the yearning desire to learn more about His miraculous truths in His perfect Word. Oftentimes, she journals from her hammock near a stream and hopes to serve the Lord in a sailboat one day! In order to choose the title of her column, Crystal combined her heart’s desire with Proverbs 31:14, “She [the virtuous woman] is like the merchant’s ships; she bringeth her food from afar.”