Monday, September 30, 2013

Isaiah 33:21-24

"But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.
Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity."
Isaiah 33:21-24

 This is cool.  I don't think that I fully understand the ship imagery here, but I really like the mental picture I get of the glorious Lord being a peaceful place for us, with lots of water.  And I think the lack of ships probably means that no-one is coming to conquer us or steal our stuff like pirates. :) 
I like the idea of the Lord  as our actual earthly judge, lawgiver, and king... no more corruption, and absolute confidence in the government. :)  He will always save us.
The next verse I'm not sure about,but again, it could be people coming to conquer and their ships and plans just fall apart.  Instead of taking over, they have to pick through their stuff to see if anything is still any good.
The last part is also cool... no one here says that they are sick.  And the people who live here are living in a state of consistent forgiveness.  They might make mistakes, but they correct them, and learn not to do them anymore.  Never getting sick would also be cool. :)
This scripture is talking about leading up to the second coming, and I think this part is afterward... but I think that it can apply to our lives now as well.  God led Moses and Nephi to promised lands, and the Lord himself is a promised land to each of us... a place of abundance and goodness, where he will always save us.  Today, let's travel to the promised land of God.  He offers us so much more than we can probably imagine... but he *wants* us to imagine it and to find our way there, to him.  As we work to learn more about him and his life and his laws and his gospel, he will help us and teach us, and save us.  And someday, if we work toward that idea of God as our promised land, then we'll eventually see the real, tactile promised land too, and get to hang out there, with God.  I'm sure it will be a good time, so let's plan on it. :)

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