God Is Our Treasure

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Isaiah 33:6 says, “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

In 721 B.C., both Israel and Judah have been overtaken by the Assyrians; their leaders i.e., kings, nobles, prophets, and priest failed to keep their covenant with Yahweh, and instead made a covenant with destruction, captivity and death.

Written around 701 B.C., it appears the text is speaking to the time Hezekian reigns as king over Judah. After years of Assyrian control, Hezekian assumes the throne, and declares Judah’s loyalty to Yahweh.

Hezekian does not follow the ways of his father, and others leaders who served false gods, and exploited the people of Judah. Hezekian surrenders to God! As king, he honors God’s commitment to Israel and Israel’s commitment to God. The God who led Israel out of Egypt, uses Hezekian to deliver Judah from foreign powers, and idolatry.

Isaiah 32:15-17 says, “Till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest. Justice will dwell in the desert and righteousness live in the fertile field. The fruit of righteousness will be a quietness and confidence forever.”

“Rich Store Of Salvation”

The days of idolatry and apostasy faded away, as Hezekian’s reign re-established stability, piety and reverence for Yahweh; a government characterized by the covenant Yahweh made with Israel.

The foundation of Hezekian’s government is built on solid foundations.  Yahweh saves; He is the salvation of his people.  God is their protector, their escape from danger; He delivers them from their enemies. Salvation is more than a spiritual blessing; it is concrete deliverance from demonic norms and values present in government and the everyday life of people.

Note: the name Jesus is etymologically “Yahweh is salvation.”  In Christ, God delivers us from abusing our lives; from drugs, alcohol, violence, car accidents, power and principalities (Satan and demons), sin, sickness, death and God’s wrath.   

There is nothing human beings can do to save themselves. Salvation is dependent upon the grace of God. Salvation is supremely defined in the action of Jesus Christ whose incarnation and atoning death took place in order that he might save sinners. (1 Timothy 1:15)

“Rich Store Of Wisdom and Knowledge”

Hezekian re-established the government in Judah, and governed with wisdom and knowledge.  He created a stable government that found favor with God.  During his reign as king over Judah he removed foreign idols, pagan rituals and beliefs; he cast doctrines of demons out of the temples and the everyday life of the people.  His decisions were based on the covenant between Israel and Yahweh who delivered them from bondage in Egypt.

Knowledge about God is dependent on God. We know God, yet, God remains incomprehensible no matter how far we journey into our innermost being.  That is not to say that what we do know is not trustworthy and true, for what God has revealed is both reliable and true.

As human beings we possess the innate ability to know God; we possess the capacity, aptitude, power, ability, and inclination, tendency, disposition to obtain definite, indubitable (cannot be erased) knowledge of God. We come to know God over the course of our lives; as God uses our experiences in causing us to see to the light.

Treasure

“Fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.” God gave to Hezekian and the people of Judah the keys to the treasure.  They were to worship Yahweh, and Him only.  He said thou shall have no other gods.  They were to delight in the Lord, in the Lord God and Him only. In this is the substance salvation, wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord.

Prayer

Lord, your knowledge and wisdom formed us from the dust. And, by your Spirit you gave us life, made us living souls. You created us in your image and likeness; and in doing so, you gave us the ability to learn and conform to your Spirit; your will. You love us so much that you gave us your only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not parish by receive eternal life.

Lord, we confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, and we believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, and that we are saved. Thank you for Jesus Christ and his  life and teaching as recorded in the Holy Bible.  Thank you for your word and the faith that comes from hearing the word of God. You are our God, and there is no other beside you. We love you, worship and praise you; now and forevermore. In Jesus name we pray. Amen