Behold I Will Make You A New Sharp Threshing Instrument Having Teeth
Isaiah 41:8-20— “But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel. When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar, the shittah tree, and the myrtle, and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the fir tree, and the pine, and the box tree together: That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the LORD hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it.”
These verses are prophetic concerning the elect of Israel in the future day of Jacob’s trouble, which speaks of the coming great tribulation. However, these great promises God gave to Israel also are for us—the church—as well.
ISRAEL AND JACOB
In Verse 8 we see the Holy Spirit addressing Israel His chosen people by both names— Israel and Jacob. The name Israel means “Prince with God,” and Jacob means “schemer.” In these two names, we see the process of sanctification at work. It was God’s purpose and plan to change “Jacob, the Schemer,” into “Israel, the Prince with God.”
It is ever the desire of the Holy Spirit that we be pliable in His hands in order to make us what He desires us to be. It is in light of this great doctrine of sanctification that the Message of the Cross is so important. For the sinner, the most important fact of Calvary is justification by faith; for the believer, the most important fact of Calvary is sanctification, which pertains to how the believer lives—our daily walk with the Lord.
Sadly, the great truth of the Message of the Cross, especially as it regards sanctification, is little preached and little known.
The simple fact is that most believers are trying to sanctify themselves by their works. Let it ever be known that it is humanly and spiritually impossible to sanctify one’s self through works, no matter how honorable or noble one may think those works are. That’s why Paul wrote the book of Galatians, to rebuke Gentile Christians who were being deceived by Judaizers, telling them that yes one is saved by Christ, but one must now keep the law of Moses in order to be truly saved, even to the point of the Gentile men becoming circumcised. These Gentiles were in effect mixing grace and law, which Paul would condemn in Galatians 5:4: “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by law; ye are fallen from grace.”
The work of sanctification is the Holy Spirit bringing us from Jacob to Israel. However, one’s faith must be ever in Christ and Him crucified, or the Holy Spirit is limited in what He can do.
In Isaiah 41:8 we also read, “Israel My servant.” What a blessing to be called a servant of God.
In Isaiah 41:9 we read the words of the Lord spoken through Isaiah where He says, “I have chosen you.” Jacob did not choose the Lord, but God chooses the individual. The initiation of the choice is made by God and not man.
Just as Jacob was chosen, just as Abraham was chosen, just as Noah and David and countless others were chosen, so have you been chosen by the Lord Himself to be a part of the last great harvest before the return of the Lord.
As well, the Lord has chosen SBN to be a church to the world and you are a part of that call.
THE VICTORY IS OURS
Though called, Satan will fight to stop God’s chosen, but the Lord has promised us the following in Isaiah 41:9-10:
1. Fear not.
2. I am with you.
3. I will strengthen you.
4. I will help you.
5. I will uphold you.
Actually in Verses 10, 13, and 14, He tells us three times to “fear not.” As well, in the same three verses the Lord promises this: “He will help you.”
THE RESULT OF OPPOSITION
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