Can no one be taught anything? Can no one understand the message? Must one teach barely weaned toddlers, babies just taken from the breast, so that [one has to use nursery rhymes]? Tzav la-tzav, tzav la-tzav, kav la-kav, kav la-kav z'eir sham, z'eir sham [Precept by precept, precept by precept, line by line, line by line, a little here, a little there]. So with stammering lips, in a foreign accent, [ADONAI] will speak to this people. He once told this people, "It's time to rest, the exhausted can rest, now you can relax" - but they wouldn't listen.
Somewhat of a different interpretation than we were taught at CCBTC, yes? The Lord, through Isaiah was speaking to those who wouldn't listen, not to babes who earnestly desired the milk of the word...
So now the word of ADONAI for them comes "precept by precept, precept by precept, line by line, line by line, a little here, a little there," so that when they walk, they stumble backward, and are broken, trapped and captured!
Is it possible that CC&BTC misunderstood? Is it possible to actually rest when He gives us rest? Is that the way? Is it possible that Isaiah was speaking to an even larger group than those of us who were taught there?
I personally think "Yes". The same error that in the past guided us and caused confusion continues today and will continue unto the very end (at least in part). But Traci, I am not persuaded thus of you. By our 'God-Trust' are we led into the Grace and Peace that has been preserved for every one who calls upon the Name.
"So listen to the word of ADONAI, you scoffers, composing taunts for this people in Yerushalayim: Because you said, "We made a covenant with death, we made a contract with Sh'ol. When the raging flood passes through, it will not touch us."
[What was that?? A covenant with Death? A contract with Sh'ol? Where have we heard of this?]
Listen and hear my voice; pay attention, and hear what I say: Does a farmer sowing keep plowing forever? Does he never stop breaking up and harrowing his land? No - when he finishes leveling it, he scatters his dill-seed, sows his cumin, puts wheat in rows, barley where it belongs, and plants buckwheat around the edges; because his God has taught him this, has given him instruction. Dill must not be threshed with a sledge or cartwheels driven over cumin; rather, dill one beats with a stick and cumin with a flail. When crushing grain for bread, one doesn't thresh it forever; one drives the horse and cart wheels over it but doesn't crush it to powder. This too comes from ADONAI-Tzva'ot - his counsel is wonderful, his wisdom great.
I hear the cry of your heart in your statement of belief. You want to be One with Jesus even as Jesus is One with the Father. Will this prayer go unanswered?
"As I live, My glory shall fill all heaven and all the earth, saith the Lord."
This is the promise, the rest, the sabbath that was Promised of the Father, prophesied of by Joel, delivered to Peter and others on the day of Pentecost (fulfilling the feast of the In-gathering) in the former rain.
What is left? Greater things. By entering into the rest that God has provided, we are indeed "turning our eyes upon the Lord" - This is the action that is spoken of in the Song! His heart is effected and He comes bounding over the mountains.
This is the faith that causes mountains to move, this little seed that has been planted, watered and held dear in each of us.
The Word of God is given for the unity of the saints, to establish us, to renew our minds. The Comforter and Teacher is given and we have no need than any man teach us.
Let it be as God has said, let two of us agree as touching concerning a matter (this matter) and then ... according to the living Word of God, what is asked is given.
Do I hear the cry of your heart correctly?
Amen, Traci. Amen.
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