Nourish the Root

But as for you who forsake the Lord
And forget my holy mountain
Who spread a table for Fortune
And fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny
I will destine you for the sword
And you will all bend down for the slaughter
For I called but you did not answer
I spoke but you did not listen
You did evil in my sight
And chose what displeases me.
Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
My servants will eat
But you will go hungry
My servants will drink
But you will go thirsty
My servants will rejoice
But you will be put to shame.
My servants will sing
Out of the joy of their hearts
But you will cry out
From anguish of heart
And wail in brokenness of spirit.
You will leave your name
To my chosen ones as a curse
The Sovereign Lord will put you to death
But to his servants he will give another name.
Whoever invokes a blessing in the land
Will do so by the God of truth
He who takes an oath in the land
Will do so by the God of truth
He who takes an oath in the land
Will swear by the God of truth.
For the past troubles will be forgotten
And hidden from my eyes.
Behold, I will create
New heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered
Nor will they come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
In what I will create
For I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
And its people a joy.
I will rejoice over Jerusalem
And take delight in my people
the sound of weeping and of crying
Will be heard in it no more.
-Isaiah 65:11-19

There is so much to be found in Isaiah 65 that speaks to the hearts and minds of people living today, never mind when Isaiah was first written for the people of his day over 2500 years ago. Through the millennia Isaiah 65 has been interpreted in many ways, the most deadly interpretation being wrought by former Christian hierarchies interpreting Isaiah 65:13-15 as God cursing the Jews, and supersessionistically interpreting “the chosen ones” as Christians. Of course, this interpretation makes God speak with a ‘forked tongue’! James (3:10) rightly asks:

Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.
My brothers, this should not be.
Can both fresh water and salt water
Flow from the same spring?
My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives,
Or a grapevine bear figs?
Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Those things which must be will be but God is a preserver of life, especially of the life of His chosen people, just as Elijah (1 Kings 19:14), the prophet who thought he was the only one left in Israel “zealous for the Lord God Almighty” found out:

Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel –
All whose knees have not bowed down to Baal
And all whose mouths have not kissed him.

Messianic Gentiles have indeed been grafted into the vine as Paul (Romans 11:17-24) pointed out so fervently to “you Gentiles”:

If some of the branches have been broken off, and you,
Though a wild olive shoot
Have been grafted in among the others
And now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,
Do not boast over those branches.
If you do, consider this:
You do not support the root,
But the root supports you.

“The root supports you” – please think about this – everything you have, including the Salvation you enjoy comes from the “root”:

But what does it say?
“The word is near you
It is in your mouth and in your heart,” [Deut. 30:14]
That is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:
That if you confess with your mouth,
“Yeshua is Lord,” and believe in your heart
That God raised him from the dead,
You will be saved.
For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
And it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
As the scripture says,
“Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” [Isaiah 28:16]
For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile –
The same Lord is Lord of all
And richly blesses all who call on Him,
For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” [Joel 2:32]
-Romans 10:8-13

Everything you know and understand has come through the ‘root’, so who are you to separate yourselves from that root? Support the root as the root supports the branches – return to it the goodness you are taking in through the mercy and love of God. The mercy and goodness He pours out on you is not for hoarding to sustain you alone but is given that you might share with both the natural and grafted-in branches on the vine, down to the very root.

These are the days of “mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you”. Remember (Romans 10:14-15):

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can they preach unless they are sent?
As it is written,
“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” [Isaiah 52:7]

Nourish the ‘root’ and be nourished in return.

The Lord is coming!

About Hodiyah

Do not urge me to leave you, to turn back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
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