When God Repeats Himself
When God repeats Himself we should pay attention. He repeats Himself when He says something that is important to Him and to us.
Isaiah 2:11: The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
Isaiah 2:17: And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
If the second verse had been farther away from the first, I probably would have forgotten the first before I read the second. I believe that the parts of the passages that are identical are more important than the parts that are not quite identical: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. It speaks about what will happen during the millennium and certainly in Heaven. That event will be one of the things that will make Heaven Heavenly. We can have many Heavenly moments in this life too. If we want this moment to be more Heavenly we should exalt the Lord alone this moment. If this moment is not Heavenly, it is because we do not exalt the Lord alone in it. That happens to me during way too many moments. The Lord alone was exalted when I received Jesus. He alone is exalted when I serve Him. I long to exalt Him alone more and more. I cannot exalt Him alone when I am not even thinking about Him.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
The two verses that follow deal with substitutes for God. Sometimes we are our own idols and sometimes we have external idols. Sometimes we put ourselves above God and sometimes we put other things above Him. They will all be brought low or abolished. They will not be above the Lord and they will not interfere with exalting Him alone.
Isaiah 2:12: For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
Isaiah 2:18: And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
There are also two almost identical chapters in the Bible, 2 Kings 19 and Isaiah 37. I did not discover them myself. A couple of Christians with better memories than mine told me about them. I plan to study them next and see what the Lord wants us to learn from them. I suggest you study them too.
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