“Things of Earth/Heaven”
We have been looking at what the Word says about “treasure”.
Forget not what the Lord said in what we call the “Sermon on the Mount”.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
What is your “treasure”?
Things of earth?
Things of heaven?
What are you “storing up”?
Things of earth?
Things of heaven?
The treasures of earth will be…
- eaten by moth
- destroyed by rust
- stolen by thieves
They will come to an end.
The treasures of heaven will not be…
They last for eternity.
Where is your heart?
Do not lie to yourself.
The Lord knows.
Be certain that your treasure is in heaven.
Be certain your heart is where it should be.
“In That Day - the Lord!”
Let’s finish the thought in Isaiah 33.
The prophet is seeing things yet to come.
Some will be fulfilled in the near future…from Isaiah’s time.
Some will be fulfilled in the distant future…from Isaiah’s time.
Some will be fulfilled in the far future…from Isaiah’s time.
Some has been fulfilled from our time.
Some has yet to be fulfilled.
Such is the way of the prophetic Word of the Lord.
Give close attention to “people of a stammering tongue”…
Note what we learn about the Lord…
Your eyes will see the King in His beauty;
They will behold a far-distant land.
Your heart will meditate on terror:
“Where is he who counts?
Where is he who weighs?
Where is he who counts the towers?”
You will no longer see a fierce people,
A people of unintelligible speech which no one comprehends,
Of a stammering tongue which no one understands.
Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts;
Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an undisturbed habitation,
A tent which will not be folded;
Its stakes will never be pulled up,
Nor any of its cords be torn apart.
But there the majestic One, the LORD, will be for us
A place of rivers and wide canals
On which no boat with oars will go,
And on which no mighty ship will pass—
For the LORD is our judge,
The LORD is our lawgiver,
The LORD is our king;
He will save us—
Your tackle hangs slack;
It cannot hold the base of its mast firmly,
Nor spread out the sail.
Then the prey of an abundant spoil will be divided;
The lame will take the plunder.
And no resident will say, “I am sick”;
The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.
The day will come…
- When a King will be seen
- When terror will be no more
- When a fierce people will no longer be known
- When Jerusalem will be undisturbed (and restored)…forever
- The Majestic One
- Will be for us
- Our Judge
- Our Lawgiver
- Our King
- Will save us
Press on to that day!
Evil will increase.
Darkness will increase.
Yet, a day will come when the Lord arises.
Note what the Lord will do.
Note to whom.
“You have conceived chaff, you will give birth to stubble;
My breath will consume you like a fire.
“The peoples will be burned to lime,
Like cut thorns which are burned in the fire.
“You who are far away, hear what I have done;
And you who are near, acknowledge My might.”
Sinners in Zion are terrified;
Trembling has seized the godless.
“Who among us can live with the consuming fire?
Who among us can live with continual burning?”
He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity,
He who rejects unjust gain
And shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe;
He who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed
And shuts his eyes from looking upon evil;
He will dwell on the heights,
His refuge will be the impregnable rock;
His bread will be given him,
His water will be sure.
The Lord will be victorious.
The Lord will consume the peoples with fire.
Sinners will be terrified at the mighty works of the Lord.
Trembling will seize them.
Who can stand before such a consuming fire?
He who walks righteously.
He who speaks with sincerity.
He who rejects unjust gain.
He who does not bribe.
He who refuses to listen about bloodshed.
He who shuts his eyes from looking at evil.
Such a person will dwell on the heights.
Such will have refuge in the Impregnable Rock.
Bred will be given.
Such are those who believe that Jesus is…
“Now I Will…"
Remember what we have seen…
And He will be the stability of your times,
A wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge;
The fear of the LORD is his treasure.
The Lord is the stability of our times.
Especially in troublesome, difficult times.
We think we live in such.
We have no clue.
“Things” will become much more difficult.
They will look like this…
Note what happens to “brave men”.
Note the reaction of “ambassadors of peace”.
Note the state of infrastructure.
Note the status of eco-structure.
Behold, their brave men cry in the streets,
The ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.
The highways are desolate, the traveler has ceased,
He has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities,
He has no regard for man.
The land mourns and pines away,
Lebanon is shamed and withers;
Sharon is like a desert plain,
And Bashan and Carmel lose their foliage.
An enemy has broken a covenant.
An enemy has been successful.
Ah…watch what the Lord says…
“Now I will arise,” says the LORD,
“Now I will be exalted, now I will be lifted up.
It is in these moments that the Lord will arise.
It is then that the Lord will be exalted.
It is then that He will be lifted up.
We as Believers can live in this moment constantly.
Allow the Lord to arise within you.
Exalt the Lord.
Lift Him up.
Rejoice in what He then does.