Words from the Heart for Saturday November 11th, 2017
Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.
Isaiah 62:10 (NIV)
Raise a Banner
The sacrifice of those who gave their lives for our country paved the way for the nation we enjoy today. The sacrifice of our men and women in uniform was done for us. Today we stop to honour them and express our deepest gratitude. Also, we pray for those who suffered permanent loss due to their service. And, we ask for the Lord’s protection for those who are currently serving.
There are very specific rules for the use of the Canadian flag. It should not be used as a table or seat cover, as a masking for boxes or as a barrier on a stage or platform. Nothing should be pinned to or sewn on the National Flag of Canada; and our Maple Leaf flag should not be signed or marked in any way. However, a border can be attached to its outside edge, which can be marked while leaving the Flag itself untouched.
Prophecy always has a number of levels. Usually there is the immediate meaning, usually pointing to something that is going to happen soon. But the prophecy also points to something far off, perhaps even something in our future. That is certainly the case in Isaiah 62:10 “Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.” In the immediate, Isaiah is looking at the return of the Jewish exiles to Jerusalem at the end of their exile in Babylon. What a great time of celebration as the priests and Levites lead the procession along the highway and through the gates, both of which had been destroyed but would be repaired. But the prophecy is also Messianic – pointing to the day when the redeemed of every tribe, tongue and nation will enter with victory to join the family of God through faith in Jesus Christ. On this Remembrance Day, when we remember those who laid down their lives that we might live in freedom and peace, let us also lift up the banner of our salvation.
These have been words from the heart.