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He Shall Become a Sanctuary

January 2, 2018


He Shall Become a Sanctuary

Isaiah’s job was  to preach  to the disobedient Israelites.     Although he preached  for about sixty years,  he was not at all popular.     Tradition says  he was sawn in two  by those who hated him.     They hated him  for revealing their sins  and preaching repentance.     But,  Isaiah was appointed  by God  to continue preaching,  even though he was hated  and rejected.

This hated prophet wrote many  of the prophecies  regarding the Savior’s life.     They all came true  in the smallest details,  so we know  that Isaiah truly represented  the LORD God.     So,  Isaiah spoke the truth,  but, nobody wanted  to hear the truth.

In one  of Isaiah’s calls  for repentance,  he told the Israelites  their priorities were all wrong  and in Isaiah 8:13-14 he wrote,

“It is  the LORD of hosts  whom you should regard  as holy.      
And He shall be  your fear,       

And He shall be  your dread.       

Then  He shall become  a sanctuary;       

But  to both the houses of Israel,  a stone to strike  and a rock  to stumble over…”

The Israelites were afraid  of an Assyrian invasion,  but they refused  to repent  and turn  to the LORD  —  kinda like people today.     So,  Isaiah’s message shows us all  an eternal truth.

When people know  in their hearts  that God truly is holy  —  and they have so much respect  for the LORD’s holiness  that they carefully live  the way God wants them to  —  then,  this holy God becomes  their “sanctuary”  —  their place of security,  rest,  and peace.

How can that be?

The world tends to think  that we need  to steer clear  of anything  that is so holy  that it is something  to fear  and dread.     We do need  to shake in our boots  when we realize  just how holy God is.     He is absolutely perfect  in all of His judgments,  powers,  authority,  righteousness,  justice.     All of that  condemns every single one of us  to death  for our sins.     We can’t face that.

But,  in the same breath,  God’s holiness means  He is also  absolutely perfect in love,  mercy,  grace,  kindness,  gentleness,  truthfulness,  and faithfulness.     This holy God  has declared  in truth  that He loves us  and desires  to give us the gift  of salvation  in Jesus Christ.

That is when this holy God becomes  our “sanctuary”  —  our place of security,  rest,  peace,  and total forgiveness  in Christ.

But,  Isaiah added another truth  when he said,  “But  to both the houses  of Israel,  a stone  to strike  and a rock  to stumble over.”     Other Bible verses tell us  that Jesus is the Rock  that many will stumble over.

God gives us  a sure Savior,  a promise  of forgiveness  simply through faith  in the atoning blood  of Jesus,  but people stumble over  that concept.     It’s like the idea  of a real Savior  is impossible.     People still want  to work their own way  into heaven.    They simply do not want  to trust  and believe  in the almighty LORD.

As we have regard  for the LORD’s holiness,  we need  to remember  that His holiness causes Him  to always proclaim  the truth.     That truth  is forgiveness  through faith  in Jesus.     In the truth  of our Savior’s work  we have our “sanctuary”.

Let us find our peace  in our Sanctuary  —  Jesus Christ.

As we rest  in the peace  of forgiveness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     I know  that my Redeemer lives.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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