Paul the Apostle
was not a quitter!
Nor were the
other godly men and women of the New Testament!
And to that great
list each of us can add the "giants" of the Faith that we've
personally known too!
obviously endued with "perseverance!"
As I thought
about that, about the sheer determination that our fellow
brothers and sisters have ... I quite naturally began to think
about our Lord!
He certainly was
But ... did He
ever get discouraged?
Did He ever fail
in a task?
Was He ever prone
to "quit" a job?
Listen to Isaiah
describe our Saviour, the "Servant" of the Lord.
"He shall not fail nor be discouraged,
till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait
for his law." Isaiah 42:4
Look at that!
It just blatantly
says of Jesus: He will not (ever) be discouraged! He will
never fail! He will reach His goal ... worldwide
No wonder Paul
was so "tough!"
He just couldn't
He was, in some
small measure, like His Lord!
Of course, that's
what the Holy Spirit does inside us Believers! He "conforms us
to the image of God's Son!" Romans 8:29
See that verb
Jesus will never
It's "kahah" in
Hebrew and means "to faint" or "to become dim" or "to be
darkened" or "to falter." Once it even means "to restrain!"
It's first Bible
use is interesting. In Genesis 27:1 the King James Bible
translates it: "to become dim!" Speaking of Isaac when he was
old, "And it came to pass, that when Isaac
was old, and his eyes
were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his
eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him,
Behold, here am I." Jesus was never "dimmed" in
His determination to serve His Father!
And in Ezekiel
21:7 our word "kahah" is rendered as "faint!" Look!
"And it shall be, when they say unto thee,
Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings;
because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands
shall be feeble, and every spirit
shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water:
behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord
GOD." Jesus never fainted in His Purpose on earth! That
thought gives new meaning to Luke 18:1 ---
"And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought
always to pray, and not to faint."
But 1st Samuel
13:3 perhaps gives us the most startling syntax for the word.
"For I (the Lord) have told him (Eli) that
I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he
knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he
not." Our dear Lord never was, nor ever shall be,
restrained in His Work!
Jesus will not
He will not quit!
No wonder Paul
was so determined!
And all the
Next our verse,
Isaiah 42:4, says that Jesus will not "be discouraged." The
verb "ratzsatzs" means "crushed or broken or bruised!"
Now of course we
know that on the Cross Jesus was bruised physically. So says
Isaiah 53:5. But as far as His goal of worldwide righteousness
... for a time when "the earth shall be
full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea,"
the Will and Resolve of Jesus have never been "broken!"
"discouraged," is translated in the King James Bible in several
different ways. Here they are with their numbers of frequency:
oppressed (6 times), break or broken (7 times), bruised (2
times), crushed (2 times), discouraged (1 time) and struggle
together (1 time)!
I really like
what one Lexicon gave for a definition here: "to crack in
pieces!" Jesus never "cracked!"
Jesus will just
not be disturbed until He has done some
things ... even yet in the future! Things that can be
accomplished because of His Victory on the Cross!
"Till he have set judgment in the earth:
and the isles shall wait for his law." Isaiah 42:4
Yes, Jesus is
And when He does,
"judgment" (a pronouncing of a righteous sentence) shall be
executed on this whole earth! Righteousness will yet prevail!
Not a forced
morality" as the wicked and usually immoral liberals say!
that comes from changed hearts!
The world, all of
it ... including the people on the little islands ... will want
to hear more and more of God's Law, God's Word!
Just think of
The verb "to
wait" means "to hope!"
This verb is a
Piel in Hebrew ... this waiting and hoping and longing is
When Jesus reigns
in His future Kingdom ... perhaps the worldwide cable networks
of today will no longer be used for vanity and trash and filth
... but for the propagation of the precious Word of God! Jesus
Himself being the Chief Teacher!
I must close!
Here's our verse
again. Think about it throughout the day.
"He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set
judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law."
It ought to keep
us all faithfully serving Him ... for the rest of our lives!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell