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Thursday, August 6 2015

Isaiah 49: What Does Salvation Really Mean?

"For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the Earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited"

The English-language word "salvation" originated from a Latin word, salvatum, that meant to save, as in to make safe from danger.

"Salvation" is used to translate three words of the Hebrew Scriptures (popularly-known as the "Old Testament," although most of the prophecies are awaiting the Messiah's return to be fulfilled and enacted e.g. see Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives, Micah: Swords Into Plowshares and When You See What Daniel Saw):

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced yesh-oo-awh, that means deliverance. An example:

    "14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14:14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." (Exodus 14:13-14 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced yeh-shaw, that also means deliverance. An example:

    "22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; 22:3 The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence." (2 Samuel 22:2-3 KJV)

  • The Hebrew word, pronounced tesh-oo-awh, that means to rescue. An example:

    "45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else." (Isaiah 45:17-18 KJV)

In the New Testament, "salvation" is used to translate a single Greek word that is itself a translation of the same Hebrew words explained above:

  • The Greek word, pronounced so-tay-ree-awh, that means to rescue, or to deliver to a place of safety. An example:

    "4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:10-12 KJV)

Ruth As we can see from the literal meanings of the actual words of the Holy Scriptures, "salvation" means being rescued, or delivered, from the destruction that is surely coming. That mortality is built-in so that all who reject the LORD's offer of salvation will be naturally obliterated - while those who choose to accept the LORD's offer of salvation, by repenting and truly obeying His commands and instructions (see the Fact Finder question below), will be delivered, or saved, from what is surely going to happen without the LORD's intervention (see The LORD God Our Saviour).

"Israel" was created from people of many nations (e.g. Abraham was an Iraqi, the mothers of Judah and nearly all his brothers were Syrian, the first Jews had Canaanite mothers, Ephraim and Manasseh had an Egyptian mother, Ruth was from the Arab kingdom of Jordan etc.; see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq, A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria, The First Jews, The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh and Ruth: Building The House Of Israel) as a living object-lesson prophecy of the Kingdom of God that will be inhabited by spiritually "born again" (see the Fact Finder question below to understand what that term actually means in the Word of God) children of God from all of humanity (see The First And Last Nation and Which Tree Will You Pick Fruit From?).

"49:1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. 49:2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; 49:3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified. 49:4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.

49:5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

49:7 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee.

49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; 49:9 That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves.

They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. 49:10 They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them. 49:11 And I will make all my mountains a way, and my highways shall be exalted. 49:12 Behold, these shall come from far: and, lo, these from the north and from the west; and these from the land of Sinim.

49:13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

49:14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. 49:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. 49:17 Thy children shall make haste; thy destroyers and they that made thee waste shall go forth of thee. 49:18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.

49:19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. 49:20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell. 49:21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been? 49:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD,

Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

49:24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?

49:25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. 49:26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob." (Isaiah 49:1-26 KJV)

Fact Finder: When will salvation happen?
See What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16? and Who Can Be Saved?; also The Christian Feast Of Trumpets: The First Day Of Salvation

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This Day In History, August 6

1195: Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria, died at age 66.

1284: The Republic of Genoa defeated the Republic of Pisa at the Battle of Meloria.

1415: Jan Hus, a Czech who spoke out against Roman Catholic Church corruption, was burned at the stake as a "heretic."

Hiroshima 1497: John Cabot returned to England after his first successful journey to the Labrador coast.

1538: Bogota, Colombia, was founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada.

1661: The Treaty of The Hague was signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic.

1806: A premature historical account, as parroted by some historians: "The Holy Roman Empire came to an end when Francis II formally resigned his titles in deference to Napoleon's victories. Founded in 962 by Otto I of Germany, the Holy Roman Empire was a political entity in parts of Europe, primarily German states, over which the pope had spiritual control." See the map of "The Holy Roman Empire of The German Nation" at The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation.

1825: Bolivia declared its independence from Peru.

1845: The Russian Geographical Society was founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

1861: The United Kingdom annexed Lagos, Nigeria.

1890: Convicted murderer William Kemmler became the first person to be executed in the electric chair when he was put to death at Auburn State Prison in New York.

1914: The British light cruiser Amphion struck a German mine and sunk immediately; 150 men drowned, including the German prisoners on board that had been captured from the minelayer that had laid the fatal mine.

1945: During the Second World War, the U.S. B-29 Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, killing over 150,000 civilians, and horribly burning tens of thousands more, in the first use of a nuclear "weapon of mass destruction" in warfare. The second came a few days later when another U.S. bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing over 200,000 more civilians. Some historians emphasize the contrast - the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the U.S. into the Second World (1939-1945) in 1941 was solely an attack on a military base and naval warships, not densely-populated civilian targets.

1960: After the Cuban Revolution, Cuba nationalized all foreign-owned property in the nation.

1962: Jamaica became independent from the United Kingdom.

1986: William Schroeder died after living 620 days with the "Jarvik Seven" artificial heart.

1996: Scientists from NASA and a number of universities reported that a meteorite found in Antarctica in 1984, and later identified as having originated from Mars, provided "unequivocal" biological evidence that life once existed on Mars. The findings were later disputed.

2012: The Curiosity mobile science probe landed on the surface of Mars.


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