Isaiah and Paul – Every Knee shall Bow

Jesus said in Matthew 6 that he had come to fulfill the law and added that he had come to fulfill the prophets.  In chapter 45 of his book, Isaiah discloses a vision in which God swore by himself that every knee would bow in obeisance to God.  Isaiah understands the oath to be irrevocable

“Turn to me and be saved,
all you ends of the earth;
for I am God, and there is no other.
23 By myself I have sworn,
my mouth has uttered in all integrity
a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow;
by me every tongue will swear.
24 They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone
are deliverance and strength. ’”

This irrevocable vision of Isaiah caught the fancy of St. Paul when he rebuked the Church of Rome for judging each other.  He wrote in Chapter 14, of his letter:

1 11 It is written:“  ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.’”[b]

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

In Paul’s joyful letter to the church at Philippi, he again recalled the ancient vision and admonished the church to have the mindset of Christ Jesus in the way they related to one another:  Philippians 2:

 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

The Old Fool believes the irrevocable oath from Isaiah, and the words of Paul to the Churches of Rome and Philippi, issue a clarion call that resounds to the ends of the earth for all ages, and specifically now to all Christendom to cease feuding over what is right and wrong, and yield to the unyielding love of God for all. 

Mennonites please note!           

About Martin Lehman

I was born 91 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the “Old Fool” moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.

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