Worship Devotions

When a comma changes *everything*

"So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him." ~Isaiah 59:19

Did you know that when the Bible was written, the Old Testament, written in Hebrew and Aramaic, was without punctuation? Oh yes. Why does it matter? Because even a comma changes everything. Here’s the classic writer’s example of “punctuation saves lives”: Let’s eat, Grandma! (vs.) Let’s eat Grandma! (LOL) So, really, depending on where a little, tiny comma is placed, some Scriptures change in their message fundamentally. (No, not in a way that contradicts the rest of the Bible, but in a way that will perhaps contradict your previously held perspective on the message being sent by the writer.)

Okay, check out the original comma (first), vs. the adjusted comma (second) in Isaiah 59:19: “…when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (versus this) “…when the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Do you see the difference? Traditionally, it is taught that the enemy comes in “like a flood” then Lord will come in afterward, but because there is originally no comma there (it was added in later by translators under King James), you can just as legitimately read that Scripture this way: “…when the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” This changes EVERYTHING!

Here’s the full verse once again: “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy shall come in, like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” Satan absolutely and unequivocally fears the name of the Lord. His name is Jesus! From the rising of the sun, each day, the enemy is terrified of the glory of God. Why? Because you are changed and transformed into the image of God “from glory to glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18) as you behold Him in His presence: WORSHIP. This is why the enemy wants you to think that he is the flood. He is NOT. GOD is the flood that rushes in, pouring, raging, swirling, overwhelming and wiping out everything in His way as He beats a path to you.

Thought for today

Psalm 77:16-19 says, “The waters saw You, O God. The waters saw You; they were afraid; the depths also trembled. The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered. Your arrows flashed about. The sound of Your thunder was in the whirlwind, and Your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook. Your way is through the sea, and Your path in the great waters, and your footsteps are not seen.” Never let Satan convince you that he is the flood! Your God beats a path through the great waters, like a flood, and He rages toward the enemy so hard and so fast that He doesn’t even leave a footprint. For you.

That’s why I worship.

 

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