“FEAR NOT; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.” ~ Isaiah 54:4
FEAR NOT: Jesus will Wash Our Filthy Garments: Jesus will Remove Our Shame
In Isaiah 54, God speaks of Judah as His wife and likens the captivity the nation would experience as widowhood–i.e., Judah was taken captive, as many widows were in those days, because ‘she’ had no ‘husband’ to defend ‘her’ honor.
BUT God, yet again reassures Judah that He will restore them.
Yet again, we are also reminded of God’s restorative work in our own lives. The people of God through faith, the spiritual descendants of Abraham, the fellowship of Believers, we are again encouraged that God’s will restore us.
If we will wait on Him and walk with Him, God will take away the shame of our sin and the embarrassment of our iniquity. The consequences of sin are often unavoidable. But, if we will repent, if we will wait on Him and walk with Him, God will lead us out of shame and into His glory.
“And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.” ~ Zechariah 3:1-4
FEAR NOT, Believers; FEAR NOT, Brothers and Sisters in Christ: The Lord will not leave us in shame, He is preparing us making us spotless as the Bride of His wedding feast.
“…Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:25b-27
This post is a part of a series on several of the “FEAR NOT” sayings in the Bible.