“You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:4-5 ESV
What a beautiful description of Covenant, Marrying the Land.
As God through the mouth of Isaiah speaks these words, He is addressing the Land. He speaks to Jerusalem, the City of His choice, to people or to nations, but mostly He speaks to land, the very thing He created first long before we worked it.
Besides the fact that the battle around Israel is about the people of His choice, this battle is all about geographical land, soil, borders. This total out of proportion fight over this tiny piece of land is dramatic and hysterical in the same time. And as much as it seems that the world is moved by families and children, they don’t give a d… about them, it’s the battle for the Land.
Comes to mind this dark evil “battle” for (farm)land in the Netherlands as they call it the concern about pollution by driving the people off the land, the farmer, as always, more or less by labeling them as criminals.
I’m on a journey, a search for deeper understanding of what’s really going on and how we need to respond in taking back the land, the very soil we walk on.
There is a sound of the land, an invisible unheard resonating of the soil, the mountains, the trees and even the rocks. The Bible is full of it and ready to be explored!
When we understand the significance of that sound, I believe our song, our words as well as our hearing will change dramatically. We will take responsibility for the acts, the words, the opinions and even the abuse we tend to release over areas, cities, nations.
Covenant, it’s the word that today is probably the most abused and polluted word! It’s the very word Isaiah use to address the land, the City. Your sons will marry you, those that live on and embrace the land will understand that marrying is living a holy covenant.
Of course when you move in this direction, words like divorce and adultery comes also to mind as I just write this little piece to encourage you to connect to the deep value of it, adding the riches the bible will offer you. Just bring the small moments and insight into a broader, deeper contexts and you will discover the “hidden things that you have not known” (Jer. 33:3).
There is a new migration happening especially to the nation of Sweden and even more specifically from the Netherlands. It’s for many an escape to the County, and even a legal search for roots, mostly roots they never had.
In this flood of immigrants, I deeply pray that there is a cry from the soil, a promise prayed over for decades to be freed from abuse and control. Freed from ideologies that stole authority, family, freedom.
For myself, it feels like being a Gatekeeper in guarding the Gates into this most amazing nation where all we see around us is the result of a culture long ago that is still visible in its buildings and respectfully treated nature, but in the same time so absence in the todays reality of society.
Being a Gatekeeper in a sense to correct the motives, make aware of needs, encourage and stimulate an attitude of Covenant, of marrying the Land, of restoring it’s the lost strength. Causing a honoring and respect to the generations that cried out before the Lord to Heal their Land and Restore the families.
Just dropping some unfinished thoughts and writing a Vision while trusting you all to run with it.
“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.”Habakkuk 2:2
Love the way David describes the Faithfulness of God to the promises He gave. Today this beautiful people life, against all odds, in this Promise. With that in mind I know that He will remember His Covenant with this nation (Sweden) too!
Psalm 105:8-11NIV ”He remembers His Covenant forever, the promise He made, for a thousand generations, the Covenant He made with Abraham, the oath He swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting Covenant: “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.”