Shade of the Moriah Tree

Amidst the Glory of God

“My Glory I will not give to another.” – Isaiah 48:11

GOD’S DEPICTION OF Israel as having a forehead of brass (impudent, not ashamed of sin, nor blushing at it, refusing to receive correction for it, having a whore’s forehead” – John Gill’s commentary on Isaiah) and her inclination to obstinacy and rebellion, reveals humanity at its heart – that we are all naturally (in nature) disposed to defying God. There is nothing within us (in and of ourselves) that desires the ways of God – for how can we, as the apostle reveals in the eighth chapter of Romans: “for the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

But here is the mercy of God, that while it was impossible to improve ourselves…

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