You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
shall one then answer [`anah] the messengers [mal'ak] of
the nation [gowy]? That the LORD [Yahovah] hath founded [yacad] Zion [Tsiyown], and the poor [`aniy] of
his people [`am] shall trust [chacah] in it. KJV-Interlinear
"How then will one answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord has
founded Zion, And the afflicted of His people will seek refuge in it." NASB
What then will be the answer of people who are subjected to Gods judgment and destruction and/or loss of reward when their day comes and God calls them out of this world?
What is the answer of a person who rejects the Word of God, of a person who ignores the Word of God, of a person who thinks lightly of anything and everything that God discloses within the scriptures?
Isaiah wrote these words well over 2700 years ago and since that time people have had ample opportunity to know, in some fashion, their content, the promises of God, the mandates of God, the warnings of God, the innumerable disclosures of God, and yet people throughout the generations, even in our present day of phenomenal communication capabilities, have taken little or no interest in what Gods clearly states and expects.
God founded Zion. What is that?
Zion is said to be Gods place of dwelling. God is truth. Doctrine is Gods revelation of truth to man. Doctrine is mans window and doorway to a relationship with God. And for those who seek Him, who pursue Him, who abide by Gods rules, then God provides protection and a destiny, not to mention the process of spiritual completion that is needed by everyone, lest they live life as incompletes.
The poor, refers not to financial poor, but spiritually poor within this world. This world cannot protect anyone nor give them an eternal future. Wealth, real wealth, permanent wealth comes through doctrine and is made available in eternity, not now.
The poor, those who are lacking from the resources of this world, spiritually speaking, can look to God, through Zion, His place of dwelling, which is truth, which is Bible doctrine. And one looks to God through doctrine by learning it on a daily basis and by being obedient to Gods process for spiritual development and growth and completion.
And so everyone knows that there is a God. Most try to pursue Him on their own terms, not on Gods terms. Rejecting Gods terms is to reject God. You cannot have it both ways, for when you reject Gods way you reject God. And no amount of pretense or invention will change that into your favor.
The generations have been warned, and yet the generations have seen individual and country and empire rise and fall simply because of their anti-God agenda. That will continue until God calls a halt to history, and then it will all end.
Every person has been notified either by the very nature of creation all around us, or by the concepts, even bits and pieces, of truth that are spread throughout all of societies norms and standards.
No one has any excuse for not pursuing God and truth and their own spiritual life, except that they simply choose not to follow Gods procedures for that purpose, they choose to not support the correct promotion of the Word of God for others, they choose to not comply with Gods mandates for a dedicated learning process of their own.
They instead conform to the confusion of delusional thinking in this world that has no connection to reality or truth.
And that is why people will fail, and that is why people will howl in great sorrow when their time comes to an end.
And the only person that you can blame for your failures, is the one who is always looking back at you when you look in the mirror.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.