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Im itate
I]
W ho
s h o u ld
w e
im itate?
That is'the
q u e s tio n
I w o u ld
lik e
fo r
y o u
to
c o n s id e r,
to d a y .
T he
m ain
e x a m p le
w e
s h o u ld
fo llo w
is
o u r H e a v e n ly
F a th e r. H e
show s
u s
h o w
w e
s h o u ld
b e h a v e
th ro u g h
e x a m p le s
a n d
in s tru c tio n s
in
H is
W o rd .
L e t's
b e g in
o u r
s tu d y
in
th e
B ook
o fI s a i a h .
Is a ia h
4 6 :1
B e l b o w e th
dow n,
N ebo
s to o p e th ,
th e ir id o ls
w
e
f
f
l
u
p
o
n
~
J
J
e
a
s
t
s
.
-
a n d
u p o n
th e
c
a
t
t
~
,
y
o
u
f
.
s
i
J
I
:
_
\ue000
ria g e s
w e re
h e a v y
lo a d e n ;
th e y
a re
a
b u rd e n
t o
th e
w e a ty
b e a s t.
B el
a n d
N ebo
a re
f a ls e
g o d s
o f
th e
h e a th e n .
T he
h e a th e n
m ake
s o
m any
id o ls th a t th e ir b e a s ts h a d
a
h a rd
tim e
c a rry in g
a ll
o fth e m
a ro u n d .
L iste n
t o
F a th e r.
Is a ia h
4 6 :2
T h e y
s to o p ,
th e y
b o w
dow n
to g e th e r;
th e y
c o u ld
n o t d e liv e r th e
b u rd e n ,
b u t th e m s e lv e s
a re
g o n e
in to
c a p tiv ity .
T he
h e a th e n s
w e r e n 't
p le a s in g
G od.
H e
s e n t
C y ru s
to d e f e a t th e m .I fy o u
a re b u r d e n e d d o w n w ith
id o ls , G o d
is n 't
p le a s e d
w ith
y o u ,
e ith e r.
H e 'll
s e e
th a t
y o u
a re
in
c a p tiv ity ,
a s
w e ll.
Is a ia h
4 6 :3
H e a rk e n
u n to
M e,
0
h o u s e
o fJ a c o b ,
a n d
a lt th e
re m n a n to f th e
h o u s e
o f Is ra e l,
w h ic h
a re
b o rn e
b y
M e
fro m
th e
b e lly ,
w h ic h
a re
c a rrie d
fro m
th e
w om b:
M an
is
o fte n
to o
b u s y
c a rry in g
th e ir id o ls
a ro u n d
t o
re a liz e th a t G o d w a n ts to c a rry th e m .H e wants to be your
G od. B uti fy o u
w a n t to
w h ittle
a god, have
a ti t .
Y o u 'll
h a v e
t o
c a rry
y o u r
g o d ,
ra th e r
th a n
y o u r
G od
c a rry in g
y o u .
T he
c h o ic e
is
y o u rs
to
m ake.
Is a ia h
4 6 :4
A n d
e v e n
to
y o u r
o ld
a g e
I
a m
H e;
a n d
~
\ue000e n --k J h 9 a F -h s irs
w iU
t..c a IX J l
Y O ll'
I have
m
a
,
d
e
~
a
n
J
L
\ue000
I
w ill
b e a r:
e v e n
I
w ill
c a rty
a n d
w ill
d e liv e r
y o u .
"
T h is
is
G o d 's
prom ise.
W hat
a
sham e
s o
m any
lik e
t o
b u rd e n
th e m s e lv e s
dow n
w ith
p ro b le m s
a n d
w o rries,
w hen
G od
w a n ts
t o
c a rry
th e m ?
H e
w a n ts
t o
h e lp
y o u .
Is a ia h
4 6 :5
T o
w hom
w itt
y e
lik e n
M e,
a n d
m ake
M e
e q u a l,
a n d
c o m p a re
M e,
th a t
W e
m ay
b e
lik e ?
\u00a7 .
T h e y
la v is h
g o ld
o u t
o f
th e
b a g ,
a n d
w e ig h
s ilv e r
in
th e
b a la n c e ,
a n d h ire
a
g o ld s m ith ; a n d
h e
m a k e th
i ta
g o d :
th e y
fa it
dow n,
y e a ,
th e y
w o rs h ip .
A n y th in g
th a t
com es
b e tw e e n
y o u
a n d
G od
is
a n
id o L
I tm ay
b e
y o u r
hom e,
a
c a r,
or your
b u s in e s s .
B e
c a re fu L
Y o u r id o l
c a n 't c a r r y
y o u
in to
th e
e te rn ity .
G od
w ill c a rry y o u
in to th e e te rn ity ,i f you do
th in g s
H is w ay.
Is a ia h
4 6 :7
T h e y
b e a r h im
u p o n
th e
s h o u ld e r,
th e y c a rry
h im ,
a n d
s e t
h im
in
h is
p la c e ,
a n d
h e
s ta n d e th ;
fro m
h is
p la c e
s h a llh e
n o tre m o v e :y e a ,
o n e
s h a lt c ty
u n to
h im ,
yet can
h e
n o t a n s w e r,
n o r
s a v e
h im
o u to f h is
tro u b le .
N o
m atter
h o w
m uch
y o u
w orship
a n
id o l,
i t
c a n
d o
n o th in g
to
h e lp
y o u .
G od,
o n
th e
o th e r
h a n d ,
is
a b le
to
c a rry
y o u
th ro u g h
th is
lif e
a n d
b e y o n d . I c a n 't c o m p r e h e n d
h o w
a n y o n e
c o u ld
c h o o s e
a n
id o l
o v e r
o u r
F a th e r.
Is a ia h
4 6 :8
R em em ber
th is ,
a n d
s h e w
y o u rs e lv e s
m en:
b rin g
it
a g a in
to
m in d ,
0
y e
tra n s g re s s o rs .
i1
R em em ber
t
h
f
!
~
f
o
r
m
e
r
\ue000th in g so f o ld : f o rIa m
G O D ,
a n d th e re
is n o n e
e ls e ;
I
a m
G oa;
a n d lh e r e
is M n e" lik e
M e,
G od
lo v e s y o u . A n d
H e
w a n ts
y o u
to
re tu rn
H is
lo v e
b yfo llo w in g H im , n o t s o m e id o l y o u m a d e w ith y o u r h a n d s .
D o
y o u r b e s t to
im ita te H is e x a m p le .W e all fall short. B ut
w hen
y o u
try ,
H e
stam ps
y o u r
e ffo rt
a p p ro v e d .
Is a ia h
4 6 :1 0
D e c la r in g
th e
e n d
fro m
th e
b e g in n in g ,
a n d
fro m
a n c ie n t
tim e s
th e
th in g s
th a t
a re
n o t
y e t
d o n e ,
s a y in g ,
'M y
c o u n s e l
s h a lt
s ta n d ,
a n d
I
w ill
d o
a lt
M y
p le a s u re :'
G od
to ld
u s
o f th e
fu tu re
th ro u g h
H is
p ro p h e ts .
M any
o f
th o s e
p ro p h e c ie s
h a v e
b e e n
fu lfille d ;
m any
h a v e
n o t.
T h e y
w ill
com e
t o
p a s s ,
a n d
n o
o n e
c a n
c h a n g e
th a t.
Is a ia h
4 6 :1 1
C a llin g
a
ra v e n o u s
b ird
fro m
th e
e a s t,
th e
m an
th a t e x e c u te th
M y
c o u n s e l fro m
a
fa r
c o u n tty :
y e a ,
I
h a v e
s p o k e n
it,
I
w ill
a ls o
b rin g
i t
to
p a s s ;
I
h a v e
p u rp o s e d
it,
I
w ill
a ls o
d o
it.
A g a in ,
G od
is
a d d re s s in g
th e
w o rsh ip p e rs
o f
fa ls e
g o d s.
T he
ra v e n o u s
b ird
is
th e
e a g le
w h ic h
w as
th e
s ta n \u00ad
d a rd
fo r
C y ru s
k in g
o fP e r s i a
w hom
G od
w o u ld
u tiliz e
t o
c o n q u e r
th e
id o l
w o rsh ip p e rs.
Is a ia h
4 6 :1 2
H e a rk e n
u n to
M e!
y e
s to u th e a ,!e d ,
th a t a re
far from
n g h te o u s n e s s :
1 1
I bnng
n e a r. M y
n g h te o u s n e s s ;
l i t
s h a ll n o t
b e
fa r
o ff,
a n d
M y
s a lv a tio n --$ h a ll1 "/O t-l8 rry ;'
a n d
I
w ill
p la c e
s a lv a tio n
in
Z io n
fo r
Is ra e l
M y
g lo ty .
A nd
G od
has, and
d o e s
a n d
w ill p r o v id e th a t s a lv a tio n
fo r
H is
c h ild re n
th a t fo llo w
H im .
S triv e
t o
im itate
F a th e r,
b u t
a ls o
re a liz e
n o
o n e
is
H is
e q u a L
T u rn
w ith
m e
t o
E p h e s ia n s
w h ic h
is
w ritte n
t o
G o d 's
e le c t.
E p h e s ia n s
5 :1
B e
y e
th e re fo re
fo llo w e rs
o f G od,
a s
d e a r
c h ild r e n ;
T he
w ord
"fo llo w ers"
in
th is
v e rs e
is
tra n s la te d
fro m
th eG reek w ord "m im etes" (m im -ay-tace').I t m eans to im itate.
E p h e s ia n s
5 :2
A n d w a lk in
lo v e ,
a s
C h r is t a ls o
h a th
lo v e d
u s ,
a n d
h a th
g iv e n
H im s e lf
fo r
u s
a n
o ffe rin g
a n d
a
s a c rific e
to
G od
fo r
a
s w e e ts m e llin g
s a v o u r.
H e
g a v e
H im self as
th e
P a s s o v e r
L am b.
H e
d id
th is
fo r
u s.
H e
to o k
th e
s in s
o fth e
w o rld
o n
H im self.
E p h e s ia n s
5 :3
B u t
fo rn ic a tio n ,
a n d
a ll
u n c le a n n e s s ,
o r
c o v e to u s n e s s ,
le ti t
not be
o n c e
nam ed
am ong
y o u ,
a s

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