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The Short Bed & The Narrow Covering

The Short Bed & The Narrow Covering

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The Short Bed & The Narrow Covering Isaiah 28:20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. This is an odd proverb. What could it possibly mean? Jesus gave a similar statement that gives a hint of its interpretation, which in essence answers the riddle. Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
The Short Bed & The Narrow Covering Isaiah 28:20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. This is an odd proverb. What could it possibly mean? Jesus gave a similar statement that gives a hint of its interpretation, which in essence answers the riddle. Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

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The Short Bed & The Narrow CoveringIsaiah 28:20 For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretchhimself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wraphimself in it.This is an odd proverb. What could it possibly mean? Jesus gave asimilar statement that gives a hint of its interpretation, which inessence answers the riddle.Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide
is
the gate,and broad
is
the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there bewhich go in thereat:14 Because strait
is
the gate, and narrow
is
the way, which leadethunto life, and few there be that find it.Strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth to eternal life.Following the LORD into a righteous life requires discipline, thusthe word ‘disciple’. The ideal of the Christian faith is to bespiritual enough to turn the other cheek when maltreated and to beforgiving, which is against our very nature. The phrase to ‘walk thestraight and narrow’ comes from what Jesus said in Matthew 7. Itmeans to follow Christ in his example of obedience torighteousness. The strait gate is the same as the short bed. Thenarrow way is the same as the narrow covering. Now lets look at the whole setting of our beginning proverbialriddle.
 
Isaiah 28:16-20 Therefore
thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, Ilay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a preciouscorner
 stone
, a sure foundation:
he that believeth shall not makehaste.17
 Judgment also will I lay to the line
 ,
and righteousness to the plummet:
and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies
, and thewaters shall overflow the hiding place.18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourgeshall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night:
and it shall bea vexation only to understand the report.
 
20 For the bed is shorter than that
a man
can stretch himself 
on it 
:and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself 
in it 
.This setting of scripture is a prophecy of the coming Messiah andthe judgment that comes with him. This prophecy was given abouteight-hundred years before its fulfillment. Verse sixteen (16) tellsus of a stone a precious corner stone a sure foundation which is a prophecy of Jesus Christ the promised Messiah. Verse seventeen(17) tells us that this ‘stone’ will bring judgment and righteousnessthat will sweep away the ‘refuge of lies’. Interestingly lies can be arefuge. Often people lie to themselves because to face the truth of their short comings is to painful. Even the most murderous mencan convince themselves that they are good guys. Verse eighteen(18) tells of ‘the disannulment with death’ which means everyonewill be judged and give account to God for their lives whether good or bad. Verse nineteen (19) the gospel ‘it goeth forth it shalltake you’ it confronts us and ‘and it shall be a vexation tounderstand the report’, vexation means that we are always under obligation to obey the words of the LORD.

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