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"No weapon formed against you will succeed, and you will refute any accusation raised against you in court. This is the heritage of the LORD's servants, and their vindication is from me" (Isaiah 54:17, CSB).

Going back to the theme of spiritual warfare from yesterday, have you ever felt like your "enemy" was better equipped than you? Sometimes we do have disagreements, or even fights, with other people. Yet for the believer, it's the spiritual battles that are the most important. Overwhelmed is a feeling that has existed for a long time and God's people are no exception to that rule! Let's take a look at Isaiah's words and find the big picture meaning!

First, understand that Isaiah is referring to Jerusalem. Verse 11, which begins this section our verse is in, starts with the phrase "poor Jerusalem, storm-tossed and not comforted." Now, understand that Isaiah was written before the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians. However, the sinfulness of the Israelites was prevalent in his lifetime. Isaiah predicted the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, but he was predicted Jerusalem's restoration. However, the restoration he is referring to is not the one that would come under Cyrus or Darius. Instead, it is the one that comes when Christ reigns in Revelation!

This brings us to the second part: a Jersualem that will never again be destroyed! You see, even after the exile, the Jews were not covenant faithful! They went from one extreme to the other. They traded idolatry of foreign gods for legalism concerning the law. Jesus Himself addressed their legalism on multiple occurances. When a society becomes so legalistic that they do not recognize the Messiah foretold when He comes, it is a society that will not last! Jerusalem did fall again, circa A.D. 70. Yet Isaiah's prophecy is not a flop! John predicts a day when a perfect Jerusalem, whose very foundations and structures will be laden with precious stones and jewels, will descend from heaven and be the seat of Christ's kingdom on earth! And it is this Jerusalem that Isaiah writes about!

And it is this Jerusalem that no weapon shall ever harm. God, through Isaiah, informs His people that He created the forges where weapons are created and He also created those who attack! Therefore, when God promises that no one will prevail against Jerusalem, He can back up His promise! Not only will their weapons fell, their very verbal attacks will be refuted! No one will stand againts Jerusalem.

And this Jerusalem is not just home to the Jews. This Jerusalem is the seat of authority from Jesus Christ and all the servants of the Lord! This is our promise as well! No weapon can stand against us. No accusation will hold merit against us! We are vindicated by the Lord!

So next time you feel that the world has an unfair advantage against you, remember that Jesus has already won the battle and you stand to reap all the rewards of His victory!

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-Pastor Joey