February 5, 2017
Regarding Zion, I can’t keep my mouth shut, regarding Jerusalem, I can’t hold my tongue,
Until her righteousness blazes down like the sun and her salvation flames up like a torch.
Foreign countries will see your righteousness, and world leaders your glory.
You’ll get a brand-new name straight from the mouth of God. - Isaiah 62:1-5 (Message)
Allen Temple Family and Friends,
It’s Black History Month and God’s Spirit has led me to this text to share. For as far as we have come as a people in this nation, we are more than ever in need of deliverance from evil. Not only are we in need of deliverance, but all of Zion. I speak not so much of Jerusalem, or Mt. Zion. The word Zion occurs over 150 times in the Bible. It essentially means “fortification” and has the idea of being “raised up.” Zion is described both as the city of David and the city of God. I am speaking here of Zion in a theological or spiritual sense. In the Old Testament Zion refers figuratively to Israel as the people of God. In the New Testament, Zion refers to God’s spiritual kingdom. I am speaking of Zion that includes you and me.
Isaiah interceded fervently for the deliverance and restoration of his nation. He had hope and a vision for his people. What is your hope and vision and how passionate is your prayer? Let us not keep quiet for the sake of Zion. God gives each of us unique gifts and abilities. Our hope rests in our picking up the torch of our gift and running with it, shouting with it! We know that all things are possible with God. When matters appear hopeless, we remember trust God. In trusting God, we shall not keep quiet. Like Isaiah, we must pray and act in our own unique ways not only for ourselves but for our families, our neighbors, our communities, our nation, our world. No matter how trying times may seem, don’t give in and don’t be silent because God will not rest until righteousness blazes down like the sun and salvation flames up like a torch.
With hope and passion,
Rev. Ineda P. Adesanya, Minister of Spiritual Life