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Isaiah 49:8: Thus says the LORD, "In a favorable time I have answered You. And in a day of salvation I have helped You; And I will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people, To restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages; Saying to those who are bound, 'Go Forth,' To those in darkness, 'Show yourselves.' NAS

This is a Messianic text.  It is a text that has several levels of meaning.  It records part of a conversation Father God had with His Only Begotten back in the misty past.  The Father is telling the Son some of the articles of the covenant that will be purchased by the Son; Restoration, Reimbursement, Release, and Renewal. Powerful word with deep meanings.  

While sitting in a Christian Romanian missionary office, I am drawn to the portion which says, " ... to make them inherit the desolate heritages...".  The office where I'm sitting was formerly part of a communist government building but now it is used to further the kingdom of God.  In the next room a Romanian co-worker is openly speaking to a man that stopped by to ask about Jesus.  He attended our church service and has some questions.  And the other day I made an advertisement to be run in the local newspaper announcing a special guest speaker coming to our church.  All this in a nation that was killing Christians not that long ago!  I see around me an inheritance from a desolate heritage. 

Isn't that just like Jesus!  The kingdom of God is not about discarding but about restoring.  We can see this on a grand scale in the work that Christ is doing here in Romania but also on an individual basis in lives like yours and mine.  

There's a song by Twila Paris called Seventy Years Ago.  It's tells the story of Twila's great-great-grandfather and how he was an intenerate evangelist.  What a great heritage to have.  But, perhaps, you don't have a great minister in your family's history.  Maybe you have a desolate heritage.  Your childhood's a nightmare - your lineage is a blood-line of desolation, disappointment, and destruction.  Maybe you've been told, "Nothing good can come from your family!"  Well, I've got good news. Jesus can make for you an inheritance from a desolate heritage.

We have all heard stories of how, after the death of a rich uncle the remaining family members all called together and the will is read.  Family members that no one has ever heard of suddenly appear on the scene in hopes that they may get some piece of the estate.  Why?  Because the uncle had wealth. 

You wouldn't find too many family members showing up for the reading of a poor uncle's will.  That's because there's nothing to inherit.  But God is a miracle-working God.  He can make something from nothing.  He made the heavens and the Earth from nothing and He can make for you an inheritance from a bankrupt heritage. 

You don't have to be bound by your old life.  Bound by your old family.  Bound by the perceptions of others.  In our text we read, "...Saying to those who are bound, 'Go Forth,..."  Leave the old ways, the empty past, the desolate heritage and enter into your new life. 

You don't have to be ashamed of your past if it was full of darkness but rather "...To those in darkness, 'Show yourselves.' "  You've been set free by Christ Jesus and made to inherit from a desolate heritage.

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