|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
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
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
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.