So far I have been in awe at the Christ revealed in the book of Isaiah, as we have been going through the Crystallization-study of Isaiah(1). In message two we see that Christ is the Lord Jehovah, the Eternal God and we need to have a revelation of Him so that we can know Him, not only objectively in His majesty and splendor but also subjectively in His salvation by drinking Him as the divine water. Isa 40:28 says
Do you not know, Or have you not heard, That the eternal God Jehovah, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Does not faint and does not become weary? There is no searching out of His understanding.
Jehovah means “I am who I am,” indicating that Jehovah is the self-existing and ever-existing eternal One, the One who was in the past, who is in the present, and who will be in the future forever. He is the all-inclusive One, the reality of every positive thing and is whatever His people need. He is the unique Creator, the mighty one, the majestic, exalted One, who inhabits eternity.
The burden in this message was that we would know God. How can we know God if there is no searching out of His understanding (Isa 40:28)? Hebrews 11:6 tells us to believe that He is. This is the first step of knowing God. Once we believe He is we will know His doings, His ways. Then we will know His principles. This is still objective. However the third aspect of knowing God is subjective, it is to know Him personally.
We can know God personally, subjectively, intimately, because it has always been God’s intention to reveal Himself to man. Jehovah in the Old Testament is Jesus in the New Testament. Jer 24:7 says,
And I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am Jehovah, and they will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.
Jehovah is the name of God in relation to man and Jesus means “Jehovah the Saviour,” or “the salvation of Jehovah“; hence, Jesus is not only a man but Jehovah, and not only Jehovah but Jehovah becoming our salvation. In God’s full salvation He not only forgives our sins, exempting us from the penalty of our sins and removing the record of our sins from before Him; He also washes away the traces of sins in us, making us white as snow and white as wool (Isa 1:18).
In the book of Isaiah God considers that He is our salvation as living water. To be our salvation the Triune God was processed to become the life-giving Spirit as the living water, the water of life. This water is the redeeming God as the consummation of the Triune God for us to drink and enjoy. Isa 55:1 says,
Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters, And you who have no money; Come, buy and eat; Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price.
As the hart pants after streams of water, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, For the living God.
Rev 21:6 also tells us that God will give to him who thirsts from the spring of the water of life freely. My response is to pray, Lord make me thirst for You that I would drink the divine water to know You more and more each day. Amen. [guest post, brother Moh]