• William T. Howe Ph.D.

August 6, 2021

Daily Reading: Isaiah 42-44

Isaiah 43:13

Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

One of the biggest words in the Bible is also one of the smallest. It is among the smallest because it only contains three letters. It is one of the biggest because of its scope and magnitude. The word is “let”. It’s used 1,289 times. It is big in its often usage, and it is big in its power. For it is a word of power. The word is interesting in that there are two sides in its meaning. It means to both allow, and to forbid. Without getting bogged down in the etymology of the word consider one simple truth of the word.

According to today’s verse, who shall let it, speaking of the Lord God’s promise to keep Israel, Judah, Jerusalem, safe. In other words, who will prevent the Lord of Host from protecting His people? He will work; who will let, or prevent Him from working? None, none ever have, none ever will. For when God on high sets out to do a work He performs it completely, none will let Him fail, or rather prevent Him from success.

Now, for today’s lesson. Understanding the word “let” in today’s verse sheds light on a verse in the New Testament that is often misunderstood. The verse is II Thessalonians 2:7 and the only way to understand it is to understand the usage of “let.” That verse says: For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. For sake of brevity understand this, He that letteth is the Holy Ghost of God. It is He that allows, and it is He that restrains. Once He is taken out, leaves the world, there will be no more restraint to iniquity.

Now, consider this. Since the Holy Ghost of God resides in God’s children, when He is removed, they must be removed. Why? Because of verses like John 14:16 wherein Jesus promises: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. Also, verses like Hebrews 13:5 wherein we have this promise…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Once the Holy Spirit leaves this world, those He lives in and through will leave also. Guaranteed.

Just wait until tomorrow’s devotion. It just keeps getting better and better. Remember, much of Isaiah deals with the life and ministry of Christ. Today’s section sure does, no doubt.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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