Be Ye Clean, That Bear The Vessels Of The LORD 2
Isaiah 52:11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the LORD.
In “Be Ye Clean, That Bear the Vessels of the LORD 1″ we have seen that the vessels that we bear are the various gifts and callings, talents and abilities that we have been given by the grace of God to be help within the body of Christ.
Let’s now consider the “depart ye” and “be ye clean” part of this verse. In this particular case they had to complete the journey back to Jerusalem to prepare for the coming of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was going to come as “born of a virgin” for the suffering of death. He was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, for it is by his death and resurrection that his redemption is made known unto all men. So they had to get going and depart in order that all may be ready and properly prepared in time, for his coming.
We are told to “occupy” until he come, this coming is his second coming in power and glory, prophesied and promised in the scriptures at least 700 times. We might have all sorts of different ideas, interpretations and thoughts concerning the events of this coming but, we know that he is coming. The return of the Lord Jesus is a lot nearer than when we first believed, this is clearly witness to within the scriptures of the New Testament. So we are to be about our Master’s Business. It is an injunction to get going to be active to be moving on in this journey. God’s callings are his enablings and his enabling is his calling. Having, therefore, gifts according to his grace let’s be good stewards.
Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Let’s now consider “be ye clean,” we freely admit that gifts and talents are given to us by the grace of God. We may increase their effectiveness through the practice of them but the fact is that it is God who gives them and that, then, leaves us with an accounting, a duty if you like, to equip ourselves and live as those who are in debt. After all, we have received something that we didn’t deserve and to whom much is given much is expected. What then, you may ask, is left for our part?
It is to be clean. It is to walk with our hands and our heart clean. It is to walk in the light of a clean and clear conscience. To put on true holiness without which no man can see the Lord. Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Over and over in this passage the prophet calls the people of God to separate themselves from the ways of the world, to come out from them and to be separated unto God, meet for the Master’ s use. 2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
Oh that we would purge ourselves from all impunity, from all worldliness, from all carnal thinking, from everything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. 2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;