Whose Report Do You Believe?

Isaiah 53:1 says “who has believed our report?  And to whom is the arm of the Lord
Yahweh revealed”?  This is mentioned in John, after Jesus had done so many
miracles before them, yet they believed not on Him (John 12:38) “that the saying of
Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, Lord, who has believed our
report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed”?  Paul writes in
Romans 10:16 “but they have not all obeyed the gospel.  For Isaiah says, Lord
who has believed our report”.

Adam and Eve believed the report of the devil when he said “you shall not surely
die” (Genesis 3:4).  In verses 2:17-18 “the Lord Yahweh commanded the man,
saying, of every tree of the garden, you may freely eat.  But of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, you shall not ea of it, for in the day that you eat
thereof you shall surely die”.  Some people ask the question, why did God put that
tree in the garden?  Because He knows everything and knew that Adam would eat
of it.  others say that Adam and Eve didn’t die that day, because they lived over
900 years.  God does know everything, and He gave mankind free will, the Bible
tells us in Romans 6:16 “know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants
to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of
obedience to righteousness”?

The Bible tells of how 10 spies of the 12 which was sent out to spy out the promise
land came back and gave an evil report (Numbers 13:30-32), and that evil report
caused Israel to spend 40 years walking in the wilderness until all 20 years old and
older died.  God told them, “as truly as I live, says the Lord Yahweh, as you have
spoken in My ears, so will I do to you.  Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness,
and all that were numbered of you, according to our whole number, from twenty
years old, and upward, which have murmured against Me” (Number 14:28-29).  
They believed the wrong report and it cost them their lives.  In the book of Hebrews
the Bible tells us “let us therefore be careful less a promise being left us of entering
into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1).  Our life is
shaped by what we believe (Proverbs 23:7) “for as he thinks in his heart, so is he”.  

There is a saying in Joshua  21:45 “not a word failed of any good thing which the
Lord Yahweh had spoken to the house of Israel, all came to pass”.  Knowing this
we to can stand on the word of God.

There is a song that goes “who’s report do you believe?  I believe the report of the
Lord”; but you look around the world today, and that doesn’t ring true, even in the
church.  Some people will tell you that God makes you sick to teach you
something.  But the Bible says “I am the God that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26).  
Psalms 107:20 says “He sent His word, and healed them and delivered them from
their destruction”.  Isaiah 53:4-5 says “surely He has borne our griefs and carried
our sorrows, yet we did esteem His stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But He
was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquites, the
chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and with His stripes we are healed”.  
Salvation is not just being saved and going to heaven when you die, complete
salvation includes (Psalms 103:2-5 “bless the Lord Yahweh, O my soul, and forget
not all His benefits.  Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with
loving kindness and tender mercies.  Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so
that your youth is renewed like the eagles”.

Many times we read that Jesus healed them all.  Jesus said “I only do what I have
seen My Father do”, the Bible says in Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of
Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; who went about doing good, and
healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him”.  This scripture
tells you who the source of sickness and oppression comes from (the devil).  Jesus
as He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up for to read, and
there was delivered to Him the book of the prophet Isaiah.  And when He had
opened the book, He found the place where it was written.  The Spirit of the Lord is
upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has
sent Me to heal the brokenhearted. To preach deliverance to the captives, and
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.  To preach
the acceptable year of the Lord Yahweh.  And He closed the book, and He gave it
again to the minister, and sat down, and the eyes of all them that were in the
synagogue were fastened on Him. And He began to say to them.  This day is this
scripture fulfilled in your ears” (Luke 4:16-21).

Just like Jesus found Himself in the book, we should find ourselves too.  We are
called believers, so let’s look at what believers are told to do, and act on it.  In the
early church, we see that Peter’s shadow healed (Acts 5:16) “there came also a
multitude out of the cities round about to Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them
which were vexed with unclean spirits, and they were healed, every one”.  Stephen,
full of faith and power did great wonders and miracles among the people (Acts 6:
8).  Paul even took napkins off his body and gave them to the people and they
were healed.   Remember it was said of the early church “they turned the world
upside down”.  They believed who Jesus was and what He did, and was able to
walk it out in their lives.  The Bible does say “all things are possible to them that
believe” (Mark 9:23).  

We are told to be “salt and light”.  We are the only Jesus people can see.  Our
lives are suppose to be lived so that people will want what we have.  Jesus tells us
in Mark 16:15-18 that we are to go into the world and preach the gospel to every
creature, and these signs shall follow them that believes.  In Jesus’ name we will
cast out devils, we shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.  Jesus is
coming back for a church without spot or wrinkle; without doubt or unbelief.

Philippians 4:8-9 tells us the good report we are to think on “finally brethren,
whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are
pure, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are
lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be
any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which you have both learned, and
received, and herd, and see in me, do and the God of peace shall be with you”.  
The Bible says “for whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our
learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”
(Romans 15:4).  People read the Bible as cute stories, but don’t really believe it.  
Our part is to establish scripture by two or more witnesses, then believe it and act
on it.  

Study by:  Harriet Bond
Date: March 18, 2008
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