Who Can We Trust?

Explore the profound spiritual insights from Isaiah 22 and discover how, in a world filled with betrayal and conflicting voices, we can find true trust and hope in Jesus Christ. Dive deep into the scriptures and find solace in God’s unwavering plan for our salvation.

The beautiful message from Isaiah chapter 22 serves as a poignant reminder of the struggle we often face when determining who to trust, especially in a world filled with contrasting voices and opinions.

In the account, King Hezekiah finds himself betrayed by his chief of staff, Shebna, who was unworthy of his position. This betrayal leaves the king in a dilemma, questioning who he can truly rely on. This scenario resonates with many of us, as we often find ourselves questioning who we can trust, especially in times of conflict or betrayal.

“Thus says the Lord God of Hosts, ‘Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna, which is over the house, and say…The Lord will carry thee away with a mighty captivity; He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country.’” — Isaiah 22:15-17

This is a clear message from God, declaring the unworthiness of Shebna and his subsequent removal from his position.

However, this story also brings hope. God provides Hezekiah with a trustworthy replacement for Shebna: Eliakim.

“It shall come to pass in that day that I will call my servant Eliakim, son of Hilkiah…The key of the House of David will I lay upon his shoulder; he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open” — Isaiah 22:20-22

Eliakim is a symbol of Christ, the one we can truly trust.

This reference to the “key of David” is seen again in Revelation 3:7, where it is said, “These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth.” Jesus, like Eliakim, holds the key to open the door to the Father. Jesus decides who can see the Father, and because of His sacrifice, He has opened the door for us all. The only barrier that remains is a barrier of our own making: our willingness to follow Him in righteousness, or the lack thereof.

The symbolism continues in Isaiah 22:21, where God says to Isaiah:

“I will clothe him with thy robe and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit the government into his hands.” — Isaiah 22:21

This symbolizes the authority given to Jesus, as He carries out God’s plan on Earth. Jesus is clothed in the glory and power of the Father, and the government of this world is in His hands.

In verse 23, God declares, “I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place.” This is a beautiful metaphor describing Jesus as a stable and reliable foundation upon which we can place all our hopes and fears. The verse concludes, “They shall hang upon him all the glory of thy father’s house.” This is a clear message that our salvation, our hopes for glory, and our faith all hang upon Jesus, our sure foundation.

Just like the Christmas song “O Little Town of Bethlehem” expresses, all our hopes and fears can be placed on Jesus. He is our sure foundation, our nail in a sure place. While others may fail or betray us, Jesus will never falter or fail. In Him, we can place all our trust and hope, knowing that He is always worthy of our trust.

Are you worthy of the trust the Father and the Son have placed in you to help build their kingdom on earth as it is in heaven? As a member of the covenant house of Israel, are you a nail in a sure place for your family and those around you? If not, why not?

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