Called from their labor.
Fishermen were now learning to serve God. Given the best teacher it only took them a bit over three years. Amazing how quickly they learned by watching Jesus’ every move of compassion and love. They listened, God was speaking. “Therefore My people shall know My name (Jesus, Yeshua); therefore in that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here I am.” (Isaiah 52:6)
Things are different now. We can’t be with Him in the flesh, so He sent His Spirit to be our teacher. We are called from our labors to serve through His Spirit. God still speaks and says, “Here I am.”
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns.” (Vs. 7) There is no greater service in God’s kingdom for those of us still on earth than to be His messenger. And it’s wonderful news, peace with God and salvation!
“Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the LORD to Zion.” (Vs. 8) Through the Spirit we see and rejoice at the coming of the Lord. The messengers are the sentinels God has given not just to Israel, but to the world.
Did I mention Israel? There is great incentive for Gentiles to preach Yeshua to the Jews. The apostle Paul is very clear in pointing this benefit out. Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I glorify my ministry in order to make my own people jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead.” (Romans 11:13-15)
What happens when Israel finds acceptance once again? Well, “life from the dead” sounds to me like Ressurection Time! “Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. The LORD has bared His holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” (Vs. 9-10)
The time draws closer, the fields are ripe for harvest. We are not alone, God speaks and says, “Here I am.”