“Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel-all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
“Whoa whoa where did this verse come from? This is an out of context verse, what’s all this about kissing? Explain Aaron!” I know, I know. This verse doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense right now, but with the right amount of context and background, we can start to see it’s true power.
I’m writing this before the whole post has been written, and I’ve got to say… I’m looking forward to writing about it! I have a good amount of knowledge already, and I did a bit of studying, so I feel a little more prepared to write this time, so here we go.
Why is God reserving people?
Because of Battles. War. Death. Not too pleasant, sorry for the dark turn. Ahab, the King of Israel at the time of this chapter, married Jezebel and started following her gods by worshipping them. Something clearly prohibited by God. As a result of Ahab’s actions, all the prophets of Israel are being killed, and the believers are being persecuted and put to death. So, God reserving people really means he’s taking 7,000 people who have remained faithful and keeping them safe from the persecution and death.
Is that the faithful remnant?
Yes! These people are really important to the story of the Bible. The remnant is a group of people who stay faithful to God, even through the trials. Sadly, in the old testament, not a lot of Israellites manage to be a part of the remnant because of their disobedience. Here’s a some verses about the remnant:
Micah 5:7-8 7″The remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass, which do not wait for anyone or depend on man. 8The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples, like a lion among flocks of sheep, which mauls and mangles as it goes, and no one can rescue.”
This verse speaks to me like this: as Christians, we are the remnant, and we are in the midst of people who aren’t saved, and we’re different from them in a way. Like lions among sheep.
Micah 6:18 18″Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.”
God takes care of the remnant. We who remain faithful will remain protected by God, and he’ll forgive us of our transgressions.
Haggai 1:12 12″…and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord.
The remnant obeys God because the remnant fears God. We obey God cause we know he’s in control, and his plans are good.
Malachi 3:16-18 16Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. 17″On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God, and those who do not.”
This is it, the finale of this post about the remnant. So now we know: The remnant are amongst wicked, like lions among sheep. God takes care of the remnant, and forgives us. And the remnant obeys God and fears him. Well here’s the kicker, we can find all those traits in the verse above. We see the part about us being faithful, and being amongst wicked in chapter 18. We see God taking care of us in verse 17 when he says he’ll spare us, and it’s also his way of forgiving us. And finally, we see the obedience and fear in verse 16, when it talks about the scroll of remembrance.
I don’t know about you, but I love those verses above. It talks about the Israellites and the remnant, sure, but WE are the remnant too, and there will always be a remnant. The only way I have become a Christian, is because someone who remained faithful, taught me. Someone who was a remnant. The hard truth if this world, is that not everyone will remain faithful to God. But just like in the top verse of this post, there will always be some Christians, and those Christians can make a difference.