‘Sing, O barren woman... because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband...’ (Isa 54:1)
There is a brilliant Bible commentary by Alec Motyer on Isaiah called ‘The Prophecy of Isaiah’. Regarding chapter 54 he writes that here is joy over a supernaturally created people. The barren woman sings because of supernatural births – a people coming into being beyond the imagination and power of man.
Here at King’s week by week, we see people coming along and being saved – born into God’s own family by His will and purpose! They are connected back to God, sin is dealt with, relationships are put back in line and Lordship issues are resolved with His order being established and Jesus taking the central place. This is not just for individuals but is also for a community of believers working out relationship together
As you read on in Isaiah 54, it speaks of the expectation of expansion and growth – ‘Enlarge the place of your tent... do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left...’
This growth is expected because God speaks and says it will happen. God speaks to us and we can be confident in His word – there is an expectation for the tent to get bigger and bigger. The picture here is of a Bedouin tent – as the family increased they would add another section - as the family grew so did the tent, with poles, canvas and ropes added to meet the need for more space.
This is a good picture of life at King’s – we had a ‘tent’ at Catford Hill, we extended it – twice! Then we went to two and then to three meetings and then we acquired another ‘tent’ at Downham and another massive one at Lee. We now have a second meeting at each of those sites – each filling up, praise God! – so we find we need more space, more tents.