Labour, Reward, Wages, Work

Jesus in Gethsemane

That’s what Strong’s Concordance says about the Hebrew word pullah.

Look to Isaiah 40: 10 and Isaiah 62: 11.

His reward is with him and his work before him. Well the reward is salvation and the keeping care of  the Good Shepherd. But that word “work”. Let’s chew a bit, shall we.

If his/Messiah’s work is all before him, then He is resting, He is finished. He has nothing more to do. Refer to Hebrews 4 and the rest the Lord has earned and the rest He offers to share. The Cross and the Empty Tomb are a done deal.

The Lord’s wages are souls, family members, redeemed partners in faith. They have come to the resurrection of the body and the New Jerusalem. They are yet to be seen in the fullness of redemption. He shall see of the travail of His soul and shall be satisfied (53: 11).

Another Bible commentary says that the word pullah suggests recompense. This is a good word to the meek and poor who have been oppressed. Their tearful cries get answered. But to the haughty, perverse and manipulative this word is a terror. And Isaiah 63 describes that terror – an avenger whose garments are blood stained from the trampling of judgment. The horrible finality of their cause is the final image of the prophecy (Isaiah 66: 15-18 and 24).


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