We can do nothing apart from Him.
If we do nothing, we do it apart from Him.
Paraphrase of Dallas Williard.
Isaiah 59:14-15 ESV
Justice is turned back,
and righteousness stands far away;
for truth has stumbled in the public squares,
and uprightness cannot enter.
Truth is lacking,
and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.
The Lord saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no justice.
Truth has given way to falsehood and the real is covered by the fake of deception. To depart from evil draws the ire and hostility of the world, making one a target for ridicule and persecution.
This took place in Israel. It is taking place with us.
There is no one to save us except the strong arm of the Lord.
He saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no one to intercede;
then his own arm brought him salvation,
and his righteousness upheld him.
Romans 9:27-28 ESV
And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the sons of Israel be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved, for the Lord will carry out his sentence upon the earth fully and without delay.”
Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.
The devil will stand on the sand of the sea, the people of Israel. He will overcome them as signified by them being found under his feet.
They are the earth that appeared when they were separated from the sea of man in the creation account, which speaks to the formation of the man into the image of God. That is accomplished through the body of Christ.
A remnant will be saved and the eternal covenant between these people and God will be fulfilled. They will witness to the nations and they will know that He is God.
Psalms 69:1-2 ESV
To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. Of David. Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my neck.
I sink in deep mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps over me.
The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood.
The deep waters of the world flow from the mouth of the dragon. They are the people that do the bidding of that serpent which slithers along the paths of the world.
We are thankful to receive the mercy of riding the ark of the body of Christ over the waters of the world.
Ephesians 5:13-14 ESV
But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Isaiah 26:19 ESV
Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise.
You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
For your dew is a dew of light,
and the earth will give birth to the dead.
We are born in the shadow of death when we enter the world. This is the state Adam fell to when he died to the Lord. He returned to the earth from which he was taken. The ground was cursed.
We dwell in the dust of the earth until the dew from heaven falls to us and awakens us to the life of God. The dew of light moistens us with the refreshing waters of the Holy Spirit.