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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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Sheila:  It’s interesting how the words of Isaiah 2:2-4 are nearly identical to Micah 4:1-4.  But I was amazed to learn that some people interpret these verses to mean that the Jews will go back to the land of Israel and to their former role of being God’s “chosen people.”  

Lloyd:  Had Judah not broken their covenant with God, they could have been sought after by many people longing to know God’s “ways” and desiring to walk in “His paths” (v. 3).  God wanted the people to be prepared for Christ’s first advent so that instead of crucifying Jesus, they would have eagerly accepted Him as the Messiah.

 Isaiah next lists some of the ways they have broken the covenant, such as spiritualism (v. 6), the endless pursuit of earthly wealth (v. 7), idolatry (v. 8) and pride (v. 11), thus bringing on them the judgments of the Lord (vs. 12-18).  Then Isaiah speaks of a day when wicked people go to the “holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth” to hide “from the terror of the Lord and the glory of His majesty” (v. 19).  This is similar to the message of Rev. 6:15-17, clearly a reference to the second coming of Christ. 

Sheila:  So the conditional promise in verses 2-4 was never fulfilled to literal Israel, but will be fulfilled by spiritual Israel when Jesus comes again.  Instead of hiding in guilt and fear (vs. 19-21), we will have the privilege of being reunited with our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death.  Then, smiling through tears of joy we may join the redeemed and say “Lo, this is our God: we have waited for Him, and He will save us” (Isaiah 25:8-9). 

Lloyd:  Yes, and to be prepared for Christ’s second advent, as our kind professor and friend has often said, “We need to take a quick look at self and a long, long, long look at Jesus.”  May our focus not be on an earthly kingdom, but rather a heavenly and a higher calling (Philippians 3:14).

Dear God, as we become more familiar with Your Word, teach us more about the matchless love of Jesus.  Use us and prepare us for Your coming.

Lloyd and Sheila Schomburg
Pastoral couple
Kentucky-Tennessee Conference