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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Isaiah starts this chapter by describing a general problem of rebellion, whether caused by Satan or humans (v. 1a-c). Some of Judah sought refuge in Egypt without consulting God or Isaiah (v. 2a-c). This was the trend, every time they had troubles they wished Egypt to solve them.

In verse 5 Isaiah speaks of the general consequence that if people do things without consulting God they will be in trouble. Between vv. 6-7, Isaiah speaks to the issue of depending on Egypt for the future. But Egypt’s help is empty. Isaiah then focuses on what God is doing and will do in future. What men of his day or Satan in previous time did in the rebellion in Heaven is tied into God’s response. So Isaiah wishes to keep careful records of the misdemeanors of Judah (v. 8). The attitude in general is the same as Lucifer’s, “rebellious and refusing to listen to the instruction of the Lord” (v. 9). They say prophets should not have visions (v. 10a); and should not say what is right (v. 10b); but should just speak pleasant words (v. 10c). They should get out of the way (11b). There is a general rejection of the Word of God (v. 12b).

When one does not trust the Lord, then one is automatically relying on the master of oppression and the result is instability (v. 13). The collapse comes suddenly (v. 13c). The end of the wicked is the same as Satan (v. 14). This is the problem. Isaiah also presents the solution: “In repentance you shall be saved” (v. 15b). “In quietness and trust is your strength” (v. 15c). The problem is that they were not willing (15d).

An evil will is God’s biggest problem in the universe. It is the heart of the origin of evil. Isaiah cites the people of his day as trusting in their own ability: they will flee with horses when the enemy comes (v. 16) but God says those that pursue will be swift (v.16d). Isaiah explains God’s character that He longs to be gracious to them and to have compassion on them. He blesses those who long for Him (v. 18). Then Isaiah outlined what is waiting for those who take refuge in God and built their trust on Him (vv. 19-26). Isaiah could see the remnant, the future inhabitants of heavenly Jerusalem not weeping any longer (v. 19). For God will hear their cry. They will see the Teacher Jesus coming again (v. 20). “Your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold Him.”

Before Christ comes, they will be guided by God saying: “This is the way, walk in it” (v. 21). This indicates that people will forsake their private idols and return to the Commandments of God (v. 22). Food and water for the remnant will be in abundance by the Lord (v. 24-25).

At the Second Coming of the Lord, He will heal all bruises and the bodies of the remnant take on immortality in the resurrection (v. 26). The Lord will be the sun of Righteousness seven times brighter than the sun and it will not affect those who are saved.

Isaiah also opens the panel for the condition of evil at that day. “The Lord comes from a remote and far place.” Christ, the Warrior Messiah, comes from His abode in Heaven. He does not fight with weapons of hardware, but with consuming fire (vv. 27-33). While the wicked are “shaken” and ruined the remnant are portrayed by Isaiah in safety “you will have songs” and “gladness of heart” (v. 29).

Dear God,
Grant that we will be resurrected and renewed at the Second Coming by Your spoken Word. Heal us also. Let us rejoice on the Mountain of the Lord, heavenly Mount Zion, to witness with music and songs, the Warrior Messiah erasing evil to make space for a total new creation. Amen.

Koot van Wyk
Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea