You may have scratched your head a bit yesterday, because it appeared in the title that I had skipped right over a couple of chapters. Of course, as it turned out I merely put the wrong chapters in the title — sorry. I hope there wasn’t too much confusion.
One of the great aspects of Isaiah is that it is full of not only warnings of judgments, but of promises of restoration, forgiveness, and good news. Today’s reading is full of some of those promises.
“He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 25:8 — What a wonderful double-barreled promise of blessing! One of these promises is echoed again in 1 Corinthians 15:54: “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.” And another is found in Revelation 21:4: “and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”” We serve a God who really does understand our pain, our suffering, and our tears. There is coming a day when the former things will have been taken away, death swallowed, tears wiped away.
“Your dead will live; Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.” Isaiah 26:19 — But this is not all the wonderful things that God has in store for those who are His. There is also the resurrection of the body; not just a spirit that lives in eternity, but a spiritual body like Christ’s, immortal, indestructible, powerful! But more about this later in 1 Corinthians 15. 🙂
“In that day the LORD will start His threshing from the flowing stream of the Euphrates to the brook of Egypt, and you will be gathered up one by one, O sons of Israel. It will come about also in that day that a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were perishing in the land of Assyria and who were scattered in the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD in the holy mountain at Jerusalem.” Isaiah 27:12, 13 — And once again, salvation isn’t just for the Jews. God’s intention clearly always was to use the nation of Israel as His means to reach all the world: “Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.’” Genesis 12:1-3, NAS95.
See you tomorrow, Lord willing.