Archive for August 22nd, 2016

Isaiah 27

Isaiah 27 has a picture of the coming showdown with the enemy.  “In that day the Lord with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea”.  God will show Himself strong and put away the enemy once and for all.  The victory is behind, but the show will happen when God determines.  Jesus has already won the war, but the final battle where He puts away the enemy for good is about to come.  The ultimate triumph of the Lord happens with victory over Leviathan the fleeing serpent.

God is our keeper.  “A pleasant vineyard, sing of it! I, the Lord, am its keeper; every moment I water it. Lest anyone punish it, I keep it night and day”.  We can only be fruitful when take hold of the strength of the Lord. As long as we hold on to our own strength, what we really have is weakness.  This will be ultimately fulfilled when Christ returns, but if we yield to the care of the Lord right now, He will care for us as His precious vineyard right now, and we will enjoy the blessings of that care.  We can experience some heaven on earth today if we will yield to His direction and care!

Has he struck them as he struck those who struck them? Or have they been slain as their slayers were slain”?   Even though the Lord struck Israel when Israel went astray, He did not strike Israel as severely as He did the other nations that went astray.  He had mercy on Israel and covered their sin.  God shows His mercy to Israel in that He destroys their idolatrous altars and images, forcing them to worship the Lord only.  “Therefore by this the guilt of Jacob will be atoned for, and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin: when he makes all the stones of the altars like chalkstones crushed to pieces, no Asherim or incense altars will remain standing”.

The chapter winds up giving us a couple of glimpses of what will happen “in that day” when Christ returns:

  1. the Lord will thresh out the grain, and you will be gleaned one by one, O people of Israel”.
  2. a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain at Jerusalem

God will bring back His people and they will all come together and worship Him in Jerusalem.  What a glorious day that will be!

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