Isaiah 32

Isaiah 32 has the prophet talking about what comes after Jerusalem is delivered and set free from the Assyrians.  God’s people have been under the control of the enemy for some time, and now God not only removes that captivity but also blesses the people of Judah with a righteous king.  “Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice”.  Scholars believe this is probably Hezekiah, a king who did what was right in the sight of the Lord according to scripture.  He was a picture of the coming Messiah.

The righteous king will restore the people and bring spiritual renewal back to the land.  He not only provides protection and shelter from enemies, this king will also restore the people to blessing and righteousness and relationship with God.  There will be plenty who will try to tear down and stop the progress – the hasty, stammerers, ungodly, fools and scoundrels.  They all have their own agendas and desire to derail God’s efforts to restore His people and return them to blessing.

But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands”.  But God’s plan will continue.  The heart of this king will stay the course no matter the opposition because His foundation is built on God which never moves or changes.  A righteous man has a foundation that doesn’t shift.  He will fight through the difficult times and overcome the challenging people and brings God’s people home.  “And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever”.  And when he does, the outcome will be a wonderful change from what they have experienced.

It won’t be without challenges.  “For the palace is forsaken, the populous city deserted; the hill and the watchtower will become dens forever, a joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks; until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest”.  Things have been tough.  God used the Assyrians to humble His people and clean up their lives.  But when God’s Spirit returns, the forsaken is restored and blessing will return.  God will bless His people once again.  Great days are ahead!

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