The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), July 17
Things will not always be as they are. Northern Israel has gone into captivity and the situation in Judah looks bleak because it is bleak! Isaiah looks to a promised day in the future when things for Israel will change:
- The LORD will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below (Is. 24:21)
- Israel will recognize and trust in God as the LORD (Is. 25:9)
- Judah will sing a celebration song of God’s salvation (Is. 26:1)
- Leviathan, the gliding serpent (Satan) will be slain into the sea (Is. 27:1)
- Israel will become the fruitful vine that God intended (Is. 27:2-3)
- Israel will possess the whole earth (Is. 27:6)
- Those who seek Israel’s destruction will themselves be destroyed (Is. 27:12)
- Israel will again worship the LORD in Jerusalem (Is. 27:13)
Israel has suffered at the hands of dominating nations driven by demonic influences throughout her history. However, she will one day sing the song of Zion as she enters fully into the promises of God. Just as Israel awaits for that day so many await the day when “justice [runs] down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream” (Amos 5:24). That day may be far off, but it will certainly come. People may circle dates on their calendar in hope of justice only to be disappointed, but God has circled dates for justice on His calendar that are certain.
Justice sometimes seems a long way off. Evildoers appear to “get away” with their evil deeds while their victims suffer still.
What do believers do while they await the coming of “that” day? They appropriate, by faith, the very promises of God and rejoice, “having seen them afar off,” and “embraced” and “confessed” them (Heb. 11:13). The promises of God regarding justice ensure their reality. Seeing is not believing! That’s what faith is all about! Faith lives for another day.
Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Is. 24; 25; 26:20-27:13; 29):
How have the inhabitants of the earth defiled the earth (Is. 24:4-6), and what are the consequences of their failure?
How does Isaiah fortify his hope in the Lord in the midst of pending disaster in chapter 25?
What is the message of the song of chapter 26? What does this song reveal about God’s character? What analogy does Isaiah use in this song to portray Israel’s relationship with God?
What does Isaiah 26:20-29:24 reveal about Who God is to those who’ve refused His overtures?