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Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Lord's Calendar (Isaiah 24:21)

"In that day the LORD will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on earth below."

Eight times in today's reading Isaiah refers to "that" Day. He looks forward to the day when:
  • The LORD will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below (24:21)
  • Israel will recognize and trust in God as the LORD (25:9)
  • Judah will sing a celebration song of God's salvation (26:1)
  • Leviathan, the gliding serpent (Satan) will be slain into the sea (27:1)
  • Israel will become the fruitful vine that God intended (27:2-3)
  • Israel will possess the whole earth (27:6)
  • Those who seek Israel's destruction will themselves be destroyed (27:12)
  • Israel will again worship the LORD in Jerusalem (27:13)
Justice sometimes seems a long way off. Evil doers appear to "get away" with their evil deeds while their victims suffer still. Israel suffered at the hands of dominating nations driven by demonic influences throughout their history. She will, however, 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 rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream" (Amos 5:24). That day may be far off, but it will certainly come. I may circle dates on my calendar in hope of justice only to be disappointed, but God has circled dates for justice on His calendar that are certain.

What do we, as believers, do while we wait for "that" day? We appropriate, by faith, the very promises of God and we rejoice "having seen them afar off" and we "embrace" and "confess" them (Hebrews 11:13). The promises of God regarding justice ensure their reality. We don't have to see it to believe it. That's what faith is all about.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
2 Kings 18:3-7a; 2 Chronicles 29:2; 2 Kings 20:20-21; 2 Chronicles 32:32-33
  • List Hezekiah's notable accomplishments.
Isaiah 24:1 - 27:13
  • Why is investing only in material goods/wealth foolish?
  • How has man's sin affected the earth/nature?
  • Read Revelation 7:17; 20:14; 21:4 in light of Isaiah 25:8. What does this prove about the identity of Jesus Christ?
  • What does the song in chapter 26 teach about those who are humble? Jerusalem? the Lord's deliverance? the way of the wicked and the path of the righteous? the Lord's discipline?
  • What is the benefit of having a steadfast mind focused upon the Lord and a heart that continually trusts in the Lord (26:3)?
  • What does the continuation of the song in chapter 27 teach you about Israel, the vineyard of the Lord, and the regathering of Israel?
Turning truth into prayer:
Thank the Lord for the times that you've experienced injustice at the hands of others. Know that justice does come from the Lord in His time. Don't take matters in your own hands.