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)
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.
- 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?
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.