Today you should read: Isaiah 24
Today’s chapter and the next three after it is often referred to as the “Apocalyptic Chapters” of Isaiah. We saw in chapters 13-23, God’s judgment and salvation to particular nations and now we get a glimpse of that judgment and salvation for the entire world at the end of history. Notice that before this judgment, you will see a lot of partying and celebration of sin and wickedness. I don’t know how different it will look then what we hear about and see today but I do know one thing. That judgment is still the same. One of satan’s greatest tricks is deceiving people into thinking that sin is fun and comes without consequences. You’d think that would be a lesson learned after high school and college but people keep on sinning and justifying or blaming others for the consequences. Sadly, as we read in today’s chapter there will be a day where the wine becomes bitter and the singing/dancing becomes mourning. Sin will catch up with us and there is an ultimate penalty for that sin. We may be able to suppress it or ignore it on earth but we won’t in front of God. Unless of course that sin of ours has already been paid for by the blood of Christ as we embrace the Gospel by grace through faith. We can have great hope that while the world experiences v. 1-13 and v. 17-23, we will be living out v. 14-16a
14 They lift up their voices, they sing for joy;
over the majesty of the Lord they shout from the west.
15 Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord;
in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.
16 From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise, of glory to the Righteous One.
But until then let’s share with as many people as possible that sin is not fun and certainly not something to be celebrated. Let’s warn them of that judgment while recognizing that it’s satan who is deceiving them and have compassion on them for their blindness. Let the Gospel open up their eyes as they realize that consequences will catch up but God’s grace is even greater.
Posted by: Erik Koliser/strong>