January 31,2015

Today you should read: Isaiah 66

Isaiah closes off his magnum opus with some final words on his final judgment and fulfilled promises. God as sovereign King makes it clear that there is nothing that we do for Him or against Him that is out of His control (v. 1-2a) and that He will look upon those who recognize this and have humble hearts and trembles at God’s Word (v. 2b).

God then reminds Israel of what that final judgment will look like in Isaiah 66:15-16:

15 “For behold, the Lord will come in fire,
and his chariots like the whirlwind,
to render his anger in fury,
and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire will the Lord enter into judgment,
and by his sword, with all flesh;
and those slain by the Lord shall be many.

You can read this passage (and many others like it) and walk away quite terrified of God and His judgment. In fact it’s part of the reason why God sent prophets throughout history and ultimately the One True Final Perfect Prophet, Jesus Christ. To warn us of His impending wrath upon us. However God will also fulfill His merciful and gracious, good promises in v. 22-23:

​[22] “For as the new heavens and the new earth
​​that I make
​shall remain before me, says the LORD,
​​so shall your offspring and your name remain.
​[23] From new moon to new moon,
​​and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
​all flesh shall come to worship before me,
​declares the LORD.

God reminds us that He will make all things new and that God’s people will remain worshiping Him forever and ever like He promised them when they placed saving faith in Him. This theme of judgment and goodness in His promises reminds me of how the kids described Aslan the Lion, an allegorical Christ in C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.”

“Lucy asked, “Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.” “That you will, dearie, and make no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.” “Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the king I tell you.””

Posted by: Erik Koliser

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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