Scripture reading for July 24th: Isaiah 24-27
“The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is thoroughly shaken. The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind: so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls–never to rise again. In that day the Lord will punish the powers in the heavens above and the kings on the earth below.” (Isaiah 24:19-21)
Isaiah expounded on the theme of judgment. He saw a day when the entire earth will be shaken and wobble. He saw a day when God Himself would act to bring punishment on the forces of darkness in the heavens as well as the wicked rulers of the earth. The cause of this judgment was the guilt of their rebellion. He had given them time and opportunity to repent, but their rebellion took them away from His grace and brought His wrath. Isaiah saw these wicked herded like prisoners into a dungeon for punishment.
“The moon will be abashed, the sun ashamed; for the Lord Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, before its elders, gloriously. O Lord, your are my God; I will exalt You and praise Your Name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned from long ago.” (Isaiah 24:23, 25:1)
In conjunction with this judgment on the earth, Isaiah also saw the Lord reigning in control of all from Mt. Zion! He saw the brightness of the Lord making the sun and moon dim by comparison. He saw a glorious kingdom brought into being according to plans made by God long ago and announced by His servants the prophets! God’s timing and power brought praise and exaltation from those who know Him!
“In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts. Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:1-3)
A song on the lips of the redeemed and faithful is recorded by Isaiah. He hears singing from the ends of the earth, “Glory to the Righteous One”. (Isaiah 24:16) He hears praise for Mt. Zion and the wonderful salvation and eternal refuge it provides. Perfect peace is enjoyed by those resting in God!