From the ends of the earth–singing!
Scripture reading for July 23rd: Isaiah 24-27
Isaiah broke forth in a dissertation about the coming “day of the Lord”. God’s people will not experience this day of wrath but welcome it with singing and joy. (Isaiah 24:14-16) (1st Thessalonians 5:9) The people of earth, those without a knowledge of the Lord and faith in Him, are filled with mourning and terror at this day! (Isaiah 24:11-13)
Out of this vivid description of this day of wrath comes bright rays of joy for those of faith! Isaiah heard shouts of joy and acclaim arising from the East and West. He heard singing coming from the islands of the sea and the ends of the earth! (Isaiah 24:14-16) God would reign their midst on Mt. Zion among His people! (Isaiah 24:23)
In Isaiah 25:1-4, Isaiah broke into praise for fulfillment of His Word! God spoke of His plans from ancient days and then brought them to pass! He cared for the poor and needy and defeated all their enemies! The Lord prepared a banquet of rich foods for all peoples! On the mountain of the Lord, Mt. Zion, God would destroy the shroud that enfolded all peoples! Death would be defeated and tears will be wiped away! No wonder His people are singing from the ends of the earth!
These verses were used by the Apostle Paul in 1st Corinthians 15:50-57 to describe the resurrection body that would be given to each believer at the coming of Jesus Christ! They were also referred to by the Apostle John in his vision from the island of Patmos in Revelation 21:1-5 as he described the new heavens and new earth where believers would dwell with the Lord forever! There is also a reference to the great banquet in Revelation 19:6-9 as John describes the wedding supper of the Lamb! Whenever we receive Holy Communion, we are proclaiming Jesus’ destruction of the shroud of death and our hope of eating at that great banquet!
One last nugget from these chapters of Isaiah comes in Isaiah 26:3-4. “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.” Put your trust in Jesus Christ again today! He is our Rock eternal! From your end of the earth, sing songs of worship without ceasing as you rest in His love!