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Something to sing about!

Scripture reading for July 24th: Isaiah 24-27

Isaiah broke forth in a prophesy about the coming “day of the Lord”.  This watchman of Israel warned the people of God to be ready for what would surely come.  They would welcome it with singing and joy. (Isaiah 24:14-16)  The people of earth without a knowledge of the Lord would face it with mourning and terror! (Isaiah 24:11-13)

Out of this vivid description of the terror of the lost comes bright rays of joy and hope for those of faith!  Isaiah heard shouts of joy and acclaim for the glory and majesty of the Lord arising from the East and West!  He heard singing coming from the islands of the sea and the ends of the earth!  God would bring His people together from the nations with great joy in His presence!  (Isaiah 24:14-16)  God would reign in their midst on Mt. Zion!  (Isaiah 24:23)

In Isaiah 25:1-4, Isaiah praised the Lord for the fulfillment of His Word!  God had spoken out His plans from ancient times and suddenly brought them to pass!  He would humble the proud and exalt his humble people!  He would care for the poor and needy and defeat all their enemies!  On the mountain of the Lord, Mt. Zion, God would destroy the shroud that enfolded all peoples and swallow up death!  He would prepare a great banquet for His people!   No wonder His people from the ends of the earth were singing!

These verses were quoted 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 in Revelation 19:6-9 as John describes the wedding supper of the Lamb!  Whenever we receive Holy Communion, we are proclaiming His victory over death and our hope that great banquet!

“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.”   (Isaiah 26:3-4)  Put your trust in Jesus Christ again today!  He is our Rock eternal and Prince of Peace!

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Perfect Peace!

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!

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