Isaiah 24: The Lord’s Judgement is Total

(23 verses, 3:27 to read)

READ & LISTEN

What I’m about to READ

  • Isaiah speaks of the totality of God’s judgement.

MARK

  • vs. 1-3
    • In previous chapters Isaiah spoke of God’s judgment upon specific people and places.  But here we see that God’s judgment is total.  It covers all.  None will be spared from it.
  • vs. 4-6
    • Isaiah speaks here about the fact that God’s judgment is so complete that all of creation is under it.  The curse of sin that fell upon Adam, Eve, and Satan in the garden also finds its way onto all created things.
      • Genesis 3:17-18–And to Adam [God] said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat of the plants of the field.”
  • vs.7-13
    • All merriment will cease to be.  Men will look to wine and music and reverie, but no happiness or joy will be found in these things.  All of the things that men once turned to in order to find happiness and comfort will be taken away.
  • vs. 14-16
    • And yet there is a remnant; there is always a remnant.  God will protect His chosen people from His wrath; people from every tribe and language and nation.  And this He does not for their sake, but for the sake of Jesus Christ; for the sake of His own faithfulness to His people and to His promises for them.
  • vs. 17-20
    • Isaiah makes it clear, though, that there is no escape for those who have rejected the Lord and sought refuge and salvation in anything other than Him.
  • vs. 21-22
    • The judgment of God is so complete that even the fallen angels are subject to it. They, along with those on earth who have rejected salvation in the Lord, will be thrown into the pit; will be imprisoned forever.
  • vs. 23
    • In that day Jerusalem, the Church, all of God’s chosen people, will not look to the sun or the moon for light.  For God Himself will be their light.
      • Revelation 21:22-23–And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.  And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

LEARN

  • Sin has brought all of creation under God’s wrath and judgment.  The First Commandment tells us to have no other gods but Him.  That we are to fear, love, and trust in God above all things.  …  Nothing on this planet, nothing made that has ever been made, can offer salvation.
  • And yet our Lord is faithful to us, even when we are faithless.  He gave His promise of salvation to us way back in Genesis 3:15.  He kept that promise through His death on the cross, resurrection from the grave, and ascension into heaven.  And He gives that promise and salvation to us this very day in Word and Water and Bread and Wine.
  • We do not have to fear the coming wrath of God, for we have already been judged by Him.  And He judges us on the merits of Christ Jesus our Lord.

MEDITATE

Heavenly Father, may we always fear, love, and trust in You above all things. May our comfort always be in You and Your faithfulness toward us in Christ Jesus Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.  Amen.

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Lord’s Blessings,

Pr Lietzau

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