(20 verses, 2:40 to read)
What I am about to READ
God will come in judgment on Jerusalem, but He promises future peace and blessings for His people.
MARK and LEARN
- The deliverance from Assyria (foretold in chapter 31) is a preview of the Lord’s work in establishing His messianic kingdom, which He will bring about with His own strength and according to His own plan. No military strength can thwart His plan.
- 1-8: Some of the blessings God had in store for His people through the reign of the Messiah:
- 1: A King, the Messiah, would reign in righteousness.
- 1: Rulers under Him would rule with justice.
- 2 Instead of oppressing the people, the rulers would help and shield them.
- 3–4: People would see and hear and understand spiritual truth.
- 5–8: The fool and scoundrel would no longer be respected or listened to. The noble man would take his place.
- 9-14: Isaiah had a sobering message for the frivolous women of Judah. They felt secure, but in just over a year, the city would be destroyed and their false sense of security would come to an end.
- 15-20: The city and land of Judah would be destroyed. Yet, here Isaiah breaks into a beautiful vision of the future (which is where this chapter began).
- God will pour out his Holy Spirit and restore justice and righteousness. Recall how Jesus poured out the Spirit after He ascended into heaven. On Pentecost Jesus poured out the Spirit on his people. That same promised Holy Spirit is given to us in our baptisms.
- God’s people will enjoy peace, quietness, and confidence, unafraid of their enemies and unaffected by the disasters in the world around them.
In verse 1 we’re told that “a king will reign in righteousness.” This is a direct messianic prophecy; Jesus is the King who will come and reign in righteousness. In verse 18 we’re told that when the Christ comes God’s people will live “in quiet resting places.” Good news – Christ has already come! So…are at rest in this quiet place? Well, we do know that all our sins are forgiven in Christ right now. We also know that He has not abandoned us, but is with us right now. Jesus gives us that rest! (See Matthew 11:28.) Yet, we still experience sin, trials, temptations, and tests in this fallen world. This prophecy finds its penultimate fulfillment in the mansions of heaven (see John 14:2–3), and its ultimate fulfillment in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting, where we will dwell in the New Jerusalem. “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4).
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.