A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
The section from Isaiah 24:1 - 27:13 presents God's judgment in the last days. His complete victory over everything contrary to His will provides an ultimate conclusion to the prophesies against various nations in chapters 13 - 23. Looking overall, the same pattern occurs in Isaiah 34-35 which form the conclusion for chapters 28-33.
Today, as you face the various problems of your own life, remember God's grace.
This judgment is clearly severe: The earth will be completely laid waste and totally plundered. It will wither and languish (4) under God's curse (6) because it has become defiled by its people who have disobeyed the laws [of God] (5). This judgment is also inescapable: Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit (18). Included in God's wrath will be both the powers in the heavens above (Satan and his rebellious angels), and the kings on earth below (18) B not that punishment is exclusively reserved for them, but that even great power will not be enough to escape.
In chapter 25, the emphasis suddenly shifts to a song of praise celebrating the deliverance God will provide for His own people in spite of His judgment. His compassion for the poor and needy provides them with refuge in His care and shade (or protection) from the stifling heat and a shelter from the destructive storms that are to come (4-5).
Ultimately, God will wipe away the tears and remove the disgrace from His people (8) and those who have trusted in him will be saved (9).
Chapter 26 embodies an another song of praise, celebrating all God has in store for those who belong to Him. The imagery forms a basis for the Old Testament teaching on resurrection in verse 19.
Chapter 27 is the conclusion of this section, presenting the deliverance of Israel. The question will come at the point of God's judgment: Has the LORD struck [Israel] as He struck down those who killed her? There will be a clear sense of punishment for sin, even among God's people; however, they will all be finally gathered and brought back to the land of their promise from God: He will be their God and they will be His people!
The judgment of God is an awesome thing and there can be no doubt that we are all accountable to Him in ways which make us certain and deserving targets of His punishment. However, God's grace is always in evidence B even before Christ actually appears and puts it into clear perspective through His death on the Cross. God will not allow those who belong to Him to be lost; His redemption and restoration is constantly affirmed.
It is not His plan that anyone should perish (see 1 Peter 3:9); in fact His promise is that He will not give us more than we can bear. Open your Bible to 1 Corinthians 10:13 and memorize this verse; at some point it just might provide you with precisely the king of encouragement you need!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010