I Will Never Do Justice....
Reading: Isaiah 32-35
This was Saturday’s reading, but since I don’t normally post on the weekends I hung on to the verses until today. The problem is that these chapters in Isaiah are so rich that now I am dreadfully behind in taking note of a small portion of the wonderful things that the prophet said under the influence of the Spirit of God.And there is no way I am going to do justice to this!
The good news is that the Scriptures speak for themselves. Rather than do a poor job at digging for the treasure that is here, I am going to take out a few of the verses and let you hold its gold and silver in your hand and heart and bask in its brilliance. But don't settle for part of the treasure–enjoy all the promises.
“See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. Each man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen. The mind of the rash will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear” (32:1-4, NIV).
We’re finally going to “get it.”
“…till the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the desert becomes a fertile field, and the fertile field seems like a forest. Justice will dwell in the desert and righteousness live in the fertile field. The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest” (32:15-18, NIV).
This is an ahhhhhhhhhh moment.
“The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure” (33:5, 6, NIV).
A “sure foundation” is a wonderful thing in a rocky world. The question is: Do we understand what is involved in accessing the riches?
Then there is the whole of Isaiah 35! Read it all and remember what is to come:
“…the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away” (35:10, NIV).
There is so much. Read it all. It’s worth the trip and the time.