(Today's post by Chris Queen)
In Isaiah, we read a lot about God’s wrath – wrath that was most definitely warranted. God was angry with and hurt by His people who continually disobeyed His commands and turned their backs on Him.
Much of what we read in Isaiah reveals the future as well. God allowed the Israelites to catch a glimpse into the future to see the days when God would bring all His people together in redemption and perfection. Isaiah 52 contains one of those passages:
6 “Therefore my people will know my name; therefore in that day they will know that it is I who foretold it. Yes, it is I.”
7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 8Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. 9 Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.
Take a minute to let those words soak in; then keep reading.
OK, so there are two interpretations that I see here, and I believe both of them are true. The first is that Isaiah is referring to the time when all the Israelites would be back in Jerusalem and would worship as a nation. The other is sort of an “end times” prophecy. Think about it: there will be a day when all of God’s people are gathered together to lift their voices, shout for joy, be comforted, and see salvation firsthand. That’s something to look forward to, isn’t it?
This is a shorter post than you’re used to getting from me (and I know some of you are breathing a sigh of relief), but for today’s takeaway, just dream a little. Imagine a time when all the troubles of this life are a distant memory. Think about the idea of seeing our Creator and Redeemer face to face, to worship in His presence, to love Him forever and ever. Take some time today to rest in this glimpse into the future.