Because of the importance of Israel and its people, and my personal love for The Land, I’m inviting you to join me through the key Old Testament book of Isaiah. Each day I’m posting some simple thoughts about this complex prophet.
A Savior is coming!
God proclaims a special love in His heart for the city of Zion and her people. He promises to protect her until she sparkles “like a flame.” (v1, CEV).
This reminds me of the very words of Jesus in Matthew 5, the Sermon on the Mount. And yet, Jesus tweaks this word picture to suggest that we are the light on the hill.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16, MSG).
Is Jesus referring to the prophecy in Isaiah? I think He is. He knows what’s ahead for Him, and for us. And with Jesus, who is The Light of the World, in us, we will be that Light for all to see! Let’s let our Light for Him shine bright!
Later in the Isaiah chapter, the prophet assures the people of a promise from God: “Never again will I give to your enemies the grain and grapes for which you struggled.” (v8, CEV). God says those who grow the grain will eat the bread. Those who harvest the grapes will drink the wine. This is an amazing promise and a nod to the Passover Meal in John 13 and His instituting Communion… to always remember Him when we eat the bread and drink the wine together, to remember His body and His blood, given and shed for us.
Finally, all of Israel today continues to have great hope for this promise:
“Here is what the Lord has said for all the earth to hear: “Soon I will come to save the city of Zion and to reward you. Then you will be called, ‘The LORD’s Own People, The Ones He Rescued!’ Your city will be known as a good place to live and a city full of people.” (v11-12, CEV).
What a joyful day that will be when the New Jerusalem will be here!
If you’re new to this journey through Isaiah, you can start here.
(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.