Read 199.) Isaiah 54:4 thru 56:12. We continue in Isaiah just a few more days, before we bid him adieu. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, we read in chapter 54 of the relationship between, Yahweh, the God of the Bible and of His people, Israel. It is one of a troubled marriage, but will resolve happily. This will become a more common theme among the prophets, as we will see. We can know this happy resolution will be in the Millennium, from the word clues in verses 8 and 9, “everlasting,” and “never again.”
Chapter 55 opens in the same vein, thru verse 5. Israel will be the pride of the Lord throughout the Millennial Kingdom, and the chief nation upon the earth. Verses 6 and 7 are perfect salvation verses. They stress the necessity of repentance; even defining it for us! Repentance is a forsaking of one’s own way and evil thoughts, and a turning to the Lord; resulting in pardon. No repentance? NO pardon! Did you repent, when you claim to have believed? Verses 8 and 9 are perfect verses for explaining just how high and great our God is! And, they so help to explain how necessary it is for us to seek His wisdom, when it comes to making decisions involving the issues of life! We need this, after we have repented and been pardoned. It is a description of how one lives the New Life in dependence upon God! And where can we find God’s wisdom? He tells us… it is in His Word, verses 10 and 11! Repent! Be pardoned! Live in His Word!!! The chapter ends, verses 12 and 13, in Millennium joy and peace! Hallelujah!!!
Concluding our reading with chapter 56, get this! That which God just promised, and held out as Israel’s true hope, is not for Israel alone… verses 1 thru 8 explain how that all that God had just promised to His people, Israel, was equally as applicable unto all peoples, as many as would be willing to draw near unto the Lord! God’s salvation, beginning at 55:1, with the invitation unto all who are spiritually thirsty, is an open invitation to all people’s, even as He already declared in 45:22.
See verse 7, at its end. Jesus quoted this very scripture, as He cleansed the Temple. Recorded by Matthew, Mark and Luke, in their Gospel accounts; it took place on the Monday before He was crucified, and marked that very action of His, which resulted in His entering into His Passion for the sins of all the people of the world. That which He accomplished on the Cross, later that very week, was also for “all nations,” just as the Lord had promised Abraham it would be, in Genesis 12:3, two thousand years before it was to happen! THIS really is what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell