Judgment and salvation are corollaries. They always go hand in hand with each other. Awe and respect are equally necessary in my life as love and joy. Isaiah’s majestic words humble and thrill us.
In this passage are some wonderful words of hope; the wolf and the lamb grazing together, God’s strength of intent for His holy mountain, the new heavens and the new earth, the Lord creating Jerusalem to be a joy and He rejoicing in it, in His people!
These are words to dwell on, to chew over.
But too, I think there is a hard word here from the Lord.
“But you who forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny,”
It is a word against superstition of any kind. Against believing in luck, random chance, star signs, anything that gives sovereign authority to any entity apart from the Lord.
Listen to what the Lord says of us if we follow after fortune!
“I will destine you to the sword, and all of you shall bow down to the slaughter, because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen, but you did what was evil in my eyes and chose what I did not delight in.”
God does not delight in us following superstition!
This is a hard word. Important. Relevant.
Let’s be encouraged to meditate upon His word, this passage.
* Sovereign God,
Thank You for Your word here, this passage from Isaiah.
Thank You for the vision of our hope, Your holy mountain, where there will be no death, no hurt, no sin.
And thank You for the hard word You have for us against superstitious belief.
Mark us as a people singular in our devotion to You. In You as the absolutely Sovereign and All-Powerful All-Seeing All-Knowing All-Everywhere God.