Amazing Grace

READ : Isaiah 30-32 Woe to those who put their trust in Egypt instead of in God (30:1; 31:1). They look to horses and chariots for their salvation, but not to God. We may do something similar, although in a quite different form. So often we place our hope in ourselves or in other human beings when we should be putting our trust in God. This will only lead to sorrow. How wonderful the grace of God! “The Holy One …

Punishment and Salvation

READ : Isaiah 27-29 As with many passages in the prophetic writings, here there is mingled together a description of Israel’s sin and the punishment which will result, and the salvation which will come first in the return from the exile and then in the coming of Christ. The punishment of Leviathan may refer to the destruction of nations who oppressed Israel, and ultimately to the defeat of the beasts in Revelation representing the enemies of God’s people. “In the …

The Best Is Yet to Come

READ : Isaiah 24-26 The theme changes from individual nations to the whole world. This seems to refer to the end of history. “The LORD will lay waste the earth” (24:1). Peter tells us in the New Testament that this old earth along with the heavens will be burned up (2 Peter 3). “On that day the LORD will punish” (Isa. 24:21). The New Testament tells us that at the end of the world will come the final judgment. “The …

Present Tense, Future Perfect

READ : Isaiah 18-23 Yesterday’s roll of nations that will be punished by God continues. Ethiopia must also prepare for the invading Assyrians. But the time is coming (18:7) when gifts shall be brought to God by the Ethiopians. Was not the trip of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts a fulfillment of that prophecy? According to chapter 19, Egypt also will fall before the Assyrians. But “in that day,” which is a term used in the prophets to speak of …

Pride Goes Before a Fall

READ : Isaiah 14–17 Babylon had not yet become a world power, but her downfall is here predicted. The king of Babylon will go down to Sheol, the place of the dead. He who had said, “I will make myself like the Most High” (14:14) will then be dead and powerless. Of him who had been so filled with pride, the other dead will say, “Is this the man who made the earth tremble?” (v. 16). How foolish the pride …