July 9: Isaiah 1-4
1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
3 and many peoples shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go the law, [or teaching]
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.
5 O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the Lord.
2 In that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel. 3 And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, 4 when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning [or purging]. 5 Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. 6 There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.
It Shall Come to Pass!
How sure are you of things to come? When you contemplate your life and everything you have and do, how sure are you of your future?
Much of the first four chapters of Isaiah are filled with warnings and pronouncements of judgment to the people of Judah for their sins. But, tucked away in all of these somber warnings are the passages shown above. The Lord does chastise--no Christian is exempt! However, no matter what our circumstances of life, whether they are good or bad, it is good to keep our eyes focused upon Christ and upon things of which He says, It shall come to pass.
Take a moment and read again Isaiah 1:1-4 shown above. What things shall come to pass?
*The mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills.
*The nations shall flow to it.
*He shall judge between the nations.
*They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks [there will no longer be any need for tools of war].
Take some time today and ponder the things of which God says, It shall come to pass. For the Christian these words are a delight and a comfort; our time in this world is but a breath in eternity. By the grace of God, guard your heart against the onslaughts of the devil; build your life, your thoughts, and your actions around the Word of God.
Come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.