Apr 20, 2019
As the book of Isaiah begins to draw to a close, the prophetic tone of the book seems to increase in intensity. While the people of Judah were facing some serious judgment from God, He was letting them know that the future was bright. In spite of their rebellion, God was going to do great things among them. As He had spoken through the prophet, Jeremiah, “I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” From their limited perspective, things looked bleak, but God could see all the way to the end, the literal end, and He knew how the story would eventually unfold. Isaiah 60:1-16 is a marvelous reminder of God’s promise to be Israel’s Savior and Redeemer. And while the people of Israel had initially rejected His Son when He came to earth the first time, God is going to make sure that His Son’s second advent results in the salvation of His people. Despite generations of rebellion and a lengthy track record of rejecting God, the people of Israel would one day find their darkness illuminated by God’s light and their status as His chosen people restored.