Sabbatical 2017

Sabbatical 2017
Mt 11:28

Monday, August 7, 2017

Canonical Reading for Aug 10, Isa 59-63

Today's readings are Isa 59-63.

Isa 59 begins with an indictment of Israel, listing the offenses it has perpetrated against God. Isaiah 59:16 is a stunner. God saw the unrighteousness of Israel and brought salvation by "His own arm" and by "His righteousness." Note that these proclamations bear the inference that Israel is neither righteous nor able to save itself. These are actually thinly veiled hints that God Himself will eventually come down to redeem His people.

In this, we see another shift occurring. The King who appears in the first third of the book, who then becomes a servant in the second third, will, by the hand of God, become a conqueror!

Isa 60 expands upon this idea. The glory of the Lord will rise up in Israel. The nations of the world will honor her and her King. The Jews, who were once despised and rejected will be honored for their relationship to their redeeming God.

We hear the words of the conquering Redeemer in Isa 61-63. God's people will be lifted up, and those who oppress them will be judged.

None of this is reasonable in a worldly sense. Kings don't serve, and servants don't conquer. Yet this is God's plan for redeeming His people. It's also the echo of a beautiful truth that will become crystal clear the moment Jesus kneels down and washes the feet of His disciples. The way to eternal victory is through humility and service. This may be a sobering truth to those who believe political victory and worldly influence are the paths to success for the church. 

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