Week 41 Day 1
Sunday (2 Kings 5 – 8)
Isaiah brought to a hopeless people a promise of hope from God, that a Child was to come Who would bring an eternity of freedom and peace, that that Child would be of the same ‘kind’ as the Lord God – not a mere man – fulfilling perfectly the promise of the perfected ‘Davidic king’ – which no mere fallen man could ever fill.
The anger of God against the rebellious Israelites would make their national punishment complete.
The burdensome domination of Israeli territory would be lifted.
At the end of this era of history the Lord would bring back only a remnant of the huge diaspora (displaced population) of Israelites.
The prophesy of God, as delivered through Isaiah, elaborated upon the coming Messiah, describing the pre-Fall Edenic peace that would come to all people and to every creature because “… there will be universal submission to the Lord’s sovereignty, the same sort of absolute state as when the waters completely covered the earth in Noah’s time.
He promised to even dry-up the Euphrates so that the path of their travel home would be eased.
Praise and thanks and worship would flow like a river:
“At that time you will say: “I praise you, O Lord, for even though you were angry with me, your anger subsided, and you consoled me.”
“Look, God is my deliverer! I will trust in him and not fear. For the Lord gives me strength and protects me; he has become my deliverer.”
“Joyfully you will draw water from the springs of deliverance.
“At that time you will say: “Praise the Lord! Ask him for help! Publicize his mighty acts among the nations! Make it known that he is unique!
“Sing to the Lord, for he has done magnificent things, let this be known throughout the earth!
“Cry out and shout for joy, O citizens of Zion, for the Holy One of Israel acts mightily among you!””
The peace and harmony of pre-Fall Eden will be restored when the Promised One, Jesus, returns.
Dear Lord, Humankind had an intimate relationship with You in Eden and chose to rebel, Israel had You as their King yet rebelliously-demanded a mere human king, and when it had been proved that no king or prophet could lead them back to You – You promised a Savior. May I always remember that there is no such thing as works-righteousness, because the entire history of humankind since the Fall proved it impossible; there is only the gift of Jesus the Christ. When You return – in the form of a glorified Jesus the Christ – it will be to ultimately restore the pre-Fall Edenic condition, absent the possibility of rebellion – ever. Amen. dmc2016