Justice, Judgment & Mercy – Part 9
A Study of Isaiah 59-61
“The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.” Isaiah 60:19-22
Over the years I have heard preachers cynically speak of the “Sweet Bye and Bye” dismissing it along with other songs such as “I’ll Fly Away” or “Over in the Glory Land” as being songs that rob us of faith for the things God intended for us here and now. But the Scriptures speak differently.
“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1Thessalonians 4:25-18
We are comforted by messages that there is coming a day when we will be delivered for all time from the cares of this life, from all sickness, disease and suffering, from all lack and want and every form of inadequacy.
In Isaiah’s prophecy, he paints a picture of the day when Jesus is enthroned in Jerusalem and the radiance of His glory will eclipse the Sun and the Moon will receive its light from Him.
Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended
Jesus will be the everlasting light for all of us, and God’s splendor will be our glory.
Glory is the sum of all that God has created and all that makes for the full measure, if it could be counted, of the wealth, the riches, the power, the authority, the knowledge and the radiant splendor of God shining beyond the spectrum of human perception of light. It is an immeasurable, never ending display of all these shared equally between the Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
In that place and that time, there will be no death or mourning, no disappointment or grief, no sorrow or sighing, no longing for or sadness for unrealized hope.
Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
I don’t know about you but my ideas of a utopian existence were dispelled somewhere in my mid college years and completely eradicated by the time I got my advanced degree. The notion was just too fantastical and I saw no evidence that whole groups of people could live in harmony with one another without at least one dissenting voice opposing all the others.
Unanimity of purpose and intent was a fleeting notion only rarely achieved in the concert hall when an orchestra performs a major work and everyone has a singular corporate purpose, each one working in concert with the other to achieve the collective goal, a great performance of the music.
But the people inhabiting Jerusalem in that day will be all righteous, wholly righteous and complete. Think of it. There will be no greed, no self-seeking, no dominance and submissive, no weak vs strong, no rich, no poor, but all fully enjoying the endless wealth and glory of God. And God will have His people, all of us Jews and Christians alike, the whole family of God living in harmony in the place that God prepared for us from the beginning.
A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.
God will bring about a sudden change in the hearts of mankind. All those that have sought and confessed Him for Life will be instantly changed and what began as a remnant, a little flock, will suddenly become a great multitude.
This is the outworking of God’s mercy and kindness toward us, who did not deserve the ransom price that was paid for us. Only by God’s love, grace and mercy have we obtained such glory in the time to come and for all eternity.
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15