Election of Israel

 "Spell this out in capital letters: THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON. He is not enthusiasm. He is not courage. He is not energy. He is not the personification of all good qualities, like Jack Frost is the personification of cold weather. Actually, the Holy Spirit is not the … More

Rejoicing

Contrasts between people who are the Lord’s servants and those who have departed from Him are dramatically presented (vv. 13-16). Those who obeyed His covenant will enjoy all types of blessings, while those who rebelled will experience all types of curses. In the remainder of this chapter the Lord describes the millennial kingdom, which is seemingly identified with the eternal state (vv. 17-25).  Isaiah didn’t seem to distinguish between these two aspects of God’s rule; Apparently he saw them together as one. The Millennium, though 1000 years in duration will be a mere pinpoint of time compared with the eternal state. He will then demonstrate His ability and desire to provide righteousness for sinful men by creating a new heavens and a new earth (v. 16).

At this point the prophet Isaiah sees further into the future than any other Old Testament prophet (vv. 17-20). He looks to the new heavens and the new earth (Rev. 21:1). Things will be so much better than they are now that people will not even think about things as they used to be (v. 17). The new Jerusalem will be a place of rejoicing in contrast to present mourning, and its people will be eternally happy (v. 18). God Himself will also rejoice in the new city and the new people (v. 19). Death will not have the power that it has had (v. 20) Infant mortality will be virtually unknown, and people’s life-spans will be much longer. Likewise there will be abundant safety and plenty when God brings new life into the world (vv. 21-22). Note that people will continue to work. Children will be born for productive lives (v. 23). Perfect communication with God will be another blessing of this peaceable kingdom (v. 24). Nature will no longer be man’s enemy (v. 25).

Application

This world is full of negative things but I want to spend my life being positive, rejoicing in the Lord.

Isaiah 65:13-25 (English Standard Version)

Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry; behold, my servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty; behold, my servants shall rejoice, but you shall be put to shame; behold, my servants shall sing for gladness of heart, but you shall cry out for pain of heart and shall wail for breaking of spirit. You shall leave your name to my chosen for a curse, and the Lord GOD will put you to death, but his servants he will call by another name. So that he who blesses himself in the land shall bless himself by the God of truth, and he who takes an oath in the land shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from my eyes. "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and her people to be a gladness. I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress. No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity, for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the LORD, and their descendants with them. Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain," says the LORD.

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