Jason Smith is a basketball player for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. He is a walk-on, which
means he did not receive a scholarship. He played very little during his fours years on the team,
but he stayed with it. He demonstrated real faithfulness. But more than that is … More
The faithful remnant may have felt alone because they were few. But God reminded them to look back (vv 1-3) to their ancestors, the source of their spiritual heritage (Abraham and Sarah) and how much had come from their faithfulness. He was suggesting that if they as a faithful few would remain faithful, even more could come from them.
Next God tells them to look ahead (vv 4-6) and realize that justice will come to the world and they will be vindicated by the Lord. He makes it clear that there is a day coming when “the heavens shall vanish away” and “the earth shall wax old” (v. 6), a time when the heavens and the earth shall be no more. The inhabitants of the earth “shall die in like manner” which indicates the frailty of human life apart from God who is the source of all life. However, all who submit to Him through faith and trust in His grace shall experience His salvation, which shall last longer than this temporal earth. In fact, it shall last forever (John 3:16).
God’s final admonition (vv 7-8) focuses on looking within, where we find either fear or faith. He illustrates how the moth and worm shall destroy the enemy, but God’s salvation will endure forever. Moths and worms do their work for the most part unnoticed, but they do their work, just the same. The prophet is referring to the fact that the seeds of destruction are already at work in the Babylonian Empire, and the leaders are unaware of what is happening. The prayer is that God in His power will rise again and save His people as He did in the exodus (vv. 9-11). When Israel escaped from Egypt the Egyptian army was drowned in the Red Sea while the Israelites crossed over on dry ground.
My God is the same God who made a road in the depths of the sea. His methods may change, but His love and care do not.
Warning: MagpieRSS: Failed to parse RSS file. (EntityRef: expecting ';' at line 49, column 103) in /var/www/html/familytimes/includes/magpie6-1/rss_fetch.inc on line 230
Warning: array_slice() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /var/www/html/familytimes/includes/rss/esvLookup.php on line 15
View this passage in NIV (Bible Gateway) »
Isaiah 48:1-11The Lord Corrects His People
Isaiah 48:12-22It is Best to Obey The Lord
Isaiah 49:1-13Bringing Light to The Gentiles
Isaiah 49:14-26God Will Remember Jerusalem
Isaiah 50:1-11God’s Servant Must Suffer
Isaiah 51:1-11Reassurance of Israel’s Future
Isaiah 51:12-23Reassurance of God’s Forgiveness
Isaiah 52:1-15Reassurance of Israel’s Future Restoration
Isaiah 53:1-12Humiliation of The Servant
Isaiah 54:1-17Blessing of The Restored Nation