At the beginning of today’s reading Isaiah continues the LORD’s warning that Judah not seek help from Egypt. Remember that this was not only a politically foolish act, but one that was unfaithful to the LORD. Listen carefully to the argument Isaiah makes in chapter 31: should Israel trust in those who are made of flesh, or spirit?
The remaining visions today proclaim the strength and zeal of the LORD. In chapter 32 Isaiah describes what life will be like in the day when “…a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice.” This is followed by warnings to those who are presently at ease, and encouragement for those who seek His salvation. Even “all the host of heaven shall rot away, and the skies roll up like a scroll.”
In the very center of today’s reading, the LORD reminds Judah of His ultimate purpose: “Now I will arise,” says the LORD, “now I will lift myself up; now I will be exalted.” This is critical language. The LORD doesn’t need Judah, or Israel, or Assyria to lift Him up. The LORD can carry Himself. “The LORD is exalted, for He dwells on high… He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.” He alone is judge, lawgiver, and king.
As you’ll see tomorrow, these proclamations come as Assyria’s army marches across the desert toward Judah. These aren’t abstract assertions; Isaiah is preaching on the eve of trial: “Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with a vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”
Our verse for this week is 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Isaiah 31 through 35. Now let’s read it!
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.