According to God’s promises, the nation of Israel has a great future. However, that great future that will come to Israel in the messianic kingdom can never be realized until Israel repents of its sin and turns to Christ–something that God says they will do at the end of the age as God pours His saving grace out upon the spiritually parched nation. Today’s blog from Isaiah chapter 2 reminds us about that final destiny of restoration, but also about the long ages of woe that would come to Israel in its state of apostasy (The portion that follows comes from my manuscript and has some formatting issues that I cannot remove when I copy and paste to here. Sorry.).
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mmediately, God puts His own character and nature on display. He tells us who He is, what He does, what He will not do, and what the results are. The picture that emerges is that of an awe-inspiring God.
Judah could have restoration if only they would turn to the Lord. Sadly, they would not. For this reason, chapter two may be outlined as highlighting themes of both deliverance (vv. 1-4) and devastation (vv. 5-22).
Who He Is: The True God Is a God of Vengeance (vv. vs.2)
T hree times in verse 2, God tells us about His vengeance. To say that God is a God of vengeance, or an avenging God, is to say that He is the God who repays. He repays in defense of His own name and glory. He repays in defense of His people. He is a God who punishes what is wrong, what is unjust. He is a God of justice. He is a God who knows, who remembers, and dispenses justi c., in the kingdom. opening words of echo those of 1:1 awould hold (cf. A
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