4 July 2015Isaiah 65:17-25
“The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion will eat straw like the ox, but the serpent – its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt nor destroy on all my holy mountain” (v. 25)
Psalm: Psalm 40:1-10
This is Isaiah's benediction. His closing passage to his readers, readers who yearned for Jerusalem to be restored to her previous glory. In the last few passages of Isaiah, he has shown people their sin, he has shown a God of action and he has shown the people that the issue at the moment is sin.
He closes his book with an amazing picture of hope - a picture where the future is so much better than what people were experiencing now. He closes by saying, yes it's bad, but let's look forward into a glorious future of hope. A promise of something to live for.
Jesus also left us with a promise: "I go to prepare a place for you" (John 14:2). Here is the idea of there being something better in the future. In the meantime we need to live with that hope, a hope that things will get better but for now we need to restore the relationship with God.
As you start this weekend remember that in our busy-ness we often forget about God. But God loves that moment when we share it with God. As you weed the garden, walk through the park, look at the countryside through a train window or just watch Countryfile on TV; whatever it is you have planned - look at nature, and think about how the world around you testifies to God. Think about how much better it will be in the future when God has made all things new.
- What is your hope for the future? How does this influence your daily life?
- What does it mean to you when you read this passage? Consider what Isaiah's original readers might have felt. And think about how we view this passage now that we know Jesus.