Today we hear the final words from Isaiah. “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.” Isaiah knows that we are all stained by sin and even our best attempts at being good or righteous are just as gross as filthy rags.
He calls out the rebellious people “…who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts.” The Lord says, “When I spoke, you did not hear, but did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I did not delight.” Therefore the Lord will slay the wicked but His servants shall rejoice.
The Lord always leaves a remnant of His people to fulfill His promises and to accomplish His purposes. “So I will do for My servants’ sake, that I may not destroy them all. I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah an heir of My mountains; My elect shall inherit it…”
Then the Lord gives them hope for a future day when He will create a new heaven and earth “and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create.” At the end of this Story, the Lord will give John a vision of His second coming – “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away…And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new’” (Revelation 21:1-5).
Isaiah ends by saying the sovereign God of the universe will one day fulfill His plan of bringing restoration and salvation to the world. “It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory…And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.” We will see partial fulfillment of this prophesy with the first coming of Jesus and completion after His return.
Tomorrow Manasseh, Hezekiah’s son, takes the throne in Judah and we meet the prophet Jeremiah so keep reading.
(Isaiah 63:15-66:24, 2 Kings 20:20-21, 2 Chronicles 32:32-33)