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No rule book details how God is “supposed” to behave. As God, he can act any way he desires.
Humans are most fortunate to have a Creator who has a nature that is defined by Paul with these characteristics: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5.22-23).
Even though there is no rule book to define some kind of behavior required of God, his nature requires him to care for his creation. We can count on a great future because God is God.
A Blessed Earth
I am writing these words on a rainy May day in Missouri. Because of an abundance of rain, we probably won’t rejoice like the desert dwellers who first read Isaiah’s words.
If we lived in a desert, an abundance of rain would be cause for rejoicing. To Isaiah’s readers’ rain was nothing less than a great gift from a loving God.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
The burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes. (Isaiah 35.6-7)
God’s people in the Southern Kingdom (Judah) were greatly encouraged by this image of the future.
To best appreciate this picture, we may want to imagine the most beautiful and luxurious earthly experience we have had. Think about that and remember Paul’s words.
What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him. (1 Corinthians 2.9)
Whatever we can dream is not sufficient to describe the indescribable beauty of the new world God is planning for those who trust him.
Our time on earth is quite brief when compared to eternity. Our loving God has provided new heaven and a new earth for those who trust him to enjoy for all time. We do well to invest in forever.
God’s Super Highway
God has provided a highway to his presence.
A highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Holy Way;
the unclean shall not travel on it,
but it shall be for God’s people;
no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. (Isaiah 35.8)
Jesus spoke of a gate and a way that leads to God’s presence.
He said, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it.
“For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7.13-14).
Both Isaiah’s “highway” and Jesus’ “gate/way” speak of requirements for travelers to God’s presence.
Those who travel to God have been impacted by God’s grace and transformed. Living in a friendship relationship with Jesus is the holy highway to God’s presence.
Our world is a very dangerous place. Oppression, violence, war, theft, dishonesty, and much more threaten us.
All sorts of negative thoughts are easily as destructive as external forces.
God’s future highway will be free from external and internal threats. Those who trust in God will walk there.
No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there. (Isaiah 35.9)
The Return of God’s People
Hebrew people have suffered tremendous hardships over the ages. The Babylonian captivity in 600 B.C. devastated the nation.
The ultimate defeat of Israel in A.D. 135 by the Romans was another tragic marker in the nation’s history.
The Holocaust during World War II is a tragic example of the suffering of the people that fit our generation.
God’s promise through Isaiah was that the devastated nation would return to the land with joy and gladness.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35.10)
Israel ceased to be a nation from A.D. 135-1948. In 1948 Israel became a nation, once again. Since then, Jewish people have streamed to the land of Israel.
Romans 11 points to the time when the Hebrew people of God will be fully returned to their place in God’s plan.
No one wrote a rule book for God that he had to be loving and merciful to humans. However, he is. Our future is secure because God is perfect in his character.
We can be encouraged by the future God has planned for those who trust him.
About This Blog
Rudy Ross is an excellent student of Isaiah. Rudy and I have a video you can see on the Bob Spradling YouTube Chanel.
Rudy will bring a different dimension to Isaiah than what is in my blog. I hope you will check out and enjoy my interviews with him.
I am indebted to a book by Dr. John Oswalt on Isaiah for his insights into this powerful book.
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