11/15/2010

God Will Establish His Kingdom (Isaiah 2)

Isaiah 2:1-5
God's Purpose will Triumph for his People. Isaiah 2:2-4 is almost identical to Micah 4:1-3. In the last days, God will establish himself as "the highest of the mountains" (Isa. 2:2). This depict the coming of all people (both Jews and Gentiles) to Zion (Isa. 2:3). This was inaugurated through the coming of Christ and the preaching of the gospel, and will be consummated at his 2nd Coming. By a miraculous magnetism, a river of humanity will flow uphill to worship the one true living God (John 12:32).

Human authority causes war and discord, discouragement and disillusionment, despair and distress. At best one may be a benevolent dictator. But when the Messiah reigns, "he shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples" (Isa. 2:4). There is peace and joy only when no mere human authority but the Lord Jesus himself judges between people and nations. Isaiah's invitation is "come, let us walk in the light of the Lord." "Light" stands for God's presence, blessings and revelation. Otherwise, we live in the darkness of separation from God (Isa. 5:30; John 3:19,20).

Isaiah 2:6-22
Man Prefers Anything but God. Despite God's glorious hope and vision for the future, the present reality is quite staggeringly opposite. What was their problem? Instead of trusting God, they trusted in things (silver, gold, treasures, idols) and in themselves (horses, chariots) (Isa. 2:6-8). But God will not be denied, for the "splendor of his majesty" (Isa. 2:10,19,21) will always be exalted (Isa. 2:17).

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