12/16/2010

God's Merciful Dealing with His Own Idolatrous People (Isaiah 27:9; 1-13)

Isa 27 teaches that God will destroy evil (Isa 27:1), bring His people home (Isa 27:2-6), and Atone for his people's sin (Isa 27:7-13).

God Will Make His People Fruitful  (Isa 27:1-6)

In contrast to the shameful vineyard in Isa 5:1-7, God determined that this vineyard bear abundant fruit (Isa 27:2-6). "In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all  the world with fruit" (Isa 27:6).

God Tempers His Dealing With His People (Isa 27:7-13)

By asking a rhetorical question (Isa 27:7), God suggests that He has dealt less harshly with his people Israel than with those He used to punish them. God carefully measured His discipline, even through exile (Isa 27:8), to awaken them to trust in Him. Only by God's loving restraint would God bring His people to idol-free purity (Isa 27:9), while the enemies of God's people will not know God's favor and experience God's desolation and abandonment (Isa 27:10,11). Still, a faithful remnant of God's people will come from those enemy nations (Isa 27:12,13).

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