12/22/2010

See The King In His Beauty (Isaiah 33:17)

This 6th and final woe in Isa 28-33 is against Assyria, the enemy that has been destroying God's people with apparent impunity. But she will be destroyed (Isa 33:1), as God will visit his people with his saving presence.

God is Our Stability, Our Sure Foundation (Isa 33:1-12)

Isa 33:2 expresses the right attitude before God: "LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress." It is foolish to trust in our limited selves, because "The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness. 6 He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure" (Isa 33:5,6). God will intervene for his people (Isa 33:10), and destroy Assyria (Isa 33:11,12), who represents any power opposed to God.

God is our Judge, our Lawgiver, our King (Isa 33:13-24)

The godly (Isa 33:16) are "those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes..." (Isa 33:15). The will see the Messiah in his beauty and splendor (Isa 33:17). While man rules with injustice and unjust laws, God is the perfect judge (deciding justly), lawgiver (making laws) and king (enforcing laws) (Isa 33:22).

Reflection: "See, a king will reign in righteousness" (Isa 32:1)

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