12/13/2010

Wiping Tears and Swallowing Up Death Forever (Isaiah 25)

Though God will judge the whole world (Isa 24:17-20), God will also redeem a chosen remnant who will praise and worship him (Isa 25:1). God will:

  • overthrow human tyranny (Isa 25:1-5),
  • relieve human sorrow (Isa 25:6-8), and
  • humble human pride (Isa 25:9-12).
God is a stronghold (Isa 25:4,5), better than any human fortress (Isa 25:2). Isa 25:8 says, "He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken." God promises his people that one day, their tears will be wiped away, and they will no longer be subject to death but will live forever (1 Cor 15:54; Rev 21:4), while the proud will be brought low (Isa 25:11).

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