Hello hello! Here’s the next update:
– The Lord once again brings up Egypt, and tells His people basically, “Stop going to Egypt for stuff and come to Me!” The whole issues stems from when the Lord’s people were slaves in Egypt, a lifestyle and a place the Lord saved His people from. That’s the whole point of Passover: To remember, every year, that the Lord in His goodness and faithfulness rescued His people from slavery and a land of oppression, and brought them into a new country and a new existence. The problem was, the people, though enslaved, were used to the comfort of Egypt, and in the wilderness wanted to return. “At least there’s meat there.” It would be like getting rescued from jail, but then wanting to go back because you didn’t have to pay for TV. Still, even in Isaiah’s time hundreds of years later, the people are not only returning to physical Egypt to buy goods, untrusting that God will provide, they are returning to spiritual Egypt, the enslavement of their hearts – because at least there’s good eats.
– There are some pretty amazing verses that show up at verse 18 and beyond, about who the Lord is, and His care. He will save His people, and He will be their teacher. He will keep us on the straight and narrow – quite literally! We need to stay to the straight path, and not divert to the left or to the right. It’s been a command since the days of Moses. And we see in verse 21 a foreshadowing of the Holy Spirit, who will tell us the way to go. The Holy Spirit is like bumpers on a bowling alley – He keeps you from going in the gutter.
– The later part of the passage, from verse 27 and beyond, reads very much like Psalm 97:
The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire goes before him
and burns up his adversaries all around.
His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.
All worshipers of images are put to shame,
who make their boast in worthless idols;
worship him, all you gods!
Zion hears and is glad,
and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O LORD.
For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
O you who love the LORD, hate evil!
He preserves the lives of his saints;
he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!
– Continuing on with the scene in the throne room, we’ve met the Lord, the elders, and the four living creatures. A scroll is produced (remember tracing that scroll through Scripture?) and the question is posed: “Who is worthy to open this thing?” There IS no one, no one worthy enough. Not you or me or the best people we know or the presidents and kings and generals and CEOs of the earth. But no. There is ONE. Enter Jesus, looking like a lamb who was slain, with seven horns and seven eyes (Ok, a lot of symbolic stuff here. Cheat sheet: It’s Jesus, crucified, with perfect authority and perfect vision). He’s the guy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, and once He does…