Friday, March 28, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 60 Tuesday

Isaiah 34:1-35:10

Does God issue any commands?

  • God commanded all the nations to listen to what He would do. (The destruction of the armies is told in present tense. Everything else is told in future tense.) There would be great slaughter in Idumea (another name for Edom, the land of Esau) because of their treatment of Israel. (This probably has a yet-future fulfillment also since it talks of "the day of the Lord's vengeance" which may be another reference to "the day of the Lord."
  • The weak are to be encouraged. They are to be told to be strong in the Lord.

Does God make any promises?

  • Idumea would be desolate except for wild animals and fowl.

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the warrior in these chapters.
  • Jesus is the healer in chapter 35 that opens the eyes of the blind, the ears of the deaf, and makes the lame to walk, and the dumb to speak.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?

  • It is possible that the events in Idumea still have future fulfillment at the time of the Christ's return.
  • The desert will blossom as a rose.
  • There will be a road called The Way of Holiness that only the redeemed will travel.
  • The ransomed of the LORD will return and come with singing unto Zion with everlasting joy. Sorrow and sighing will flee away.

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