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Is. 65:17-20

6/29/13 V. 17, This promise of creating a new heavens and a new earth John, in Rev 21:1-5, sees in vision being fulfilled. The former things, particularly sin, God again promises, will pass away forever.

V. 18, For eternity we will be filled with gladness and joy at God’s new creation because God originally created us for joy and gladness in him. Rev 11:15-18 and 19:1-6, examples of this rejoicing, are cross-referenced with this verse.

V. 19, God himself will also rejoice and be glad in us. Nowhere in all of God’s vast creation will there be sorrow and weeping, which reminds us of the promises to wipe away every tear Rev 7:17 , 19:1, and 21:4. And this is in contrast to Babylon, in Rev 18:22-23, where the merchants weep and mourn over her and it is promised that the sound of music and the voice of celebration “will never be heard in her again.”

V. 20, Clearly the preceding verses deal with the end of time from our perspective, but had Israel fulfilled the purpose for which God had predestined it, these preceding promises would have been fulfilled to great degree even before the Second Coming.

This verse shows some of the things that would have come about had Israel remained faithful. Infant mortality would have disappeared. No one would die accidentally, and instead everyone will be able to live a full life of at least 100 years.

Even though this promise was not fulfilled, God’s promises always come to pass eventually. And this promise will not only be fulfilled but will be fulfilled on an even grander scale because we shall live forever, reigning with God (Rev 11:15, 22:5).

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Is. 57:17-21

5/20/13 V. 17, It is, among other issues, the greed of his people that leads us to cheating and other methods of enriching ourselves at other’s expense that makes God so angry that he has punished us. His punishment is the hiding of his face, which is to say that he distances himself from us. Separation from God is what brings on the consequences of our path of wickedness.

The problem is that we don’t recognize the problem. We don’t see that our ways are separating us from God. So we keep on turning away from him in our hearts.

V. 18, But in spite of knowing the wickedness of our ways, God, in his great mercy, has plans to heal us (Rev 22:2), to lead us back to himself, to restore the comfort of a close relationship with him. And we will no longer weep (Rev 7:17).

V. 19, Instead, we will praise the goodness of our God. God has ordered peace for his people when he heals us. And healing is what we need, because we have been so damaged by sin.

V. 20, For the wicked who refuse to be healed, because that is an option, they are doomed to continuing to a tempestuous life of stress, anger, hate, immorality, and all manner of spiritual garbage and mud. In the words of Rev 14:11, “they have no rest day or night…”

V. 21, So long as they live the wicked will never have peace. We must understand that if we do not have peace in our hearts it’s precisely because we still have wickedness within us that needs to be healed by God.

 
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