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  • September 2017
2017. 9. 24 | In That Day (Isaiah 27:1~13)         Speakers Sam Koh

1 In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.
2 In that day -- "Sing about a fruitful vineyard:
3 I, the LORD, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it.
4 I am not angry. If only there were briers and thorns confronting me! I would march against them in battle; I would set them all on fire.
5 Or else let them come to me for refuge; let them make peace with me, yes, let them make peace with me."
6 In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.
7 Has the LORD struck her as he struck down those who struck her? Has she been killed as those were killed who killed her?
8 By warfare and exile you contend with her -- with his fierce blast he drives her out, as on a day the east wind blows.
9 By this, then, will Jacob's guilt be atoned for, and this will be the full fruitage of the removal of his sin: When he makes all the altar stones to be like chalk stones crushed to pieces, no Asherah poles or incense altars will be left standing.
10 The fortified city stands desolate, an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the desert; there the calves graze, there they lie down; they strip its branches bare.
11 When its twigs are dry, they are broken off and women come and make fires with them. For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.
12 In that day the LORD will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, O Israelites, will be gathered up one by one.
13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.

 

Reflection

The LORD Delivers (27:1–6)

While the LORD will surely punish the Israelites for their sins, He will not allow them to suffer forever. In the midst of his prophecies of judgment and destruction, Isaiah points the people to the certain hope of God’s deliverance. A day is coming when the LORD will slay the indomitable enemy with His great and powerful sword. Like an owner who watches over his vineyard, He will watch over His people and see to it that they are protected, nourished, and fruitful. May this message of hope remind us that our present sufferings are only temporary. When our Lord returns in glory, He will prevail over sin, death, and all the powers of the enemy, and will establish an eternal kingdom that will prosper forever.

 

What is your source of hope? How can you shift your focus from the worries of today to God’s promise of eternity?

 

God’s Favor (27:7–13)

Isaiah is clear in his words: God will not punish Israel as severely as He will the other nations. Though Israel will be attacked and exiled, God will not strike her down in destruction or wipe her out like her pagan oppressors. The purpose of His judgment is to purge Israel of her sins and help her realize the foolishness of forsaking Him. But Israel’s story will not end with judgment; the LORD will remember and gather His people to worship Him once again in Zion. Our God is compassionate, merciful, and gracious. He disciplines us for our good and promises restoration for those who respond with repentance.

 

What has God taught you through trials and suffering? How will you respond to His mercy and grace today?

 

A letter to God 

The Nations
Syria has been in a civil war for six years, and many children are suffering from stress and mental trauma as a result. According to a report from Save the Children, the majority of children who were surveyed suffer from symptoms that indicate post-traumatic stress disorder. Pray that the Syrian civil war would quickly come to an end and that the children would be healed and restored by the grace of God and the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

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