I’m teaching Isaiah at my church this semester. For me, teaching God’s word is much more about learning than teaching. And oh, how I am learning the heart of God more deeply.
I can’t get past God’s faithfulness and His RELENTLESS love for His people. He judges, but only because He can’t NOT judge. He HAS to make things right, for He is a righteous God. His attributes are equal. He is equally as JUST as He is LOVING.
In Isaiah, we see His judgment on the people of Judah (and Israel and Assyria and Babylon++), but we also see His comforting pursuit of their hearts. He ALWAYS offers hope for His prophet and His remnant. These are the ones whose hearts are open to His judgment and rebuke; thus His mercy.
In that day the Lord will extend His hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of His people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea. Isaiah 11:11
Look at those foreign, hostile nations! And look at how God preserves a remnant from each! Even Judah’s greatest enemies are not too far gone for His mercy. Neither are we.
No one is out of the reach of His grace. No one falls so deeply that He cannot catch them.
Blessed Redeemer, Jesus is mine. Oh what a foretaste of glory divine!