Daily Service: The Long view
Isaiah 60:1-3 (ESV) Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.
Isaiah was looking down the centuries to something more than the physical restoration of the beleaguered city. He could see with the farsighted vision of a prophet what the apostle John saw much later and with greater clarity: “The holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a beautiful bride prepared for her husband” (Rev. 21:2). The new Jerusalem—the church, the community of believers, the company of the redeemed. The contrast with the ungodly, who are living in “darkness as black as night” (Isa. 60:2), is stark and startling.
I read this in a devotional this morning and it made me think of my daughter, who tends to live in the moment. Israel was at this point coming back from a long captivity and what they heard was Isaiah saying their immediate future would be quite prosperous but as the devotional said, the context was Isaiah seeing the millennial kingdom
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