God’s Kingdom to Come

God’s Kingdom to Come

One thing that intrigues me about the book of Isaiah is the fact that immediately God mentions the sin of Israel and the need for judgment. But He also rather quickly mentions that He will redeem His people who will enjoy a future glory (see Isa. 2:1-5). Isaiah sees a future time when the Lord’s glory will be evident throughout the whole earth. All people on earth will “flow” to His Holy Mountain, to not only worship, but to be taught the ways of God. It also seems evident that this time will be abundant with peace. For instead of fighting each other in war, humans will work for the prosperity of all. This prophecy is being fulfilled presently with the church and will be ultimately fulfilled in the new heavens and new earth.

Although some of the prophecies have distant eschatological fulfillment, much of its context as Williams mentions, “are meant to warn and encourage the prophet’s generation…This message comforts Israel the way Christ’s resurrection from the dead comforts Christians today.”[1] Nevertheless the Lord has been working since the fall of mankind His redemptive plan of saving man from eternal destruction and establishing His kingdom forever on earth. Merrill recognizes that in order for this to take place, “the kingdoms of the world must be swept aside to make room for his kingdom, one partially exhibited by Israel and the church in history but fully in place only in the eschatological day of the Lord.”[2]

God speaks to us through the prophet Isaiah in a thorough and rich manner, because He cares for His creation, His kingdom and His people. But above all, He is concerned to the utter most for His glory.

May we trust in Him alone for our salvation and eternal life, and bask in the amazing wonder and majesty of who He is. Just as Isaiah did when he had the remarkable privilege of being in the throne room of God Almighty, confessing his complete lack of holiness when seeing “the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple”(6:1). With seraphim flying around declaring that this Lord of hosts was indeed “Holy, holy, holy”(6:3). Isaiah in an act of humility and repentance cries out, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts”(6:5)!

Then as a result of God’s gracious nature he sends one of the seraphim to Isaiah with a burning coal from the altar, who then touches his mouth with it and decrees, “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for”(6:7). God’s grace, mercy, righteousness, holiness, covenant love, divine Kingship, judgment of sin, and much more are on display in His special revelation to mankind through the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz (1:1).

 

[1] Williams, Far as the Curse is Found, 201.

[2] Merrill, Everlasting Dominion, 516.

The above is an excerpt from a larger article I wrote on “Theological Themes in Isaiah.”

J.D.N

All Glory be to God in Christ!

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