Isaiah 65:13-16

Isaiah 65:13-16

13 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“My servants will eat, but you will go hungry; My servants will drink, but you will go thirsty;
My servants will rejoice, but you will be put to shame.
14 My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts,
but you will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit.
15 You will leave your name for My chosen ones to use in their curses;
the Sovereign Lord will put you to death, but to His servants He will give another name.
16 Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the one true God;
whoever takes an oath in the land will swear by the one true God.
For the past troubles will be forgotten and hidden from My eyes.

Our attention today is on verse fourteen above and the other verses are provided for context. However what context, Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says! The first sixteen verses in this chapter have the title of Judgment and Salvation and this is clearly what we have here. The final nine verses have the title of New Heavens and New Earth.

Returning to verse fourteen, one might say such a great difference between God’s servants and those who rejected Him seems really unfair. But is it? After all He revealed Himself to everyone as shown in the opening verses

1 “I revealed Myself to those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me.
To a nation that did not call on My name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’
2 All day long I have held out My hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good,
pursuing their own imaginations—

Over 700 years later He did it again, through His Son Jesus who said

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3

There is salvation and it is offered to everyone. Every single person who lives and has lived has received this offer since the time of Jesus. The offer of verses one and two above from Isaiah 65 were for Israel and through Israel to the world. The results of the choice before everyone is clearly described in verse fourteen My servants will sing out of the joy of their hearts, but you will cry out from anguish of heart and wail in brokenness of spirit.

Each of us chooses the condition of our hearts for all eternity by the choice we make for God or to pursue our own imaginations, our own pride, our own sins, our own darkness.

It is Satan’s great deception that makes it seem an ugly choice to serve our Creator instead of joyfully seeking to serve Him. Such arrogance resulted in Satan’s condemnation. Thankfully, we are permitted to turn from our pride and arrogance and choose to follow Jesus.