12 For this is what the Lord says: “I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations
like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees.
13 As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted over Jerusalem.”
14 When you see this, your heart will rejoice and you will flourish like grass;
the hand of the Lord will be made known to His servants, but His fury will be shown to his foes.
So today we come to the last chapter of Isaiah appropriately titled Judgment and Hope and we can see both in its twenty-four verses. I say appropriately as at the end of time as we know it there will be judgment and there is also great hope for the Lord also said
10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn over her.
11 For you will nurse and be satisfied at her comforting breasts; you will drink deeply and delight in her overflowing abundance.”
And there will be judgment and it won’t be pretty for those who rebelled and continued their rebellion onto death as we read in the final verses
22 “As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure. 23 From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord. 24 “And they will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”
So who are those about whom the Lord says your heart will rejoice and you will flourish like grass? Or as in the ESV your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like the grass? Clearly this speaks of renewal and it is renewal for His servants – all of His servants, Jew and Gentile alike. It is reminiscent of what Ezekiel’s vision when he was set in the valley of bones and the Northern and Southern kingdoms of Israel were made into one nation again under one king.
15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand. Ezekiel 37
It will not be a celebration of some sort of good time, but a rejoicing of the heart from our inner most being as we are renewed and joined with all of our brothers and sisters in the Lord under one king – Jesus! What an incredible and wonderful scene to picture in our minds. However, there will many who will not rejoice in their hearts as they never chose to make Jesus their Lord and Savior.
Let us keep those in prayer who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. And to share the Gospel of Jesus as well so more might learn of His Free wondrous Gift of Grace and choose to join us in rejoicing.