Isaiah 54-55: Rainbow

For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” Says the Lord, who has mercy on you. Isaiah 54:10

Chapter summary.  The Servant’s suffering, like His mission is complete (Isa. 53).  Isaiah bursts out in a hymn of praise.  The future is assured, a new age dawns, and God’s covenant of peace is at last in force, forever (Isa. 54:1-10).  Benefits of that covenant are described.  Against this background, a voice cries out to those who are thirsty, urging them to come to God and be satisfied (Isa. 55:1-5).  But Isaiah makes it clear that a moral choice is involved.  The wicked are welcome, but they must forsake their way (vv. 6-7).  The decision to come to God also involves submission.  We must abandon the arrogance that leads us to stand in judgment on God’s ways and submit to Him whose ways and whose thoughts are higher than ours (vv. 8-9).  Those who do not submit to that Word of God, which falls as life-giving rain from heaven, will share in a harvest of everlasting joy (vv. 10-13).

Key verse. 54:10:  Peace flows from God’s unfailing love.

Personal application.  Submission remains the path to joy.

Key concepts.  Covenant, Peace, Anger of God, Wicked, Word

9  “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me; For as I have sworn That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, So have I sworn That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.

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