The Great Comeback

Isaiah 27:1 – 13

27:1 In that day the Lord with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,

Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.

The Lord has declared His intention to punish the nations for attacking Israel and Judah, and His intention to punish His people for their rebellion. In this opening passage, Isaiah relays His message that He will even punish Leviathan, a sea creature. This could be an extension of His intention to destroy the ships of Tyre and Tarshish, or it could be an extension of the judgment on the earth.

2 In that day sing to her, “A vineyard of red wine!

3 I, the Lord, keep it, I water it every moment;

Lest any hurt it, I keep it night and day.

4 Fury is not in Me. Who would set briers and thorns Against Me in battle?

I would go through them, I would burn them together.

5 Or let him take hold of My strength, That he may make peace with Me; And he shall make peace with Me.”

In this section, Isaiah speaks of the Lord’s extension of a promise to restore Israel, describing her as a vine or vineyard. He describes Himself as a vine dresser or farmer, watering and caring for the plants daily. He says that He would burn through any obstacle to caring for His people.

6 Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob; Israel shall blossom and bud, And fill the face of the world with fruit.

7 Has He struck Israel as He struck those who struck him? Or has He been slain according to the slaughter of those who were slain by Him?

8 In measure, by sending it away, You contended with it. He removes it by His rough wind In the day of the east wind.

9 Therefore by this the iniquity of Jacob will be covered; And this is all the fruit of taking away his sin: When he makes all the stones of the altar Like chalkstones that are beaten to dust, Wooden images and incense altars shall not stand.

Here, the Lord promises the health and strength of restoration of those who return to their homeland. He explains the purpose of the exile, to help take away the sin of Judah and Israel. But the sins will be covered by their repentance and return home.

10 Yet the fortified city will be desolate, The habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness; There the calf will feed, and there it will lie down And consume its branches.

11 When its boughs are withered, they will be broken off; The women come and set them on fire. For it is a people of no understanding; Therefore He who made them will not have mercy on them, And He who formed them will show them no favor.

In this passage, Isaiah describes the condition of the enemies of Israel. Their fortified cities will be desolate, and people will scrounge for firewood and food. They will behave like a people with no understanding. The vengeance of the Lord will be poured out.

12 And it shall come to pass in that day That the Lord will thresh, From the channel of the River to the Brook of Egypt;

And you will be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel.

13 So it shall be in that day: The great trumpet will be blown;

They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria, And they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt, And shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

This final passage describes God’s gathering of the people from the nations. It will be like a threshing, where the Lord gathers them from the field that stretches from Assyria to Egypt. The people of God will again worship in the city of God, Jerusalem. These promises of restoration are comforting for us today, for it shows that God cares, even after bad things happen and judgement falls. God does not forget His people, even in the midst of tragedy. Trust Him completely and know that He will never forget you!

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