The Gathering: Isaiah Series/ Study 17 (Conclusion of Series) Pastor Barry Bruce
All Day Long Isaiah 65:1-16, Romans 10:9-13, 16-21, 11:11, 18-20, 23, 26
Here in Chapter 65 of Isaiah, the prophet speaks to the Jews about the gentiles that will one day be saved through Jesus Christ. God speaks through the prophet in the first chapter and says:
“I revealed myself to those (gentiles) 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…”
The Apostle, Paul would later write of this and say:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13
As Paul continued in Romans 10:16-21 and 11:1-27, he explained this very prophecy. “All day long” (throughout history) God had held out His hands to the obstinate Jews as they “pursued their own imaginations”. As a result of their idol worship and rebellion— and ultimately their rejection of Jesus Christ, God rejected the Jews and took His salvation to the gentiles, but God did not ultimately reject His people (Romans 11:1), “He will bring forth descendants from Jacob…for His people who seek Him.” (Isaiah 65:8c-10) Sharon and Achor (areas once wastelands) will become a blessing to those who seek God. As Paul says: “And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.” (Romans 11:23). We gentiles are told by Paul not to consider ourselves superior to the Jews but to watch out least we also fall into disbelief (Romans 11:18). “All of Israel will eventually be saved” (Romans 11:26). “All of Israel” meaning those who are truly believers and have come to Christ (not all of the nation) . “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” And yes…God has been reaching out to all of us “all day long!”
New Heaven and New Earth Isaiah 65:17-25
These passages speak of the 1000 year reign of Christ on the earth where His throne will be set up in “Jerusalem”. The Millennium (also known as the Millennial Kingdom) is this 1,000-year reign of Jesus after the Tribulation and before all the people of the world are judged. We know this because of verse 20. People will live a long time but they will still die. Jesus will reign as king over Israel as well as all the nations of the world (Isaiah 2:4; 42:1). The world will live in peace (Isaiah 11:6–9; 32:18), Satan will be bound (Revelation 20:1–3), and, at the beginning, everyone will worship God (Isaiah 2:2–3). The purpose of the 1,000-year reign is to fulfill promises God made to the world that cannot be fulfilled while Satan is free and humans have political authority. When this time period ends God’s final judgments will be made and Heaven will be our permanent home (Revelation 21:-5).
Tremble at His Word Isaiah 66:1-24
Verse 1-2: The final prophecies in the book of Isaiah are summed up in the first two verses: In short God is saying that He is above all and that only those who fear and respect Him will be shown His favor.
Verses 3-6: God rebukes the Jews for offering sacrifices to Him for their sin. Verse 4b is a reference to Christ…”When I called, no one answered, when I spoke no one listened” The Jew’s sacrifices were meant to turn their hearts towards the true sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Only His sacrifice is acceptable for our sin. Any other sacrifice is an insult to God.
Verses 7-9: Is actually a prophecy that tells the Jews two major things that will come because of God’s promise to them: 1.) the birth of Jesus the savior 2.) the birth of the country (in 1948 Israel became a nation literally in one day). In verse 9 God poetically asks Israel : do I not deliver what I promise? Did I (close up the womb) keep the second birth from you because you rejected the first? Although the Jews rejected Christ God still birthed their nation as He had promised.
Verses 10-16: God tells the Jews to rejoice in both of these kindnesses towards their nation. He also promises to one day extend peace to Israel like a river (referring to the third promise of Christ’s millennial reign.) When God’s servants will be dandled (affectionately bounced) upon the knees of that nation under the rule of Jesus; however, “His fury will be shown to his foes”.
Verses 17-24: Finally, God proclaims a terrible end for those who follow after their own appetite and glory for those who seek to fear and respect Him. A Hellish eternity is described in verse 24 for any who will not bow to Christ.
How Beautiful…those who bring good news Romans 10:11-15
In conclusion… what should be a servant’s response to a God who has held out His hands “All day long” for an obstinate people who have pursued their own worthless imaginations? Gentiles and Jews alike have this in common:
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6
As the Apostle, Paul said: “Everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved.” But how will they be saved unless someone brings them this good news? How beautiful are the feet to God is that servant who brings such news. How tragic is the fact that few will bring it. How long should the grateful servant of such a merciful God bring this news to those pursuing their own imaginations (sin). How long? “All day long” I would think. How about you?