There need be no fear as you read these chapters, referred to as “Isaiah’s Apocalypse.” It is not “Apocalypse Now,” but “Apocalypse When.” In figurative, rather than literal language, Isaiah prophesies that God will come against unrepented evil.
But for now, God’s mercy is in full measure. God wants you to put an end to unrepented sin in your life, lest such sin put an end to you!
Isaiah wants the power of the images to make deep impressions upon you. There can be much denial in how sin gets to us. Isaiah’s poetry can loosen the hold that any sin has upon you. Do not get stuck in guilt; guilt is a gridlock that freezes movement into the eternal life that can be yours now.
The chapter sounds like the reversal of the power of God in the creation account in Genesis. The truth is that unrelenting, unrepented sin destroys the beauty of God’s creation. However, there is still time! Be loosened by the sweet joy of repentance.
What are these?
Lifting voice with songs of joy v. 14
Praising You for rising sun v. 15
Reigning of the Lord of hosts v. 23
The sweet joy of repentance
This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets; in this season, we continue reading Isaiah.