Feast: Shouting Gleanings and Singing Olives (Part Two)
Charles Whitaker (1944-2021)
Given 08-Oct-20; 82 minutes
Isaiah 25 thematically links to Isaiah 24 through its focus on 1.) the worldwide scope of Christ's work and 2.) the pivotal importance of Zion in carrying out this work. Chapter 25 focuses of Christ's work with Israel and the gentiles after He assumes the Throne of David, including His judgment of Moab, covering even far-away events such as the end-time swallowing up of "death forever" and subsequent wiping away of "tears from all faces." Isaiah 26 begins with a song the remnants will sing at the return of Christ. This song has thematic overtones of the Song of Moses (Exodus 15) which, like Isaiah 25 and 26, is a mixture of history and prophecy. Structurally, Isaiah's apocalypse bears resemblance to the Book of Exodus, as both begin with a narration of God's judgment on sinners and then move to a description of God's continuing work of ruling after His judgment. The Song of Moses and the song of the remnants at Christ's return are both new songs in that they represent songs which the singers had not sung before. Isaiah 26 contains three "lessons learned" by the remnant: 1.) Faith permits the believer to tell the end from the beginning: 2.) God will destroy the incorrigibly wicked and 3.) the accomplishments of God's people are in fact God's achievements. God's people must not become discouraged but know that they will arise in the Resurrection of the Just. God's people need to hide in Christ, knowing that God will come to judge the earth.
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