Focus Verse: The Lord Almighty planned it, to bring down her pride in all her splendor and to humble all who are renowned on the earth. (9)
No one is raised up and no one is brought down without God having known about it and ordained it at the beginning of time. Because the city of Tyre became full of pride due to her great success, Isaiah prophesies that God will have to humble it.
Focus Verse: It will be the same for priest as for people, for the master as for his servant, for the mistress as for her servant, for seller as for buyer, for borrower as for lender, for debtor as for creditor. (2)
Being a priest or a president will not protect one from God’s wrath when He judges the earth. Neither will being poor offer protection from the judgement of God. Everyone, no matter their high lot or low lot in life, will witness devastation and be affected by the destruction that our sin has wrought.
Focus Verse: He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. (8)
Isaiah takes a break from prophesying tribulation and woe to praise God for what He has done and for what He will do. All the wonderful things that God has done were planned long ago. We can praise Him for His perfect faithfulness towards us and the entire earth. God is a refuge for the poor and needy, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. Through Christ’s resurrection, God has already conquered death. At the moment, we can still feel its sting, but one day He will swallow up death forever. He will wipe away all tears. If we trust in Him now, we will be able to rejoice at His return.
Focus Verse: And to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (27)
Christ’s church consists of all those who believe in Him. Christ refers to us as His bride. He is the head; we are the body. He is also our Savior and He showed His love for us by dying on the cross. Why does God continue to mold us, wash us and work on us once we decide to follow Him? He does so because He wants His Son to have a perfect Bride – one who is holy, full of the Word, radiant, blameless and without any blemishes.