- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Isaiah 24
Isaiah prophesied the Day of the Lord, the final day of judgement and redemption. Chapter 24-27 describes the same theme, the Lord’s devastation of the earth, all evil power of the earth, and the final triumph of the Lord. These three chapters are called Isaianic Apocalypse, a collection of oracles concerning the end of the world and new beginning.
Isaiah saw that the whole earth was so evil that it soon must come to an end, to God’s judgment, to be replaced by a new and glorified universe in which only the righteous would live.
Chapter 24 describes that devastation was caused by people,” they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant.” (v.5), and that what the total devastation looks like; cosmic judgment, coming to the land, to all people of different classes and positions, to the life of people, to the economy.
But the Day of the Lord is for the redemption of God, deliverance after destruction. Isaiah prophesied the cosmic devastation would precede the reign of God, divine restoration. Therefore, the day of the Lord is the day of joy to the righteous.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?