- 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 27
Chapter 27 is the prophecy of God’s restoration for Israel with four apocalyptic poem of God’s deliverance. “In that day,” was written four times and each describes how God restores Israel.
In that day, God will punish Leviathan. Leviathan is the serpent and the dragon in the sea, powerful watery opponents in a divine battle. It appears in Psalm 74:13-14, Job 26:13.
In that day, God will tender the vineyard. The vineyard is a symbol of Israel. God will lovingly tender the vineyard nation of Israel and Judah. They will be God’s fruitful vineyard.
In that day God will punish the opponents and will gather the scattered people of Israel and Judah. This prophecy was fulfilled first when exiled people of Israel returned home from Babylonia in 539BC.
In that day, the call of trumpet will sound and all people of Israel and Judah will be gathered to God’s holy mountain in Jerusalem and worship God.
We read Isaiah’s prophecy of God’s restoration today in faith trusting that the ultimate restoration of God will be accomplished on the day of the Lord, of new heaven and new earth, new Jerusalem. (Revelation 21:1-8)
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?