- 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 65
In response to the prophet’s prayer in chapter 64, chapter 65 is prophetic message as a form of God’s answer to the prayer. God’s judgement and God’s salvation are two main topics.
It begins with why God punished his own people Israel, but instead he had to call gentile people to be his own. Even though God repeatedly warned Israel of their adultery, and called them to return from it, they did not listen to God. And God punished them.
God promised them, however, new heaven and new earth (v.17), transformed world, a sign of God’s redemption and new creation. God will rejoice with Jerusalem. Her mourning is over. Redeemed people will live in happiness and security. They will be prosperous. In the new Jerusalem all will be at peace.
Jesus fulfilled the vision of new heaven and new earth in his teaching of the Kingdom of God where God rules.
This prophetic vision of new Jerusalem is shared with John in the book of revelation.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.” (Revelation 21:1)
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?