- 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 66
Prophetic vision of final judgement and salvation.
The last chapter of the book of Isaiah is concluding oracles, oracle of final judgement of God and oracle of final triumph of God in his salvation over all nations.
The vision begins with God Almighty. The Almighty God is above man- made temple building, sacrificial offering that man offers. A temple made of created materials cannot not contain the Creator and Lord of heaven and earth. True worship is offering humble and contrite heart to God.
God will judge the wicked and all kind of evil that displease God. The crying of the people like birth pain and the noise of true believers for deliverance and for vindication has been heard in the temple. God has returned to His temple and heard them crying.
God will deliver His people and they will be rejoicing, be comforted. God will restore Jerusalem, Zion, like a nursing mother. Restored Mother, Jerusalem, can provide abundantly for all, prosperity and comfort.
With fire and sword, God will destroy completely his enemy, all abominable things before God. This is God’s final judgment before God gathers all nations and tongues to see God’s glory. This is the vision of God’s salvation of all nations for them to come to God’s holy mountain, Zion, and see the glory of God. This is the vision of final victory.
What God is up to is nothing less than making a new heaven and a new earth. God’s word spoken through the witness of his servant prophet Isaiah cannot come to an end, until God is all in all.
This final vision belongs to the one who inspired it, the Holy one of Israel. We see it with eyes of faith, lean into it with the Holy Spirit’s aid, and find it ratified by Christ and continually accomplishing its purpose, to the glory of God the Father. Until that day we feed on this word and see in it sure promise of God. Upon this vision we live our faith.
Jesus fulfilled this prophetic vision in his life, teaching, death and resurrection, in the Kingdom of God which is yet to come its final culmination. So he teaches, “Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.” (Mark 13:33).
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?