As I have been reading through the book of Isaiah, I have realized if you are looking for a light, feel-good scripture than Isaiah is not the book of the Bible you should go through, the first few chapters God is going off on the Israelites for being disobedient and giving in to their lust and worshipping idols. Isaiah steps up to the plate and says that he wants to God’s man to do whatever He wants him to do, and immediately he has to rebuke Israel for their continued sins. Just when you think there is no hope or that God does not have any compassion Isaiah starts to prophecies about Jesus, Isaiah 11 gives a great description of heaven peace will reign. The wolf will lay down with the lamb together, what a great picture of peace that is, peace that Christians will experience in heaven with Christ as our Lord. God does not give up on His people, He always keeps a remnant and he will gather them together and it is very encouraging to read in Isaiah 11 of how God will bring them together from all the places they have been scattered and they will dwell with him in His perfect peace.
11 In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush,[a] from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.
12 He will raise a signal for the nations
and will assemble the banished of Israel,
and gather the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.
13 The jealousy of Ephraim shall depart,
and those who harass Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah,
and Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
14 But they shall swoop down on the shoulder of the Philistines in the west,
and together they shall plunder the people of the east.
They shall put out their hand against Edom and Moab,
and the Ammonites shall obey them.
15 And the Lord will utterly destroy[b]
the tongue of the Sea of Egypt,
and will wave his hand over the River
with his scorching breath,[c]
and strike it into seven channels,
and he will lead people across in sandals.
16 And there will be a highway from Assyria
for the remnant that remains of his people,
as there was for Israel
when they came up from the land of Egypt.
I am excited to see what else God will show me this week as I continue to read through Isaiah.