the difference

April 2015 (15)Isaiah 27:7-13

7 Does he strike him like the striking of one striking him, Or is he killed like the killing of his killed ones. 8 By expelling her, by her sending away, you argue with her. He removed with his strong wind, on an east wind day. 9 Therefore by this he will atone the guilt of Jacob, and this all of the removal fruit of his sin: in his setting all altar stones like crushed stones of chalk, no worship Asherah poles or incense altars will stand. 10 Because our fortified city is solitary, a settlement deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness; a calf grazes there, lies down there and destroys its branches. 11 with her branch being dry, they are broken; with women coming, setting light to it. Because it is not a people of understanding; therefore his maker will not have compassion on him, and his creator will not show him favor. 12 And this will happen: on that day, Yahveh will thresh from the floodwaters of the Euphrates to the wadi of Egypt, and you, you will be gathered one by one, sons of Israel. 13 And this will happen: on that day, a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria will come, and those who were scattered in the land of Egypt, and they will bow down to Yahveh on the mountain of holiness at Jerusalem.

the difference

The difference between Israel and the nations surrounding it is this: although Yahveh crushes both in judgment, he will ultimately restore Israel. The lost from Assyria and Egypt (and Auckland, and Williamsburg) who come to him in repentance, he will bring into his own family, and they will worship on the mountain of holiness. God cannot abide sin in anyone, but he can forgive sin committed by anyone.

LORD, thank you for your holy hatred of our sin, and your holy love of us sinners.


About Jefferson Vann

Jeff is a Christian missionary.
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