13 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahveh: Watch, my servants. They will eat, but you will be hungry; my servants will drink, but you will be thirsty; my servants will rejoice, but you will be put to shame; 14 my servants will shout because of a joyful of heart, but you will cry out for pain of heart, and will wail for anguish of spirit. 15 You will leave your name to my chosen to use as a curse, and the Lord Yahveh will put you to death; but to his servants he will give a different name. 16 Then whoever invokes a blessing in the land will bless by the real God, and whoever takes an oath in the land will swear by the real God; because the past plight will be forgotten and hidden from my sight. 17 Because I am about to create new sky and a new land; the past things will not be remembered or come to mind.
the real God
The LORD predicts through Isaiah a time when a new people will worship the true God, the real God in the land. It will be a new land and a new sky, a third sky. This new people will be the descendants (either physically or spiritually) of the old people – the people who now call themselves by his name. But these new people will not know the past plight. They will not know the hypocrisy and syncretism that is making Isaiah’s generation idolaters. God is going to create a new sky and a new land for them. Christians are used to terminology like this from Revelation 21:1-2. But that image should cause us to reflect back on this text. The newness of our future will involve a cosmic re-creation, but it is primarily a promise of a new and genuine relationship with God.
LORD, make us so new that we no longer remember the old ways, the old hypocrisy and evil.