Chapter 39 caps off the first section of the book with Hezekiah’s silly mistake. He shows Babylon all the wealth of Israel and yeah, they’ll be back for that.
Suddenly 40 begins a new section, which means it’s time for Part 2 of the Bible Project’s Isaiah.
God is not only going to save Israel from exile, He is going to fulfill the original dream, which was every nation reconciled to Himself.
“Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together.” (40:5)
I’ve been increasingly burdened over the past few years about the situation in the Middle East. ISIS, the war in Syria, the displacement and mistreatment of Kurds, Iran remaining under a ruthless regime, the refugee crisis and the horrific ways our Christian brothers and sisters have suffered and died.
Working with YWAM allows me opportunities to travel and work in an international community. I have friends in these countries. It feels so huge, hopeless, insurmountable. Can we even begin to solve ONE of these problems? It’s a giant, complex mess.
Then I read chapter 40 and God says, “This is nothing. I am infinitely bigger. I sit, enthroned over the circle of the earth. I reduce rulers to nothing. I don’t get tired, in fact I have energy enough to share.” I’m reminded that not only CAN He bring peace to the Middle East, but it has been His PLAN all along! A beautiful finale to human history we can all look forward to!
We hear stories all the time about people in these countries coming to Christ in DROVES. The largest movement of conversions in recorded history, they’re saying. You won’t read about that on the news! Even so, it won’t end there, God has more in store:
“Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, in His arm He will gather the lambs and carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.” (40:11)
Pray for our family in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Jordan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palastine, ETC! They are beautiful, clever, funny, beloved and tired.