The 26th Chapter of Isaiah is a Song of Praise. Many bible headings have different interpretations of what the “theme” or subject of the Song is, I tend to agree with some of the old scholars in that it is a Song dedicated to the well being and prosperity of the church along with the ruining of its enemies.
The church, Israel, God’s chosen, are represented by a strong city v.1, it is said to have strong (impenetrable) gates which are open to all who are righteous v.2. Here in they (we) can find perfect peace v.3, by trusting in the Lord v.4.
If anyone thinks himself lofty and more sovereign than God, He will surely bring them down v.5-6. For the path of the chosen is one of righteousness and God judges those travels v.7. In fact your people have waited and prayed for you oh Lord to make straight our path of righteousness that we may follow you v.8-9.
Let favour be shewed to the wicked, – Various Bibles translate this differently and I think it changes the meaning (to those who do not thoroughly study) for example:
AMP: Though the wicked is shown compassion and favor,
ESV: If favor is shown to the wicked
NKJV: Let grace be shown to the wicked
How often is the case that the wicked unrepentant we see in life seem to have it all while we struggle? What do we do about it? Curse them, that is wish ill upon their favor or pray for their good fortune and repentance. I hope the later. Isaiah would seem to have us ask for favor to be shown upon our enemies (context) how often do we ask for that?
yet will he not learn righteousness: – Isaiah points out that no matter how much of God’s Grace some folks get, their hearts are to harden to accept the free gift of God’s Love that goes along with it. This does not mean we stop trying to share the Good News or pray for them.
in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, – These unrighteous men (and women) will continue to deal unrighteously for a time here on earth. Those who are openly rebellious against God’s word need our intervention (prayer) more than ever.
and will not behold the majesty of the Lord. – Do not get discouraged in our efforts some folks no matter how hard we try, will continue to deny what is clearly before their eyes, the majesty of the Lord.
Isiah is clearly writing about two different Perspectives on Life.
One from the standpoint of God’s chosen people, His elect born again whom will spend eternity in Heaven. These see reason even during life’s troubling times to Praise Him and Glorify His name forever.
The other from those who are blinded by their own self (pride). They deny what is easy to see in front of them and make up every excuse to not seek the truth.
The question(s) for today are what Perspective on Life do you have? Do you see the MAJESTY of God before you today?
Thanks to LP, Jr. for the idea behind today's devotional