This chapter restates the main themes in the book of Isaiah: the guilty will be judged and punished and the faithful will be rewarded. Some of the Israelite people were hypocritical in the way that they lived their lives. They pronounced themselves sacred and thought they were ‘holier than thou’ and yet disobeyed God’s laws by practising idolatry, engaging with evil spirits and eating unclean foods. They called themselves ‘People of God’ yet their behaviour did not demonstrate this. Pig meat was deemed as unclean (Deuteronomy 18: 9-11), which could have been because of the health risks if it was not cooked properly; it could cause illness or even death. More seriously, eating it was a practice of the Gentiles and part of idol worship.

This limit to what God’s people could eat was cancelled after the death of Jesus as his sacrifice opened the way to heaven for all people, including the Gentiles. God warns the people that they will receive fair punishment for their sins and yet faithful servants will be richly blessed. Isaiah then describes how a time is coming when the faithful will know peace: God will create a new heaven and a new earth where nature will live in harmony with humanity and where God will live among his people, just as it was in the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, before the fall of Adam and Eve. There will be no more weeping or dying. Peace will reign over the land – the people can build their homes knowing that they will live in them and plant their vineyards knowing that they will eat their fruit. The wolf and the lamb will lie down together.

In Jewish tradition, the predatory animals that will live in peace with their natural victims is understood to refer to the aggressive nations that one day will live at peace with each other; something the present world is still waiting for. This vision of hope and encouragement will be fulfilled when the Lord comes again and his faithful people will rest in the new Jerusalem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Look at our lives – do we say the right words but not live the right life? God knows all; he will be our judge and we will have to answer to him for our sins. Thankfully, if we know Jesus then we know we are saved but it is still so easy to slip off that righteous path. Pray for guidance and discernment that we will live the life that God wants us to.

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