Future’s so bright I gotta wear shades
I looked at the YouTube summary of Isaiah again, and I see that the symmetry thing is a bit of a distraction.
It’s more that this end to Isaiah pretty much takes all the themes of the Bible so far and and arranges them as Christian theology.
It all there.
Our current situation, waiting for the kingdom. Telling the good news to the wicked. Living lives of love for our fellow mankind.
The promise of a new creation.
Everything except the specific person of Jesus, who is the servant/king/redeemer.
It a terrific advancement in the progressive revelation of God’s plans and character, and very exciting to believers, because of the promise of a new creation and the triumph of the little guy (or gal).
This chapter is about the future glory of Israel, with a predominance of poetic references to brightness and light.
It commences “Arise, shine, your light has come, the glory of the lord has risen”, which sets the tone.
The coming of the lord bring the gathering of people, Jewish family reunions and non Jewish too. And the gathering of wealth and abundance.
It will be an end to violence and want, it will surpass the sun in is glory and it will last forever.
Heaven, new creation.
This is the promise of Isaiah to a people weak, exiled, being conquered, divided and failing.
Sometimes I think of the new creation as a “nice to have” – I want my rewards for being a Christian to be here now in terms of praying for a better life and more satisfying outcomes in this world.
Plus heaven too, almost as an afterthought.
The new creation is kind of the point. It’s not just a philosophy of good living.
I’m worried that I have stated to treat redundancy as a holiday. I need to stay focused on the hard work of putting myself out there on the job market.