Isaiah 25: 1—28:13
Chapters 25-27 are telling us about the ultimate regathering, judging and salvation of God’s Chosen People. These are the people who are righteous by faith, the remnant God promised to keep. Through these people all the promises that God made to Abraham will be fulfilled in the end.
Chapter 28 start the “woes” section of Isaiah. I was so struck by the response by the priests and prophets. These were the thinkers of the day. Think of them as Instagram Influencers. What they thought and said was what people followed. For them to say, “Who does the Lord think we are to speak to us like this,” is shocking. But what is even more shocking is the fact that this kind of attitude is what we Christians are met with every day.
This is not a coincidence. Guys! The same sin nature and powered-by-Satan-thinking is alive and well today. Our influencers are different and are saying different things, but the attitude is exactly same. People think that God is for the simple minded. That if you are not capable of higher thinking you turn to God. Can you imagine the Creator of Heaven and Earth and everything we see sitting in His Holy Throne Room surrounded by angels hearing that? And this is not the first time He is hearing it because we are reading about the same sentiment in Isaiah. The fact that He has not flicked earth out of its orbit and let us burn up in the sun is proof that He has a plan and knows we are desperate sinners.
Galatians 3: 10-22
This section is proof that we have to understand the OT and how it relates to the NT or we will get crossways and start following Jesus to freedom but end up in bondage because we succumb to false teaching. Paul is teaching the Galatians (and us) that the Law cannot make you right with God. Think about it this way. If you could follow the 10 Commandments perfectly why in the world did God send Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. I mean that doesn’t make any sense. If you or I could follow the 10 Commandments, then God would hold us accountable for them, right? I don’t know about you, but I could confess right now, at 6: 50 am, that I have already broken 2 Commandments just today, and that is not counting what I did yesterday during carpool because the traffic in Rockwall brings out my sin nature. And the 10 Commandments are just the preamble to the full Law. We are breaking parts of the Law we don’t even know about. But God never instituted the Law to be followed for salvation.
The Law was to teach the Israelites and the watching world about sin, and how to atone for it to a Holy God. As an Israelite you would wake up in the morning and you would set out with your best can-do attitude to keep the Law. By the end of day your failures would be obvious. You would go to the priest at the tabernacle and offer a living animal sacrifice for the failures (sin) of that day. You would lay your hand on the animal and pray for God to accept the animal’s blood for yours because you are fully aware that you are a sinner in need of a substitutional savior. And because you go on to live another day you know God loves you and knows you need atonement. And over and over and over. Sin=death and having a substitute to pay your sin debt for your death would be drilled into your mind. Never, ever, was keeping the Law a way to get saved. It was an elaborate visual aid that points us to Jesus’ death, the ultimate substitutional death.