Isaiah 27

Isaiah 27

The Redemption of Israel

27 In that day the LORD with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.

  In that day,
  “A pleasant vineyard, sing of it!
    I, the LORD, am its keeper;
    every moment I water it.
    Lest anyone punish it,
  I keep it night and day;
    I have no wrath.
  Would that I had thorns and briers to battle!
    I would march against them,
    I would burn them up together.
  Or let them lay hold of my protection,
    let them make peace with me,
    let them make peace with me.”
  In days to come Jacob shall take root,
    Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots
    and fill the whole world with fruit.
  Has he struck them as he struck those who struck them?
    Or have they been slain as their slayers were slain?
  Measure by measure, by exile you contended with them;
    he removed them with his fierce breath in the day of the east wind.
  Therefore by this the guilt of Jacob will be atoned for,
    and this will be the full fruit of the removal of his sin:
  when he makes all the stones of the altars
    like chalkstones crushed to pieces,
    no Asherim or incense altars will remain standing.
  For the fortified city is solitary,
    a habitation deserted and forsaken, like the wilderness;
  there the calf grazes;
    there it lies down and strips its branches.
  When its boughs are dry, they are broken;
    women come and make a fire of them.
  For this is a people without discernment;
    therefore he who made them will not have compassion on them;
    he who formed them will show them no favor.

In that day from the river Euphrates to the Brook of Egypt the LORD will thresh out the grain, and you will be gleaned one by one, O people of Israel. And in that day a great trumpet will be blown, and those who were lost in the land of Assyria and those who were driven out to the land of Egypt will come and worship the LORD on the holy mountain at Jerusalem.


Isaiah 27 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

This chapter, as a whole, is about the destruction of Israel’s enemies. The smaller story line, however, is the enemy within. For Israel, they would not experience the punishment of the enemies around them, as verse 7 indicates. But, they would endure refinement through struggle. They were going to experience a tough love by being taken into captivity. A remnant would remain.

I have been wrestling with a similar idea now for several weeks. What are walls we’ve built around our heart that are preventing spiritual growth? A slightly more frightening question is, what is it going to take to break down those walls? As Mona Jean Workman told me just a few weeks ago, “We build those walls brick by brick, and He takes them down brick by brick.” Sometimes those walls are huge, and God takes His time. In other instances, the wall comes crashing down.

Either way, we are forced to face the truth that He loves us and will do anything to grow us. Anything. Many of us have barriers right now that we don’t even know about – myself included. It’s easy to hide behind those walls, never repent, never truly love, and serve yourself. But Jesus calls us deeper.

Here in chapter 27, I am reminded that God had to work an inside job. Yes, there were the enemies of Israel that would be eradicated just like this world and Satan himself will be one day. But there is also the foolish human heart that continually led Israel back to their idols. The good news is, God does not send us into exile. He has provided a Savior. God has empowered us with the Holy Spirit, who works to bulldoze the fortified city we have built around our heart.

Where is God beginning to demolish your city? Where is He taking your walls down brick by brick? Most importantly, what is your response?

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