Isaiah 65 is a difficult chapter. It is broken into several parts. It begins with a promise of restoration for the remnant of Israel. It is a breath of fresh air for those exiled to Babylon. In the short term it describes the return after exile in nice and hopeful detail.
There is however a clear message of judgement for the rebellious. God goes into detail about the peoples’ sin, their ignoring God, and worshipping other gods. He even details eating pork and other non-kosher foods. It is not God attacking the nation’s dietary laws, it is a Father exasperated by His chosen’s apparent disregard for their national identity and their covenant to trust and follow Him.
The final section, however, is the most wonderful part of the chapter. It is the Father’s description of what lies ahead. “See I will create a new Heaven and a new Earth!” It was not only a promise to Israel, but it was a promise to all God’s chosen. Face it, then and now there was pain, poverty, injustice, and death. Families were in disarray, lives were wasted, and people were in states of hopelessness–SOUND FAMILIAR? This was a loving Father’s reminder to His beloved that this is a dot on a very long line! What we must look forward to is a place of beauty, of love, and of peace. No more injustice, no more pain, and no more separation from God.
For the nation of Israel, that was a promise that could not come too soon. From their inception, they were always hated by the world, because they were different! They chose to follow one God and allow Him to dictate their journey! It seemed ludicrous to many and offensive to the rest. Living lives of selflessness and humility had to be fake and pompous, right? The promise is clear, if we will trust and follow our Lord, then we will enjoy eternity with Him. We will live in a new Heaven and new earth without pain, without death, without ridiculous bickering, or injustice. I would humbly argue that such a promise is worth our love and devotion. It was made for us, and planned for us by a Father that simply loves His own. Embrace it and follow Him!
God Bless You
“See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem
and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
will be heard in it no more.
20 “Never again will there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not live out his years;
the one who dies at a hundred
will be thought a mere child;
the one who fails to reach[a] a hundred
will be considered accursed.
21 They will build houses and dwell in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
or plant and others eat.
For as the days of a tree,
so will be the days of my people;
my chosen ones will long enjoy
the work of their hands.
23 They will not labor in vain,
nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,
they and their descendants with them.
24 Before they call I will answer;
while they are still speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
and dust will be the serpent’s food.
They will neither harm nor destroy
on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.