God doles out judgment and punishment on His rebellious people… but He offers encouragement in the same breath…
With darkness on the horizon… He announces the coming Light…
They will pass through the land, greatly distressed and hungry.
And when they are hungry, they will be enraged and will speak
contemptuously against their king and their God, and turn their
faces upward. And they will look to the earth, but behold,
distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish.
And they will be thrust into thick darkness.
But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish.
In the former time he brought into contempt the land of
Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time
he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond
the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined.
Isaiah 8:21-9:2 ESV
Pronounced through His prophet… both judgment… and encouragement…
He is just and merciful… He has the Way in place to bring salvation… eternal redemption… to all His people… and He wants them to know…
The time of darkness… judgment… comes to pass…
it will not last forever… Light is coming…
He gives His people encouragement in the face of judgment…
This week’s readings…
Monday Isaiah 19-21
Tuesday Isaiah 22-23
Wednesday Isaiah 24-25
Thursday Isaiah 26-27
Friday Isaiah 28