Tuesday in the Second Week of Advent

Isaiah 25:1-12

And the Lord God Will Wipe Away Tears from All Faces

Here is a chapter expressing more praise to God over the “fallen city.”  The “city” that is judged is simply the worldly city that man tries to build on the ruinous foundation of his corrupt imagination.  Call it Babylon, call it Rome, call it Washington, D.C. – it’s all the same.  Isaiah calls this final judgment of God a “wonderful thing,” and extols God for fulfilling “plans formed of old, faithful and sure.”  “Where is the promise of His coming,” the scoffer asks.  “All things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”  Indeed, it is the Lord’s patience that makes us think that He is so slow. But we are told that “the Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3: 4, 9).  Isaiah would have us know that the Lord has a plan, a very definite plan, and He is working His plan.  But there comes a day when His patience runs out, He judges the world, and vindicates the righteous.

So let’s move forward with this message of redemption.  Two lines are here in Isaiah that you probably associate with Revelation: “He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces” (25:8).  Compare this with Revelation 21:4: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more.”  As we have seen in other places, it is Revelation, written seven centuries later by the apostle John, that is echoing Isaiah.  Isn’t it wonderful how the word of God is ever old and ever new, timeless and timely, ever drawing us forward with the promise that “this is the Lord; we have waited for him.”  The New Testament fills this promise out in Philippians 2:10: “So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

But let us view those whom Isaiah especially notices in this prophecy: “For you have been a stronghold to the poor, and a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm, and a shade from the heat.”  And, “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.”  Isaiah notes God’s special care for the poor and needy and promises them a rich banquet to enjoy.  Our Lord said, “But many who are first will be last, and the last first” (Matthew 19:30).  What a beautiful scene, Lazarus the beggar sitting down by Abraham, Rahab by Mary, the first Adam by the Second.  We wait for Him, indeed.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

2 thoughts on “Tuesday in the Second Week of Advent”

  1. I’ve always wondered what happened to Adam. He was cast out of the garden, but did he repent of what he did so that God would forgive him and give him redemption? Your last sentence seems to indicate this.

    1. Kathy,

      I suppose we have no definite word from Scripture about this. But the fall teaches us not that Adam did something peculiarly wrong, but that we all did. Had it been me and my wife, we would have done the same thing. Perhaps my statement is my hope that Adam and Eve will be there in heaven; after all, it’s Adams and Eves like us he came to save, and whose works he came to undo.

      Blessings,
      Stephen

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