Promise and Warning

“Christ was ‘eaten by the sword’ (Isaiah 1:20) so that we may ‘eat the good of the land’ (Isaiah 1:19).” – Pastor Glem Melo

Jerusalem, Destruction of - Nuremberg_chronicles - Copy Illustration from the Nuremberg Chronicle of the destruction of Jerusalem under the Babylonian rule

Isaiah 1:19-20 may be paraphrased this way:

“If you are willing and consequently will obey, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and consequently will rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

The Flight of the Prisoners, by James Tissot The Flight of the Prisoners, by James Tissot

They point back to God’s call for genuine repentance in verses 16-17, and His offer of free cleansing in verse 18. If His people are repentant and would trust in Him alone for cleansing and salvation, then the Lord would protect them from all their enemies and cause them to enjoy peace and blessings in the land that He has given them. But if they remain unrepentant and refuse His gospel call and offer, then God’s covenant judgment and wrath will fall upon them.

Sadly, the Israelites refused God’s offer, and continued…

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