WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!… Isaiah 19:16-25

I love the Gospel song ‘What a Day that Will Be’–‘when my Jesus I shall see, And I look upon His face–the One who saved  me by His grace; When He takes me by the hand, and leads me through the Promised Land, What a day, glorious day, that will be’.  Aren’t  those words amazing?  I think so, too.

How about those verses in Isaiah 19?  They come in the midst of various oracles and pronouncements against certain foreign nations, enemies of God and His people.  Fierce words of judgement that stir fear in our hearts for those who don’t know our Lord.  Then comes good news… for enemies who now wish to be friends of the Lord.  From foe to forgiven.  Rancor to repentance.  None have to stay stuck in sin.

No, like Egypt and Assyria who now speak the language of Israel, Hebrew(v. 18), and promise to worship only Yahweh God.  Only Him!  The Egyptians will build, right in the center of their country, an altar to Yahweh God.  Also, a tall pillar at the border to witness that this country is the Lord’s, from border to border and at its very center.

This is Egypt we’re talking about. Someday.  All their history of false worship turned upside-down, right side-up.  What used-to-be is no longer.  Mercy and healing have come their way from God( v. 22).  Could it get any better?

Yes, it can… and will!  For the Lord says in Isaiah 19 that Assyria will come to know and worship Him.  Those countries will now join together in peace to worship Yahweh God…Israel, Egypt and Assyria.  What a day that will be!  It’s coming!   When?  I have no idea.  No one does.  Don’t listen or buy the books and CD’s of those who know when that day will be.  Forget it.  Only God knows and He’s not telling!  Not yet.

God knows when and that’s all we need to know.  So, relax in Him.  Be ready.   Must end now with some of best words in all the Bible.  When hatred seems to never take a holiday,  and religious warfare creates such horror suffering, listen to Isaiah 19: 24-25–“In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, ‘Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.'”  What a day that will be!   I can hardly wait!

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for better days ahead.  For promises yet to be fulfilled.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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