July 18 (Daily reading: Isaiah 23-27) Two selections from today’s reading were quoted by Paul as he wrote about the end times. “He will swallow up death for all time, and the LORD GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, and He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken. And it will be said in that day … This is the LORD for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation” (Is. 25:8-9). Paul quoted Isaiah 25:8 to the Corinthians: “Then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory. O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:54-57). The promise of victory over death through Christ is the fulfillment of the promise God gave to His people in Isaiah’s prophecy.
“Therefore through this Jacob’s iniquity will be forgiven; and this will be the full price of the pardoning of his sin…” (Is. 27:9). Paul quoted from Isaiah 27:9 when he wrote to the Romans: “And so all Israel will be saved, just as it is written, ‘The Deliverer will come from Zion; He will remove ungodliness from Jacob. This is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins’” (Rom. 11:26-27). Much has been written about the words, “all Israel will be saved.” What is obvious is that God has a plan for Israel, and His plan come to pass. Isaiah prophesied that the guilt of Jacob (Israel) would “be atoned for” (NIV). In God’s plan, both Jew and Gentile can know redemption and have eternal life! Paul revealed his emotions on this subject in Romans 11:33, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!”
– Al Gary