READ : Isaiah 65
I will not keep silent. . . . I will rejoice in Jerusalem. (vv. 6, 19)
Whenever it looks as if the Lord is silent and inactive, say to yourself: But there’s a
good day coming! What that means corresponds broadly to the two halves of this chapter:
the Day will deal finally with all who have scorned the Lord and flouted his word (vv.
1-16), and it will see the creation of new heavens and a new earth (vv. 17-25).
The latter is pictured here as a recreated Jerusalem, and corresponds to Revelation
21-22. David’s Jerusalem, with all its flashes of glory and its sad deficiencies, finds
interim fulfillment in the present “Jerusalem above” (Gal. 4:26) to which all believers in
Jesus have come (Heb. 12:22). Here we experience glorious citizenship (Phil. 3:20), along
with many inadequacies.
The final consummation will come when Jesus returns, his people are gathered, complete
in his likeness, to be “with the Lord forever” (1 Thess. 4:17) in the perfected
environment of the City which none can enter except those in the Lamb’s book of life (Rev.
21:27). Our present citizenship is good; heaven is far better (Phil. 1:23); best of all is
the City where God and the Lamb reign eternally (Rev. 21:22; 22:3)—the new heaven and
“Jesus, in mercy bring us to that dear land of rest
Who art, with God the Father, and Spirit, ever blest.”