Isaiah 24 Commentary

Isaiah 24 Commentary

Probably tired of sampling individual peoples for judgment, and having a fruitless search for righteousness among the world’s peoples, groups, and nations, Isaiah visits the entire earth. The LORD God gives him the vision for the entire earth – Entire humanity and its habitat under the judgment of the Creator God. And it’s not good news!

Wickedness isn’t a localized problem. It has a global scope. So is judgment. So is the compassion of the Creator God. In the midst of judgment, Isaiah sees global righteousness. It is the kingdom of the Branch, Immanuel – the son born to us.

From the ends of the earth, we hear singing: “Glory to the Righteous One.” Verse 16. It should be every saint’s album – a single sung constantly. Heaven heard the saint and reported it in this chapter!

But Isaiah is still worried about the rest.

The world has defined vulnerability as follows: 
laypeople; workers and not owners; nobodies and not celebrities; beggars and not bankers; have-nots and not haves. But when the LORD shows up, all these lines disappear. Only the rule of the Christ in an individual’s life matters.

Verse 1 suggests a decimation of the earth – the physical host of humanity. It has consequences on the guests – great and small alike. We get the picture of physical destruction in a single swipe both in time and space. It is actually different from judgments on individual persons or groups of peoples.

Verse 6 may suggest otherwise – a curse consuming the earth. We know the reason: “they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.”

The vision is complex but we can still ponder a couple of key thoughts: “so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls – never to rise again.” And “they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant.” So we have destruction from which the earth never recovers. We also keep our thoughts on the everlasting covenant that humanity has broken.

The mention of “the powers in the heavens” is interesting. They are punished together with the kings of the earth. But on Mount Zion is the glorious rule of the LORD Almighty – remember the vision of the son with the government on His shoulders. Definitely the Branch, Immanuel, or as we shall see later, the servant. Isaiah 42, 52, and 53.

Probably the Book of Revelation is repeating the same thought as Isaiah when it talks about the 24 elders. We cannot be shocked as we are looking at the ‘everlasting covenant’. Nothing changes!

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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