Isaiah 27 Commentary
The LORD promises to punish Israel’s enemies. But they can make peace with the LORD and avoid this punishment. The compassion of the LORD speaks loudest.
Israel is the vineyard of the LORD. He watches over it day and night. Granted, but what about Israel’s suffering? The word discipline hasn’t been used but it has been described. Israel would be gathered from exile. The exile was Israel’s payment for her sins.
The chapter uses the name Jacob for Israel to keep us reminded of the Abrahamic promise. And here we have it beautifully repeated: “Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.” It follows the cleansing of the land and of a people of God – a time when no Asherah pole shall remain standing.
Then the LORD laments the failure of the wicked to make peace with the LORD. They are a people without understanding; so their Maker shows them no compassion. It is a different story for the scattered remnant. The LORD will gather them one by one and bring them to the place of worship.
The gathering of God’s people is varied both in time (one-by-one) and space (Assyria and Egypt). The LORD’s servant must understand God’s heart for the lost. The lost must appreciate the compassions of the LORD and know they are in and not out. They can still make peace with the LORD and avoid punishment. They can come back to a place where they belong.
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