Isaiah 65 Commentary

Isaiah 65 Commentary

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis chapter 1 verse 1.

See, the LORD is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it. Isaiah Chapter 24 verse 1.

See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. Verse 17a.

Then follows the restoration of the history-long blessing: Increase in number, become fruitful, and have dominion. The LORD will have restored life exactly as it was in the Garden of peace and tranquility. The Prince of Peace will be in charge. The government will be on His shoulders. The Servant will have cleansed the willing; the upright will have settled in the newly created Jerusalem.

“Dust will be the serpent’s food.” It is a direct reference to the Servant’s victory over satan – trampling him under the Lamb’s feet. Victory for the remnant!

The fact that the Book of Revelations closes with the same announcement means the LORD is yet to create the new heavens and a new earth. It was a project for Isaiah’s future; it was a project for the Revelator’s future. It is a project for the reader’s future. The LORD will one day make all things beautiful in His own time.

The second section of chapter 65 is beautifully repeated in the closing chapters of the Bible.

The first section of chapter 65 deals with the intervening period. The first period is life in the Garden of peace and tranquility. The last period is covered by the second section of chapter 65. In between is the famous fall in Genesis 3 and the LORD trying again to reveal Himself to a people who haven’t bothered to find Him.

Fine. He would personally undertake the task of reaching out to man. And so He does. He comes down as the Servant. He is now available and knocking at the door of your heart. The born-again saint knows the LORD found them.

Yes, found them in the midst of misconduct: grave-soaking, idol worship, witchcraft, and defiling the LORD’s name on the mountains. Extreme wickedness. Not everyone pays attention. Some elect to continue in their wickedness and the LORD raises His powerful hand against them. They shall not be part of God’s new creation. They are punished.

The reader is warned not to read these symbols out of context. They remain symbols. Look at the following: – My servants will eat, but you will go hungry; my servants will drink, but you will go thirsty; my servants will rejoice but you will be put to shame. At the same time, death or the sword is decreed against the same team. You guess then that they won’t have the chance to ‘enjoy’ shame, hunger, and humiliation because of the kindness of death.

Ponder the LORD’s message and know the importance of our times. The LORD is reaching out to us, to them, and to everyone. We cannot save ourselves. The LORD is fishing us out of the mud of our sinfulness – grave-soaking, witchcraft, and idol worship. Grave-soaking is an actual evil activity of consulting the dead but it may also refer to the soaking or immersing of self into dead pursuits – the vanities of life.

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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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