October 27: The Justice of God's Judgment (Isaiah 24)
Isaiah 24:1-23 (We will study the whole chapter, although only verses 1-3 are cited below)
Behold, the Lord will empty the earth and make it desolate,
and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the slave, so with his master;
as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the lender, so with the borrower;
as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered;
for the Lord has spoken this word.
While the Bible does not speak clearly to the date of Jesus' return, it does speak clearly to the fact that God will bring judgment upon the whole earth. In chapters 13 through 23, Isaiah announces judgment on the various nations around Judah. In chapter 24 he broadens God’s judgment to the whole earth. This is a sobering passage that speaks to God's judgment of human rebellion. While this judgment is devastating, we shall yet see the triumph of God’s grace among the redeemed. Please read and consider your own thoughts of the working out of God's judgment and salvation in your own life.
Review and Apply
In your own words, describe this coming judgment toward the world and its inhabitants?
- What brings God's judgment to the world?
- In the midst of judgment, what is God doing among his people (13-16a)?
- Explain the justice of God in the judgment of the world?
- How does judgment expose our idolatries?
- How ought we to explain this judgment of God upon the world?
- How ought we to live in light of this judgment?
- How does God’s judgment prompt praise? How is this so?