The Prophets (04): Isaiah 65 - New Creation
“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind. 18 “But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing And her people for gladness. 19 “I will also rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; And there will no longer be heard in her The voice of weeping and the sound of crying. 20 “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, Or an old man who does not live out his days; For the youth will die at the age of one hundred And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred Will be thought accursed. 21 “They will build houses and inhabit them; They will also plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 “They will not build and another inhabit, They will not plant and another eat; For as the lifetime of a tree, so will be the days of My people, And My chosen ones will wear out the work of their hands. 23 “They will not labor in vain, Or bear children for calamity; For they are the offspring of those blessed by the LORD, And their descendants with them. 24 “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. 25 “The wolf and the lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD. Isaiah 65:16–25
In our previous studies in Isaiah, we saw the unified structure of Isaiah (7-fold chiasmus) which pivots on the historical narrative (ch. 36-39) with the Assyrian threat and defeat. Isaiah’s prophecies have been true regarding the fall of Assyria (with the death of Sennacherib), thus ensuring the truth of Isaiah’s promised comfort (ch. 40) to those in the later period of Babylonian exile who return to the Land (chs. 40ff). Isaiah 65 may address those in an even later period (after the return). Paul uses Is. 65 in the argument for a remnant of servants of the Lord in Romans 10-11: “Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, ‘I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me” (Is. 65:1/Rom. 10:20). This seems to be when Israel has again turned away, but he says, “there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice” (Rom. 11:5).
The kingdom in Isaiah historically: Assyria to Babylon
The kingdom in Isaiah typologically: Deaths to Resurrection/Servant to Servants
The Kingdom in Isaiah prophetically: The Mountain to Heavenly Zion
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more