In Isaiah 27 we see that God wants to deliver his people from all evil. The phrase “In that day,” refers to the end of all evil as we know it. The Leviathan in ancient literature was a seven-headed monster, the enemy of God’s created order. Here Isaiah is comparing the slaughtering of that great enemy with God bringing an end to the wicked and all evil. In the New Testament we read of Jesus’ second coming and the final judgement and the coming of heaven. The imagery of the vineyard is one used in the scriptures by God to refer to Israel. When the vineyard is faith there is fruit and fruitfulness. When the vineyard, Israel, is unfaithful there are weeds, wild grapes, and dead branches. The trampled vineyard of Isaiah 5 (see Isaiah 5:1-7) will be restored in God’s new earth and heaven. Always we see God reaching out to save and rescue his people; sometimes just trying to get their attention.
We can ask, if this week we have been God’s faithful and fruitful people in our relationships, work, neighborhoods and families? If we have been less than faithful to Jesus we can ask for forgiveness, knowing that God longs to restore and heal all of our sins and shortcomings.
In Song of Songs we read of the joy and wonder of a husband and wife on their wedding day. Here we see that the love, sexual intimacy, and companionship between a wife and husband are gifts from a good and wonderful God. Take a few moments today to pray for all those whom you know are married.
In I Timothy 5 we read instructive teaching on caring for widows and elders. Instructions for slaves are in Chapter 6 and for Monday’s blog. In the Greco-Roman world of the early church there were no pensions & 401-K programs, no social security, no life insurance, and much fewer honorable jobs for women. Thus it was not unusual for many widows to be unable to support themselves. Their support was often a responsibility of their families. The early church stepped into areas of need in their culture and society and had a heart for caring for widows, as well as orphans, the poor, and disabled.
And so here we find practical guidelines for giving care. The idea was to serve those in need and to encourage those who could work to not be idle. Elders, older men and women were to be treated with respect. The elders who direct and lead the church were to be paid and elders who fell short of what Christ wants were to be called to task, fairly, and given the opportunity to repent.
Take some time today to pray for those who are elderly, widowed, and leading in our churches.
May the Lord bless you to be a blessing this day wherever you go.