-Woe is pronounced on the destroyer as the theme of the judgment of God is delineated in this chapter (Isaiah 33:1). On the other hand, God’s people will receive His grace as they wait for Him. The LORD is their strength every morning and salvation also in the time of distress. Nations will disperse before them as the LORD is exalted filling Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the stability of their times, “a wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the LORD is his treasure (Isaiah 33:2-6).” When times get so bad and discouraging, God will then arise and exalted and lifted up. His breath will consume like a fire as His enemies are “burned to lime, like cut thorns (an object of the curse, Genesis 3:18) which are burned in the fire (Isaiah 33:7-12).”
-God implores those who are far away to hear what He has done and turn to Him acknowledging His might. Trembling will seize the godless as the LORD consumes with fire, a continual burning. The ones who can live through this the Word says are the ones who walk righteously, speak with sincerity, reject unjust gain, does not agree to bribes, stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed, and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil (Isaiah 33:13-15). The LORD’s people will dwell on the heights, his refuge will be the impregnable Rock, his bread will be given to him, and his water sure (Isaiah 33:16). God’s people will see the King in His beauty and behold a far-distant land. They will no longer see a fierce people that has unintelligible speech which is not comprehended in this time. They will look to Zion, the city of their appointed feasts, and see Jerusalem with undisturbed habitation and complete security. “There the Majestic One, the LORD, will be for us a place of rivers and wide canals on which no boat with oars will go, and on which no mighty ship will pass (Isaiah 33:16-21).” God is His people’s judge, lawgiver, king, healer, forgiver, and savior (Isaiah 33:22-24). This will be the indicators of His righteous reign on the earth following the great tribulation (Revelation 20:1-4). *Application* God’s people must wait, but their waiting will be rewarded. The LORD will destroy the destroyer and come to the rescue of His people. The only question for us is this, “Are we His people?” You can accept His free offer of His grace by trusting in His salvation. He desires to have you in His eternal Kingdom. Do you want to be a part of it? I sure hope so.
Verse to Memorize: Isaiah 33:2