In That Day
In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll,
and out of gloom and darkness
the eyes of the blind will see.
Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord;
the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
- Isaiah 29:18-19
In that day the Lord will punish
the powers in the heavens above
and the kings on the earth below.
They will be herded together
like prisoners bound in a dungeon;
they will be shut up in prison
and be punished after many days.
- Isaish 24:21-22
This week we’ve been thinking about how John the Baptist had two major strands to consider when it came to “that day” when the Messiah would show up. The above passages from Isaiah (and there are dozens like them) give you a sense of what the options were: a day of healing or a day of punishment.
When Jesus showed up in Luke 7, he clearly chose to fulfill the set of expectations that centered around healing, not judgment. That’s how he wanted to define his ministry - not as one of judgment, punishment, shame, or fear.
How about you - what do you expect from God? What if God ends up being more like Jesus - will you be disappointed? Talk with God about these things today.