Session 13– Future Hope
We can have hope today by seeing the results of God’s future plans for us.
- Joy v.17-20
- Abundance. V.21-24
- Peace. V.25
Session 13– Future Hope
We can have hope today by seeing the results of God’s future plans for us.
And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. (22) They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. (23) They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. (24) And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.Isaiah 65:21-24
God’s future plans for us include so much joy, as we looked at yesterday. The second result of God’s plans for us is abundance.
Meaningful work was instituted by God before the curse.
And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.Genesis 2:15
Work was not a part of the curse. Toil in work was part of the curse on this earth.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; (18) Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; (19) In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.Genesis 3:17-19
So in the millennial and eternal kingdom work will continue. Because of the limits of sin in the millennial kingdom, and the absence of sin in God’s eternal kingdom, there will be a lack of corruption. Injustice will be a thing of the past. In the new kingdom there will be work, but the work will be enjoyable (v.22). Work will bring about an abundance of things to enjoy because the efforts will be “blessed of the Lord” (v23). This is much like what work was like before the curse happened. Consider Genesis 2:4-9:
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, (5) And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. (6) But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. (7) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (8) And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. (9) And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
In this time God will be quick to respond and listen to His people. He will take joy in blessing them and will freely do so (v.24). Verse 24 makes it sounds like he wants to answer them as soon as they begin asking. It makes me think of a loving Father who cannot wait to bless his kids with things that will be really good and enjoyable for them.
Here is the point: In that day there will not be a lack. There will be an incredible abundance. We will have everything we need, and we will enjoy God’s blessings in a way that is good for us. The blessings of God will not be what we worship but will be what we enjoy. His blessings will cause us to love and enjoy Him more.
We can have hope today because of the incredible future of abundance that God has planned for us. We may have to endure lack on this earth, but the truth is that everything on this earth is going away anyway. The only thing that will last on this earth is the Word of God and the souls of people. This is why Jesus told us to live for that future instead of this present circumstance:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: (20) But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.Matthew 6:19-21
What is one way you can invest in eternity today?
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. (18) But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. (19) And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. (20) There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.Isaiah 65:17-20
There are all kinds of worries that can steal your hope. If you want to be worried, then watch lots of news and pay a lot of attention to the politicians. Another way to worry is to pay a lot of attention to the stock market. Social media can leave you with all kinds of tension as you compare entire life to the highlights of other people’s lives.
I would have you fill in the blank for what brings worry and fear into your life, but it is probably not good to dwell on these. For many people these things are top of mind anyway. Little effort is needed to develop this kind of list.
If our future focus does not include what God tells us will happen for believers in the future, we will inevitably be without much hope. Conversely, when we understand what God has planned as He has revealed it to us, we will have so much hope! Jesus said it this way:
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.John 14:1-3
God sent Jesus to redeem us from our sins. Because of this reality, those who trust in Him have an incredible future. I want us to look at Isaiah 65:17-24 today for precisely that reason. I want our future focus to be hopeful by seeing God’s plans for us.
Now to give you some context, this text clearly speaks of the future kingdom of God. It speaks of our future. Isaiah is speaking to a Jewish audience. To full grasp the future that this text is speaking about, you need to understand that whole of the teaching regarding God’s future kingdom points to two aspects of this future kingdom. There will be a temporal aspect, and an eternal aspect.
Keep in mind the order of events:
The metaphor has been made that Isaiah sees the future the way we see mountains from afar. We can see them in the distance, but we cannot tell the distance between them. We see the peaks but not the valleys. One commentator, speaking of both the millennial (temporal) kingdom and the eternal kingdom:
“The prophet uses the eternal kingdom here as a reference point for both. Isaiah’s prophecy does not make clear the chronological relationship between the kingdom’s two aspects as does later prophecy (Rev. 20:1-21:8). This is similar to the compression of Christ’s first and second advents, so that in places they are indistinguishable (cf. Isa_61:1-2).”(Macarthur)
Essentially in the list above Isaiah speaks of some of life in both number 6 and number 9. So, this particular passage gives some details that will all be true in the future for us. Some of the details are true in the millennial (temporal) kingdom but not in the eternal kingdom. Some of the details are true only in the eternal kingdom. Some of the details are true in both.
Either way, when we focus on this future that is described it will be bring us all kinds of hope. Why? Because of what will happen for us in this preferred future when we know Christ.
Hope can be ours when we see the results of God’s future kingdom, and by living in light of these results that are described in Isaiah 65:17-24. When we know what our future will be, it will impact how we live now.
In today’s text, verses 1-3, we see the first result of this future kingdom. That result is joy.
Why is there so much joy?
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
There will be in the future, a new heaven and a new earth. This earth, although it is beautiful, has been cursed by sin. God makes a new one that is free from sin, pain, and death.
Look at all of the words of joy in verses 18 and 19.
(18) But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. (19) And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.Isaiah 65:18-19
Notice the words spoken of Israel:
Then the words spoken about God Himself
Another reason for such joy is the sheer lack of sorrow spoke of in verse 19. There will be no more weeping or crying. Why? The things that produced all of those sorrows are gone!
Verse 20 explains it this way:
(20) There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.Isaiah 65:17-20
This verse is obviously true of the temporal kingdom, during the millennial reign. In the eternal kingdom there will be no more death. Even in the millennial kingdom, God will allow for length of life and a severely declining infant mortality rate.
Imagine a world characterized by an abundance of joy with little to no hint of sorrow. Imagine a world where God dwell with his people, where he will wipe all tears from our eyes. This will be an incredible thing. Paul spoke of it this way in Romans 8:18:
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.Romans 8:18
The intensity of the greatest sorrow that we feel down here is not worthy to be compared with the intensity of the joy that we will experience in the incredible future God has for us!
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Are you down and discouraged today? Are you worried or anxious? Hope in God! Take some time to thank God for this incredible future He has planned.
God blesses obedient worship.
Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. (9) Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am.Isaiah 58:8-9a
And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: (11) And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (12) And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.Isaiah 58:10-12
Most fathers love to bless their children. This is a point that Jesus made.
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? (12) Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? (13) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?Luke 11:11-13
In this passage God has answered the question of those in Israel who were asking why God did not seem to be responding to their expressions of worship. He told them that they were practicing oppression and selfishness along with their worship. The remedy He called for was to offer expressions of worship that lead to sanctification, mercy, justice, generosity, selflessness, fleeing injustice and expressing compassion. In today’s verses we see that the results of these expressions of genuine worship toward God would lead to the blessings of God in their lives. Look at the expressions of blessing God promises will be poured out to the children of Israel when they forsook empty worship, and worshipped God authentically:
“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning…” v.8
“then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday…” v.10
“and thine health shall spring forth speedily…” v.8
“and thy righteousness shall go before thee…” v.8
“the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward..” v.9
“then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am….” v.9
“And the LORD shall guide thee continually…” v. 11
“…and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” . v.11
“And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.” v.12
Do you want to live under the blessing of God? Do you want to have a legacy of being used by God to make a difference in the lives of those around you? If you do, you must reject empty ritualism. You must reject oppression and selfishness. You must reject a kind of worship that seeks to manipulate God into getting what you want. You must understand that God expects genuine, authentic worship. God’s desire is to bless those who are obedient. The first step of obedience is to trust in Christ as your personal Savior. We must acknowledge our sin and repent. We must turn to Him by faith, knowing that outside of Jesus Christ we are lost and still in our sin. Once we are saved, we can offer God worship that honors and glorifies Him. We become one of His kids, and like a loving Father, He blesses His obedient children.
Do you know Christ as Savior? Jesus said that no man comes to the Father except by Him. Trust in Christ today?
Believers, is your worship of God regular and authentic? God blesses obedience!