Isaiah 24 … Consider the Unfading Glory of the Righteous One

From the ends of the earth we hear songs, “Glory to the Righteous One,”… (24:16).

Isaiah, foretells of the end times, the day of judgment, the day when the Righteous God, in all His Glory, will execute His wrath on those who have rejected Him and refused His invitation to receive salvation through faith in His Son. On that day, all will be treated with equity; none can rest in their station in life; none can trust their position in the church, in the home or in business; and none can rely on their accumulated wealth. On that day, the things of this world will be devastated by the Glorious and Righteous God.

Behold, the Lord lays the earth waste, devastates it, distorts its surface and scatters its inhabitants.And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor.The earth will be completely laid waste and completely despoiled, for the Lord has spoken this word, (24:1-3).

And on that day, those who belong to Him will be filled with joyful thanksgiving and praise; for on that day, He will reward His holy saints and destroy the works of evil forever.

“We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. 18 And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth,” (Revelation 11:17-18).

And it is almost as though truth is magnified against the image of all that is fading away, and the contrast is glaring. For while the hopes of this temporal world grow dim, the Light of Who He Is, perfectly Righteous and eternally Glorious, shines forth to reveal the Unfading Glory of the Righteous One.

“Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you,
(Isaiah 60:1).

Consider the Unfading Glory of the Righteous One

  • While the world and its proud inhabitants wither and fade away, the Glory of the Righteous One is Unfading.
    •  The earth mourns and withers, the world fades and withers, the exalted of the people of the earth fade away. (24:4).
  • While the merry-hearted sigh with mourning, the Glory of the Righteous One is Unfading.
    • The new wine mourns,
      The vine decays,
      All the merry-hearted sigh,
      (24:7).
  • While the gaiety and music ceases, the Glory of the Righteous One is Unfading.
    • The gaiety of tambourines ceases,
      The noise of revelers stops,
      The gaiety of the harp ceases,
      (24:8).
  • While joy turns to gloom, the Glory of the Righteous One is Unfading.
    • There is an outcry in the streets concerning the wine;
      All joy turns to gloom.
      The gaiety of the earth is banished,
      (24:11).
  • While the city and the gate are left in desolation and ruins, the Glory of the Righteous One is Unfading.
    • Desolation is left in the city
      And the gate is battered to ruins.
      (24:12).
  • While earth will break and fall never to rise again, the Glory of the Righteous One is Unfading.
    • The earth is broken asunder,
      The earth is split through,
      The earth is shaken violently.
      20 The earth reels to and fro like a drunkard
      And it totters like a shack,
      For its transgression is heavy upon it,
      And it will fall, never to rise again
      (24:19).
  • While kings will be imprisoned and while the moon and sun will cease to shine, the Glory of the Righteous One is Unfading.
    • So it will happen in that day,
      That the Lord will punish the host of heaven on high,
      And the kings of the earth on earth.
      22 They will be gathered together
      Like prisoners in the dungeon,
      And will be confined in prison;
      And after many days they will be punished.
      23 Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed,
      For the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
      And His glory will be before His elders.
      (24:21-23).

How do we respond to the Unfading Glory of the Righteous One?

Woe: “7334. רָזִי rāziy: A masculine noun indicating a leanness, a wasting away…” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

While scholars are not certain as to the exact meaning behind Isaiah’s lamenting, his anguished cry conveys the feeling of diminishing or wasting away.

As we consider the Unfading Glory of the Righteous One, how can we help but feel small and insignificant; while at the same time feel totally dumbfounded that He cares for the likes of us?

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
(Psalm 8:3-4).

As we consider the Unfading Glory of the Righteous One, let us find our joy in exalting Him as we diminish beneath His Unfading Glory.

He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made full . 30 He must increase, but I must decrease,” (John 3:30).

The very sad reality of this life is that the war between righteousness and evil will persist until Jesus returns. And while there will be those who worship and praise Him, there will be those who will live ruled by treachery, betrayal, unfaithfulness and fraud, because apart from Christ, that is who they are.

From the ends of the earth we hear songs, “Glory to the Righteous One,”
But I say, “Woe to me! Woe to me! Alas for me!
The treacherous deal treacherously,
And the treacherous deal very treacherously,”
(24:16).

The treacherous: 899. בֶּגֶד beg̱eḏ:  A masculine noun referring to garment, clothes. It describes any type of clothing or garment… a noun meaning treachery, deceit, fraud. It is always accompanied by the verb bāg̱aḏ, to deal falsely, deceitfully for emphasis (Isa. 24:16; Jer. 12:1). It describes the way of the wicked who deal in deceit or treachery,” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

When we place our faith in Christ for salvation, we are clothed in Him; and that becomes who we are. But we must always remember that we are who we are, not of our own doing but by His amazing gift of grace.

For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ, (Galatians 3:27).

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast, (Ephesians 2:8-9).

And because of who we are in Christ, we must never make ourselves at home in a culture that denies and rejects Him. Instead, let us live with our eyes fixed on the sure hope we have in that day when we will be transformed and all of creation will see the Unfading Glory of the Righteous One.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself, (Philippians 3:20-21).

Until then, let us pray we will decrease, that He may increase. Let us ask the Lord to break our hearts with the thought of those who are still clothed in the treachery of sin and destined to come under His holy judgment of wrath. Let us ask the Lord to grant us opportunities to share the message of salvation in Jesus Christ. Oh, may we be found faithful to sing His praises, always praying that many will believe, and that by faith, they too will see the Unfading Glory of the Righteous One, both now and forevermore.

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the Lord,
(Psalm 40:3).

Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).

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