God Reigns

God Reigns

Isaiah 23-24

Chapter 23

Tyre had a longer reach than even Babylon; her traders were known from the Indian Ocean to the English Channel. Revelation 17 and 18 combine the OT oracles on Tyre and Babylon for the composite picture of the world as seducer and oppressor, over against the city of God” (D. Kidner)

Earth’s proud empires all pass away. Only God and His purposes endure. Never be intimidated by secular power.

Chapter 24

This chapter begins a section that runs through to 27:13 and is sometimes called the ‘Isaiah Apocalypse’.

Verses 1-13 carry words of judgement with verse 6 giving the reason. Verses 14-16 speak of praise that is to come; while verses 17-23 speak of cosmic judgement, “for the Lord Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before its elders – with great glory.”

We await that final day as it is described in Revelation 21 and 22.

Enroute to Jerusalem

Acts 20:1-12

This passage deals with the closing phase of Paul’s ministry at this time around the Aegean Sea. He leaves Ephesus and goes to Macedonia spending some time in Corinth and probably writing his letter to the Romans.

He returns to Troas where the remarkable story of the restoration of Eutychus takes place.

A facetious remark might be, “keep sermons short unless you have a Paul around”. But seriously, we see the evidence of God’s power with Paul both in the restoration of that young man, and in the hunger for God’s word in those who were present in that upstairs room. May we too be hungry for His truth.