Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 21, 2017

“A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah 10:20-34.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+10&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“20 Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel.

21 A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.
22 For though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea,
Only a remnant within them will return;
A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.

23 For a complete destruction, one that is decreed, the Lord God of hosts will execute in the midst of the whole land.”  Isaiah 10:20-23.

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Other doctrine is satisfied gleaning only that the LORD will provide for a remnant to return.

But, Reformed Doctrine fully trusting in the LORD’s sovereignty, will, and wisdom (truly relying on the LORD) more readily accepts that the LORD can so precisely control even destruction that not only will a remnant be preserved but that the destruction will overflow with righteousness as stated below.

“… A destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.”  Verse 22.

Reformed Doctrine meditates:  “How can a destruction be overflowing with righteousness?” and eagerly searches other Scripture.

“The pride of man will be humbled
And the loftiness of men will be abased;
And the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,”  Isaiah 2:17.

“Therefore thus says the Lord God,

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
17 “I will make justice the measuring line
And righteousness the level;
Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies
And the waters will overflow the secret place.
18 “Your covenant with death will be canceled,
And your pact with Sheol will not stand;
When the overwhelming scourge passes through,
Then you become its trampling place.
19 “As often as it passes through, it will seize you;
For morning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night,
And it will be sheer terror to understand what it means.”
20 The bed is too short on which to stretch out,
And the blanket is too small to wrap oneself in.
21 For the Lord will rise up as at Mount Perazim,
He will be stirred up as in the valley of Gibeon,
To do His task, His unusual task,
And to work His work, His extraordinary work.
22 And now do not carry on as scoffers,
Or your fetters will be made stronger;
For I have heard from the Lord God of hosts
Of decisive destruction on all the earth.”  Isaiah 28:16-22.

And, Reformed Doctrine also considers Romans 9:27-33.

“27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved;  28 for the Lord will execute His word on the earth, thoroughly and quickly.”  29 And just as Isaiah foretold,

“Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left to us a posterity,
We would have become like Sodom, and would have resembled Gomorrah.”

30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;  31 but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.  32 Why?  Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works.  They stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 just as it is written,

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense,
And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”  Romans 9:27-33.

In summary, through these Scriptures, we understand that the LORD’s destruction overflows with righteousness.  The LORD’s destruction is righteous, because it humbles the pride, arrogance, and haughtiness of man.  Isaiah 2:17.  The LORD’s destruction is like the work of a righteous level in the sense of the language of “I will make justice the measuring line And righteousness the level;  Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies And the waters will overflow the secret place.” Isaiah 28:17.    The LORD’s destruction prepares the way for Christ, the Righteous One:  “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.  …”  Isaiah 28:16.  The LORD’s destruction substitutes man’s sense of justice and righteousness with the true justice and true righteousness accomplished by Christ.  “…  That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;  but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law.”  Romans 9:30-31.

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