Our reading for today from Isaiah 60-63 seems to have as its subject “Zion… those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” (59:20). We read in 60:3, 5: “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn… Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.” Is this speaking about a still future situation and glory for Israel that has not yet been fully realized? If anything, there seems to be a growing antagonism to Israel in present times, but will that change at some time in the future?
Jesus quoted in his home town of Nazareth (Luke 4:18-19) from Isaiah 61:1-2a, and claimed that he was fulfilling this passage, but he did not quote 61:2b: “and the day of vengeance of our God.” Is that also still future? Various passages in Isaiah seem to speak of things that have not yet happened.
Proverbs 24:11-12 also caught my attention: as we also know from James 4:17, we’re not only responsible for the things that we do, but sometimes we are also responsible for the things we fail to do! God weighs and knows our heart, Proverbs 24:12.