September 17 – God Shall Wipe Away All Tears!!!

September 17
Isaiah 25:1-28:13
Galatians 3:10-22
Psalm 61:1-8
Proverbs 23:17-18

Isaiah 25:1 – Isaiah is a unique book – we move from visions of heaven to visions of destruction. Now we have a Psalm-like chapter.

Isaiah 25:4 – We see that the defenced cities are ruins (Isaiah 25:2), but needy are defended by the omnipotent LORD? This is a running theme we’ve noticed throughout the Old Testament.

Isaiah 25:8 – We just read this quoted in 1 Corinthians 15:54, and we’ll see the second part of this verse quoted in Revelation 7:17 and Revelation 21:4. As we go thru Isaiah we’ll notice the connections between Old Testament and New Testament prophecy. In the church age we tend to think that all of our familiar prophecies were first found in John’s Revelation, but he was given revelation by the same God that revealed to Isaiah. What’s amazing is that in Israel we have a scroll where a scribe 125 years before the birth of Jesus that records this promise of the resurrection and eternal comfort! For your friends who think the Old Testament God is a god of wrath and that love doesn’t come until the New Testament, this promise came in the BC/OT part of history: “the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces;” What a day that will be!

Isaiah 25:8, in the Great Isaiah Scroll

Isaiah 26:3-4 – Mac Lynch recorded a song based on this

Isaiah 26:7 – I googled “uprightness” and the definition and example is interesting…


the condition or quality of being honorable or honest; rectitude.
“there is a general lack of uprightness in these postmodern times”

Isaiah 27:1 – Who is the dragon of the sea? Cambridge Bible says Egypt. 

Assuming that they are distinct the “Dragon that is in the sea” is almost certainly an emblem of Egypt (ch. Isaiah 51:9Ezekiel 29:3Ezekiel 32:2Psalm 74:13).

Isaiah 28:13 – This is where Precept Ministries (Kay Arthur) gets their name.

Galatians 3:10 – Paul outlines the failure of works. The curse of Deuteronomy 27:26 was part of the responsive reading of curses on Mount Ebal. One failure to obey brings a curse. But One has redeemed us from the curse! Galatians 3:13.

Galatians 3:17 – Paul is saying – you’re following works because that’s an old tradition. But I have one that’s even older (by 430 years!) – and my God doesn’t back out of promises He made. If He made a promise to Abraham, I’m claiming that promise today!

Galatians 3:22 – What is the purpose of the law? Not to give life (otherwise God would not have had to sacrifice His Son) – but to show that we need life from someone else! The law came to point us back to the Promise given to Abraham! Who was that Promise? Jesus! (Galatians 3:16).

Psalm 61:4Under His wings, I am safely abiding. Thought the night deepens and tempests are wild. Still I can trust him I know He will keep me. He has redeemed me and I am His child. Under His wings. Under His wings. Who from His love can sever?  Under His wings, my soul shall abide. Safely abide forever.

Proverbs 23:17-18 – Solomon is echoing Asaph’s Psalm of Slipping Steps (Psalm 73).

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