The Old Gives Way to the New (Isaiah 66)

The Old Gives Way to the New (Isaiah 66)

Isaiah 66:1-24

I. Misplaced trust (66:1-6)

    A. The fallacy of trusting ancestry (Matt. 3:9) and location (1 Kings 8:27)
    B. Offering in the wrong spirit (Acts 5:1ff; 8:9-13; 1 Cor. 10:11; John 4:24)
    C. Righteousness vs. wickedness (John 3:18-21; 9:35-50; 15:18-27)

II. Blessings in New Zion (66:7-14)

    A. The exaltation of the Son, the establishment of the new nation, the multiplication of children (Acts 2; 4:4)
    B. Joy and mourning (1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Colossians 3:15)

III. Rejection of God’s plea (66:15-17)

    A. Fire as a symbol of divine punishment (Psalm 97:3; Jeremiah 4:4; Ezekiel 22:21; Nahum 1:6; Isaiah 29:5-6; 30:27-31; 42:25)
    B. Attempt to sanctify and purify themselves

IV. Worldwide spread of the gospel (66:18-21)

    A. The sign: Christ’s resurrection? Destruction of Jerusalem? Establishment of the church?
    B. Gentiles are brethren (Galatians 3:26-28) and priests (1 Peter 2:9)

V. The promise of perpetuity (66:22-24; cf. Daniel 2:44; Matthew 16:18)

    A. “New heavens and new earth” different than Peter and John’s (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 20:15; 21:4, 8, 27; 22:4, 15, 19)
    B. Mosher: “It is only in the church where one ceases to fall short of the glory of God (Eph. 3:10-21; Isa. 66:18)!”

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