Daily Devotions

Some of Earth’s inhabitants saved, from transgressing the Covenant

Isaiah 24:5 & 25:4-8

‘The Earth too is defiled, under its inhabitants — because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting Covenant!… But You have been a strength…to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat when the blast of the terrible ones is like a storm…. You shall bring down the noise…. And on this mountain, the LORD of hosts shall make a feast for all people…. He will destroy…the veil…spread over all nations. He will swallow up death, in victory!’ Isaiah 24:5 & 25:4-8.

Calvin comments: “‘The Earth also is defiled’…. It is owing to our fault, that it does not nourish us or bring forth fruit — as God appointed to be done by the regular order of nature…. We ought to attribute it, to our sins — since we ourselves have reversed the order which God had appointed.” Hosea 6:7.

“They have transgressed the laws.’ He immediately assigns the reason why the Earth…deceives her inhabitants. It is because…it was…less excusable than all the transgressions of those who had never been taught…. ‘They have broken the everlasting Covenant!’… He…charges them with ingratitude because, when the Lord revealed Himself by all these methods and gave proofs of His love — they were disobedient and…’transgressed the laws’ and ‘broke the holy covenant’…. He calls it ‘the covenant of eternity’ or ‘the everlasting covenant’ because…perpetual and…in force in every age….

“But You have been a strength to the poor!’ Hence we see the fruit of conversion — namely, that the Lord raises us from the dead and brings us…out of the grave…to rescue us even from Hell…. Isaiah…says that God will be ‘a strength to the poor, a refuge from the storms, and a shadow from the heat.’…. Whatever may be the nature of the dangers and assaults which threaten them, the Lord will protect His people against them!… ‘(You shall bring down…) the heat in a dry place’…. Wicked men will be consumed by God’s indignation, in the same manner as the violence of the heat burns up the fields which are…barren…

‘The LORD of hosts shall make (unto all people a feast)’…, to invite various nations to a banquet… He describes the Kingdom of Christ, and says that the poor and the rich will sit down at this feast…. All nations, which formerly were buried in every kind of error and superstition, are invited to this banquet…. ‘He has destroyed death eternally!’ He will swallow up death in victory!

Calvin also says in his Institutes III:9:6: “Once they have raised their head above all earthly objects…, they will turn their eye to that Day (Isaiah 25:8)…on which the Lord will receive His faithful servants…and…admit them to a participation in His happiness.”

Calvin further says in his Psychopannychia: “Such death as the soul endures, Christ underwent on our account…. His victory over death, He performed by His death…. Isaiah 25:8.” Thus — some of Earth’s inhabitants are saved — from transgressing the Covenant! Shall you be?