Isaiah 56; Preparing for the coming of the Lord

In this chapter, Isaiah reminds us to prepare for the Lord’s return by “preserving justice and doing righteousness”.  He says, “how blessed is the one who does this”.  From the context, “this” is respecting the sabbath and keeping ones hand from doing any evil.  Whether a native son or a foreigner grafted in, each will be rewarded for preparing for the Lord’s return in this way.  Why should we be prepared and ready for the Lord’s return? Whether it be the rapture of the church or Jesus’ second coming with the church, these events prompt us to remain vigilant, expectant and vital in our faith.  As Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5, “you brethren are not in darkness that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of the day…so then let us not sleep…having put on a breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation”.  This sort of expectant preparation revitalizes our faith.

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