"Your eyes will see the king in his beauty
and view a land that stretches afar.
18 In your thoughts you will ponder the former terror:
“Where is that chief officer?
Where is the one who took the revenue?
Where is the officer in charge of the towers?”
19 You will see those arrogant people no more,
people whose speech is obscure,
whose language is strange and incomprehensible.
20 Look on Zion, the city of our festivals;
your eyes will see Jerusalem,
a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved;
its stakes will never be pulled up,
nor any of its ropes broken.
21 There the Lord will be our Mighty One.
It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams.
No galley with oars will ride them,
no mighty ship will sail them.
22 For the Lord is our judge,
the Lord is our lawgiver,
the Lord is our king;
it is he who will save us.
Reflection. This is a picture of a city that had been under threat of occupation and destruction. It speaks of resources being stolen away and defensive towers being counted before an attack. Fear was in everyone's heart. Sound familiar?
Isaiah tells the people that they will look back on these times and know that God is with them and has always been with them. They look back from a time where they are safe and the stakes of there tents will be secure. The Lord Almighty judges, rules and saves.
Prayer. Lord God who reigns, please bring your blessed peace. Amen.