Isaiah 3: Heavenly Rewards
Isaiah chapter 3 picks up exactly where chapter 2 left off in the narrative. We didn’t really talk about it yesterday, but most of the end of chapter 2 painted a grim picture of the judgment of God that was coming. That is where we join the story today. We also presented with an interesting dilemma. This judgment is going to befall both the righteous and the wicked. How is that just?
Isa 3:8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
Isa 3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
Isa 3:10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Isa 3:11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
There is this interesting contrast. The righteous are going to eat the fruit of their doings, and the wicked are going to have the reward of their hands. However, everyone is seeing the chaotic world around Israel in the Middle East that Isaiah must have been seeing, and it seemed as if perhaps Assyria or Egypt might roll through and take down the people of God. Everyone would have to deal with that consequence. Even the righteous people in the land might be overrun.
How is that just?
It is important to remember in situations like this that we are never promised national freedom. We are never promised an easy road here on earth. If we do the right things, we are promised a reward or fruit. However, think about Jesus Himself. He lived a perfect life, so in essence, He should have received all of the good fruit. However, if that fruit means earthly comfort, then we have a problem. Jesus was never rich, and He died an excruciating death. Certainly, you can’t say that He received any kind of special earthly treatment because He was perfect. The fruit we are talking about must be something different.
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus had joy set before Him. We have joy set before us as well. By running this race as children of God, we have a future in heaven. In contrast, the future is not so bright. We are never promised justice on earth. We are promised justice. Those sentences are most definitely different.