I think that we sometimes feel a little bit threatened when there is dynamic change. We don’t like it when what we have always known is thrown into turmoil. In Isaiah 60, we have this idea that the Gentiles are also going to be responding to the Gospel, and I wonder if that made the people of Israel nervous.
Isa 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
Isa 60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Isa 60:3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Isa 60:4 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
I have to believe that since Israel spent so much of their early history being threatened at all sides by other nations, this might have been a frightening prospect. God had always delivered them and preserved their people, but as a general rule, it seems as if foreign relations were not necessarily a strong point for the nation of Israel.
All of a sudden, everyone is going to have the potential to become brothers and sisters in Christ. That trumps your nationality. We all became one family through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
This is a major change, and change is never easy. It was a change of perspective for the people of Israel. They were still the chosen people, but God was also going to open His family even farther. Obviously, it is a very positive thing, but it would have been a change. However, when God is in charge, we don’t need to be afraid of times like this. Even if it might force us to change our perspective, if God is behind it, that is a good thing.