"Thus says the Lord: 'Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my righteousness be revealed'" (Isa 56:1). “For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: 'I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite'" (Isa 57:15).

Theme"Keep justice and do righteousness" (Isa 56:1) is the theme for the rest of the book of Isaiah (chapters 56-66). Revival happens when people seek the Lord through repentance (Isa 55:6-7) and righteousness is practiced and lived out among us. Without righteousness being objectively evident among God's people, God's name is blasphemed among the nations (Isa 52:5).

Righteousness Revives Our Hearts (Isaiah 56-57): The Good, the Bad and the ...

  1. The Good (56:1-8): God’s people as they should be
  2. The Bad (56:9 – 57:13): God’s people as they should not be
  3. The Contrite (57:14-21): The people God dwells with

"Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts" (Isa 55:6-7a).

What happens after the shocking salvation of Isaiah 53? There is a time (for God) to be found. Don't miss it.

"Isaiah 54 - 55 constitute one of the most beautiful pieces of literature in the entire Bible." John Oswalt, Isaiah, The NIV Application Commentary.

"Try and suck all the sweetness that you can out of (Isaiah 54) while we read it. The personal application of a promise to the heart by the Holy Spirit is that which is wanted. This chapter is ... drip with virgin honey. Sip: taste, and be satisfied." Charles Spurgeon.

Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 (What a shocking salvation!)

"If we make success our goal, as the world counts success, we run the serious danger of losing everything." John Oswalt, Isaiah, The NIV Application Commentary.

"God's power is at its greatest not in his destruction of the wicked but in his taking all the wickedness of the earth into himself and giving back love." John Oswalt.

"As you look at the incarnate son of God dying on the cross the most powerful thought you should think is: this is the true meaning of who God is. He is the God of self-giving love." N.T. Wright.

"The Servant did not come to tell people what God wants; rather, he came to be what God wants for us." John Oswalt.