Leviathan…I guess we are sticking with the snake theme for another night.
“In that day the Lord with his hard and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan the twisting serpent, and he will slay the dragon that is in the sea.”
Remember that in Isaiah 26, Israel had much pain, and nothing came of it. All their striving broke their backs and laid heavier burdens on top. Only God is the one who can bring deliverance! He told them to hide while He dealt with the wicked of the world. This is like in Exodus, when the final plague hit the firstborn of Egypt. Those who believed got out of the way of destruction.
Now, in Isaiah 27, God is taking the battle to one of the most elusive and dangerous creatures on earth. Leviathan! It’s a sea serpent, dragon. Dangerous, elusive, flowing through the water. And God hunted him down.
He transitions into a song of a vineyard. Now it may just be the influence of a certain professor of mine, but I cannot help but think of the Garden of Eden. Serpents, fruit…it is the story of deception that ruined the beauty of creation, but that God is working to redeem.
Back in Isaiah 5, the vineyard was a picture of unproductive Israel. Here, God is tenderly caring for it, and bringing Israel into the fullness of relationship with Him. And much of that care involves pruning! Israel did not see what they were doing! So God did not stop the consequences…He wanted long-term love. Why do I doubt that when I am struggling?
And they would be gathered back one by one in the end, from the middle of their enemies. That means that He knows each one individually, and none are just lost in the sea of people. God allows heartache, but never loses sight of the heart. They would come back to the promised land, back to worshiping God in close communion, back to a relationship that had been lost in the Garden of Eden.
God, thank You that You fight for us. You tenderly care for the creation, and desire for us to grind idols into dust and pursue You. And You take so long to get there because You want a real relationship with us. God, You are too much for me! Thank You! Please help me to stop running my own programming, and seek who and what my day holds in Your operating book. Thank You that You care so deeply. Please help me reflect that care to those around me. Amen.