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Psalm 97 & Isaiah 65-66

July 27, 2008

In “The God of Israel’s Reign Over the World (Psalms 90-106)” Erich Zenger points out the following links between Psalm 97 and Isaiah 65-66:

Comparison 1
Psalm 97:1

The Lord is king!
Let the earth rejoice!
Let the farthest coastlands be glad.

Isaiah 66:19

I will perform a sign among them. And I will send those who survive to be messengers to the nations—to Tarshish, to the Libyans and Lydians (who are famous as archers), to Tubal and Greece, and to all the lands beyond the sea that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory. There they will declare my glory to the nations.

Comparison 2
Psalm 97:3

Fire spreads ahead of him
and burns up all his foes.

Isaiah 66:14-15

When you see these things, your heart will rejoice.
You will flourish like the grass!
Everyone will see the Lord’s hand of blessing on his servants—
and his anger against his enemies.
See, the Lord is coming with fire,
and his swift chariots roar like a whirlwind.
He will bring punishment with the fury of his anger
and the flaming fire of his hot rebuke.

Comparison 3
Psalm 97:6

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
every nation sees his glory.

Isaiah 66:18

I can see what they are doing,
and I know what they are thinking.
So I will gather all nations and peoples together,
and they will see my glory.

Comparison 4
Psalm 97:7

Those who worship idols are disgraced—
all who brag about their worthless gods—
for every god must bow to him.

Isaiah 65:3-5

All day long they insult me to my face
by worshiping idols in their sacred gardens.
They burn incense on pagan altars.
At night they go out among the graves,
worshiping the dead.
They eat the flesh of pigs
and make stews with other forbidden foods.
Yet they say to each other,
‘Don’t come too close or you will defile me!
I am holier than you!’
These people are a stench in my nostrils,
an acrid smell that never goes away.

Isaiah 66:3, 17

But those who choose their own ways—
delighting in their detestable sins—
will not have their offerings accepted.
When such people sacrifice a bull,
it is no more acceptable than a human sacrifice.
When they sacrifice a lamb,
it’s as though they had sacrificed a dog!
When they bring an offering of grain,
they might as well offer the blood of a pig.
When they burn frankincense,
it’s as if they had blessed an idol.
“Those who ‘consecrate’ and ‘purify’ themselves in a sacred garden with its idol in the center,
feasting on pork and rats and other detestable meats,
will come to a terrible end,”
says the Lord.

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