On that day the branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious.
Isaiah was a remarkable prophet in that even though he saw doom for the kingdom--destruction at the hands of its enemies--he could also see beyond that. Beyond destruction there would be restoration.
In a day of economic doom and even destruction, this vision of restoration is important. Destruction will not win out. The doesn't mean (and it never meant for the prophets) the restoration would be a return to exactly the way that things had been before. Restoration meant newness and even some (a lot?) of the old ways need renewal.
© 2008 by Michael W. Hopkins