They will build and dwell, they will plant and eat

Our church follows the lectionary (sorta), and the Old Testament reading for this week comes from Isaiah 65. I’m prepping for Sunday, and the words of the passage struck me so powerfully. You should really take 5 minutes to go read the whole thing:

Isaiah 65:11-25

Did you read it? Go read it!

I’m not moving on until you read it.


OK, good.

In the middle of the passage, verse 21, comes this,

“They will build houses and dwell in them;
they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.”

I can’t really even put into words why it struck me so powerfully, but I was glad to remember that in coming Kingdom, there is still work, but it is never an act of futility. It is always fitting, always fruitful.

2 thoughts on “They will build and dwell, they will plant and eat

  1. Eric

    BTW, the Isaiah link also links to the Wikipedia entry for ‘lectionary’.

    New heavens and a new earth – the part of the passage that always moves me is v.23 “They will not labor in vain…” So much of what I do that I imagine is ‘laboring for the Kingdom’ seems futile. Or maybe it’s just a down day.


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