Paul tells us that ” … The creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:19-23 NRSV
What a contrast when we read of the joy of creation in its praising of God.Therefore I muse that Creation began groaning once the Son of God payed our debts to the Lord…?
1 Chronicles 16:33 N I V Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth..
Isaiah 55 :11-13.…11so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it. 12You will indeed go out with joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13Instead of the thorn bush, a cypress will grow, and instead of the brier, a myrtle will spring up; they will make a name for the LORD, an everlasting sign, never to be destroyed.”…
Yet it seems not as simple that, creation has been both happy and sad in its knowledge of our wayward ways. God’s Word will not return to the Lord without the desired result. And we will depart in joy and peace shall lead us, as the mountains and hills sing and clap their hands – and Nature blossoms as never before! An everlasting sign never to be destroyed??
Yet are we not participating in its destruction!
But, now lest we take this amiss, Our God does not speak to us but to Israel, his Words were addressed to the Chosen ones and they had grave responsibility to make known the Word for the sake of the Congregation of Israel. Or perhaps more than that. Chapter 55 begins a section with two subsections , 1.55,56 and 2.57 wherein the order is given to Israel to evangelize the Gentiles, Darby’s commentary indicates, then, that this chapter is also addressed to us. Read below the separator.
God has permitted the pain of the Earth for his own good purposes: For God knows the length of days before all is accomplished. Yet we cry relentlessly for the careless manner in which we have gone out into the World, reproduced ourselves and have misused the Earth. Irresponsible Viceroys. Did we know what we have done, not entirely, science marches forward bringing hope and health to our kind. We plow the fields yet do not scatter, log her trees yet fail to plant value for value -ravage the maiden earth for her gems and fuel, not realizing her revenge, or the natural process will one day, cave in those mines -for lack of substance. No one likes a vacuum. We fight for black gold at the same time we endeavor to do without it. The powers that would be will not allow us until every drop is gone.
Yet our God is in control, and we remain His viceroy’s.
Should we, like Israel fail in our task to send, bring, take, the Logos to others are we not pillaging and misusing the creation who is groaning and pleading with us to do so – until all are gathered in who will be gathered in.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ,Matthew 28:18b-20
Well what a garbled web I have woven, said the spider to the fly.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, Who did instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
The following commentary covers Chapters 55, 56, and 57.
Chapters 55, 56, 57 are exhortations given in view of these things. Chapter 55 is full free grace, which consequently embraces the Gentiles. For this reason it can be applied as a principle to the gospel. Its accomplishment will be in the time of blessings to the earth through the Lord’s presence. Chapter 56 gives the moral character that is necessary to enjoy the blessing, which is no longer according to the narrow legal principles of former days. His house shall in fact be a house of prayer for all those whose hearts are truly turned unto the God of Israel; and they shall be joyful in it. Chapter 57 denounces (we may say, on the same principle) those even in Israel who morally walk contrary to the will of God. The righteous might perish. But it would only be taking them from the evil to come. But whether it were Israel or not, there would be no peace for the wicked. These three chapters then give the moral instruction that belongs to those days. The faithful shall be blessed, and the meek, be they who they may; the wicked shall be judged, whether of Israel or not. Thus closes, as I have said, with chapter 57 the second subdivision of this part of the prophecy. https://biblehub.com/commentaries/darby/isaiah/55.htm