“Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high.” Isaiah 32:15
The context of this statement is found in the first verse of the chapter, namely, “Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice.” In other words it is the beginning of the Kingdom of God, the setting up of a Theocratic Kingdom under the Headship of the Lord Jesus, together with His “princes”, who will rule in righteousness and equity.
Isaiah had painted a picture of desolation, “On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers, yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city,” figurative language of the divine perspective on the Nation, once surrounded and protected by His Hands, but now left to the devices of human corruption. Very much like the present situation in Britain and America, nations that once looked to God, but have now shown Him the back door.
But all is not lost. There is still hope, and the message needs to be taken to heart, prayed into action, and declared before the Throne of God as utter, reliable, dependable truth. The Spirit WILL be poured out from on high.
“Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” (16-17)
“Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.
The reckless mind will gain knowledge, and the hesitant tongue will speak clearly and fluently.
A fool will no longer be called noble, nor a scoundrel said to be important.” (3-5)
Jesus asked us to pray that His Kingdom would come, that God’s will may be enacted on Earth, as in Heaven. Isaiah saw this in his mind’s eye 2,500 years ago. Though it delay, it will surely come, and what if in our own generation?