But certainly, the more important reality described in our text is how Isaiah finds himself in the presence of the living God—the Holy One. This is a terrifying situation because Isaiah knows full well that the unholy cannot endure the presence of the Holy.
First, we should point out that is the only “explicit” theological statement in the Joseph story. “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good!” This statement is repeated later in 50:20. The theology is obvious: God is in control—so much so, that He can even use evil to accomplish His purposes.
The resurrection of Christ is not God’s way of loving the last enemy (15:26). He despises it; defeats it. He makes such a mockery of it that it loses its name among Christians. Death is dead and can no longer be called death, but merely sleep, just a sweet and momentary sleep until the living Christ’s parousia (v. 23).
This week Jesus continues by discussing the behavior of his people. He’s particularly interested in the way his people treat others—especially those who mistreat them. Like last week, the only way to describe it is backwards.