New American Standard Bible 1995
23 Then He will give you rain for the seed which you will sow in the ground, and bread from the yield of the ground, and it will be rich and plenteous; on that day your livestock will graze in a roomy pasture. 24 Also the oxen and the donkeys which work the ground will eat salted fodder, which has been winnowed with shovel and fork. 25 On every lofty mountain and on every high hill there will be streams running with water on the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. 26 The light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven days, on the day the Lord binds up the fracture of His people and heals the bruise He has inflicted.
The time of the rule of the Messiah will be a time of peace and blessing. Here the Lord speaks of the rain being given that will bring forth a great harvest. Not only will there be a great harvest but the livestock will graze in a roomy pasture. It will be a time of plenty and a time of peace. For Jesus shall rule from Jerusalem and the threat of all enemies will come to an end. It will be a time like no other upon the earth. This was always the future hope of Israel. Even when they continually walked in disobedience to the Lord and the Lord had to bring correction, those whose hearts were truly given to God always looked to the future day of God’s promises. The only way these promises could be fulfilled was during the rule and reign of Jesus.
The oxen and donkeys that work the land would be well fed with salted fodder that has been winnowed with shovel and pitchfork. This would be a time marked by abundance. We often may look at the brokenness of our world and the direction it is moving in and become discouraged and overwhelmed. But our eyes must be fixed upon Jesus and the hope of His return. He has not left us here as orphans but there is a day coming in which He shall return a second time.
On every lofty mountain and on every high hill there will be streams of water. God will abundantly provide all that is needed. During Isaiah’s day what at times seemed like struggle and hardship will be turned around during the rule and reign of the Messiah. The towers falling point to the great empires of the world collapsing. The Assyrian empire of Isaiah’s day and the Babylon empire of Jeremiah’s day would exist for a time and would seem mighty to the people of earth. But it is God who always has the final word. It is God who controls the rising and the fall of empires. This is why when our hope is placed in the Lord we have nothing to fear. He is firmly in control.
God has promised to bind up the fracture of His people and heal the bruise that has been inflicted by His correction. This future day the Lord speaks of will be a time of His glory. The elements that give light in creation, the moon and the sun will be greatly enhanced. For ultimately this points when God will rule and reign with His people. When Jesus rules from Jerusalem, He shall rule with a rod of iron, but we shall rule and reign with Him. The life we live now matters. How we live now matters. Our lives now don’t earn us entrance into God’s kingdom, but it determines our reward and our position. Great and mighty things await those who simply trust in the Living God. No matter what we face on the earth now it does not compare with the glory to come. With Jesus we always have hope because He is on the throne and He is in control.