Isaiah is divided into 2 parts. The first section is 1-39. The theme of the first 39 chapters is condemnation. We have seen Isaiah bring multiple messages and warnings without any lasting repentance. Overall, the next 8 chapters are to Judah, but he does use Israel as an example. When he references Ephraim (since that is the largest tribe in the North, he is referring to Israel)
Isaiah gives a graphic description of how God is viewing His people. They are “drunk” on themselves. The materiality, their life, their politics…it is all gross to the Lord. And the view from the people who hear Isaiah’s message is that they mock him-
9 “Who is it he is trying to teach?
To whom is he explaining his message?
To children weaned from their milk,
to those just taken from the breast?
10 For it is:
Do this, do that,
a rule for this, a rule for that;
a little here, a little there.”
That is a harsh way to view God’s laws: “rule for this, rule for that”. (And he is including the Priests in this conversation! How sad). However, if you know any people that are not Christian that is EXACLTY how they view the Bible.
A warning of judgment that He will allow them to “fall backward” at the hands of a foreign nation.
I am enjoying the details in today’s read so hang with me. Read this and break this down:
15 You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death,
with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement.
When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,
it cannot touch us,
for we have made a lie our refuge
and falsehood our hiding place.”
I am not trying to upset anyone but just because someone is baptized, went camp, goes to church or said: “I decided”…can be a “lie of refuge”. The Israelites believe that they can do whatever they want because of their ancestors.
Judah saw the Northern Tribe be taken by Assyria. “That will not happen to us”…Oh it will.
However, there are many that will believe in the Covenant too. Scripture quoted by both Peter and Paul in the New Testament:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
will never be stricken with panic.
17 I will make justice the measuring line
and righteousness the plumb line;
hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie,
and water will overflow your hiding place.
He continues with a warning and says : LISTEN TO ME!!
Chapter 29: He is directly talking to the nation of Judah referred to them as “Ariel”- (Ariel meaning Altar). He is speaking to Jerusalem. Jerusalem will become a blood-soaked altar by it’s surrounding nations. BUT it will be from God’s hand-His judgment. This will occur during the reign of Hezekiah.
NOW, let’s split this newscast screen: We can also see the Tribulation in this read too! This message is sealed in the scroll that only Jesus can open:
11 For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, “Read this, please,” they will answer, “I can’t; it is sealed.”
A scripture I want you to sit on a little is:
13 The Lord says:
“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
Chapter 30: The message continues to the Souther Tribe, Judah. As Assyria becomes stronger and stronger Judah continues to make alliances with foreign nations like Egypt RATHER than line up with God’s Ways. As they turn to people or ‘the world” for their protection. The Lord says:
12 Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says:
“Because you have rejected this message,
relied on oppression
and depended on deceit,
13 this sin will become for you
like a high wall, cracked and bulging,
that collapses suddenly, in an instant.
They are rejecting the Lord.
15 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.
16 You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’
Therefore you will flee!
BUT HE WILL NEVER LEAVE THEM!!!’ BECAUSE HE LOVES US!!
18 Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.