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CHAPTER 5 — When Isaiah wrote this he was writing God’s Words for HIS Nation, HIS CHOSEN people. TODAY… we live on “this side of the cross.” We KNOW Jesus the Messiah our Lord and Savior has come FOR US. WE are HIS NATION because of all that happened on the cross!!! ALL of US are God’s Nation!! Some of us have CHOSEN to have a forever personal relationship with HIM….some of us are still thinking about it.
Last year my mentor suggested reading Chapter 5 OUT LOUD with CNN playing in the background……WHOA!!! The theme of this chapter is modern day greed, injustice, and drunkenness!!! I know I must sound like a broken record….but the Words of Isaiah were warnings for God’s people WAY BACK then ….they are warnings for us TODAY. Makes you think deep doesn’t it??
Woe’s and Judgments — Woe means HOW HORRIBLE or WARNING! So as we sit here and read His Words and say “Lord, I want to please you, show me what you think is Horrible:. Well…they are spelled out before our very eyes…..so our heart may digest them.
Chapter 5:5 — “I will take away the hedge and it will be destroyed…..” This stood out LOUDLY to me today. When God made a covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and then with David ….. this covenant was a hedge of protection for HIS people. However, the CHOICES of HIS PEOPLE to rebel, resist HIM, ignore HIM, worship other gods, have idols, sacrifice their own children to these other gods, etc…….have now resulted in God warning them…..the hedge of protection is taken down and the NATION will be destroyed (but He does promise to keep a remanent.)
CHAPTER 6 — Isaiah’s commission — Reread 6:1-11. WHY was Isaiah chosen for this prophecy? Isaiah sees God as God ALMIGHTY. He sees him as HOLY. When he sees God for all HE really is he ALSO saw what man REALLY IS…ruined, unclean, and in the company of unclean people.
“Holy Holy Holy” stated three times like this in Isaiah 6 occurs ONLY twice in the Bible. The other occurrence is in Rev 4:8. Through commentaries, I found that “Holy, Holy, Holy” is stated three times because it IS WHO God is. It is not merely another of His attributes such as loving, kindness, grace, mercy, compassion, etc…things we can strive for … but this is about all of that and MORE.. all knowing.. all powerful.. ever present everywhere…things we can NEVER be. SUCH an awesome God who loves us soooo much & who wants to spend eternity with us.
Can you imagine Isaiah getting up one morning, preparing for another day on the job ..”oye…my aching bones…I need to get to the Temple to pray for our next leader, and pray as to how God wants to use me.” Then as he is walking he sees the seraphim, hears them say “Holy Holy Holy”, feels the foundations of the earth shaken, sees the house filled with “Holy Smoke” (serious). And what does Isaiah do….he most likely fell to his knees (my assumption), but he did say (my words) I am a complete and total sinner… I am in trouble NOW…could be toast. And the seraphim takes tongs from the alter grabs a red hot coal and tells him: vs7 ”your iniquity and guilt are TAKEN AWAY, and your sin is completely ATONED for and forgiven.” Now THAT would be an AWESOME day…. much like the day I was born again — know what I mean???
Then God gives the verdict as in a court case. GUILTY!!! HE has had ENOUGH!! God is a fair God…HE has WARNED Israel and Judah OVER AND OVER AGAIN. He has sent them messengers, angels, prophets to tell them (2 Chronicles 7:14)
“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” BUT not only did HIS people NOT return to HIM…..they rebelled, refused to acknowledge HIM, refused to live for HIM, refused to be HIS people. Can you see where God has been very patient with HIS people for hundreds of years? Can you see how HE has given them a CHOICE to follow HIM or not? Can you see where HIS people’s ways and choices are about to have HUGE CONSEQUENCES……THEIR CHOICES will result in destruction of both the Northern Kingdom and Southern Kingdoms? Can you see where each Nations’ leaders set the pace for the people? Can you see how the leader of a nation can cause consequences for the entire nation?? Can you see how things had become SO bad that God had to discipline/correct/warn/strip away what they had to get their attention? BUT…. and this is a HUGE BUT….. in 6:13 it says “a tenth will remain in the land.” Why?? This judgement is in Judah. There is a Covenant to remember. 2 Sam 7, the Davidic Covenant…The Lord will come from the Line of David, Judah. So he will leave a remnant.
CHAPTER 7: Reminder time —
Year 743bc. Ahaz king of Judah is about to get attacked by Israel and Aram (Syria). (But Isaiah predicts Judah will not end at this time)
House of David means Judah (Southern Kingdom…..David’s line)
Ephraim is referring to the Northern Kingdom, Israel.
The name Shear-Jashub (Isaiah’s son’s name) means a “remnant will return” in Hebrew
When Ahaz is told to ask God, he doesn’t because He does not want to hear it….ummmmmm…..been there…done that….didn’t work!!
Isaiah is clearly speaking of Jesus, Immanuel means God with Us. Look at Mt 1:23 LOOK at the prophecy in 7:14
Ephraim vs 8. Falls to Assyria exactly 65 years later
Flies and Bees is a time of Judgement, and shaving hair is symbolic for humiliation.
Verses 13-17 –“Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a SIGN: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 15 He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, 16 for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste. 17 The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah—he will bring the king of Assyria.”
The word SIGN REALLY struck me today — WHAT IS THE SIGN???? The SIGN is JESUS!!!!
CHAPTER 8 — Assyria will be the Lord’s Instrument. In a nutshell, the people will reject the flowing waters of Shiloh (the waters of Jerusalem….the Southern Kingdom….Judah…the Lord.) Isaiah POSTS a PUBLIC document warning them that JUDGEMENT IS COMING. Israel (the Northern Kingdom, where Samaria is located) and Aram (aka: Syria where Damascus is located) have an alliance so the prediction is that they will both fall to Assyria. History tells us that Aram (aka: Syria) falls in 732 BC and Israel “bit the dust” 10 years later at 722 BC.
I have a book titled “Then & Now Bible Maps Book” by Rose Publishing which shows Assyria (then) is (NOW) Iraq … talk about fighting going on over there TODAY!!!… whew!! Also… a few tidbits I found interesting were that Nineveh is today the name of one of the provinces in Northern Iraq and the today city of Mosul is close to where the ancient city of Nineveh was. Interesting to know–eh??
IMHO, the ONLY thing different today from the day this Scripture was written 2500+ years ago is that I believe our civilization is witnessing the beginning of “birth pangs” that are a WARNING to help us focus on keeping (or making) Him first in our lives. Who knows the date, or time He will come again or when the Rapture will be .. only GOD does (Jesus made it clear that HE did not even know the date of HIS 2nd return and the end times… ONLY HIS FATHER KNEW.) A day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day in God’s timing. So what’s the take away from today’s reading??? KNOW HIS Word, LISTEN to God, OBEY HIM and simply be the best person God made me to be FOR HIM and go ye therefore and teach others how to have a personal relationship with Him. Could we be preparing for a time of a Third Great Awakening/revival???? I pray so. Revive us Lord… kind of exciting
There is SO much here today…. SO much that is for us in our era!! I’d love to hear what God had to say to you today, what did God show you?
Sharing HIS love,