so first I did like Walid said and put myself in the times of the writing
1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
So I stopped and thought who were these kings?
Well these kings are kings of Judah (after Israel and Judah split- if you remember from Kings and Chronicles these two split because Israel did not serve God and Judah did)… Uzziah was the king that followed God but he trusted in his own goodness as seen by him walking into the holy of holies in the temple (something only priests-representing Christ were allowed to do) and thus he was struck with leprosy
Jotham reigned after and he also followed God but didn’t screw up. Ahaz was an evil man and served other Gods even burning His children to Molech. Then you have Hezekiah who was great man who followed God and broke down idols… So with all that said… the times consist of the time where Israel and Judah was separated and these kings were ruling…
Hopefully that brings what you’ve read in kings and chronicles back to your memory
What’s cool about Isaiah is God is speaking thru Him to these people… So after all we’ve read of how Israel has acted toward God (turning form Him and such) We now get to hear God’s opinion about it all and what’s in His heart
How he feels
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.
God sees Israel as His children that have rebelled against Him. He says the ox listens to his master and the donkey his master, but you my own people dont consider me
4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
i think that is pretty clear
but check this out
5 Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
hes telling them they are dying (why should ye be stricken (as in struck dead))He says youll keep turning from me more and more and going away. Then he tells them the reason they are that way… Your head is sick (your mind is diseased and sick) – which is so our bible study lately… how our thoughts lead to death but when we think on Christ it leads to life because HE IS LIFE
6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
he says you are not whole (sound)! but you have all these wounds… I believe these wound signify things we receive that hurt us when we live our own way… we follow ways that lead to death like Paul says- our ways hurt us in ways we dont realize. He says they have not been closed up (which actually means allowed to be broken) neither mollified (which means to soften) thru ointment (or oil)… sidenote-some wound are healed by softening them up with oily ointments like antobiotic ointment [neosporin]) – i take it like we dont allow him to crush our hearts or soften them by using oil (which represents the Spirit in scripture)- If we would allow him to deal with our hearts he could change that way we think so that we wouldnt always be making decisions that hurt us
The devil hurts us when we are walking in our own ways-when we are not looking to God he can lay out traps we easily fall for and that hurt us spiritually- if we allow God to deal with our hearts he can cause us to look to Him and avoid such things
Its like snares- the devil lays traps to lead us into sin
7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
8 And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.
Everything these Israelites built up for themselves and made of their lives was pointless without God.. desolate (a waste)
Then he mentions Zion!
God looooves Zion
Zion is the remnant
those who seek Him with all their heart and never give up
these are those who lived in the mountains away from the rest and refused to worship idols or turn away from God
they never failed
He says they are cottages (which means booths). People that lived in booths in the bible represented those that would go wherever God pleased. They lived in booths (like tents) which they could move rather than houses which kind of stand for (i plan to stay here no matter what).. not ever making permanent residence… So he is saying He loves Zion because they are willing to go where he goes (they dont hold back for anything including natural family- they willll leave all for God)…… A lodge is kind of the same thing (a temporary dwelling).. and a beseiged city is one that is on watch, on guard, and keeps focused to watch out for the enemy… God wants us to be like that
9 Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
It is because of these few people seeking him with all their hearts and minds, that he does not destroy all of Israel
thats pretty awesome
its like all the men he wouldnt kill off because he loved David
10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
So if we read that… he is now shifting the focus back to those who are acting like Sodom and Gomorrah which is simply living life for yourself, filling your desires- and that leads to death and destruction. He tells them Listen! What I’m about to say is important.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
God is not satisfied with all these sacrifices they give so they can excuse their sins. God is not happy with our works and what we can do for ourselves- we cannot please God in ourselves no matter how many holy things we do or how good we act. What good does it do you, he asks!
12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
You come to me like this. Who told you that is what I wanted or what I required!?
13 Bring no more vain oblations (gifts or sacrifices); incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
Incense represents prayers in the bible. But he is speaking hear of a fleshly praying- like praying to be holy and praying for praying’s sake- not because we want fellowship with God. I see this in everyday Christians… they give money to the offering plate at church, they pray in front of people, they go to church and go to gatherings with Christians… They appear so holy-but that is not what God was after – these things mean NOTHING if it is not from their heart. He says it is actually a sin(iniquity). He says he cannot away with it- He can’t get stand it! Their hearts are not right with Him. He is not first.
15And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
There prayers aren’t in line with his will because they are seeking after their own selves. Blood has to do with sacrifices- it is there works trying to cover up their sin (though your sins be as scarlet; thou worm Jacob)- moses (representative of the law) was called a bloody husband
16Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
Be clean for real! Put away you DOINGS – it is evil.
17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Why the oppressed, fatherless, and widows? They see their need. They have no inheritance, no hope, no help.
18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
Not only willing… but OBEDIENT- do what your told, obey your Father
20But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
We can either obey the word (the mouth of the world) or it will kill you
21How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.
22Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
A harlot-not following after her husband but following her desires. Silver (redemption) has become that that is thrown away. Wine (spirit) is weak and watered down.
23Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.
Princes are leaders, they are thieving (just look at TBN for proof). They don’t consider the poor in need but seek after good works.
24Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:
25And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:
He purges away the real dross (that which is gotten rid of in the fire)
26And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellers as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.
27Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.
Convert means “break, build, circumcise, dig, do anything, do evil, feed, lay down, to turn back”
28And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed.
29For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.
30For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.
Oaks are a tree without deep roots. They appear strong and beautiful but when the wind, storm, or famine comes they have no root. Thus their lead fades-there roots don’t reach water.
31And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.
Tow means tinder/flax and means to be something shaken out just like tares. I see a spark meaning it appeared bright for a quick time but did not last.
1The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Speaking of the temple upon mount Zion
1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
1Peter 2:4To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
3And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
War no more. War there means “battle, fighting, warrior.” No more battle but a time of reaping.
Leveticus 25:10And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. 11A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. 12For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field.
Psalms 126:4Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. 5They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
5O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
WALK IN THE WAY.. BOOYAH
6Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
7Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there anyend of their chariots:
8Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:
9And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.
10Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.
The rock- hiding in the law, their works
11The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
12For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
13And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
14And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,
15And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
16And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.
17And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
18And the idols he shall utterly abolish.
19And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
20In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
21To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
22Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?
Also their heart was in the wrong place.
Matthew 6 & Luke 12
Matthew 19:21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
2 Co 4: 7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
1 Timothy 6: 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation
(treasure) against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Hebrews 11: 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
Isaiah 3 King James Version (KJV)
3 For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff (support or sustenance), the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.
2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,
3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
Because they refused to rely upon Him for their support and sustenance, but chose other earthly things, He is now taking away all that and only that foundation in Him they had (if any whatsoever) will be able to stand, even others that they relied on and it will be just them. Now relying on children (those ran by emotions and whims, not experience or wisdom)
5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.
6 When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand:
7 In that day shall he swear, saying, I will not be an healer; for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people.
8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue (babbler, evil speaker, language, talker, tongue, wedge) and their doings (an act (good or bad) — doing, endeavour, invention, work) are against the Lord, to provoke the eyes of his glory.
9 The shew (expression or look) of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
They do not realize their sin and have instead lived life as normal
10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths. (once again children lead by their emotions causing them to err-leading to death and destruction)
13 The Lord standeth up to plead, and standeth to judge the people.
14 The Lord will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses.
The Lord is going to judge the old and wise, the elders… They have not fed others but only themselves- they did not instruct others in their wrong doings or exhort… and they oppress these people
15 What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.
Now watch how the women display their culture… making themselves to be something they are not from their outside appearances. They crave for attention…
16 Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty(exalt, be haughty, be make higher, lift up, mount up, be proud, raise up great height, upward), and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton (seductive or to blink as if innocent) eyes, walking and mincing (attempting to appear dainty and elegant) as they go, and making a tinkling (as if shackles) with their feet:
They try so hard to appear to be something they are not… but they love the attention… this lifestyle has become a prison to them… they are captive in their doings
17 Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab (scrape out, remove from association with) the crown of the head (their thoughts) of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts.
He is going to search their hearts and minds
18 In that day the Lord will take away the bravery (glory and comeliness) of their tinkling ornaments about their feet(fetters or stocks), and their cauls (that which goes about their heads; headbands), and their round tires like the moon,(crescent necklaces?)
19 The chains(earrings), and the bracelets, and the mufflers (veil),
20 The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets (that which is of self), and the earrings (charm, implications, prayers),
21 The rings, and nose jewels,
22 The changeable suits of apparel (robe; something easily stripped off), and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins,
23 The glasses (uncovered), and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails.
24 And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty.
He removes all their false covering and outer apparel and shows what they really are underneath all their cover-ups
25 Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war.
26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall sit upon the ground.
And because there is nothing real in this people and no real foundation- when they are stripped of what they are they have nothing to battle with when hard times come. Even the very word of God kills them outright. Israel (Samaria) is beginning to go into captivity here by Assyria.
Isaiah 4 King James Version (KJV)
4 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.
One note is there are more women than men. Another is they don’t want the man for his purpose (to be the covering or support)- they will find their own food, clothes but they just want his name so they don’t appear desolate and to have nothing. He is the bread of life. He is our covering. Just as Christians who just want to be “Christians” but do not abide in Christ, their covering, or sustain themselves with Christ the heavenly bread, or feed off of Him. They are name-only, nominal Christians. Everyone is looking for a false support remember? Just as the men earlier sought for a leader the women seek for husbands (even causing polygamy due to the lack of men from dying in war)
Rev 3: 1And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
2 In that day shall the branch of the Lord be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.
3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion (remnant), and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:
The branch (The Messiah, the root of David); those that our abiding in Christ (the vine) will be beautiful and glorious. PRAISE GOD! THERE WILL BE A REMNANT! They wont be deceived by the AntiChrist (instead of Christ; pseudo-Christ)
4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning (A primitive root; to kindle, i.e. Consume (by fire or by eating); also (as denominative from ba’ar) to be(-come) brutish — be brutish, bring (put, take) away, burn, (cause to) eat (up), feed, heat, kindle, set ((on fire)), waste).
Our God is a consuming fire. (Deut 4:23-24; heb 12:29)
How does the Lord bring about a remnant?
5Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent
16Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
22Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. 24But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. 3Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
9Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
5 And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place (settled place, foundation)of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the clear shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence (a canopy — chamber, closet, defence).
6 And there shall be a tabernacle (a hut or lair — booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, tent.)for a shadow(shade) in the day time from the heat(desolation, drought, dry, heat, utterly, waste), and for a place of refuge, and for a covert (refuge) from storm (a gush of water — flood, overflowing, shower, storm, tempest.) and from rain.
Look how God takes care of His remnant.
Isaiah 5 King James Version (KJV)
5 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful (A SON [afflicted, age, anointed one, appointed to, arrow] hill (a ray of light, a flask, peak of a mountain):
2 And he fenced it (to dig around), and gathered out the stones thereof (cast, gather out, throw stones, surely, put to death by stoning), and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower (to bring up) in the midst of it (he had a son and put him to death, burying/planting him, so that he may raise him up), and also made a winepress (trough into which juice drains) therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. (the gentiles were called wild branches; See Romans 11:1-26)
Rev 3:14And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, andthat the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
4 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall (its own defense) thereof, and it shall be trodden down:
6 And I will lay it waste (desolate): it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
Matthew 21:33-46, Mark 12:1-12, Luke 20:9-19; See GODS point of view… Psalm 80:8-19; John 15:1-11
8 Woe unto them that join (beat, be able to bring down, cast, come nigh, draw near nigh, get up, happen, join,) house to house (court, door, dungeon, family, forth of, great as would contain, hangings,), that lay field to field, till there be no place (home), that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
9 In mine ears said the Lord of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.
10 Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah. (the vineyard is not yielding; NO FRUIT)
11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflames them! (following after impulses/ desires and things to fulfil them)
12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands.
13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:
16 But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
17 Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.
STRANGERS- A primitive root; properly, to turn aside from the road (for a lodging or any other purpose), i.e. Sojourn (as a guest); also to shrink, fear (as in a strange place); also to gather for hostility (as afraid) — abide, assemble, be afraid, dwell, fear, gather (together), inhabitant, remain, sojourn, stand in awe, (be) stranger, X surely.
18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords (noose or snare) of vanity(idolatry), and sin as it were with a cart rope (chain):
19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!
20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
These days everyone has their own values.
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
1 Co 1:19-31 God defies mens wisdom and does things in strange ways: saving 8 in a boat, killing a giant with a pebble, killing a man with a jawbone, washing in the river 7 times, look at the men he used- strange ways… judging all by their relationship with a man who died on a cross (foolishness to those who perish)
22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
25 Therefore is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:
27 None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:
28 Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:
29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.
30 And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.
5:1-7 Christ is God’s beloved Son, and our beloved Saviour. The care of the Lord over the church of Israel, is described by the management of a vineyard. The advantages of our situation will be brought into the account another day. He planted it with the choicest vines; gave them a most excellent law, instituted proper ordinances. The temple was a tower, where God gave tokens of his presence. He set up his altar, to which the sacrifices should be brought; all the means of grace are denoted thereby. God expects fruit from those that enjoy privileges. Good purposes and good beginnings are good things, but not enough; there must be vineyard fruit; thoughts and affections, words and actions, agreeable to the Spirit. It brought forth bad fruit. Wild grapes are the fruits of the corrupt nature. Where grace does not work, corruption will. But the wickedness of those that profess religion, and enjoy the means of grace, must be upon the sinners themselves. They shall no longer be a peculiar people. When errors and vice go without check or control, the vineyard is unpruned; then it will soon be grown over with thorns. This is often shown in the departure of God’s Spirit from those who have long striven against him, and the removal of his gospel from places which have long been a reproach to it. The explanation is given. It is sad with a soul, when, instead of the grapes of humility, meekness, love, patience, and contempt of the world, for which God looks, there are the wild grapes of pride, passion, discontent, and malice, and contempt of God; instead of the grapes of praying and praising, the wild grapes of cursing and swearing. Let us bring forth fruit with patience, that in the end we may obtain everlasting life.
5:8-23 Here is a woe to those who set their hearts on the wealth of the world. Not that it is sinful for those who have a house and a field to purchase another; but the fault is, that they never know when they have enough. Covetousness is idolatry; and while many envy the prosperous, wretched man, the Lord denounces awful woes upon him. How applicable to many among us! God has many ways to empty the most populous cities. Those who set their hearts upon the world, will justly be disappointed. Here is woe to those who dote upon the pleasures and the delights of sense. The use of music is lawful; but when it draws away the heart from God, then it becomes a sin to us. God’s judgments have seized them, but they will not disturb themselves in their pleasures. The judgments are declared. Let a man be ever so high, death will bring him low; ever so mean, death will bring him lower. The fruit of these judgments shall be, that God will be glorified as a God of power. Also, as a God that is holy; he shall be owned and declared to be so, in the righteous punishment of proud men. Those are in a woful condition who set up sin, and who exert themselves to gratify their base lusts. They are daring in sin, and walk after their own lusts; it is in scorn that they call God the Holy One of Israel. They confound and overthrow distinctions between good and evil. They prefer their own reasonings to Divine revelations; their own devices to the counsels and commands of God. They deem it prudent and politic to continue profitable sins, and to neglect self-denying duties. Also, how light soever men make of drunkenness, it is a sin which lays open to the wrath and curse of God. Their judges perverted justice. Every sin needs some other to conceal it.
Isaiah 6 King James Version (KJV)
6 In the year that king Uzziah (The king who trusted in his own works and was strucks with leprosy… The law leads to death) died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train (hem) filled the temple.
(hem- in Israel to cut off the hem of their garment meant to strip one of their authority, husband could divorce his wife by cutting off hem of her robe, nobleman could sign name by pressing name in clay tablet; that’s why it why David repented of cutting Sauls hem; God said I will put my hem over thee implying authority/protection over them; Josephs robe had special hem representing authority; Jesus robe was never cut [they gambled it]; woman touched hem because that’s where his authority was; Ruth hid under Boaz’s hem over her)
After Isaiah sees all these people who had for so long lived for themselves and now were stripped of all they had in themselves, all they had exalted of themselves. And now his eyes are turned from this earth and these people, to the Lord, and when He beholds Him and when God is exalted above man truly (even in the heart) things begin taking place…
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
What strikes me as odd at first is why these angels are covering themselves but then I saw it…. The word seraphim means serpent- in the bible serpents represent sin (if you think im wrong meditate on the story of the snake on the pole in the Wilderness of Sin in Exodus.) They also had six wings and 6 represents something of man. These seraphim are ashamed of themselves… When looking upon God and seeing His beauty they begin to see their ugliness (just like the shulamite.) Their immediate response is to cover their faces (their countenance, appearance) and feet (their ways and doings)-they are ashamed of themselves but yet….THEY ARE FLYING! They are in victory over their old ways even if they can see their ugliness-seeing it is only causing them to want to see His beauty more!
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
That is what causes the seraphim to sing praises of HIS holiness! True brokenness! And look at the effects his TRUE BROKENESS HAS! It shakes Heaven! 3 holies might be due to Trinity
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone (cease, be cut down off, destroy, be brought to silence, be undone, utterly); because I am a man of unclean (defiled, polluted) lips (language and talk), and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
Isaiah seeing that even these beautiful creatures (that are one of the highest forms of angels- or perhaps the highest (?) ) looks at himself and sees his ugliness and cries WOE IS ME! I am unclean as all men are! He knows this-why? BECAUSE HE HAS “SEEN THE KING”
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal [a red-hot stone (for baking)] in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar [the Sacrifice]:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
What Defiles a Man
12Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.14Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
15Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable. 16And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? 17Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? 18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
James 3:1-12 Taming the Tongue
1My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and aredriven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! 6And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
The seraphim takes a hot coal (that which has been in the Consuming Fire off the Alter-the great Sacrifice) and takes that and deals with Isaiahs mouth and is sin is dealt with and taken away
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Then he has a great desire to help others- God has opened His eyes to His Love- and His Sanctification, Redemption, Righteousness, and Wisdom- and Isaiah wants to share that. This was voluntary not a command. Unlike Moses (who had speech problems) and Jeremiah (who said he was too young.) Isaiah says SEND ME!
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
12 And the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.
The Lord says they wont listen. They love darkness rather than light! They don’t want me! I can almost hear him weeping. And Isaiah cries well Lord then deal with them-bring them to naught! Isaiah shares his burden and cries with Him. They both wait for the TENTH-THAT REMENANT- THOSE THAT HAVE EARS TO HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING TO THE CHURCHES!!!
6:9-13 God sends Isaiah to foretell the ruin of his people. Many hear the sound of God’s word, but do not feel the power of it. God sometimes, in righteous judgment, gives men up to blindness of mind, because they will not receive the truth in the love of it. But no humble inquirer after Christ, need to fear this awful doom, which is a spiritual judgment on those who will still hold fast their sins. Let every one pray for the enlightening of the Holy Spirit, that he may perceive how precious are the Divine mercies, by which alone we are secured against this dreadful danger. Yet the Lord would preserve a remnant, like the tenth, holy to him. And blessed be God, he still preserves his church; however professors or visible churches may be lopped off as unfruitful, the holy seed will shoot forth, from whom all the numerous branches of righteousness shall arise.
Isaiah 7 King James Version (KJV)
7 And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.
2 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
3 Then said the Lord unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz (seized), thou, and Shearjashub (there shall be a remnant) thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool (the kings pool) in the highway of the fuller’s field (where they wash);
4 And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
5 Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,
6 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
7 Thus saith the Lord God, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.
9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
10 Moreover the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
11 Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord.
13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.
17 The Lord shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father’s house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.
18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
19 And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
20 In the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.
21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep;
22 And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.
23 And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall even be for briers and thorns.
24 With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.
25 And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.
7:1-9 Ungodly men are often punished by others as bad as themselves. Being in great distress and confusion, the Jews gave up all for lost. They had made God their enemy, and knew not how to make him their friend. The prophet must teach them to despise their enemies, in faith and dependence on God. Ahaz, in fear, called them two powerful princes. No, says the prophet, they are but tails of smoking firebrands, burnt out already. The two kingdoms of Syria and Israel were nearly expiring. While God has work for the firebrands of the earth, they consume all before them; but when their work is fulfilled, they will be extinguished in smoke. That which Ahaz thought most formidable, is made the ground of their defeat; because they have taken evil counsel against thee; which is an offence to God. God scorns the scorners, and gives his word that the attempt should not succeed. Man purposes, but God disposes. It was folly for those to be trying to ruin their neighbours, who were themselves near to ruin. Isaiah must urge the Jews to rely on the assurances given them. Faith is absolutely necessary to quiet and compose the mind in trials.
7:10-16 Secret disaffection to God is often disguised with the colour of respect to him; and those who are resolved that they will not trust God, yet pretend they will not tempt him. The prophet reproved Ahaz and his court, for the little value they had for Divine revelation. Nothing is more grievous to God than distrust, but the unbelief of man shall not make the promise of God of no effect; the Lord himself shall give a sign. How great soever your distress and danger, of you the Messiah is to be born, and you cannot be destroyed while that blessing is in you. It shall be brought to pass in a glorious manner; and the strongest consolations in time of trouble are derived from Christ, our relation to him, our interest in him, our expectations of him and from him. He would grow up like other children, by the use of the diet of those countries; but he would, unlike other children, uniformly refuse the evil and choose the good. And although his birth would be by the power of the Holy Ghost, yet he should not be fed with angels’ food. Then follows a sign of the speedy destruction of the princes, now a terror to Judah. Before this child, so it may be read; this child which I have now in my arms, (Shear-jashub, the prophet’s own son, ver. 3,) shall be three or four years older, these enemies’ forces shall be forsaken of both their kings. The prophecy is so solemn, the sign is so marked, as given by God himself after Ahaz rejected the offer, that it must have raised hopes far beyond what the present occasion suggested. And, if the prospect of the coming of the Divine Saviour was a never-failing support to the hopes of ancient believers, what cause have we to be thankful that the Word was made flesh! May we trust in and love Him, and copy his example.
7:17-25 Let those who will not believe the promises of God, expect to hear the alarms of his threatenings; for who can resist or escape his judgments? The Lord shall sweep all away; and whomsoever he employs in any service for him, he will pay. All speaks a sad change of the face of that pleasant land. But what melancholy change is there, which sin will not make with a people? Agriculture would cease. Sorrows of every kind will come upon all who neglect the great salvation. If we remain unfruitful under the means of grace, the Lord will say, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforth for ever.