“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 66, “Judgment and Hope,” V

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“It Wasn’t Easy,” Cece Winans  

  “Judgment and Hope,” V, Isaiah 66:17) They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens, behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, SAITH THE LORD.   18) FOR I KNOW THEIR WORKS AND THEIR THOUGHTS:  It Shall Come, THAT I WILL GATHER ALL NATIONS AND TONGUES; And They Shall Come, AND SEE MY GLORY.  Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 2:2.  19) AND I WILL SET A SIGN AMONG THEM, And I WILL send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul (Libyans), and Lud (Lydians), that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan (Greece), to the isles afar off, that have not heard MY FAME, neither seen MY GLORY; And They Shall DECLARE MY GLORY Among The Gentiles.  Luke 2:34.  20) And they shall bring all your brethren for an Offering Unto THE LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, TO MY HOLY MOUNTAIN JERUSALEM, SAITH THE LORD, As The Children of Israel Bring An Offering In A Clean Vessel Into THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.  21) And I WILL Also Take Of Them For Priests And For Levites, SAITH THE LORD.  Exodus 19:6.  22) For As The New Heavens And The New Earth, Which I WILL MAKE, Shall Remain Before ME, SAITH THE LORD, So Shall Your Seed And Your Name Remain.  Revelation 21:1.  23) And It Shall Come To Pass, That From One New Moon To Another, And From One Sabbath To Another, Shall All Flesh Come To WORSHIP BEFORE ME, SAITH THE LORD.  Zechariah 14:16; Psalm 65:2.  24) And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have Transgressed Against ME:  for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.    

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v17, This summarizes the abominable practices of the false worshipers (65:2-5; 66;3).  v18, Their works and their thoughts probably refers to the Right Acts and Spirit of the True Worshipers, On Whom GOD LOOKS WITH FAVOR.  MY GLORY probably refers to GOD’S PRESENCE IN HIS TEMPLE (Ezekiel 11:22, 23; 44:4).   v19, The Sign may be the deliverance of the True Worshipers and Judgment falls on the false.  Those … who escape may refer to those who escape GOD’S Slaughter (vv. 16, 17),  but more likely to those who Escape Persecution.  Declare MY GLORY among the Gentiles:  For another Prophecy by Isaiah of The Spread Of GOD’S GLORY Throughout The World, see 24:14-16.  v20, 21, horses … camels:  Animals represent the diverse countries from which they come.  The Gentiles are likened to a clean vessel.  v22, Your descendants … remain guarantees The Continuity of True Israel (65:9).  v23, From one New Moon to another refers to all time.  All flesh refers to Jew and Gentile (vv. 16, 24).  Through all time and from all the earth, True Worship Will Be Offered To GOD.   v24, Their worm … is not quenched  depicts Eternal Punishment (48:22; 57:20).   The imagery derives from the valley of Hinnom that was Jerusalem’s garbage dump, where unclean corpses decomposed and were burned.

Quest Study Bible –  v17, SCRIPTURE LINK  “Abominable Things,”  Similar to those things listed in 65:3-4, detestable things associated with idol worship, superstition and immorality.  v19, Tarshish … Libyans … Lydians … Tubal … Greece.   Tarshish was probably in Spain.  Libya was part of North Africa west of Egypt.  Lydia and Tubal were   in what today is Turkey, near the Black Sea (see Map 12 at the back of this Bible).  These, together with the islands represent the earth, The Point Being THAT GOD WILL SEND THE NEWS OF HIS GLORY TO ALL THE WORLD.   v21, “Priests and Levites,”  Some say these are the Jews, brought by Gentiles to be Dedicated To THE LORD (v. 20).  Others say these are the Gentiles who made the offering–perhaps a picture of the largely Gentile Church Leading Jewish People To Faith In CHRIST.  In ancient Israel only male Levites descended from Aaron could be priests.  But GOD HELD OUT THE PROMISE That One Day All Could Become Priests (61:6; Exodus 19:5-6).  Today, All Who Trust In CHRIST Can Come As Priests Directly To THE LORD (1 Peter 2:9).  v24, “Their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched,”   A metaphor of Judgment upon those who attack Jerusalem:  following a major battle, it was difficult to bury all the bodies.  Usually fallen corpses would decay (pictured by worms) or be heaped into piles and burned.  This image of perpetual decay and burning probably was meant to convey the idea of casualties too great to number.  But the image also expresses a broader meaning, one of Eternal Punishment In Hell.  JESUS QUOTED THIS VERSE WITH THAT MEANING WHEN HE SPOKE OF HELL (Mark 9:47-48).

Matthew Henry’s Exposition Of The Bible – v15-2(4), (S)et forth The Abundance Of Means For Conversion Of Sinners.  These expressions are figurative and express The Plentiful And Gracious Helps For Bringing GOD’S Elect Home To CHRIST.  All Shall Be Welcome; and nothing shall be wanting for their Existence and Encouragement.  A Gospel Ministry Shall Be Set Up In The Church; They Will Be (A) Solemn Worship Before THE LORD.  In the last Verse the nature of the punishment of sinners in the world to come is represented.  Then shall the Righteous and the wicked be separated.  Our SAVIOR APPLIES THIS TO THE EVERLASTING MISERY AND TORMENT OF IMPENITENT (UNREPENTANT) SINNERS IN THE FUTURE STATE.  To The Honor Of That FREE GRACE Which Thus Distinguishes Them, LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD, WITH HUMILITY, AND NOT WITHOUT TREMBLING, SING TRIUMPHANT SONGS.  With This Affecting REPRESENTATION Of The Opposite States Of The Righteous And Wicked, Characters Which Include The Whole Human Race, Isaiah concludes his Prophecies.  MAY GOD GRANT, FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, THAT OUR PORTION MAY BE WITH THOSE WHO FEAR AND LOVE HIS NAME, Who Cleave To HIS TRUTHS, And Persevere In Every Good Work, Looking To Receive From THE LORD JESUS CHRIST THE GRACIOUS INVITATION, COME, YE BLESSED OF MY FATHER, INHERIT THE KINGDOM PREPARED FOR YOU FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.  Amen.    

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 66, “Judgment and Hope,” IV

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“Jesus The Christ, The Messiah, The Anointed One 

“It Wasn’t Easy,”  Cece Winans 

“Judgment and Hope,” IV, Isaiah 66:15) For Behold, THE LORD WILL COME WITH FIRE, AND WITH HIS CHARIOTS LIKE A WHIRLWIND, TO RENDER HIS ANGER WITH FURY, AND HIS REBUKE WITH FLAMES OF FIRE.  16) FOR BY FIRE AND BY HIS SWORD WILL THE LORD PLEAD WITH ALL FLESH:  And The Slain Of THE LORD Shall Be Many.  Isaiah 27:1.   

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v15, This Verse Is A Picture Of GOD’S JUDGMENT.  Fire: Is the lightning; HIS Chariots are the storm clouds (Deuteronomy 33:26; Psalm 18:10).   Like a Whirlwind Depicts The Strength And Speed Of THE LORD’S COMING (Jeremiah 4:13).   v16, THE DIVINE WARRIOR COMES WITH FIRE AND SWORD (Luke 21:24; Revelation 19:11-15).   All flesh refers to all the false worshipers described in this Chapter (Jeremiah 9:2).

Quest Study Bible – v15-16, “How Will GOD Judge The World?   For Isaiah and other Old Testament Prophets, GOD Was Clearly A GOD Of Both JUDGMENT And SALVATION.  They knew nothing of a SALVATION that did not involve JUDGMENT.  In fact, they saw GOD’S JUDGMENT As A Sign That HE CARED ENOUGH TO SAVE.  THE BIBLE Describes JUDGMENT For Sin In Various Ways:  It is a place of Fire and Worms (Mark 9:48) and a place of darkness (Matthew 8:12).  It Is A Sentence Pronounced By THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE (Matthew 25:31-33).  It is Harvesting What You Have Sown (Galatians 6:7).  It Is Separation From GOD (Matthew 7:23).  Here, Isaiah pictures JUDGMENT As A Mighty Warrior; GOD IS RIDING A WHIRLWIND FOR A CHARIOT, Destroying HIS Enemies With FIRE And A SWORD.  The Message Is Clear:  GOD DOES NOT IGNORE SINNERS; HE PUNISHES THEM.  Perhaps Isaiah is speaking here of THE FINAL JUDGMENT OF GOD, At The End Of The World When Sinners Will Be Separated From GOD In HELL.  Or perhaps he is speaking of THE JUDGMENT that continues to cycle throughout history—nations falling from power, Defeated For Their Injustices.  In Either Case GOD’S JUDGMENT IS SHOWN TO BE DEVASTATING.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v15,  For, Behold, THE LORD WILL COME WITH FIRE  Either with Material Fire, with which mystical Babylon or Rome shall be burnt, ( Revelation 18:8 ) , or with Indignation and Wrath, which shall be poured out like Fire, and be as Intolerable and Consuming as that:  AND WITH HIS CHARIOTS LIKE A WHIRLWIND;  Making A Great Noise, And Striking Great Terror; Alluding To Chariots in which men used formerly to fight: TO RENDER HIS ANGER WITH FURY, AND HIS REBUKE WITH FLAMES OF FIRE;  a heap of words, to show The Fierceness Of HIS WRATH, And How Severe HIS REBUKE Of Enemies Will Be; which Will Be Not A Rebuke In Love, As Of HIS OWN PEOPLE, But In A Way Of VINDICTIVE WRATH.  v16,  For By Fire, And By HIS SWORD, WILL THE LORD PLEAD WITH ALL FLESH  With the Mahometans, the Turks, the Ottoman empire, Against Whom HE WILL CALL FOR A SWORD, And WILL RAIN UPON THEM FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, Signified by Gog and Magog, ( Ezekiel 38:22 ) ( 39:6 ) and with the other antichristian powers at the battle of Armageddon; and when The Fourth Vial Will Be Poured Upon The Sun, And Men Will Be Scorched With Fire; see ( Revelation 16:8 Revelation 16:9 Revelation 16:16 ) ( Revelation 19:20 Revelation 19:21 ) : and the slain of THE LORD shall be many;  that is, those that will be slain by THE LORD, both in the attempt of the Turks to recover the land of Canaan out of the hands of the Jews, possessed of it; whose numbers of slain will be so many, that the burying of them will last seven months, ( Ezekiel 39:12 ) and in the battle between the Christian princes, CHRIST AT THE HEAD OF THEM, and the antichristian armies, led on by the beast and the kings of the earth; when the fowls of the air will be invited to the great supper of THE LORD, to eat the flesh of kings, captains, and mighty men, so great will the slaughter be, ( Revelation 19:17-21 ) , see also ( Isaiah 11:13 ) .

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v15-24, A Prophetic Declaration Is Given Of THE LORD’S VENGEANCE ON ALL ENEMIES OF HIS CHURCH, ESPECIALLY THAT OF ALL ANTI-CHRISTIAN OPPOSERS OF THE GOSPEL IN THE LATER DAYS.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 66, “Judgment and Hope,” III

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“This Too Shall Pass,” Yolanda Adams

“Judgment and Hope,” III, Isaiah 66:11) That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out (drink deeply), and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.  12) FOR THUS SAITH THE LORD, BEHOLD I WILL EXTEND PEACE TO HER LIKE A RIVER, AND THE GLORY OF THE GENTILES LIKE A FLOWING STREAM:  THEN SHALL YE SUCK, YE SHALL BE BORNE UPON HER SIDES, AND BE DANDLED (PAMPERED) UPON HER KNEES.  13) As one whom his mother comforteth, So Will I COMFORT YOU; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.  14) And when ye see this, your heart shall Rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb:  AND THE HAND OF THE LORD SHALL BE KNOW TOWARD HIS SERVANTS, AND HIS INDIGNATION TOWARD HIS ENEMIES.  Ezekiel 37:1.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v11, Through the Joyful Faith of v. 10, Saints before CHRIST”S COMING ate figuratively at a banquet (65:13).   v12, The pronoun her refers to Mother Jerusalem (vv. 7, 8).  You refers to True Worshipers and their offspring (v. 22), the beloved children of Mother Jerusalem.  v13, I WILL COMFORT You:  Here GOD HIMSELF IS THE COMFORTING “MOTHER” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).  v14, Heart and bones refer to mental and physical health (Psalm 6:2; 109:18).

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v11,  That ye may suck, and be satisfied with The Breast of Her
Consolations This, according to our version, expresses the end of The Church’s friends being called together to Rejoice with Her, that they might partake of Her Joys and Comforts, Delights and Pleasures: but the words may be better rendered, either, according to Kimchi’s sense, “therefore shall ye suck” F20; because ye have Mourned for Her (The Church), and because ye have Rejoiced with Her; or rather, as Noldius F21, “because ye suck”; Partake of Her Privileges and Ordinances, so give a reason why they should Rejoice with Her. “Breast” is put for “breasts”, as Jarchi observes; for as The Church is represented as a woman, and as a teeming woman (abounding with people), She has two breasts as such, grown and fashioned, and full of Milk of Consolation; for “Breast of Her Consolations” is the same as “Her Breasts of Consolation”; see ( Song of Solomon 4:5 ) , these are either CHRIST AND HIS SPIRIT.  CHRIST IS A FULL BREAST OF COMFORT TO HIS PEOPLE, IN THE GREATNESS OF HIS PERSON, AND THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE; IN HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD, PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS, ATONING SACRIFICE, AND GREAT SALVATION; IF THERE BE ANY COMFORT IT IS IN HIM, AND ABOUNDS BY HIM.  THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ANOTHER BREAST OF CONSOLATION, ANOTHER COMFORTER, BY GIVING KNOWLEDGE OF THE FREE GRACE GIFTS OF GOD; BY SHOWING THE THINGS OF CHRIST; BY OPENING AND APPLYING THE PRCIOUS PROMISES OF THE GOSPEL; BY SHEDDING THE LOVE OF GOD IN THE HEART; BY WITNESSING TO THE SAINTS THEIR ADOPTION, AND BY SEALING THEM UP UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION.  OR THE COVENANT, AND ITS BLESSINGS AND PROMISES:  THE COVENANT IS A FULL BREAST OF COMFORT, YIELDS MUCH, BOTH IN LIFE AND AT DEATH; ITS BLESSINGS ARE SURE MERCIES, BLESSING INDEED, SPIRITUAL ONES, and he that has an interest in them has enough, has all things; The Promises Of It Are Great, Precious, Sure, And Unconditional, And Afford Strong Consolation To The Heirs Of Them. Or THE HOLY SCRIPTURE, And Its Two Testaments, the Old and New, which are exactly alike as two breasts; agree in THE PERSON AND OFFICES OF CHRIST, AND IN ALL THE DOCTRINES OF GRACE, AND ARE FULL OF THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD, AND OF SPIRITUAL CONSOLATION.  Or The Two Ordinances Of Baptism And THE LORD’S SUPPER; Which Agree With Each Other; Come From The Same Author; Relate To The Same Things, THE SUFFERINGS AND DEATH OF CHRIST;  And To Be Partook Of By The Same Persons: Baptism Leads To THE BLOOD OF CHRIST FOR CLEANSING AND PARDON; TO THE BURIAL OF CHRIST IT REPRESENTS, THERE TO BEHOLD ALL SINS BURIED WITH HIM;  AND THE THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST FOR JUSTIFICATION, AND SO IS A MEANS OF MUCH SPIRITUAL COMFORT; As It Was To The Eunuch, who from thence went on his way Rejoicing: THE LORD’S SUPPER IS ANOTHER BREAST OF CONSOLATION, IT IS A FEAST OF FAT THINGS; IT REPRESENTS THE BROKEN BODY AND BLOODSHED OF CHRIST, WHOSE FLESH IS MEAT INDEED, AND HIS BLOOD DRINK INDEED, AND SO IS A MEANS OF SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT AND COMFORT.  THESE BREASTS ARE TO BE “SUCK(L)ED”‘;  The Mouth Of Faith Is To Be Laid Unto Them; CHRIST IS TO BE APPLIED UNTO FOR FRESH SUPPLIES OF GRACE AND COMFORT; THE COVENANT AND ITS PROMISES ARE TO BE LAID HOLD UPON, AND ALL THE GOODNESS IN THEM TO BE PRESSED AND GOT OUT; THE SCRIPTURES ARE TO BE DILIGENTLY READ AND SEARCHED, AND THE ORDINANCES TO BE FREQUENTLY ATTENDED ON, THE SCRIPTURES ARE TO BE DILIGENTLY READ AND SEARCHED, AND THE ORDINANCES TO BE FREQUENTLY ATTENDED ON, AND  FERVENT PRAYER TO BE INCESSANTLY USED, And Not Restrained (Held Back or Decreased), Till The Blessing Is Given (*And Even Then Continued) ; and such who do so are sooner or later “Satisfied”, Filled To The Full. HOW SATISFYING ARE CHRIST AND HIS GRACE!  THE COVENANT OF GRACE, ITS BLESSING AND PROMISES!  THE DOCTRINE OF THE GOSPEL, AND THE ORDINANCES OF IT!  THESE ARE THE GOODNESS OF GOD’S HOUSE, WITH WHICH HIS PEOPLE ARE SATISFIED, EVEN AS WITH MARROW AND FATNESS, ( Psalms 36:8 ) ( 63:5 ) ( 65:4 ) , that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory;  or, “for” or “because ye milk out”, “may” or “shall milk out” F23; that is, Press With The Hand Of FAITH THE ABOVE BREASTS OF CONSOLATION, and get out from Them All The Comfort That Is Laid Up In Them: and so be delighted with the abundance of Her Glory;  or, “THE BRIGHTNESS OF IT” F24; CHRIST IS THE GLORY OF HIS CHURCH; IT IS HIS PRESENCE WITH HER, HIS GRACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS BESTOWED ON HER, WHICH GIVE HER (HER) ABUNDANCE OF GLORY; AND HE IT IS IN WHOM SHE GLORIES:  THE SPIRIT OF GOD, AS A SPIRIT OF GLORY; RESTS UPON HER, AND HIS GRACE MAKES HER ALL GLORIOUS WITHIN; (IT IS HER GLORY IN THE COVENANT OF GRACE, ITS PROMISES AND BLESSINGS), AND TO HAVE THE WORD AND ORDINANCES; HER BREASTS ARE HER GLORY, AND SHE WILL HAVE ABUNDANCE OF IT IN THE LATTER DAY; see ( Isaiah 66:12 ) ( Isaiah 60:1 Isaiah 60:7 Isaiah 60:13 ) , ALL WHICH GREATLY  “DELIGHT” the lovers and friends of Zion; A SIGHT OF CHRIST AND HIS FULLNESS, AND A VIEW OF GOD AS THEIR COVENANT GOD, ARE EXCEEDING DELIGHTFUL; THE DOCTRINES OF THE GOSPEL ARE PLEASANT WORDS, AND THE WAYS OR ORDINANCES OF CHRIST ARE WAYS OF PLEASANTNESS;  And Particularly THE CHURCH IN THE LATTER DAY, Enjoying All These To The Full, And Having THE GLORY OF GOD UPON HER, WILL VERY DELIGHTFUL TO BEHOLD.  Amen.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 66, “Judgment and Hope,” cont’d

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“Be Blessed,” Yolanda Adams  

  “Judgment and Hope,” cont’d, Isaiah 66:5) HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD, Ye That Tremble At HIS WORD; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for MY NAME’S SAKE, said, LET THE LORD BE GLORIFIED;  But HE SHALL APPEAR To Your Joy, and they shall be ashamed.  2 Thessalonians 1:10; Titus 2:13.  6) A voice of noise from the city, a voice from The Temple, A VOICE OF THE LORD THAT RENDERETH RECOMPENCE TO HIS ENEMIES (REPAYING HIS ENEMIES).  7) Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.  8) Who hath heard such a thing?  who hath seen such things?  Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day?  or shall a nation be born at once?  for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.  9) SHALL I BRING TO THE BIRTH, AND NOT CAUSE TO BRING FORTH?  SAITH THE LORD:  SHALL I CAUSE TO BRING FORTH, AND SHUT THE WOMB?  SAITH THY GOD.  10) Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her:  Rejoice For Joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v5, Your brethren who hated you:  These Words intensify the opposition encountered in ch. 65.  LET THE LORD BE GLORIFIED   represents the false worshipers hypocritical righteousness (v. 17).  Cast … out of THE TEMPLE, the True Worshipers went into the world and brought back Gentiles (v. 18).  Joy is spoken sarcastically (Psalm 22:8).  The persecutors shall be ashamed and the persecuted shall “Rejoice” (v. 10).   v6, Isaiah heard the sound of battle noise proceeding from the city and THE TEMPLE (13:4).  HIS enemies refers to the self-righteous idolaters persecuting GOD’S servants.  v7, 8, Before she … gave birth represents the birth of the community from the cast-out worshipers as coming so quickly that it will be without pain.  At times, Zion is pictured as the daughter of THE LORD here she is the mother of HIS PEOPLE.  The MALE CHILD and her children may refer to CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH.  v9, 10, The rhetorical questions introduced by the words SHALL I Guarantee The Prophecy of vv. 7, 8.  GOD FINISHES WHAT HE BEGINS (Philippians 1:6).

Quest Study Bible – v8, “Has Zion given birth to a nation?”  Yes.  The city of Jerusalem gives birth to Israel with THE LORD AS THE MIDWIFE (v. 9).  Isaiah uses many images and metaphors (figure of speech).  Earlier he compares THE LORD to a woman giving birth to the nation of Israel (42:14).  Here, Isaiah promises a quick and effortless delivery, contrary to what one would expect.  When Cyrus of Persia allowed the Jews to return and rebuild Jerusalem (538 B. C.), it was a Miraculous Rebirth of the nation.  Also see “How Did GOD Give HIS People Splendor?”  (55:5).  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v5-14, The Prophet Turns To Those That Trembled In GOD’S WORD, To Comfort And Encourage Them.  THE LORD WILL APPEAR, TO THE JOY OF THE HUMBLE BELIEVER, AND TO THE CONFUSION OF HYPOCRITES AND PERSECUTORS.  WHEN THE SPIRIT WAS POURED OUT, AND THE GOSPEL WENT FORTH FROM ZION, MULTITUDES WERE CONVERTED IN A LITTLE TIME.  THE WORD OF GOD, ESPECIALLY HIS PROMISES, AND ORDINANCES, A(RE) CONSOLATIONS OF THE CHURCH.  The True Happiness Of All Christians Is Increased By Every Convert Brought To CHRIST.  THE GOSPEL BRINGS WITH IT, WHEREVER IT IS RECEIVED IN ITS POWER, SUCH A RIVER OF PEACE, AS WILL CARRY US TO THE OCEAN OF BOUNDLESS AND ENDLESS BLISS.  DIVINE Comforts Reach The Inward Man; THE JOY OF THE LORD WILL BE THE STRENGTH OF THE BELIEVER.  BOTH GOD’S MERCY AND HIS JUSTICE SHALL BE MANIFESTED, AND FOREVER MAGNIFIED.  Amen. 

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 66, “Judgment and Hope”

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“Be Blessed,” Yolanda Adams

“Judgment and Hope,”  Isaiah 66:1) THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, AND THE EARTH IS MY FOOTSTOOL:  WHERE IS THE HOUSE THAT YE BUILD UNTO ME?  AND WHERE IS THE PLACE OF MY REST?  2) For All Those Things Hath MINE HAND MADE, And All Those Things Have Been, SAITH THE LORD:  But To This Man Will I LOOK, Even To him That Is Poor And Of A Contrite (Repentant) Spirit, And Trembleth At MY WORD.  Ezra 9:4; Proverbs 28:14.  3) He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation (an offering to GOD), as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense (make a memorial of), as if he blessed an idol.  Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.  4) I ALSO WILL CHOOSE THEIR DELUSIONS, AND WILL BRING THEIR FEARS UPON THEM; BECAUSE WHEN I CALLED, none did answer; WHEN I SPAKE, they did not hear:  but they did evil Before MINE EYES, and Chose That In Which I DELIGHTED NOT.  Proverbs 1:24.     

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, THE LORD has no need of a man-made Temple because Heaven and earth—the whole cosmos—is HIS SANCTUARY (40:22).  footstool:  The resting place for The “Feet” Of THE LORD is the earth.  Where is the House:  No place can accommodate THE TRANSCENDENT GOD (1 Kings 8:27).  THE PLACE OF MY REST refers to THE TEMPLE (1 Chronicles 28:2; Psalm 132:8, 14).   v2, Those things refers to everything in the universe.  I LOOK:  GOD SEEKS TRUE WORSHIPERS (John 4:24).  Contrite Spirit … trembles at MY WORD is similar to JESUS’ PHRASE “IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH” (John 4:24).  v3, Breaks a dog’s neck may refer to a pagan practice; in any case, the dog was regarded as an unclean animal, a detestable scavenger.  The sacrifice of a bull, a lamb, a grain offering, and incense was considered to be their own ways because the worshipers lacked a Contrite Spirit.  It was as if their souls delighted in their abominations.  v4, their fears:  This is the Judgment Spelled Out in vv. 15, 16, 24.  WHEN I CALLED … I DO NOT DELIGHT:  This Passage echos 65:12.

Quest Study Bible – v3, “Why did Isaiah criticize sacrifices?”   One of the themes of the Prophets of Israel was that GOD DETESTS human efforts to please him by keeping Ritual Laws without Respecting HIS MORAL LAWS.  Sacrifices Meant Nothing To GOD if they were offered by merciless, unjust people.  Morality is more important than ritual.  People without morals are not genuinely Religious when they perform rituals; they are merely being superstitious.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-4, The Jews gloried much in their temple.  But what satisfaction can the Eternal Mind take in a house made with men’s hands?  GOD HAS A HEAVEN AND AN EARTH OF HIS OWN MAKING, and temples of man’s making, but HE Overlooks them, THAT HE MAY LOOK WITH FAVOR TO HIM WHO IS POOR IN SPIRIT AND SERIOUS, SELF-ABASING (SELF-PUNISHMENT, GUILT AND SHAME) AND DENYING (REJECTING SIN); WHOSE HEART TRULY SORROWS FOR SIN:  SUCH A HEART IS A LIVING TEMPLE FOR GOD.  The sacrifice of the wicked is not only Unacceptable, But A Great Offence To GOD.  AND ANYONE WHO NOW OFFERS A SACRIFICE AFTER THE LAW, DOES IN EFFECT SET ASIDE CHRIST’S SACRIFICE.  He that burns incense, puts contempt upon THE INCENSE OF CHRIST’S INTERCESSION, and is as if (HE) blessed an idol.  Men shall be deceived by the vain confidences with which thy deceive themselves.  Unbelieving hearts, and unpurified consciences, need no more to make them miserable, than to have their own fears brought upon them.  Whatever men put in the place of THE PRIESTHOOD, ATONEMENT, AND INTERCESSION OF CHRIST, WILL BE FOUND HATEFUL TO GOD.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 65, “New Heavens And A New Earth”

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“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“New Heavens And A New Earth,” Isaiah 65:17) For, Behold, I Create New Heavens And A New Earth:  And The Former Shall Not Be Remembered, Nor Come Into Mind.  2 Peter 3:13.  18) But Be Ye Glad And Rejoice For Ever In That Which I Create:  For, Behold, I Create Jerusalem A Rejoicing, And Her People A Joy.  19) And I Will Rejoice In Jerusalem, And Joy In MY People:  And The Voice Of Weeping Shall Be No More Heard In Her, Nor The Voice Of Crying.  Revelation 7:17.  20) There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days:  for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.  Ecclesiastes 8:12.   21) And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.  Leviticus 26:16.  22) They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat:  for as the days of a tree are the days of MY People, and MINE Elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.   23) They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are The Seed Of The Blessed Of THE LORD, And Their Offspring With Them.  Hosea 9:12.  24) And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I WILL ANSWER; and while they are yet speaking, I WILL HEAR.  Psalm 32:5.  25) The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock:  and dust shall be the serpent’s meat.  They shall not hurt nor destroy in All MY HOLY MOUNTAIN SAITH THE LORD. 

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – For, behold, I CREATE NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH  This Prophecy began to have its Accomplishment in The First Times Of The Gospel, when through the Preaching Of It there was a New Face Of Things appeared in Judea, and in the Gentile world, So That The Whole Looked Like A New World; And This Was All The Effect Of Creating Power, Of The Mighty, Powerful, And Efficacious Grace Of GOD Attending THE WORD, To The Conversion Of Many Souls; A New Church State Was Formed, consisting of persons gathered out of the world, the old national church of the Jews being dissolved, and Gospel Churches everywhere set up; New Ordinances Appointed, TO CONTINUE TILL CHRIST’S SECOND COMING AND THE OLD ONES ABOLISHED; A New Way Of Worship Observed, at least in a More Spiritual and Evangelic Manner; A New Covenant Exhibited, or The Covenant Of Grace Held Forth In A New Form Of Administration, The Former Waxen Old And Vanished Away; AND THE NEW AND LIVING WAY TO THE FATHER, THROUGH CHRIST, MADE MORE MANIFEST:  This Will Have A Further Accomplishment At The Conversion of the Jews, Which Will Be As Life From The Dead, And Things Will Look Like A New World With Them; Their Blindness Will Be Removed, The Veil Will Be Taken Away From Them; they will part with all their legal rites and ceremonies, and the traditions of the elders, AND EMBRACE THE MESSIAH, AND ALL HIS TRUTHS AND ORDINANCES; OLD THINGS SHALL PASS AWAY, AND ALL THINGS BECOME NEW:  And It Shall Have ITS Complete Accomplishments In The New Jerusalem State, WHEN NOT ONLY CHRIST WILL APPEAR, AND MAKE ALL THINGS NEW IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE, AND THAT COMPLETELY; But Even In A Literal Sense There Will Be New Heavens, And A New Earth, Which John In Vision Saw; And Which Peter Says he and other Believers Expected, ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE OF GOD, When These Heavens And Earth Shall Be Dissolved And Pass Away; see ( Revelation 21:1 Revelation 21:2 Revelation 21:5 ) ( 2 Peter 3:13 ) : and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind;  either the old heavens and earth, which shall pass away, and be no more seen; or the former state both of the Jewish, and Gentile world; or the former troubles, as in the preceding verse, taken in the sense of affliction and persecution; all antichristian troubles shall cease in The Latter Day, after the conversion of the Jews, and especially in the New Jerusalem state; see ( Isaiah 2:4 ) ( 11:9 ) ( Revelation 7:16 Revelation 7:17 ) ( 21:4 ) .

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v17, 18, I CREATE, may also be translated “I AM CREATING” or  “I AM ABOUT TO CREATE.”  New Heavens and A New Earth:  GOD Will Fashion A New Cosmos That Will Be Ready For HIS PRESENCE and for the enjoyment of HIS PEOPLE.  Former encompasses everything up to The Creation Of The New COSMOS (Revelation 21;4).  Be Glad and Rejoice means “to be openly, deliriously happy.”  Saints are called upon to Celebrate By Faith The Coming Glorious SALVATION (66:10).  CREATE Jerusalem signifies that it will be entirely New.  v19, MY People:  This title for the citizens of Jerusalem is also used in 63:8.  weeping shall no longer be heard:   For similar ideas about GOD’S COMING SALVATION, see 25:8; 35:10; 51:11.  v20, the child shall die one hundred years old:  On one level, these words indicate a return in the coming Kingdom to the extended life spans that are noted before the Flood (Genesis 5).  It appears that people will not be affected by disease and aging in the same way as in our present world.  v21, 22, houses … vineyards:  The life of Blessing in the coming Kingdom is presented in terms that would have been readily understood by the people of Isaiah’s day (Micah 4:4).  Industry will not be limited to these twin pursuits, but the Happy, Blessed Life is indicated by them.  As the days of a tree indicates longevity and stability and the words long enjoy reinforces these ideals.  v23, They shall not labor in vain:  These Words Speak Of GOD Reversing The Curse.   v24, Before they call, I WILL ANSWER EXPRESSES THE TRUTH THAT THERE WILL BE NO DELAY BETWEEN PETITION AND PRAISE.  v25, The figures (wolf, lion etc.) represent the restoration of nature and the coming of Universal Peace.  Dust shall be the serpent’s food indicates the specific curse in Genesis 3:14 will be consummated.

Quest Study Bible – v17, “New Heavens And A New Earth,”  It’s possible that Isaiah was thinking of the end of this present Heaven and earth, With GOD Beginning All Over Again.  But its much more likely that he was using the word Create to mean Transform.  If so, he was saying that When GOD BRINGS SALVATION TO HIS PEOPLE Everything Will Be Completely Transformed.  v20, “Why consider 100-year-old’s as mere youths?”  Some see this as The New Order in the Kingdom or millennial age.  Others see this in more general terms, as a figure of speech.  Either way, WHEN GOD TRANSFORMS HIS WORLD, THERE WILL BE NO UNTIMELY DEATHS.  No one will die in infancy and 100-year-old’s will be considered young.  These images portray One Central TRUTH:  The New World Is Going To Be Better Than The Old.  Amen.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v17-25, In The Grace And Comfort Believers Have In CHRIST, We Are To Look For This New Heaven And New Earth.  The former confusions, sins and miseries of the human race, shall be no more remembered or renewed.  The Approaching Happy State Of The CHURCH Is Described Under A Variety Of Images.  He shall be thought to die in his youth, and for his sins, who only lives to the age of a hundred years.  The Event Alone Can Determine What Is Meant; but it is plain that Christianity, if universal, would so do away violence and evil, as greatly to (and so) lengthen life.  In Those Happy Days, All GOD’S People Shall Enjoy The Fruit Of Their Labors.  Nor will children then be the trouble of their parents, or suffer trouble themselves.  The Evil Dispositions Of Sinners Shall Be Completely Mortified; All Shall Live In Harmony.  Thus The Church On Earth Shall Be Full Of Happiness, Like Heaven.  This Prophecy Assures The Servants Of CHRIST, That The Time Approaches, Wherein They Shall Be Blessed With The Undisturbed Enjoyment Of All That Is Needful For Their Happiness.  As Workers Together With GOD, Let Us Attend HIS ORDINANCES (LAWS), AND OBEY HIS COMMANDS.  Amen. 

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 65, “Judgment and Salvation,” VIII

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“Be Still,”  Yolanda Adams 

“Judgment and Salvation,” VIII, Isaiah 65:11) But ye are they that Forsake THE LORD, that forget MY HOLY MOUNTAIN, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.  1 Corinthians 10:21.  12) Therefore WILL I NUMBER YOU TO THE SWORD, and ye shall bow down to the slaughter:  because WHEN I CALLED, ye did not answer; WHEN I SPAKE, ye did not hear; but did evil before MINE EYES, and did choose that wherein I DELIGHTED NOT.  Jeremiah 7:13.  13) Therefore THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD, Behold, MY Servants Shall Eat, but ye shall be hungry:  Behold, MY Servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty:  Behold, MY Servants shall Rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:  14) Behold, MY Servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.  15) And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto MY CHOSEN:  FOR THE LORD GOD Shall Slay thee, and Call HIS Servants By Another Name:  Proverbs 10:7.  16) That he who blesseth himself in the earth Shall Bless himself IN THE GOD OF TRUTH; and he that sweareth in the earth Shall Swear BY THE GOD OF TRUTH; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from MINE EYES.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v11, The word who occurs four times in this verse, introducing more (vv. 2-5) of Israel’s sins.  These sins involved forsaking THE LORD, forgetting HIS PLACE OF WORSHIP, worshiping Gad, a god of good luck, and worshiping Meni, a god of fate.  v12, When I CALLED you did not answer contrasts with “Before they call, I WILL ANSWER in v. 24.  v13, Behold … but;  The pattern here recalls the Blessings and Curses on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal.  Eat and drink:  This is a festive meal accompanied by Rejoicing.   v14, Sing here develops the idea of Rejoicing in v. 13 (see also 12:1-6; 35:10; 61:7).   v15, The chosen (v. 9)  will use the apostates’ (one who forsakes his religion) name as a curse by invoking the terrible fate of the apostates on others.  “THE LORD will make you like apostate Israel.”  Another name signifies the launching of a new era.  v16, He who blesses himself in the earth will Invoke THE LORD’S NAME, BECAUSE HE IS THE GOD OF TRUTH.  Amen.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v13, That he who blesseth himself in the earth  That is sensible he stands in need of Blessings, and wishes for them, and Prays he might have them; or that takes notice that he is Blessed with them, and Acknowledges them, and is Thankful for them: shall bless himself in THE GOD OF TRUTH;
shall pray to HIM for Blessings he wants, and ascribe what he has unto HIM, and give HIM THE PRAISE AND GLORY of them; by WHOM is meant, either GOD THE FATHER, in opposition to idols, the fictitious deities of the Gentiles, those lying vanities, which were not gods by nature, and to whom THE GOD OF TRUTH, or THE TRUE GOD, is often opposed, and whom the Targum here calls THE LIVING GOD; or rather THE MESSIAH, our LORD JESUS CHRIST: for The Words may be rendered, “shall bless himself in GOD Amen” F6; that is, in GOD, WHO IS THE  “AMEN”, which is One Of THE NAMES OF CHRIST, ( Revelation 3:14 ) in WHOM Believers Are Blessed with all SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS, and reckon themselves BLESSED IN HIM, and Ascribe BLESSING TO HIM for them; in WHOM ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE YEA AND AMEN, AND WHO IS THE TRUE GOD, AND ETERNAL LIFE, ( 2 Corinthians 1:20 ) ( 1 John 5:20 ) : and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by THE GOD OF TRUTH; when an Oath is necessary on any account, and it is proper to Appeal To THE SUPREME BEING FOR THE TRUTH OF ANYTHING, This, In GOSPEL TIMES, SHOULD BE DONE IN THE NAME OF CHRIST; HE, WHO IS THE AMEN AND FAITHFUL WITNESS, TO BE APPEALED UNTO, WHO IS GOD OMNISCIENT, THE DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART.  Of forms of Swearing by CHRIST, see ( Romans 9:1 ) ( 2 Corinthians 12:19 ) . Besides, swearing, as it is a part of religious worship, may here be put for the whole; so it signifies, that as All Blessings Come From CHRIST, So All Worship And Duty Should Be Performed Unto HIM, AND IN HIS NAME. Because the former troubles are forgotten, they are hid from MNE EYES;  which is to be understood not of afflictions and persecutions for THE SAKE OF CHRIST AND HIS GOSPEL, for these, especially in the first times of it, were very great; though in the latter day they will cease, to which indeed this Prophecy extends: but rather either of the idolatry and superstition of the Gentile world, which were troublesome and offensive to GOD, but now removed by THE CLEAR LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL, and so Forgotten By HIM, and Hid From HIS EYES; or the carnal ordinances of the legal dispensation, which gave great trouble to the worshipers then, and could not cleanse their consciences, and through the fear of death, on the breach of them, were all their lifetime subject to bondage; BUT NOW THESE ARE ALL DONE AWAY BY CHRIST, and in Gospel times forgotten by men, and HID FROM THE SIGHT OF GOD, WHO Regards Them No More; see ( Jeremiah 3:16 ) .

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v11-16, Here The Different States Of The godly and wicked, Of The Jews Who Believed, and of those who persisted in unbelief, are set against one another.  They prepared a table for that troop of deities which the heathen worship, and poured out drink-offerings to that countless number.  Their worshipers spared no cost to honor them, an example which should shame the worshipers of THE TRUE GOD.  See the malignity of sin; it is doing by choice what we know will Displease GOD.  In every age and nation, THE LORD leaves those who persist in doing evil and despise THE CALL OF THE GOSPEL.  GOD’S Servants Shall Have THE BREAD OF LIFE, And Shall Want (For) Nothing Good For Them.  But those who forsake THE LORD, shall be ashamed of vain confidence in their own righteousness, and the hopes they built thereon.  Worldly people bless themselves in the abundance of this world’s goods; But GOD’S Servants Bless Themselves In HIM.  HE IS THEIR STRENGTH AND PORTION.  They Shall Honor HIM AS THE GOD OF TRUTH.  And It Was Promised That In HIM Should All The Families Of The Earth BE BLESSED.  They Shall Think Themselves Happy In Having HIM For Their GOD, WHO Made Them Forget Their Troubles.  Amen.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 65, “Judgment and Salvation,” VII

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“I’m Gonna Be Ready,” Yolanda Adams

 “Judgment and Salvation,” VII, Isaiah 65:8) Thus SAITH THE LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a Blessing is in it; so will I DO FOR MY Servant’s Sakes, That I MAY NOT DESTROY THEM ALL  9) AND I WILL BRING FORTH A SEED OUT OF JACOB, AND OUT OF JUDAH AN INHERITOR OF MY MOUNTAINS: AND MINE ELECT SHALL INHERIT IT, AND MY SERVANTS SHALL DWELL THERE.  Matthew 24:22.  10) And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, FOR MY PEOPLE THAT HAVE SOUGHT ME.  Hosea 2:15.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v8, New wine represents the servants (54:17); the otherwise unproductive cluster represents all Israel (5:1, 2).  Servants include “the remnant,” as well as foreigners (56:6).    v9, I WILL Bring Forth Descendants Is FULFILLED IN CHRIST AND IN ALL THOSE THAT ARE FOUND IN HIM (Galatians 3:16, 26-29).   Jacob and Judah represent all Israel.  v10, Sharon, in the west, and the valley of Achor, in the east, denote the whole land.

Quest Study Bible – v10, “Sharon … valley of Achor,”   Sharon was a swamp beside the Mediterranean south of Mount Carmel (see Map 2 at the back of this Bible).  Achor, which means trouble, was a desert area near the Dead Sea.  Both were unsuitable for grazing land.  But GOD’S SALVATION WOULD TRANSFORM THE LAND as dramatically as turning these two places into good pasture.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-10, In The Bunch Of Unripe Grapes, At Present Of No Value, The New Wine Is Contained.  The Jews have been kept a Distinct People, that all may witness The Fulfillment of Ancient Prophecies and Promises.  GOD’S CHOSEN The Spiritual Seed Of Praying Jacob, Shall Inherit HIS MOUNTAINS OF BLISS OF JOY, And Be Carried Safe To Them Through The Vale Of Tears.  ALL THINGS ARE FOR THE DISPLAY OF GOD’S GLORY IN THE REDEMPTION OF SINNERS.  Amen.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 65, “Judgment and Salvation,” VI

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“I’m Gonna Be Ready,”  Yolanda Adams

“Judgment and Salvation,” VI,  Isaiah 65:1) I AM SOUGHT of them that asked not for ME; I AM found of them that sought ME not:  I SAID, BEHOLD ME, BEHOLD ME, unto a nation that was not CALLED BY MY NAME.  Romans 10:20.  2) I HAVE SPREAD OUT MY HANDS ALL THE DAY unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;  Romans 10:21.  3) A people that provoketh ME to anger continually to MY FACE; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;  Leviticus 17:5.  4) Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;  5) Which say, stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou.  These are a smoke in MY NOSE, a fire that burneth all day.  6) Behold, It Is Written Before ME:  I WILL NOT KEEP SILENCE, BUT WILL RECOMPENSE, EVEN RECOMPENSE into their bosom.  Malachi 3:16.  7) Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, SAITH THE LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed ME upon the hills; therefore will I MEASURE their former work into their bosom.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, I WAS SOUGHT means “I ALLOWED MYSELF TO BE SOUGHT.”  I WAS FOUND means “I ALLOWED MYSELF TO BE FOUND.”  A nation that was not CALLED BY MY NAME includes the Gentiles and the remnant who “sought” GOD (v. 10).  Together they are the servants who will be called “by another name.”  v2, I HAVE STRETCHED OUT MY HANDS pictures GOD beckoning Israel to Respond To HIM.  All day long suggests patience.  Rebellious describes Israel (63:10).  Who, repeated six times in vv. 2-5, introduces a sorry catalog of Israel’s abominable religious practices:  arrogance (v. 2), open defiance (v. 3), idolatrous fertility rites (v. 3), divination (v. 4), and blasphemous self-righteousness (v. 5).  v3, To MY FACE means “openly.”  The people did not hide their shameful practices or restrain their evil habits.   v4, Spend the night in the tombs (remain among the graves) may refer to the practice of seeking an oracle from the dead.  The Law prohibited eating swine’s flesh (66:17; Leviticus 11:7).  v5, I am holier than you:  The idolaters regarded themselves as better than others.  Smoke and fire stand for things that provoke GOD’S ANGER.  v6, It Is Written refers to Heavenly Records.  I WILL NOT KEEP SILENCE  see 62:1, For Zion’s sake Will I NOT HOLD MY PEACE,  v7, blasphemed ME:  The   Israelites rejected and offended GOD by offering sacrifices to the false gods of other nations on the hill-tops.

Quest Study Bible – v1, “Why did GOD come to those who didn’t care?”  GOD came to them not because of, but in spite of, the fact that they did not care.  Left to ourselves, none of us would Care About GOD.  But HE Initiates A Relationship; HE COMES despite our inability to see our own need.  In fact, the human heart cannot respond to GOD until after GOD HAS SOMEHOW TOUCHED IT.  Some speak of GOD”S “PREVENIENT GRACE”—GRACE THAT COMES BEFORE WE CAN MOVE TOWARDS GOD (1 John 4:19, We Love HIM, Because HE FIRST LOVED US.)  v3-4,  “How did they Provoke THE LORD?”   Other than worshiping idols, its not entirely clear what the people were doing.  Some suggest that they may have been practicing some sort of nature cults in the gardens or perhaps even necromancy (black arts) in the graveyards.  Furthermore, GOD HAD COMMANDED THAT their Altar be of uncut stone, not brick (Exodus 20:25) and that they eat clean meat, not unclean (Leviticus 11).  Also see “Why were uncut stones needed for the Altar?”  (Joshua 8:31).  v5, “Why would people think they were too holy for GOD?”  Because of their idolatry.  Some Israelites had tried to serve both THE LORD and the false gods.  But these people no longer attempted to play that game.  They had dedicated themselves to worshiping idols, and wanted nothing at all to do with THE ONE TRUE GOD.  Apparently they thought that if they associated with THE LORD as well, the effectiveness of their idolatry and incantations would be cancelled.  v7, “What did it mean to pay back into their laps (bosom)?”   This pictures someone seated with a cloth or shawl in his or her lap, into which grain was poured (Ruth 3:15).  It symbolized THE JUDGMENT GOD WOULD POUR UPON THOSE WHO HAD COMMITTED THESE TERRIBLE IDOLATRIES.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-7, The Gentiles Came To Seek GOD, And Find HIM, Because They Were First Sought And Found By HIM.  Often HE meets some thoughtless trifler or profligate opposer, And Says To him, BEHOLD ME; And A Speedy Change Takes Place.  ALL THE GOSPEL DAY, CHRIST WAITED TO BE GRACIOUS.  The Jews were bidden, but would not come.  It is not without cause they are Rejected Of GOD.  They would do what most pleased them.  They grieved, they Vexed THE HOLY SPIRIT.  They forsook GOD”S TEMPLE, and sacrificed in groves.  They cared not for the distinction between clean and unclean meats, before it was taken away by THE GOSPEL.  Perhaps this is put for all forbidden pleasures, and all that is thought to be gotten by sin, that abominable thing which THE LORD HATES.  CHRIST PRONOUNCED MANY WOES AGAINST THE PRIDE AND HYPOCRISY OF THE JEWS.  The proof against them is plain.  And let us watch against pride and self-preference, remembering that every sin, and the most secret thoughts of man’s heart, are known AND WILL BE JUDGED BY GOD.    

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 64, “Praise and Prayer,” V

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“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“Praise and Prayer,” V, Isaiah 64:6) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteous acts are as filthy rags; and all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.  Philippians 3:9.  7) And there is none that calleth upon THY NAME, that stirreth up himself to take hold of THEE:  For THOU Hast Hid THY FACE From Us, And Hast Consumed Us, Because Of Our Iniquities.  8) But Now, O LORD, THOU Art Our Father; we are the clay, and THOU our PORTER (POTTER); and we all are The Work Of THY HAND.  Ephesians 2:10.  9) Be Not Wroth Very Sore, O LORD, Neither Remember Iniquity For Ever:  Behold, See, We Beseech THEE, We Are All THY People.  10) THY Holy Cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.  11) Our HOLY And Beautiful House, where our fathers Praised THEE, is burned up with fire:  and all our pleasant things are laid waste.  2 Kings 25:9.  12) Wilt THOU Refrain (Hold)  THYSELF For These Things, O LORD?  Wilt THOU Hold THY PEACE, And Afflict Us Very Sore?  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, Unclean means the people were unfit for GOD’S PRESENCE.  Filthy rags refers to garments stained during menstruation.  As a leaf signifies the people’s human weakness.  v7, There is no one who calls is a phrase calling attention to the people’s apathy (lack of interest).  Hidden:  GOD IS NEVER REALLY “IN HIDING,” But Does OBSCURE (COVERS) HIS PRESENCE because of sin (1:15).  v8, But now, O LORD:  These Words serve as a contrast to the preceding Section, The Confession Of Sin.  We are the clay:  For being clay in THE POTTER’S HANDS, see Romans 9:20, 21.  v9, Do not be furious claims GOD’S PROMISE  in 54:7, 8.  Nor remember Claims GOD’S PROMISE in 43:25.  Please Look (See) refers to GOD’S “Hiding” Of HIMSELF in v. 7.  v10, cities … Zion … Jerusalem:  The Prophetic Picture of the devastation of the land following the Babylonian invasion is used as a means of appeal to THE HEART OF GOD.  v11, Our fathers praised YOU suggests that the speakers are at least a generation removed from the fall of The Temple.  v12, Will YOU Restrain YOURSELF:  The people use the language of Love to Implore GOD To Act Again On Their Behalf.

Quest Study Bible – v6, “How could something so Righteous be so dirty?”  Isaiah says that the best and most Righteous things we do are distorted and overwhelmed by our sinful nature.  Good Deeds Alone Cannot Counteract Wickedness anymore than dry leaves can resist the wind.  THE BIBLE presents two contrasting views of humanity:  though human beings are made in The Image Of GOD, they are also Vile Sinners.  v8, “Father,”   A Picture Of GOD With Several Wonderful Implications:  GOD GIVES US LIFE, LOVES US, PROTECTS US AND PROVIDES FOR US.  The word Father Depicts The Special Relationship We Can Have With GOD (1 John 3:1).  It also offers us a Better Understanding Of HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS, THE SON OF GOD (Matthew 3:16-17).  v8, “If THE POTTER Shapes The Clay, How Is The Clay Responsible?”  It is hard to blame the clay for the shape it is in.  And if this were the only picture we had of the relationship between GOD and people, it would be difficult to see how people could be held accountable for their condition.  But metaphors (a figure of speech used to refer to another thing) have limitations and cannot illustrate every side of a particular Truth.  THE BIBLE uses many analogies (similarities) to help us Understand GOD:  GOD THE POTTER SHOWS HIS SOVEREIGN CONTROL OF CREATION; GOD OUR FATHER (also in this Verse) suggests a Relationship where children can choose to be obedient or rebellious.  v10, 11, “Did This predict the destruction of Jerusalem and THE TEMPLE?”  Yes.  Isaiah’s vivid language has prompted some to thing parts of this Book were written and added later, after the fact.  They doubt Prophecy can be so Specific.  Others believe that this Book was the work of a single Prophet.  They see no problem with either Isaiah’s Precise Words or use of the past tense to describe the future.  The Hebrew “Prophetic Perfect Tense,’ translated as past tense, stresses the certainty of the coming events.  For more on this use of language see “What service had Jerusalem completed?”  (40:2) and “Why Did GOD Speak As Though Victory Had Already Come?”  (Joshua 6:2).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-12, The People Of GOD, In Affliction, Confess And Bewail Their Sins, Owning Themselves Unworthy Of HIS MERCY.  Sin is that Abominable thing which THE LORD HATES.  Our deeds, whatever thy may seem to be, if we think to merit by them at GOD’S HAND, are as (filthy) rags, and will not cover us, filthy rags, and will but defile us.  Even our few good works in which there is real excellence, as FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT, are so defective and defiled as done by us, that they need to be washed in THE FOUNTAIN (THE BLOOD SHED BY CHRIST ON THE CROSS) Open For Sin And Uncleanness.  It bodes ill when Prayer is kept back.  To Pray, Is By Faith To Take Hold Of THE PROMISES THE LORD HAS MADE OF HIS GOOD-WILL TO US, and (lay them (our sins) at THE CROSS);  To Take Hold Of HIM (CHRIST), Earnestly Begging HIM NOT TO LEAVE US; Or Soliciting HIS RETURN.  They brought their troubles upon themselves by their own folly.  Sinners are blasted (withered), and then carried away, by the wind of their own iniquity; it withers and then ruins them.  When thy made themselves as an unclean thing, no wonder that GOD LOATHED THEM.  Foolish and careless as we are, poor, and despised, yet still THOU ART OUR FATHER.  It is the Wrath of a FATHER we are under, WHO Will Be Reconciled; and the relief our case requires is only from HIM.  They refer themselves to GOD.  They do not say, “LORD rebuke us not,” for that may be necessary.  They state their lamentable condition.  See what ruin brings upon a people (or person); and an outward Profession of Holiness Will Be No Defense Against It.  GOD’S People presume not to tell HIM what HE Shall Say, but their Prayer is, Speak for the comfort and relief of the people.  How few call upon THE LORD WITH THEIR WHOLE HEARTS, or stir themselves to LAY HOLD UPON HIM!  GOD May Delay For A Time To Answer Our Prayers, BUT HE WILL, IN THE END, ANSWER THOSE WHO CALL ON HIS NAME AND HOPE IN HIS MERCY.