“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.