“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 1, “A Rebellious Nation,” cont’d

Christian Living

“No Greater Love,” Smokie Norful

“Worth,” Anthony Brown and group therAPy

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Dross – Scum Skimmed From The Surface of Silver 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.   

“A Rebellious Nation,” cont’d, Isaiah 1:4) A 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.  5) Why Should Ye Be Stricken Any More?  Ye Will Revolt More And More:  The Whole Head Is Sick, And The Whole Heart Faint.  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.  Jeremiah 8:22.  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.  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.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v4, sinful nation;  Despite God’s Divine Parenting, the people had turned to sin.  The Holy One Of Israel Is Isaiah’s Favorite Title For God.  The Lord Is Holy Because He Is Profoundly Different From All Of Humanity, Is The Creator Exalted In Heaven (6:1-3) And Without Sin (6:4-7).  He Alone Is The Righteous Judge (v. 20) And Protector of The Faithful (10:20; 43:3).  v5, Isaiah answers his own indignant question, Why should you be stricken again?  The people would only revolt more and more.  More preaching would only make their hearts hard (6:9, 10).  In (53:4-6) Isaiah reveals God’s Gracious Response to their hard hearts:  The Lord Will Strike His Servant instead of sinners (53:4-6).  Such Love can win over the toughest rebel (Romans 5:8).  v6, From foot to head means everyone and everything.  Judah’s wounds were not closed, bound up (bandaged), or soothed, because the people had refused to repent.  v7, 8, Daughter of Zion is a beautiful personification of Jerusalem (37:22; 60:14).  Booth and hut (cottage) refer to lean-to shelters used by farmers and watchmen during the harvest.  v9, The Title The Lord Of Hosts is a favorite of Isaiah, For It Speaks Of Gods Holiness and Sovereignty.  Judah’s survival was not because of an enemy’s weakness but to God’s Power.  Though God Punished His sinful people, He Always Preserved A Remnant (6:13; 10:20; 11:16) Because He Was Faithful To His Promise To Abraham.  The word remnant means “survivor.”

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary –  v1-9, While sin remains Unrepentant, nothing is done toward healing these wounds, and preventing Fatal Effects.  Jerusalem was exposed and unprotected, like the huts or sheds built up to guard ripening fruits.  These are still to be seen in the East, where fruits form a large part of the summer food of the people.  But The Lord had a small Remnant of Pious (Devoted) Servants at Jerusalem.  It is of The Lord’s Mercies that we are not consumed.  The evil nature is in every one of us; Only Jesus And His Sanctifying Spirit Can Restore Us To Spiritual Health.

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