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.
“The Day Of The Lord,” Isaiah 2:6) Therefore Thou Hast Forsaken Thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished with the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers. 7) Their 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 any end of their chariots: 8) Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9) And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. 10) Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, For Fear Of The Lord, And For The Glory Of His Majesty. 11) The 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. Obadiah 8. 12) For The Day Of The Lord Of Hosts Shall Be Upon everyone that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, 7, The exhortation (emphatic urging) to the house of Jacob was necessary (v. 5), For God Had Handed It Over To Destruction. You have forsaken was a present, but not a permanent, condition for the Israelites. To remove eastern ways and soothsayers, the customs of Mesopotamia, was a Hallmark (Excellent Example) Of Faith In The God Of Israel. v8, The work of their own hands refers to man-made idols in particular. v9, Each man humble himself before things that are themselves debased–idols. Isaiah implored Him Not To Forgive those who had turned to idols. v10, Dust symbolizes the abject humility of the defeated (47:1; Genesis 3:14; Psalm 44:25). The wicked among the Israelites Would Grovel In The Dust Before The Righteous Lord. v11, Lofty looks are the outer manifestation of proud hearts. The refrain (recurring phrase) The Lord Alone Shall Be Exalted Highlights The Theme Of This Prophecy. In That Day The Savior Will Be Exalted Above All Other Proud Contenders. v12, Lifted Up is translated “exalted” in v. 2. Any rival To God’s Exaltation Will Be Dwarfed. The Day Of The Lord Has Two Sides: (1) The Night Of God’s Judgment and (2) The Daylight Of His Salvation After Judgment. Isaiah used the term to describe either or both Aspects.
Quest Study Bible – “Why the dramatic change of tone?” v6, For Impact. Isaiah wanted Israel to know That God’s Rule would not come before God Purged Sin. These sudden shifts in language or scenes occur throughout This Book. “Superstitions … divination … clasp hands with pagans,” v6, The nations of the Middle East traded not only their goods and services but also their religious traditions and idolatry. The customs from foreign religions had polluted Israel’s Worship Of The Lord. “How did materialism impact Israel?” v7, 8, It caused the people to be Less Dependent On The Lord. They grew more confident in their own resources. This led to arrogance (v. 17) and self-sufficiency (v. 22). Their tendency towards idolatry, then, is not surprising (v. 8) since idolatry is little more than worshiping the work’s of one’s own hands. “Why did Isaiah ask God Not To Forgive?” v9-10, Genuine Forgiveness must be preceded by admitting sin and desiring to change. Isaiah could see no signs of Repentance from the rampant sin throughout the land. So he asked God Not To Forgive The Nation, so that it would be humbled.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-9, We soon learn to follow the ways of persons whose company we keep. It is not having silver and gold, horses and chariots, that displeases God, but depending upon them, as if we could not be safe, and easy, and happy without them, and (can) not be so with them. Although lands called Christian, are not full of idols, in the literal sense, are they not full of idolized riches? and are not men so busy about their gains and indulgences, That The Lord, His Truths, and Precepts, are forgotten and despised? v10-12, It is folly for those who are pursued by The Wrath Of God, to think to hide or shelter themselves from It. The shaking of the earth will be terrible to those who set their affections on things of the earth. Men’s haughtiness will be brought down, Either By The Grace (Favor) Of God Convincing Them Of The Evil Of Pride, Or By The Providence (Will) Of God Depriving Them Of All The Things They Were Proud Of. The Day Of The Lord Shall Be Upon Those Things in which they put their confidence. Those who will not be reasoned out of their sins, sooner or later shall be frightened out of them.