“No Greater Love,” Smokie Norful
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.
“Woes and Judgments,” Isaiah 5:8) Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth! Micah 2:2. 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. 11) Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink, that continue until night, till wine inflame them! Proverbs 23:29, 30. 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. Amos 6:5. 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. Hosea 4:6; Romans 1:28. 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.
Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v8, Till … land: The greedy land barons aimed to control all the choice land of Israel. God Gave The Fields, which “Should Not Be Sold Permanently, For The Land Is Mine” (Leviticus 25:23) as a patrimony (inherited from the father) to all His people (Numbers 27:7-11). Deprived of these ancestral lands, Israel’s citizens had become day laborers or slaves on what had formerly been their family inheritance. v9, 10, While invaders could destroy the houses, Only God Could Bring The Drought. Yet Both Were Judgments From His Hand. One bath is about six gallons. A homer is about six bushels. One ephah is one-tenth of an homer. The produce of the land would be meager In The Time Of Divine Judgment. v11, This verse is a strong condemnation of the abuse of intoxicating drink (beer) and wine (v.22). v12, The harp and the strings: Music was played in ancient Israel both in The Worship Of The Lord and in times of feasting. Here their feasts mean “their drinking parties.” do not regard … consider: The people were oblivious to the reality of The Work Of The Lord in their midst. v13 have gone into captivity: Although the verb is in the past tense, here it refers to future captivity. Knowledge refers to a personal involvement with someone or something. thirst: The Judgment matches the crime of indulging in alcoholic beverages. v14, Sheol is the word for “grave,” which is compared to a gaping jaw that devours the elite rich and the common masses alike.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-23, 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 Populace 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 (sensations). 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 woeful condition that set up sin, and who exert themselves to gratify their base 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 reasoning’s to Divine Revelations; their own devices To The Councils and Commands Of God. They deem it prudent and politic to continue profitable sins, and to neglect self-denying duties. Also, how light 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.