“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 8, “Fear The Lord,” cont’d

Christian Living

“Hosanna (A Joyful Exclamation of Praise),” Israel Houghton

“Alpha & Omega,” Israel & New Breed

Immanuel, Emmanuel – Means “God Is With Us.”

Firebrands – Those passionate for a cause. 

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.

 “Fear The Lord,” cont’d, Isaiah 8:17) And I Will Wait Upon The Lord, That Hideth His Face From the house of Jacob, And I Will Look For Him.  Habakkuk 2:3; Luke 2:25.  18) Behold, and the children whom The Lord Hath Given me are for Signs and for Wonders in Israel From The Lord Of Hosts, Which Dwelleth In Mount Zion.  19) And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter:  should not a people seek unto their God?  for the living to the dead?  Psalm 106:28.  20) To The Law And To The Testimony:  if they Speak Not According To This Word, it is because there is No Light in them.  21) And they shall pass though it (the land), hardly bestead (hard pressed) and hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look Upward.  22) And they shall look unto the earth; And Behold Trouble and Darkness, Dimness of Anguish; and they shall be Driven to Darkness.

Quest Study Bible – “Seal Up The Law,” v16, Some think this refers to The Large Scroll of v. 1 On Which The Judgment of Israel Was Written.  If so, This would have been God’s Way Preserving The Pronouncement of Judgment that Ahaz refused to hear.  Later, when It Was Fulfilled, It Could Prove That God Was Behind Both The Prophecy and The Judgment.   “How were Isaiah and his children Signs and Wonders?”  v18, Isaiah and his sons and daughters were Living Testimonies To God’s Working With His People.  The meaning of their names Would Constantly Put God’s Plan Before the people.  (See NIV text notes, 7:3, 14; 8:1).  Isaiah later became a Sign to the nation with his Object Lesson Sermons.  (See, for example, 20:2-3.)  “Mediums and spiritists,” v19, People through whom the spirit of a dead person was believed to communicate with the living.  The practice was widespread among Israel’s neighbors and was a constant temptation for Israel, especially when they were Under The Judgment Of God.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v17, wait … hope:  These words indicate a confident expectation That God Would Meet The Needs Of His People and Deliver them from disaster.  (40:31; Psalm 40:1).  v18, children:  Isaiah’s two sons, whose names speak of The Impending Judgment of God, were Signs and Wonders in Israel, (20:3).  Mount Zion:  The Place Of The Holy Temple Was A Mirror Of God’s Dwelling In The Highest Heaven.  v19, 20, In the fertility religions of Canaan mediums and wizards would deliver divine revelations.  who whisper and mutter:  But the best one could get from these perverted “prophets” were garbled muttering.  Seek the dead indicates necromancy, the practice of conjuring up the spirits of the dead in order to influence events (29:4; 65:4).      

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v17-22, The Prophet foresaw that The Lord Would Hide His Face, but he would Look For His Return In Favor To Them Again.  Though not Miraculous Signs, the children’s names were Memorials From God, suited to excite attention.  The unbelieving Jews were prone to seek counsel in difficulties, from diviners of different descriptions, whose foolish and sinful ceremonies are alluded to.  Would We Know How We May Seek Our God, and Come To The Knowledge Of His Mind?  To The Law And The Testimony; For There You Will See What Is Good, And What The Lord Requires.  We Must Speak Of The Things Of God In The Words Which The The Holy Ghost Teaches, And Be Ruled By Them.  To those that seek familiar spirits, and regard Not God’s Law And Testimony, there shall be horror and misery.  Those that go Away From God, go out of The Way Of All Good; for fretfulness (to be troubled) is a sin that is its own punishment.  They shall despair, and see no way of relief, when they Curse God.  And their fears will represent every thing as frightful.  Those that shut their eyes Against The Light Of God’s Word, will justly be left to Darkness.  All the miseries that ever were felt or witnessed on earth, are as nothing, compared with what will overwhelm those who Leave The Words Of Christ, To Follow Delusions (False Ideas).

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