“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 17, “An Oracle Against Damascus,” cont’d

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Oracle – A person through whom God Speaks, or Message From God.

Oracles – The Words Of God

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 

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

“Jacob” is used here to denote or, indicates the kingdom of Israel, or Samaria.

“An Oracle Against Damascus,” cont’d, Isaiah 17:7) At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have Respect To The Holy One Of Israel.  Micah 7:7; Zechariah 12:10.  8) And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.  9) In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough (branch), and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel:  and there shall be desolation.  10) Because thou hast Forgotten The God of thy Salvation, and hast not been Mindful of the Rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips (foreign plants):  11) In the day shalt thou make thy plant to grow, and in the morning shalt thou make thy seed to flourish:  but the harvest shall be a heap in the day of grief and of desperate sorrow.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v7, The verb translated look means “to look with interest” or “to look with favor.”  Holy One:  For a similar idea, see 6:3.  v8, Altars refer to pagan worship.  work of his hands:  For similar wording, see 2:8; 31:7.  v9, His strong cities will become as fragile as a little branch.  v10, You refers to the Northern Kingdom.  forgotten the people had forgotten The God Who Had Saved Them From Slavery.  The language recalls the first Exodus; The Lord Is Called The God of your Salvation and The Rock (compare Exodus 15:2; Deuteronomy 32:4).  v11, Make your plant to grow may allude to the ancient practice of force-blooming potted plants and allowing them to die.  Pagans believed that this reenactment of the life cycle would secure fertile fields.  Just as the choice vines of The Lord’s Vineyard Disappointed Him (5:1-7), so His people would find their harvest hopes shattered.

Quest Study Bible – v7-8, “Whom did this revival describe?”  Since Damascus, the capital of Aram (Syria), was allied with Ephraim (The Northern Kingdom), the Oracle was against both of them (see Map 4 at the back of this Bible).  This revival, then, primarily referred to Israelites returning to their God.  A remnant of Aram may also have found Salvation along with Israel–like Moab’s fugitives (16:3-4).  No information exists, however, about whether or not a small group from Damascus might have looked to Israel for Salvation.  v10, “Hadn’t Damascus always been pagan?”  Yes, but this Oracle was directed at Damascus and Ephraim. This Indictment was directed against The Northern Kingdom (17:4).  The Isreaelites Had Forgotten God Their Savior.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-11, Sin desolates cities.  It is strange that great conquerors should take pride in being enemies to mankind.  The strong holds of Israel, the kingdom of the ten tribes, will be brought to ruin.  The people had, by sins, made themselves ripe for ruin; and their glory was as quickly cut down and taken away by the enemy, as the corn is out of the field of the husbandman.  Mercy is reserved in the midst of Judgment, for a remnant.  But very few shall be marked to be Saved.  Only here and there one was left behind.  But they shall be a Remnant made Holy.  The few that are Saved were Awakened to Return To God.  They Shall Acknowledge His Hand In All Events; They Shall Give Him The Glory Due To His Name.  To Bring Us To This, Is The Design Of His Providence (His Will and Plan), As He Is Our Maker; And (We,) The Work Of His Grace, (For) He Is The Holy One Of Israel.  They shall look (Away) from their idols, the creatures of their fancy.  We have reason to account those afflictions happy (or, good for us), which (separate) us (from and come) between us and our sins.  The God Of Our Salvation Is The Rock Of Our Strength; Our Forgetfulness And (Our Being) Unmindful Of Him Are At The Bottom Of All Sin.  The pleasant plants, and shoots from a foreign soil, are expressions for strange and idolatrous worship, and the vile practices connected therewith.  Diligence (Persistence) Would Be Used To Promote The Growth Of These Strange Slips (Sinful Practices), But All In Vain.  (We Need To) See The Evil And Danger Of Sin, And Its Certain Consequences.  

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