“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 22, “A Prophecy About Jerusalem,” III

Christian Living

“I’m Gonna Be Ready,” Yolanda Adams

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.

“A Prophecy About Jerusalem,” lll, Isaiah 22:12) And In That Day Did The Lord God Of Hosts Call To Weeping, And To Mourning, And To Baldness, And To Girding With Sackcloth:  13) And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine:  let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.  1 Corinthians 15:32.  14) And it was revealed in mine ears By The Lord Of Hosts, Surely This Iniquity Shall Not Be Purged From You Till Ye Die, Saith The Lord God Of Hosts.  Ezekiel 24:13.  15) Thus Saith The Lord God Of Hosts, Go, Get Thee Unto This Treasurer, Even Unto Shebna, Which Is Over The House, And Say.  16) What hast thou here?  and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habitation (a resting place) for himself in a rock?  17) Behold, The Lord Will Carry Thee Away With A Mighty Captivity, And Will Surely Cover Thee.

 Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v12-14, Called for weeping and for mourning … But instead, joy and gladness:  God Demanded Repentance And Renewal; the people instead turned to pleasure and parties.   v15, Steward (Treasurer) refers to a high government official who was responsible for caring for the king and his dominion.  v16, By hewing him a sepulcher on high, Shebnar rivaled the king (2 Chronicles 16:14), to whom he should have been a father (v. 21).  v17, throw you away;  An impressive grave is no Defense Against God.

Quest Study Bible – v13, SCRIPTURE LINK (22:13) “Let us eat and drink … for tomorrow we die,” Jesus (Luke 12:18-20) and Paul (1 Corinthians 15:32) refer to this cavalier attitude that some people have toward death.   v15, “Shebna,” A royal official in Hezekiah’s day, perhaps both prime minister and palace administer, second in power to the king.  He was eventually demoted and replaced by Eliakim (2 Kings 18:18).  Isaiah saw in Shebna an example of proud, self-confident Judah.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-14, The weakness of Judah now appeared more than ever.  Now(,) also they discovered their carnal confidence and their carnal security.  They looked to the fortifications. They made sure of water for the city.  But they were Regardless Of God (determined to carry on without His Help) in all these preparations.  They Did Not Care For His Glory In What They Did.  They did not Depend Upon Him For A Blessing On Their Endeavors.  For Every Creature Is To Us What God Makes It To Be; And We Must Bless Him For It, And Use It For Him.  There Was Great Contempt Of God’s Wrath And Justice, In Contending (Struggling) With Them.  God’s Design Was To Humble Them, And Bring Them To Repentance.  They walked contrary to this.  Actual Disbelief Of Another Life After This, Is At The Bottom Of The Carnal Security And Brutish Sensuality Which Are The Sin, The Shame, And Ruin Of So Great A Part Of Mankind.  God Was Displeased At This.  It is a sin against The Remedy (Repentance Unto Salvation, 2 Corinthians 7:10), and it is not likely they should ever Repent of it.  Whether this unbelief works by presumption or despair, It Produces The Same Contempt (Dislike and Disrespect) Of God.  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v15-25, This message to Shebna is a reproof of his pride, vanity, and security; what vanity is (is) all earthly grandeur, which death will so soon end!!  What will it avail, whether we are laid in a magnificent tomb, or covered with the green sod?  Those who, when in power, turn and toss (throw) others, will be justly turned and tossed (thrown) themselves.  Eliakim should be put into Shebna’s place.  Those called to places of Trust and Power, Should Seek To God For Grace To Enable Them To Do Their Duty.  Eliakim’s advancement is described.  Our Lord Jesus Describes His Own Power As Mediator, Revelation 3:7, That He Has The key Of David.  His Power In The Kingdom Of Heaven, And In Ordering All The Affairs Of That Kingdom, Is Absolute.  Rulers should be fathers to those under their government; and the honor men bring unto their families, by their Piety and Usefulness, is more to be valued than what they derive from them by their names and titles.  The glory of this world gives a man no real worth or excellence; it is but hung upon him, and it will soon drop from him.  Eliakim was compared to a nail (or peg)  in a sure place.  That Soul Cannot Perish, Nor That Concern Fall To The Ground, Which Is By Faith Hung Upon Christ.  He Will Set Before The Believer An Open Door, Which No Man Can Shut, And Bring Both Body And Soul To Eternal Glory.  But those who Neglect So Great Salvation will find that when He Shutteth None Can Open, Whether It Be Shutting Out From Heaven, Or Shutting Up In Hell For Ever.     


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