“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 28, “Woe To Ephraim,” III

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 “Woe To Ephraim,” lll, Isaiah 28:11) For with stammering lips and another tongue will He Speak To This People.  12) To whom He Said, This Is The Rest Wherewith Ye May Cause The Weary To Rest;  And This Is The Refreshing:  yet they would not hear.  2 Chronicles 14:7.  13) But The Word of The Lord Was Unto Them Precept Upon Precept, Precept Upon Precept; Line Upon Line, Line Upon Line; here a little, and there a little that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.  14) Wherefore Hear The Word Of The Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.  15) Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v11 The stammering lips were those of the Assyrians, who would become the teachers of Israel.  v12, In place of the rest that comes from Faith, Israel’s oppressors would teach with a rod.   v13, The Word Of The Lord would take the shape of Discipline in the form of foreigners teaching their morals to Israel, Who Should Have Learned From God.  v14, Scornful men are worse than “fools”; beyond choosing what is bad, they despise what is good (Psalm 1:1).  v15, covenant with death … lies … falsehood:  These phrases are probably Isaiah’s way of describing the people’s covenant with Egypt.  Overflowing scourge is likely the Prophet’s way of describing the Assyrian reprisals.

Quest Study Bible – v11, “How Would God Use Foreigners To Speak To His People?”  If they couldn’t understand plain Hebrew, God Would Teach Them In Another Language.  They would not understand the speech of the Assyrian conquerors as they were beaten and dragged into captivity, but they would quickly learn the lesson God Had Wanted Them To Learn All Along—That He Was Serious About Their Sins And Their Need For Repentance.  v12-13, “Did God Replace Spiritual Rest With Legalism?”   No.  The Israelites had replaced their dependency on God with self-sufficiency.   God Had Brought Them Into The Promised Land, But They Had Rejected His Promises.  Instead of rest and freedom, then, they were forced to submit to Assyria.  They had, in effect, exchanged God’s Ways for the oppressive rule of a foreign invader.  v14-15, ” Why did they make a covenant with death?”  This may have been Isaiah’s way of describing a venture that was doomed to fail.  The word covenant could mean a treaty—an agreement between Judah and Egypt (20:5; 30:2; 31:1), perhaps guaranteed by the Egyptian goddess of death, Osiris.  Some think this related to some idolatrous perversion—necromancy or attempts to gain immortality (see 65:4).  Whatever the explanation, Isaiah’s Message Was To Trust God, Not Pagan Beliefs.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v5-15, The Prophet next turns to Judah, whom he calls the residue of his people.  Happy are those alone, who Glory in The lord Of Hosts Himself.  Hence, his people get Wisdom and Strength for every service and  conflict.  But It Is Only In Christ Jesus That The Holy God Communicates With Sinful Man.  And if those that teach are drunk with wine, or intoxicated with false doctrines and notions concerning The Kingdom And Salvation Of The Messiah, they not only err themselves, but lead multitudes astray.  All places where such persons have taught are filled with errors.  For Our Instruction In The Things Of God, It Is Needful That The Same Precept And The Same Line Should Be Often Repeated To Us, That We May The Better Understand Them.  God, By His Word, Calls Us To What Is Really For Our Advantage; The Service Of God Is The Only True Rest For Those Weary Of The Service Of Sin, and there is no refreshment but under The Easy Yoke Of The Lord Jesus.  All this had little effect upon the people.  Those who will not Understand what is plain, but Scorn and Despise It as mean and trifling, are Justly Punished.  If we are at Peace With God, we have, in effect, Made A Covenant With Death; whenever it comes, it cannot do us any real damage, If We Are Christ’s.  But to think of making death our friend, while by sin we are making God Our Enemy, Is Absurd.  And do not they make lies their refuge who trust in their own righteousness, or to a Deathbed Repentance?   which is a resolution to sin no more, when it is no longer in their power to do so.  

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