“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 33, “Distress and Help”

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“His Eye Is On The Sparrow”

“Distress and Help,” Isaiah 33:1) Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee!  when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.  Habakkuk 2:8.  2) O Lord, Be Gracious Unto us, we have waited for Thee:  Be Thou their Arm every morning, our Salvation Also In The Time Of Trouble.  3) At the noise of the tumult the people fled; At The Lifting Up Of Thyself The Nations Were Scattered.  4) And Your Spoil Shall Be Gathered Like The Gathering Of The Caterpiller;  as the running to and fro of locusts Shall He Run Upon Them.  5) The Lord Is Exalted; For He Dwelleth On High:  He Hath Filled Zion With Judgment And Righteousness. Psalm 97:9.  6) And Wisdom and Knowledge shall be the Stability of thy times, And Strength of Salvation:  The Fear Of The Lord is his Treasure.  Proverbs 1:7; Matthew 6:33.  7) Behold, their valiant ones shall cry without:  the ambassadors of peace shall weep bitterly.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, You, refers to Assyria, who treacherously  (21:2; 24:16) broke its treaties (2 Kings 18:13-37).  v2,  The besieged Remnant, including Isaiah, had waited for The Lord In Prayer (37:14, 20) and in Confident Expectation (40:31).  v3, When You Lift Yourself Up Speaks Of The Heavenly King (vv. 5, 10) As He Rises To Demonstrate His Glory And Vindicate His Justice.  v4, The Plunder of God’s War will be gathered as swiftly and completely as the caterpillar and locusts can strip a field, Since The Lord’s Judgment Will Come Quickly And Without Warning (1 Thessalonians 5:2).  v5, Exalted … On High:  This  chapter presents The “Rising Glory” Of The Savior King Over His People.  Justice and Righteousness may be rephrased as “True Justice.  v6,  Wisdom and Knowledge … Fear Of The lord:  The Messiah’s Characteristic’s (11:2) will also Characterize His City.  v7, 8 Valiant ones   may sarcastically refer to three officials of Judah who conferred with the Assyrians (v. 36:3, 22).  Judah’s ambassadors wept bitterly because Assyria took their gifts, but continued to besiege Jerusalem (v. 1).  With the treaty between Judah and Assyria broken, the highways were not safe.

Quest Study Bible – v1, “Destroyer,”  Probably the nation of Assyria.  Up to this time, the Assyrians had always been victorious.  This was about to change.  v6, “Fear Of The Lord,”   See article:  “Should we live In Teror Of God?”  (Proverbs 1:7).  v7-9, “Why did brave men cry?”   Brave men crying—along with the images that follow—were graphic, poetic expressions to describe the utter despair that engulfed the land:  The brave men of Judah would cry over the destruction brought about by the Assyrians.  The destruction came because of a broken treaty, probably the agreement between Hezekiah, the king of Judah and Sennacherib, king of Assyria (2 Kings 18:14).  The hopelessness of the people was heightened because the Assyrians totally ignored their overtures toward peace.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-14, Here we have the proud and false destroyer Justly Reckoned With for all his fraud and violence.  The Righteous God often pays sinners in their own coin.  Those Who By Faith Humbly Wait For God, Shall Find Him Gracious To Them; as the day, so let the strength be.  If God Leaves Us To Ourselves Any Morning, We Are Undone; We Must Every Morning Commit Ourselves To Him, And Go Forth In His Strength, To Do The Work Of The Day.  When God Arises, His Enemies Are Scattered.  TRUE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE LEAD TO STRENGTH AND SALVATION, WHICH RENDERS US STEADFAST IN THE WAYS OF GOD; AND TRUE PIETY (RELIGION AND REVERENCE) IS THE ONLY TREASURE WHICH CAN NEVER BE PLUNDERED OR SPENT.  The Distress Jerusalem was brought into, is described.  God’s Time To Appear For His People, Is, When All Other Helpers Fail.  Let all who hear what God Had Done, Acknowledge That He Can Do Every Thing.  Sinners in Zion will have much to answer for, above other sinners.  And Those That Rebel Against The Commands Of The Word,  Cannot Take It’s Comforts In Time Of Need.  His Wrath Will Burn Those Everlastingly Who Make Themselves Fuel For It.  It Is A Fire That Shall never Be Quenched, Nor Ever Go Out Of Itself; It The Wrath Of An Ever-Living God Preying On The Conscience Of A Never-Dying Soul.  


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