“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 59, “Sin, Confession and Redemption,” cont’d

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“Glory To The Lamb,” Geoffrey Golden

“Sin, Confession and Redemption,” cont’d, Isaiah 59:9) Therefore is Judgment far from us, neither doth Justice overtake us:  we wait for Light, but behold obscurity; for Brightness, but we walk in darkness.  10) We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes; we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.  11) We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves; we look for Judgment, but there is none; for Salvation, but It is far off from us.  12) For our transgressions are multiplied before THEE, and our sins Testify Against Us:  for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;  13) In Transgressing and Lying Against THE LORD, and Departing Away From Our GOD, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.  Matthew 12:34.  14) And Judgment is turned away backward, and Justice standeth afar off:  for Truth is fallen in the street, and Equity (Honesty) cannot enter.  Nehemiah 8:1.  15) Yea, Truth faileth, and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey:  And THE LORD SAW IT, And It Displeased HIM That There Was No Judgment.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v9, With the pronoun us, Isaiah identified himself with the people’s sins (Ezra 9:6, 7; Daniel 9:5).  The words Justice and Righteousness Refers To GOD”S SALVATION (46:13).  Light and darkness:  The Book of Isaiah makes use of the words Light and darkness as a way to contrast Eternal Life and Death, Truth and falsehood.  v10, The people grope … like the blind in fulfillment of the Covenant Curse on those who were disobedient (Deuteronomy 28:29).  v11-13, The people growl out of frustration.  moan:  For related images of the people’s despair involving doves, see 38:14; Ezekiel 7:16.  v14, Justice and Righteousness speak here of Ethical Conduct (the right and wrong in conduct) (v.4).  v15, 16, Justice refers here to Salvation (vv. 9, 10).  THE LORD, USING THE FIRST PERSON, Expresses The Thought Of This Passage In 63:5.  no man:  GOD’S SALVATION Does Not Depend On Humans (Ezekiel 22:30).  HIS OWN ARM Represents THE LORD As A Warrior.  Righteousness Refers To THE LORD’S VICTORIOUS SALVATION (46:13; 51:6, 8; 56:1).

Quest Study Bible – v12, “Why did Isaiah talk as if he was as guilty as everyone else?”  Because he identified with the entire nation.  In Western culture, we tend to think of wrongdoing in terms of the individual:  this person did it, not that one.  In ancient Israel, the tendency was to think of wrongdoing in terms of the entire community:  we all did it; no one is totally innocent.

 Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v9-15, If we shut our eyes against THE LIGHT Of DIVINE TRUTH, It Is JUST FOR GOD TO HIDE FROM OUR EYES The Things That Belong To Our PEACE.  The sins of those who profess themselves GOD’S PEOPLE, ARE WORSE THAN THE SINS OF OTHERS.  And The Sins Of A Nation Bring Public JUDGMENTS, When Not Restrained By Public JUSTICE.  Men may murmur under calamities, but nothing will Truly Profit while they REJECT CHRIST AND HIS GOSPEL  Amen.    

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