“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 65, “Judgment and Salvation,” VIII

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“Be Still,”  Yolanda Adams 

“Judgment and Salvation,” VIII, Isaiah 65:11) But ye are they that Forsake THE LORD, that forget MY HOLY MOUNTAIN, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.  1 Corinthians 10:21.  12) Therefore WILL I NUMBER YOU TO THE SWORD, and ye shall bow down to the slaughter:  because WHEN I CALLED, ye did not answer; WHEN I SPAKE, ye did not hear; but did evil before MINE EYES, and did choose that wherein I DELIGHTED NOT.  Jeremiah 7:13.  13) Therefore THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD, Behold, MY Servants Shall Eat, but ye shall be hungry:  Behold, MY Servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty:  Behold, MY Servants shall Rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:  14) Behold, MY Servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.  15) And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto MY CHOSEN:  FOR THE LORD GOD Shall Slay thee, and Call HIS Servants By Another Name:  Proverbs 10:7.  16) That he who blesseth himself in the earth Shall Bless himself IN THE GOD OF TRUTH; and he that sweareth in the earth Shall Swear BY THE GOD OF TRUTH; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from MINE EYES.  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v11, The word who occurs four times in this verse, introducing more (vv. 2-5) of Israel’s sins.  These sins involved forsaking THE LORD, forgetting HIS PLACE OF WORSHIP, worshiping Gad, a god of good luck, and worshiping Meni, a god of fate.  v12, When I CALLED you did not answer contrasts with “Before they call, I WILL ANSWER in v. 24.  v13, Behold … but;  The pattern here recalls the Blessings and Curses on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal.  Eat and drink:  This is a festive meal accompanied by Rejoicing.   v14, Sing here develops the idea of Rejoicing in v. 13 (see also 12:1-6; 35:10; 61:7).   v15, The chosen (v. 9)  will use the apostates’ (one who forsakes his religion) name as a curse by invoking the terrible fate of the apostates on others.  “THE LORD will make you like apostate Israel.”  Another name signifies the launching of a new era.  v16, He who blesses himself in the earth will Invoke THE LORD’S NAME, BECAUSE HE IS THE GOD OF TRUTH.  Amen.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v13, That he who blesseth himself in the earth  That is sensible he stands in need of Blessings, and wishes for them, and Prays he might have them; or that takes notice that he is Blessed with them, and Acknowledges them, and is Thankful for them: shall bless himself in THE GOD OF TRUTH;
shall pray to HIM for Blessings he wants, and ascribe what he has unto HIM, and give HIM THE PRAISE AND GLORY of them; by WHOM is meant, either GOD THE FATHER, in opposition to idols, the fictitious deities of the Gentiles, those lying vanities, which were not gods by nature, and to whom THE GOD OF TRUTH, or THE TRUE GOD, is often opposed, and whom the Targum here calls THE LIVING GOD; or rather THE MESSIAH, our LORD JESUS CHRIST: for The Words may be rendered, “shall bless himself in GOD Amen” F6; that is, in GOD, WHO IS THE  “AMEN”, which is One Of THE NAMES OF CHRIST, ( Revelation 3:14 ) in WHOM Believers Are Blessed with all SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS, and reckon themselves BLESSED IN HIM, and Ascribe BLESSING TO HIM for them; in WHOM ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE YEA AND AMEN, AND WHO IS THE TRUE GOD, AND ETERNAL LIFE, ( 2 Corinthians 1:20 ) ( 1 John 5:20 ) : and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by THE GOD OF TRUTH; when an Oath is necessary on any account, and it is proper to Appeal To THE SUPREME BEING FOR THE TRUTH OF ANYTHING, This, In GOSPEL TIMES, SHOULD BE DONE IN THE NAME OF CHRIST; HE, WHO IS THE AMEN AND FAITHFUL WITNESS, TO BE APPEALED UNTO, WHO IS GOD OMNISCIENT, THE DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART.  Of forms of Swearing by CHRIST, see ( Romans 9:1 ) ( 2 Corinthians 12:19 ) . Besides, swearing, as it is a part of religious worship, may here be put for the whole; so it signifies, that as All Blessings Come From CHRIST, So All Worship And Duty Should Be Performed Unto HIM, AND IN HIS NAME. Because the former troubles are forgotten, they are hid from MNE EYES;  which is to be understood not of afflictions and persecutions for THE SAKE OF CHRIST AND HIS GOSPEL, for these, especially in the first times of it, were very great; though in the latter day they will cease, to which indeed this Prophecy extends: but rather either of the idolatry and superstition of the Gentile world, which were troublesome and offensive to GOD, but now removed by THE CLEAR LIGHT OF THE GOSPEL, and so Forgotten By HIM, and Hid From HIS EYES; or the carnal ordinances of the legal dispensation, which gave great trouble to the worshipers then, and could not cleanse their consciences, and through the fear of death, on the breach of them, were all their lifetime subject to bondage; BUT NOW THESE ARE ALL DONE AWAY BY CHRIST, and in Gospel times forgotten by men, and HID FROM THE SIGHT OF GOD, WHO Regards Them No More; see ( Jeremiah 3:16 ) .

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v11-16, Here The Different States Of The godly and wicked, Of The Jews Who Believed, and of those who persisted in unbelief, are set against one another.  They prepared a table for that troop of deities which the heathen worship, and poured out drink-offerings to that countless number.  Their worshipers spared no cost to honor them, an example which should shame the worshipers of THE TRUE GOD.  See the malignity of sin; it is doing by choice what we know will Displease GOD.  In every age and nation, THE LORD leaves those who persist in doing evil and despise THE CALL OF THE GOSPEL.  GOD’S Servants Shall Have THE BREAD OF LIFE, And Shall Want (For) Nothing Good For Them.  But those who forsake THE LORD, shall be ashamed of vain confidence in their own righteousness, and the hopes they built thereon.  Worldly people bless themselves in the abundance of this world’s goods; But GOD’S Servants Bless Themselves In HIM.  HE IS THEIR STRENGTH AND PORTION.  They Shall Honor HIM AS THE GOD OF TRUTH.  And It Was Promised That In HIM Should All The Families Of The Earth BE BLESSED.  They Shall Think Themselves Happy In Having HIM For Their GOD, WHO Made Them Forget Their Troubles.  Amen.  

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