“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 66, “Judgment and Hope,” V

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“It Wasn’t Easy,” Cece Winans  

  “Judgment and Hope,” V, Isaiah 66:17) They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens, behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, SAITH THE LORD.   18) FOR I KNOW THEIR WORKS AND THEIR THOUGHTS:  It Shall Come, THAT I WILL GATHER ALL NATIONS AND TONGUES; And They Shall Come, AND SEE MY GLORY.  Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 2:2.  19) AND I WILL SET A SIGN AMONG THEM, And I WILL send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul (Libyans), and Lud (Lydians), that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan (Greece), to the isles afar off, that have not heard MY FAME, neither seen MY GLORY; And They Shall DECLARE MY GLORY Among The Gentiles.  Luke 2:34.  20) And they shall bring all your brethren for an Offering Unto THE LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, TO MY HOLY MOUNTAIN JERUSALEM, SAITH THE LORD, As The Children of Israel Bring An Offering In A Clean Vessel Into THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.  21) And I WILL Also Take Of Them For Priests And For Levites, SAITH THE LORD.  Exodus 19:6.  22) For As The New Heavens And The New Earth, Which I WILL MAKE, Shall Remain Before ME, SAITH THE LORD, So Shall Your Seed And Your Name Remain.  Revelation 21:1.  23) And It Shall Come To Pass, That From One New Moon To Another, And From One Sabbath To Another, Shall All Flesh Come To WORSHIP BEFORE ME, SAITH THE LORD.  Zechariah 14:16; Psalm 65:2.  24) And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have Transgressed Against ME:  for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.    

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v17, This summarizes the abominable practices of the false worshipers (65:2-5; 66;3).  v18, Their works and their thoughts probably refers to the Right Acts and Spirit of the True Worshipers, On Whom GOD LOOKS WITH FAVOR.  MY GLORY probably refers to GOD’S PRESENCE IN HIS TEMPLE (Ezekiel 11:22, 23; 44:4).   v19, The Sign may be the deliverance of the True Worshipers and Judgment falls on the false.  Those … who escape may refer to those who escape GOD’S Slaughter (vv. 16, 17),  but more likely to those who Escape Persecution.  Declare MY GLORY among the Gentiles:  For another Prophecy by Isaiah of The Spread Of GOD’S GLORY Throughout The World, see 24:14-16.  v20, 21, horses … camels:  Animals represent the diverse countries from which they come.  The Gentiles are likened to a clean vessel.  v22, Your descendants … remain guarantees The Continuity of True Israel (65:9).  v23, From one New Moon to another refers to all time.  All flesh refers to Jew and Gentile (vv. 16, 24).  Through all time and from all the earth, True Worship Will Be Offered To GOD.   v24, Their worm … is not quenched  depicts Eternal Punishment (48:22; 57:20).   The imagery derives from the valley of Hinnom that was Jerusalem’s garbage dump, where unclean corpses decomposed and were burned.

Quest Study Bible –  v17, SCRIPTURE LINK  “Abominable Things,”  Similar to those things listed in 65:3-4, detestable things associated with idol worship, superstition and immorality.  v19, Tarshish … Libyans … Lydians … Tubal … Greece.   Tarshish was probably in Spain.  Libya was part of North Africa west of Egypt.  Lydia and Tubal were   in what today is Turkey, near the Black Sea (see Map 12 at the back of this Bible).  These, together with the islands represent the earth, The Point Being THAT GOD WILL SEND THE NEWS OF HIS GLORY TO ALL THE WORLD.   v21, “Priests and Levites,”  Some say these are the Jews, brought by Gentiles to be Dedicated To THE LORD (v. 20).  Others say these are the Gentiles who made the offering–perhaps a picture of the largely Gentile Church Leading Jewish People To Faith In CHRIST.  In ancient Israel only male Levites descended from Aaron could be priests.  But GOD HELD OUT THE PROMISE That One Day All Could Become Priests (61:6; Exodus 19:5-6).  Today, All Who Trust In CHRIST Can Come As Priests Directly To THE LORD (1 Peter 2:9).  v24, “Their worm will not die, nor will their fire be quenched,”   A metaphor of Judgment upon those who attack Jerusalem:  following a major battle, it was difficult to bury all the bodies.  Usually fallen corpses would decay (pictured by worms) or be heaped into piles and burned.  This image of perpetual decay and burning probably was meant to convey the idea of casualties too great to number.  But the image also expresses a broader meaning, one of Eternal Punishment In Hell.  JESUS QUOTED THIS VERSE WITH THAT MEANING WHEN HE SPOKE OF HELL (Mark 9:47-48).

Matthew Henry’s Exposition Of The Bible – v15-2(4), (S)et forth The Abundance Of Means For Conversion Of Sinners.  These expressions are figurative and express The Plentiful And Gracious Helps For Bringing GOD’S Elect Home To CHRIST.  All Shall Be Welcome; and nothing shall be wanting for their Existence and Encouragement.  A Gospel Ministry Shall Be Set Up In The Church; They Will Be (A) Solemn Worship Before THE LORD.  In the last Verse the nature of the punishment of sinners in the world to come is represented.  Then shall the Righteous and the wicked be separated.  Our SAVIOR APPLIES THIS TO THE EVERLASTING MISERY AND TORMENT OF IMPENITENT (UNREPENTANT) SINNERS IN THE FUTURE STATE.  To The Honor Of That FREE GRACE Which Thus Distinguishes Them, LET THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD, WITH HUMILITY, AND NOT WITHOUT TREMBLING, SING TRIUMPHANT SONGS.  With This Affecting REPRESENTATION Of The Opposite States Of The Righteous And Wicked, Characters Which Include The Whole Human Race, Isaiah concludes his Prophecies.  MAY GOD GRANT, FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, THAT OUR PORTION MAY BE WITH THOSE WHO FEAR AND LOVE HIS NAME, Who Cleave To HIS TRUTHS, And Persevere In Every Good Work, Looking To Receive From THE LORD JESUS CHRIST THE GRACIOUS INVITATION, COME, YE BLESSED OF MY FATHER, INHERIT THE KINGDOM PREPARED FOR YOU FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.  Amen.    

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“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 66, “Judgment and Hope,” IV

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“Jesus The Christ, The Messiah, The Anointed One 

“It Wasn’t Easy,”  Cece Winans 

“Judgment and Hope,” IV, Isaiah 66:15) For Behold, THE LORD WILL COME WITH FIRE, AND WITH HIS CHARIOTS LIKE A WHIRLWIND, TO RENDER HIS ANGER WITH FURY, AND HIS REBUKE WITH FLAMES OF FIRE.  16) FOR BY FIRE AND BY HIS SWORD WILL THE LORD PLEAD WITH ALL FLESH:  And The Slain Of THE LORD Shall Be Many.  Isaiah 27:1.   

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v15, This Verse Is A Picture Of GOD’S JUDGMENT.  Fire: Is the lightning; HIS Chariots are the storm clouds (Deuteronomy 33:26; Psalm 18:10).   Like a Whirlwind Depicts The Strength And Speed Of THE LORD’S COMING (Jeremiah 4:13).   v16, THE DIVINE WARRIOR COMES WITH FIRE AND SWORD (Luke 21:24; Revelation 19:11-15).   All flesh refers to all the false worshipers described in this Chapter (Jeremiah 9:2).

Quest Study Bible – v15-16, “How Will GOD Judge The World?   For Isaiah and other Old Testament Prophets, GOD Was Clearly A GOD Of Both JUDGMENT And SALVATION.  They knew nothing of a SALVATION that did not involve JUDGMENT.  In fact, they saw GOD’S JUDGMENT As A Sign That HE CARED ENOUGH TO SAVE.  THE BIBLE Describes JUDGMENT For Sin In Various Ways:  It is a place of Fire and Worms (Mark 9:48) and a place of darkness (Matthew 8:12).  It Is A Sentence Pronounced By THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE (Matthew 25:31-33).  It is Harvesting What You Have Sown (Galatians 6:7).  It Is Separation From GOD (Matthew 7:23).  Here, Isaiah pictures JUDGMENT As A Mighty Warrior; GOD IS RIDING A WHIRLWIND FOR A CHARIOT, Destroying HIS Enemies With FIRE And A SWORD.  The Message Is Clear:  GOD DOES NOT IGNORE SINNERS; HE PUNISHES THEM.  Perhaps Isaiah is speaking here of THE FINAL JUDGMENT OF GOD, At The End Of The World When Sinners Will Be Separated From GOD In HELL.  Or perhaps he is speaking of THE JUDGMENT that continues to cycle throughout history—nations falling from power, Defeated For Their Injustices.  In Either Case GOD’S JUDGMENT IS SHOWN TO BE DEVASTATING.

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v15,  For, Behold, THE LORD WILL COME WITH FIRE  Either with Material Fire, with which mystical Babylon or Rome shall be burnt, ( Revelation 18:8 ) , or with Indignation and Wrath, which shall be poured out like Fire, and be as Intolerable and Consuming as that:  AND WITH HIS CHARIOTS LIKE A WHIRLWIND;  Making A Great Noise, And Striking Great Terror; Alluding To Chariots in which men used formerly to fight: TO RENDER HIS ANGER WITH FURY, AND HIS REBUKE WITH FLAMES OF FIRE;  a heap of words, to show The Fierceness Of HIS WRATH, And How Severe HIS REBUKE Of Enemies Will Be; which Will Be Not A Rebuke In Love, As Of HIS OWN PEOPLE, But In A Way Of VINDICTIVE WRATH.  v16,  For By Fire, And By HIS SWORD, WILL THE LORD PLEAD WITH ALL FLESH  With the Mahometans, the Turks, the Ottoman empire, Against Whom HE WILL CALL FOR A SWORD, And WILL RAIN UPON THEM FIRE AND BRIMSTONE, Signified by Gog and Magog, ( Ezekiel 38:22 ) ( 39:6 ) and with the other antichristian powers at the battle of Armageddon; and when The Fourth Vial Will Be Poured Upon The Sun, And Men Will Be Scorched With Fire; see ( Revelation 16:8 Revelation 16:9 Revelation 16:16 ) ( Revelation 19:20 Revelation 19:21 ) : and the slain of THE LORD shall be many;  that is, those that will be slain by THE LORD, both in the attempt of the Turks to recover the land of Canaan out of the hands of the Jews, possessed of it; whose numbers of slain will be so many, that the burying of them will last seven months, ( Ezekiel 39:12 ) and in the battle between the Christian princes, CHRIST AT THE HEAD OF THEM, and the antichristian armies, led on by the beast and the kings of the earth; when the fowls of the air will be invited to the great supper of THE LORD, to eat the flesh of kings, captains, and mighty men, so great will the slaughter be, ( Revelation 19:17-21 ) , see also ( Isaiah 11:13 ) .

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v15-24, A Prophetic Declaration Is Given Of THE LORD’S VENGEANCE ON ALL ENEMIES OF HIS CHURCH, ESPECIALLY THAT OF ALL ANTI-CHRISTIAN OPPOSERS OF THE GOSPEL IN THE LATER DAYS.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 66, “Judgment and Hope,” III

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“This Too Shall Pass,” Yolanda Adams

“Judgment and Hope,” III, Isaiah 66:11) That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out (drink deeply), and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.  12) FOR THUS SAITH THE LORD, BEHOLD I WILL EXTEND PEACE TO HER LIKE A RIVER, AND THE GLORY OF THE GENTILES LIKE A FLOWING STREAM:  THEN SHALL YE SUCK, YE SHALL BE BORNE UPON HER SIDES, AND BE DANDLED (PAMPERED) UPON HER KNEES.  13) As one whom his mother comforteth, So Will I COMFORT YOU; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.  14) And when ye see this, your heart shall Rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb:  AND THE HAND OF THE LORD SHALL BE KNOW TOWARD HIS SERVANTS, AND HIS INDIGNATION TOWARD HIS ENEMIES.  Ezekiel 37:1.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v11, Through the Joyful Faith of v. 10, Saints before CHRIST”S COMING ate figuratively at a banquet (65:13).   v12, The pronoun her refers to Mother Jerusalem (vv. 7, 8).  You refers to True Worshipers and their offspring (v. 22), the beloved children of Mother Jerusalem.  v13, I WILL COMFORT You:  Here GOD HIMSELF IS THE COMFORTING “MOTHER” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).  v14, Heart and bones refer to mental and physical health (Psalm 6:2; 109:18).

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v11,  That ye may suck, and be satisfied with The Breast of Her
Consolations This, according to our version, expresses the end of The Church’s friends being called together to Rejoice with Her, that they might partake of Her Joys and Comforts, Delights and Pleasures: but the words may be better rendered, either, according to Kimchi’s sense, “therefore shall ye suck” F20; because ye have Mourned for Her (The Church), and because ye have Rejoiced with Her; or rather, as Noldius F21, “because ye suck”; Partake of Her Privileges and Ordinances, so give a reason why they should Rejoice with Her. “Breast” is put for “breasts”, as Jarchi observes; for as The Church is represented as a woman, and as a teeming woman (abounding with people), She has two breasts as such, grown and fashioned, and full of Milk of Consolation; for “Breast of Her Consolations” is the same as “Her Breasts of Consolation”; see ( Song of Solomon 4:5 ) , these are either CHRIST AND HIS SPIRIT.  CHRIST IS A FULL BREAST OF COMFORT TO HIS PEOPLE, IN THE GREATNESS OF HIS PERSON, AND THE RICHES OF HIS GRACE; IN HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD, PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS, ATONING SACRIFICE, AND GREAT SALVATION; IF THERE BE ANY COMFORT IT IS IN HIM, AND ABOUNDS BY HIM.  THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ANOTHER BREAST OF CONSOLATION, ANOTHER COMFORTER, BY GIVING KNOWLEDGE OF THE FREE GRACE GIFTS OF GOD; BY SHOWING THE THINGS OF CHRIST; BY OPENING AND APPLYING THE PRCIOUS PROMISES OF THE GOSPEL; BY SHEDDING THE LOVE OF GOD IN THE HEART; BY WITNESSING TO THE SAINTS THEIR ADOPTION, AND BY SEALING THEM UP UNTO THE DAY OF REDEMPTION.  OR THE COVENANT, AND ITS BLESSINGS AND PROMISES:  THE COVENANT IS A FULL BREAST OF COMFORT, YIELDS MUCH, BOTH IN LIFE AND AT DEATH; ITS BLESSINGS ARE SURE MERCIES, BLESSING INDEED, SPIRITUAL ONES, and he that has an interest in them has enough, has all things; The Promises Of It Are Great, Precious, Sure, And Unconditional, And Afford Strong Consolation To The Heirs Of Them. Or THE HOLY SCRIPTURE, And Its Two Testaments, the Old and New, which are exactly alike as two breasts; agree in THE PERSON AND OFFICES OF CHRIST, AND IN ALL THE DOCTRINES OF GRACE, AND ARE FULL OF THE SINCERE MILK OF THE WORD, AND OF SPIRITUAL CONSOLATION.  Or The Two Ordinances Of Baptism And THE LORD’S SUPPER; Which Agree With Each Other; Come From The Same Author; Relate To The Same Things, THE SUFFERINGS AND DEATH OF CHRIST;  And To Be Partook Of By The Same Persons: Baptism Leads To THE BLOOD OF CHRIST FOR CLEANSING AND PARDON; TO THE BURIAL OF CHRIST IT REPRESENTS, THERE TO BEHOLD ALL SINS BURIED WITH HIM;  AND THE THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST FOR JUSTIFICATION, AND SO IS A MEANS OF MUCH SPIRITUAL COMFORT; As It Was To The Eunuch, who from thence went on his way Rejoicing: THE LORD’S SUPPER IS ANOTHER BREAST OF CONSOLATION, IT IS A FEAST OF FAT THINGS; IT REPRESENTS THE BROKEN BODY AND BLOODSHED OF CHRIST, WHOSE FLESH IS MEAT INDEED, AND HIS BLOOD DRINK INDEED, AND SO IS A MEANS OF SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT AND COMFORT.  THESE BREASTS ARE TO BE “SUCK(L)ED”‘;  The Mouth Of Faith Is To Be Laid Unto Them; CHRIST IS TO BE APPLIED UNTO FOR FRESH SUPPLIES OF GRACE AND COMFORT; THE COVENANT AND ITS PROMISES ARE TO BE LAID HOLD UPON, AND ALL THE GOODNESS IN THEM TO BE PRESSED AND GOT OUT; THE SCRIPTURES ARE TO BE DILIGENTLY READ AND SEARCHED, AND THE ORDINANCES TO BE FREQUENTLY ATTENDED ON, THE SCRIPTURES ARE TO BE DILIGENTLY READ AND SEARCHED, AND THE ORDINANCES TO BE FREQUENTLY ATTENDED ON, AND  FERVENT PRAYER TO BE INCESSANTLY USED, And Not Restrained (Held Back or Decreased), Till The Blessing Is Given (*And Even Then Continued) ; and such who do so are sooner or later “Satisfied”, Filled To The Full. HOW SATISFYING ARE CHRIST AND HIS GRACE!  THE COVENANT OF GRACE, ITS BLESSING AND PROMISES!  THE DOCTRINE OF THE GOSPEL, AND THE ORDINANCES OF IT!  THESE ARE THE GOODNESS OF GOD’S HOUSE, WITH WHICH HIS PEOPLE ARE SATISFIED, EVEN AS WITH MARROW AND FATNESS, ( Psalms 36:8 ) ( 63:5 ) ( 65:4 ) , that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory;  or, “for” or “because ye milk out”, “may” or “shall milk out” F23; that is, Press With The Hand Of FAITH THE ABOVE BREASTS OF CONSOLATION, and get out from Them All The Comfort That Is Laid Up In Them: and so be delighted with the abundance of Her Glory;  or, “THE BRIGHTNESS OF IT” F24; CHRIST IS THE GLORY OF HIS CHURCH; IT IS HIS PRESENCE WITH HER, HIS GRACE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS BESTOWED ON HER, WHICH GIVE HER (HER) ABUNDANCE OF GLORY; AND HE IT IS IN WHOM SHE GLORIES:  THE SPIRIT OF GOD, AS A SPIRIT OF GLORY; RESTS UPON HER, AND HIS GRACE MAKES HER ALL GLORIOUS WITHIN; (IT IS HER GLORY IN THE COVENANT OF GRACE, ITS PROMISES AND BLESSINGS), AND TO HAVE THE WORD AND ORDINANCES; HER BREASTS ARE HER GLORY, AND SHE WILL HAVE ABUNDANCE OF IT IN THE LATTER DAY; see ( Isaiah 66:12 ) ( Isaiah 60:1 Isaiah 60:7 Isaiah 60:13 ) , ALL WHICH GREATLY  “DELIGHT” the lovers and friends of Zion; A SIGHT OF CHRIST AND HIS FULLNESS, AND A VIEW OF GOD AS THEIR COVENANT GOD, ARE EXCEEDING DELIGHTFUL; THE DOCTRINES OF THE GOSPEL ARE PLEASANT WORDS, AND THE WAYS OR ORDINANCES OF CHRIST ARE WAYS OF PLEASANTNESS;  And Particularly THE CHURCH IN THE LATTER DAY, Enjoying All These To The Full, And Having THE GLORY OF GOD UPON HER, WILL VERY DELIGHTFUL TO BEHOLD.  Amen.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 66, “Judgment and Hope,” cont’d

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“Be Blessed,” Yolanda Adams  

  “Judgment and Hope,” cont’d, Isaiah 66:5) HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD, Ye That Tremble At HIS WORD; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for MY NAME’S SAKE, said, LET THE LORD BE GLORIFIED;  But HE SHALL APPEAR To Your Joy, and they shall be ashamed.  2 Thessalonians 1:10; Titus 2:13.  6) A voice of noise from the city, a voice from The Temple, A VOICE OF THE LORD THAT RENDERETH RECOMPENCE TO HIS ENEMIES (REPAYING HIS ENEMIES).  7) Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.  8) Who hath heard such a thing?  who hath seen such things?  Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day?  or shall a nation be born at once?  for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.  9) SHALL I BRING TO THE BIRTH, AND NOT CAUSE TO BRING FORTH?  SAITH THE LORD:  SHALL I CAUSE TO BRING FORTH, AND SHUT THE WOMB?  SAITH THY GOD.  10) Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her:  Rejoice For Joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v5, Your brethren who hated you:  These Words intensify the opposition encountered in ch. 65.  LET THE LORD BE GLORIFIED   represents the false worshipers hypocritical righteousness (v. 17).  Cast … out of THE TEMPLE, the True Worshipers went into the world and brought back Gentiles (v. 18).  Joy is spoken sarcastically (Psalm 22:8).  The persecutors shall be ashamed and the persecuted shall “Rejoice” (v. 10).   v6, Isaiah heard the sound of battle noise proceeding from the city and THE TEMPLE (13:4).  HIS enemies refers to the self-righteous idolaters persecuting GOD’S servants.  v7, 8, Before she … gave birth represents the birth of the community from the cast-out worshipers as coming so quickly that it will be without pain.  At times, Zion is pictured as the daughter of THE LORD here she is the mother of HIS PEOPLE.  The MALE CHILD and her children may refer to CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH.  v9, 10, The rhetorical questions introduced by the words SHALL I Guarantee The Prophecy of vv. 7, 8.  GOD FINISHES WHAT HE BEGINS (Philippians 1:6).

Quest Study Bible – v8, “Has Zion given birth to a nation?”  Yes.  The city of Jerusalem gives birth to Israel with THE LORD AS THE MIDWIFE (v. 9).  Isaiah uses many images and metaphors (figure of speech).  Earlier he compares THE LORD to a woman giving birth to the nation of Israel (42:14).  Here, Isaiah promises a quick and effortless delivery, contrary to what one would expect.  When Cyrus of Persia allowed the Jews to return and rebuild Jerusalem (538 B. C.), it was a Miraculous Rebirth of the nation.  Also see “How Did GOD Give HIS People Splendor?”  (55:5).  

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v5-14, The Prophet Turns To Those That Trembled In GOD’S WORD, To Comfort And Encourage Them.  THE LORD WILL APPEAR, TO THE JOY OF THE HUMBLE BELIEVER, AND TO THE CONFUSION OF HYPOCRITES AND PERSECUTORS.  WHEN THE SPIRIT WAS POURED OUT, AND THE GOSPEL WENT FORTH FROM ZION, MULTITUDES WERE CONVERTED IN A LITTLE TIME.  THE WORD OF GOD, ESPECIALLY HIS PROMISES, AND ORDINANCES, A(RE) CONSOLATIONS OF THE CHURCH.  The True Happiness Of All Christians Is Increased By Every Convert Brought To CHRIST.  THE GOSPEL BRINGS WITH IT, WHEREVER IT IS RECEIVED IN ITS POWER, SUCH A RIVER OF PEACE, AS WILL CARRY US TO THE OCEAN OF BOUNDLESS AND ENDLESS BLISS.  DIVINE Comforts Reach The Inward Man; THE JOY OF THE LORD WILL BE THE STRENGTH OF THE BELIEVER.  BOTH GOD’S MERCY AND HIS JUSTICE SHALL BE MANIFESTED, AND FOREVER MAGNIFIED.  Amen. 

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 66, “Judgment and Hope”

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“Be Blessed,” Yolanda Adams

“Judgment and Hope,”  Isaiah 66:1) THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE HEAVEN IS MY THRONE, AND THE EARTH IS MY FOOTSTOOL:  WHERE IS THE HOUSE THAT YE BUILD UNTO ME?  AND WHERE IS THE PLACE OF MY REST?  2) For All Those Things Hath MINE HAND MADE, And All Those Things Have Been, SAITH THE LORD:  But To This Man Will I LOOK, Even To him That Is Poor And Of A Contrite (Repentant) Spirit, And Trembleth At MY WORD.  Ezra 9:4; Proverbs 28:14.  3) He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation (an offering to GOD), as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense (make a memorial of), as if he blessed an idol.  Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.  4) I ALSO WILL CHOOSE THEIR DELUSIONS, AND WILL BRING THEIR FEARS UPON THEM; BECAUSE WHEN I CALLED, none did answer; WHEN I SPAKE, they did not hear:  but they did evil Before MINE EYES, and Chose That In Which I DELIGHTED NOT.  Proverbs 1:24.     

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, THE LORD has no need of a man-made Temple because Heaven and earth—the whole cosmos—is HIS SANCTUARY (40:22).  footstool:  The resting place for The “Feet” Of THE LORD is the earth.  Where is the House:  No place can accommodate THE TRANSCENDENT GOD (1 Kings 8:27).  THE PLACE OF MY REST refers to THE TEMPLE (1 Chronicles 28:2; Psalm 132:8, 14).   v2, Those things refers to everything in the universe.  I LOOK:  GOD SEEKS TRUE WORSHIPERS (John 4:24).  Contrite Spirit … trembles at MY WORD is similar to JESUS’ PHRASE “IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH” (John 4:24).  v3, Breaks a dog’s neck may refer to a pagan practice; in any case, the dog was regarded as an unclean animal, a detestable scavenger.  The sacrifice of a bull, a lamb, a grain offering, and incense was considered to be their own ways because the worshipers lacked a Contrite Spirit.  It was as if their souls delighted in their abominations.  v4, their fears:  This is the Judgment Spelled Out in vv. 15, 16, 24.  WHEN I CALLED … I DO NOT DELIGHT:  This Passage echos 65:12.

Quest Study Bible – v3, “Why did Isaiah criticize sacrifices?”   One of the themes of the Prophets of Israel was that GOD DETESTS human efforts to please him by keeping Ritual Laws without Respecting HIS MORAL LAWS.  Sacrifices Meant Nothing To GOD if they were offered by merciless, unjust people.  Morality is more important than ritual.  People without morals are not genuinely Religious when they perform rituals; they are merely being superstitious.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-4, The Jews gloried much in their temple.  But what satisfaction can the Eternal Mind take in a house made with men’s hands?  GOD HAS A HEAVEN AND AN EARTH OF HIS OWN MAKING, and temples of man’s making, but HE Overlooks them, THAT HE MAY LOOK WITH FAVOR TO HIM WHO IS POOR IN SPIRIT AND SERIOUS, SELF-ABASING (SELF-PUNISHMENT, GUILT AND SHAME) AND DENYING (REJECTING SIN); WHOSE HEART TRULY SORROWS FOR SIN:  SUCH A HEART IS A LIVING TEMPLE FOR GOD.  The sacrifice of the wicked is not only Unacceptable, But A Great Offence To GOD.  AND ANYONE WHO NOW OFFERS A SACRIFICE AFTER THE LAW, DOES IN EFFECT SET ASIDE CHRIST’S SACRIFICE.  He that burns incense, puts contempt upon THE INCENSE OF CHRIST’S INTERCESSION, and is as if (HE) blessed an idol.  Men shall be deceived by the vain confidences with which thy deceive themselves.  Unbelieving hearts, and unpurified consciences, need no more to make them miserable, than to have their own fears brought upon them.  Whatever men put in the place of THE PRIESTHOOD, ATONEMENT, AND INTERCESSION OF CHRIST, WILL BE FOUND HATEFUL TO GOD.