“Therefore, saith (the revelation of) the Lord, Jehovah-tsebhaoth, the mighty One of Israel, ‘Ho! (cp. v. 4) I will avenge Myself (ridding Myself) from My adversaries, and I will avenge Myself (so) from My enemies” (v. 24). (Read Isa. 1:24-31, KJV).
1.Isaiah 6:9-13 Its Declaration that his labors would be negative, and, as to the people, in the form of a command ordaining their judgment: “and He said, Go and say thou to this people, Hear ye continually, but perceive not” (v. 9). “This people” refers to Isaiah’s people of unclean lips.
“The word which Isaiah the son of Amotz saw upon (the subject of) Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, the mountain of the house of Jehovah is set up in the summit of the mountains, and is exalted more than the hills; and all the goyim shall flow unto it.
1. Incompetency. “And I will give boys (as) their princes, and infants shall be ruling over them” (v. 4, Hebrew). Not merely inferior kings would rule over them, but without a king, inept rulers, incapable of “Solomonian” quality, would be of a more “Rehoboamian” hotheaded, reckless despotism. The mere shadow of a king, a boy, would rule, whose advisers would be mental and moral weaklings, the impudent, the imprudent, the effeminate, the cowardly!
“And lambs graze as (in) their pastures and deserts (where the flocks got) fat will sojourners (nomad shepherds) consume” (v. 17, Heb.). 1. Here the second woe ends, the longest of them all. The literal fulfillment of this we see today where modern Jerusalem, about thirty-five feet above the ancient Jerusalem, is a Mohammedan city, and much of Palestine is pasture land for Arab shepherds. Sheep graze over the ruins of Jerusalem as their pasture. (Once Jehovah’s vineyard, now a pasture!) These sheep are God’s people from among the Gentiles.
1. Why Government Office is Refused. “For Jerusalem is failed and Judah fallen, because their tongue and their deeds (are) against Jehovah, to embitter (insult) the eyes of His glory,” (v. 8, Heb.). “For, ” expressing “the reason why the conscripted man refuses to accept the reins of public office” (E.J. Young). For the ruin (v. 3) of any nation, generally, it has only itself to thank, and that because of its profane and blasphemous offending of the holiness and glory of God. There is no exception with the nation whose God is the Lord.
I.THE CONFOUNDING OF AHAZ (vv. 1-2). 1. In a dangerous plot against Jerusalem (1). A conspiracy arose against the kingdom of Judah. Two monarchs were in league plotting Judah’s destruction. Ahaz the king was in trouble. But in a strategic place he is met by Isaiah the prophet with a message of assurance that the threatened invasion would not succeed, for God would destroy both enemy nations (1-9).
“And He shall judge among the goyim and shall do justice to many peoples; and they shall forge their swords to ploughshares and their spears to pruning-knives. Goi shall not lift up sword against goi, and neither shall they learn war again. “House of Jacob, Come! and we shall walk in the light of Jehovah!” (Isa. 2:4-5).
“For Thou hast rejected Thy people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled from the East, and (with) sorcerers, like the Philistines: and with the children of foreigners they go hand in hand.” Isaiah 2:6