The prophet had just expressed his great thought, “Say ye to the righteous that it shall be well with him,” setting down a magnificent truth. It is well with the righteous because his greatest trouble is past. His present sufferings are but a pin-prick compared to the promised glories of heaven. It is well with the righteous because his next worst trouble is doomed. The penalty of his sin is removed. The power of sin, which always plagues him, is conquered. Indwelling sin is defeated in the blood of Christ. For the Cross is the spear thrust through the heart...
I. Israel, Unreformed, Threatened with Punishment. “Whereupon can ye be stricken any more, increasing turning away?” (v. 5), i.e., going on, heaping apostasy to apostasy. If their purpose had been to make themselves abjectly miserable, they could not have more thoroughly succeeded. Upon what part of them can they stand another blow? They have been beaten black and blue over every inch of their bodies.
“Now Jehovah says, because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched out throat, and with ogling eyes they go, walking and tripping, and with their feet they make a tinkling, there-fore Adonai will make the crown (of the head) of the daughters of Zion bald, and Jehovah will uncover their nakedness.”
(Continued from November 1st issue) III. Israel, Incorrigible, Nearly Destroyed in Judgment. “Your country, a desert! your cities, burnings! a fire! your land — in your presence (but beyond your power), strangers devour it, yes, a desert, as an overthrowing by strangers,” (v. 7). This was accomplished partly in the captivity and fully in the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans.
1.The Command to Choose a Sign. “And further Jehovah spoke to Ahaz, saying, ‘Ask for thee a sign from Jehovah thy God; deepen (thy petition), ask, whether to a lofty place or the height.'” (Isaiah 7:10-11). “And Jehovah added to speak to Ahaz” (Isaiah 7:10 andIsaiah 8:5, literally).
Studies in and preaching from the prophecy of Isaiah should be essentially exegetical. If we follow the plan of reading out what is written in this portion of the Word of God, we will give little or no space to so-called “critical” interpretation. Our efforts will rather be that of the expository preacher. In this way we will avoid any waste of time and space on the intellectual dust of “higher criticism.” True, criticism, indeed, is not only commendable, but is necessary. That is, we most constantly make judgment on every form of error which is repugnant to the Word.
Come you now, and argue together, saith Jehovah: if your sins were made as crimson, as snow they will be made white; if they were caused to be red as crimson, as wool they will be. If ye be willing, and hear, the goodness of the land ye shall eat. But if ye refuse and rebel, by the sword ye shall be eaten: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
“On that account, the Lord, He will give to you a sign—Behold! the virgin: pregnant! and bringing forth a son! and she calls His name Immanuel” (v. 14, Heb.). For the meaning of words in the original languages, we, naturally, must turn to the lexicons. This means, however, that we are largely dependent upon the word of a modern, rationalistic, destructive critic. For the best lexicons have been produced by such. One lexicon is by Gesenius, translated by Robinson of Union Theological Seminary. This means the production of a work doubly Unitarian.
“If ye be willing, and hear, the goodness of the land ye shall eat. But if ye refuse and rebel, by the sword ye shall be devoured; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 1:19-20). The context shows that the Lord had very severely denounced His people Israel. Through the prophet Isaiah He had called them rebellious children, a seed of evil-doers, from head to foot totally corrupt. The heads of the people God called men of Sodom.