1.Deliberate defiance of God’s judgments. Woe! “to the ones saying, Let Him hurry His work in order that we may see (it), and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel approach and come (to pass), so we may know (what it is He threatens to do.)” He whom the world calls a free-thinker the Scripture calls a fool (nabal) and a scorner (letz). They flout the judgments of God; since they doubt whether they, as prophesied, shall ever occur. They say, If they are coming, we ought to be able to see and hear their approach!
1. God will stagger carnally secure sinners (10). Read the text in your King James Bible and compare with the Hebrew offered as we consider verse by verse. “Go in the rock and hide thyself in the dust from the faces (God is triune) of the terror of Jehovah, and from the splendor of His majesty” (Hebrew). With judgment ready to fall there is nothing left but for the nation to dive into the rocks to bury itself in the dust to hide from the many faceted terror of Jehovah. Not a call to repentance, this is a warning of...
1. The Church Defended. In our last installment we saw that within the church organism of Isaiah’s day there was “a generation pure in their own eyes” and so “not washed from their filthiness” (Prov. 30:12).
For, behold, the Lord, Jehovah of hosts is removing from Jerusalem and from Judah supporter and supportress, all support of bread, and all support of water, mighty man and fighting man, judge and prophet, also fortune-teller and elder, the captain of fifty and the distinguished person, even the counselor and skilled craftsmen and expert charmer. Isaiah 3:1-3
That wicked nation, of course, was Judah, which we saw in the previous article had come under: I. The Threatened Great Judgment of God (v. 17). Now we come to: II. The Instrument of This Judgment (18-20). “And it shall be in that day Jehovah will whistle for the fly which (is) in the extremity of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee which (is) in the land of Assyria” (v. 18). Evil times are destined to come on evil men. “Yet He . . . will bring evil . . .
1.The End and Ruin the Vineyard Deserved. “And I will make it a desolation (put an end to it). (It) shall not be pruned, and not be dressed, and shall come up thorns and (more) thorns. And I will not command the thick clouds to rain rain upon it” (Heb. 5:6). The Lord puts a sudden and hopeless end to the vineyard by letting it lie in neglect, to run wild, choked with thorns and scorched with drought. The vineyard will be taken over by products of original sin and the curse.
Isaiah 6 I. The Awe-Inspiring Vision (Isaiah 6:1-4). “In the year of the death of the king, Uzziah, then I saw Adonai sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple.”
The Trihagia (cont’d). Qadosh! Qadosh! Qadosh! Holy! Holy! Holy! What is it which qualifies and motivates a man for the work of preaching the gospel and his going forth to that task as one divinely called and sent unto it? Nothing less than a sight of the holiness and glory of Jehovah! This is about the strongest impulse to impel a man to the highest calling. It is to see and know by faith that the Lord, the God of the universe, is not dethroned and displaced by would-be autonomous man, but He sits on the throne of His everlasting kingdom,...