Today’s reading is: Isa. 1:21-31; 2-5
Isaiah Chapter One
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- Jerusalem the harlot is rebuked for her evil, but also promised a restoration by grace (Isa. 1:21-31).
Isaiah Chapter Two
- Chapter Two begins with a picture of the coming eschatological theocratic kingdom of the Lord.
- Israel will be the center of the world stage during the eschatological theocratic kingdom of the Lord (Isa. 2:2-4).
- Israel is an earthly nation in the midst of, and raised above all other earthly nations (v.2).
- The gentile nations will look to Israel to teach them the Word of God (v.3).
- The Lord will administer executive, legislative, and judicial authority over all the nations (v.4a).
- The Lord will also oversee a world-wide disarmament program (v.4b).
- In anticipation of the glory to be revealed, Judah is admonished to walk in the light (Isa. 2:4-11).
- The glory to be revealed will be a day of reckoning for those who have gloried in their own pride (Isa. 2:12-22).
Isaiah Chapter Three
- The Lord God of Hosts inflicts national Divine discipline upon Judah for their faithlessness (Isa. 3:1-12).
- The Lord’s particular attention is focused upon the elders and princes who should have exercised Godly leadership and steered Judah away from idolatry (Isa. 3:13-15).
- The Lord’s particular attention is also focused upon the daughters of Zion, who became as big a stumbling block as the daughters of Moab & Midian ever were (Isa. 3:16-4:1; Num. 25:1,6).
Isaiah Chapter Four
- The promised restoration of Judah will be accomplished by the Branch—the Lord Jesus Christ (Isa. 4:2; 11:1; 53:2; Jer. 23:5; 33:15; Zech. 3:8; 6:12).
- The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ will begin with only born-again believers populating the earth (Isa. 4:3).
- The spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning refers to the judicial execution of all unbelievers who survive the Tribulation, but who have no part in the Millennium (Isa. 4:4).
- The Gentile judgment is the sheep & goat judgment of Matthew 25 (vv.31-46).
- The Jewish judgment is the wilderness judgment of Ezekiel 20 (vv.33-38).
Isaiah Chapter Five
- Isaiah composes a song for his well-beloved (Isa. 5:1-7).
- Isaiah had the spiritual maturity to enjoy an intimate love relationship with the Lord (v.1a).
- Isaiah had the grace orientation to understand all of Israel’s blessings were the work of the Lord (vv.1b,2).
- The vineyard was in terrible condition, but it wasn’t the Lord who fell short (vv.37).
- The Lord pronounces His judgment upon Judah in a series of six Woes (Isa. 5:8-23).
- Their real estate conglomerates, and cooperative farming industries violated the principles of their land inheritance (vv.8-10).
- Their wealth and prosperity promoted a neglect for spiritual life (vv.11-12). Like Israel to the north, this spiritual life negligence will result in their captivity (vv.13-17; cf. Hos. 4:6).
- Their pursuit of evil only intensified, as they failed to see the Lord working in their midst (vv.18-19).
- They are pleased to substitute their own goodness for the Lord’s (v.20).
- They are pleased to substitute their own wisdom for the Lord’s (v.21).
- They are pleased to promote their own wealth at the expense of others—following Israel’s abusive & predatory materialism (vv.22-23).
- As a consequence for Judah’s unrepentant evil, they are promised the fire of God’s judgment (Isa. 5:24-30).
- The whole world will be arrayed against the Jews (v.26).
- Fighting them will be hopeless (vv.27-30).