Today’s reading is: Isa. 58:1-63:14
Isaiah Chapter Fifty-Eight
- Chapter 58 begins with God’s instruction for Isaiah to deliver a message loud & clear (Isa. 58:1).
- Judah is holding to a form of godliness, yet denying it’s power (Isa. 58:2-14; 2nd Tim. 3:5).
- Although they have forsaken God, they take for granted their unique nearness to God (Isa. 58:2; 1st Pet. 4:17).
- True fasting must be from a pure heart (Isa. 58:3-6; Matt. 6:16-18; 2nd Tim. 2:22).
- Better than fasting, is feasting, so that the believer can rejoice in the Lord’s provision, and share with those in need (Isa. 58:7-12).
- The entire purpose for any spiritual activity is to set aside our own pleasure, and seek to be pleasing to God (Isa. 58:13-14; Col. 1:10).
Isaiah Chapter Fifty-Nine
- Judah had complained that her fasts weren’t effective (Isa. 58:3a), but it was their own carnality which produced that wall of separation (Isa. 59:1-8; Ps. 66:18).
- The lost condition of mankind walking in darkness is described in all of its hopelessness (Isa. 59:9-15a).
- Only One Redeemer provides for mankind walking in darkness (Isa. 59:15b-20).
- Only God can provide salvation (v.16b; Job 40:14).
- Only God can wear garments of vengeance (v.17b; Deut. 32:35).
- The Lord voices His eternal covenant with Israel, and His eternal promise to the Redeemer (Isa. 59:21).
Isaiah Chapter Sixty
- Isaiah 60 is a message of glory for Israel anticipating the revelation of Jesus Christ.
- The revelation of Jesus Christ comes only after the entire human race is plunged into darkness (Isa. 60:2).
- In the Exodus, Israel came out of Egypt with the wealth of Egypt, but at the Regathering of Israel, the nations will come to Israel with their wealth (Isa. 60:6ff.).
- Previous standards of value will be entirely different (Isa. 60:15-20).
Isaiah Chapter Sixty-One
- Isaiah describes his anointing, and his ministry in the Word of God (Isa. 61:1-3).
- In describing his own ministry, Isaiah prophetically describes the ministry of Jesus Christ.
- Jesus taught this passage, and cut the reading short (Lk. 4:17-21).
- The favorable year of the Lord is a 1st Advent reference.
- The day of vengeance of our God is a 2nd Advent reference.
- The eschatological theocratic kingdom is then described (Isa. 61:4-9), and garments are given for born-again believers (Isa. 61:10-11).
Isaiah Chapter Sixty-Two
- The promise to Jerusalem and all Israel is for a new name, and great rejoicing (Isa. 62:1-5).
- Jerusalem is named Hephzibah חֶפְצִי־בָהּ chephtsiy bāh #2657: my delight is in her.
- Israel is named Beulah בְּעוּלָה be‘uwlāh #1166: married.
- Believers faithfully waiting for the Lord to fulfill His promises are called upon to be watchmen upon the wall (prayer activity) (Isa. 62:6-12).
- Israel was waiting for her husband—the 2nd Advent of Jesus Christ.
- The Church is waiting for her husband—the Rapture of the Church.
Isaiah Chapter Sixty-Three
- The conquering, blood-soaked Messiah marches forth from Bozrah, in Edom (Isa. 63:1-6; cf. 34:5-6).
- There was no one else qualified to accomplish the 1st Advent work of Jesus Christ (Isa. 59:16).
- There will be no one else qualified to accomplish the 2nd Advent work of Jesus Christ (Isa. 63:5).
- The eschatological theocratic kingdom will be a time for Israel to bear witness to the Lord’s lovingkindnesses & praises (Isa. 63:7-14).
(Chapter Sixty-Three continues tomorrow)