I may have lost some who have grown tired of reading the judgments of all these nations, but there are tremendous nuggets of gold in Isaiah’s scriptures that will be beneficial in these last days. If you’ve made it this far in reading and studying God’s Word, don’t stop now! Scripture helps us understand who our God is and when we understand how much He loves us, it will transform your life!
Israel’s Praise for Kingdom Blessings
Verse 1 – O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
Isaiah praises God because, “He does what He says He will do.” Our prayers that He answers, especially when we can’t see how He’s going to do it, shows His faithfulness to always be true to His Word.
Verse 2 – For You have made a city a ruin, a fortified city a ruin, a palace of foreigners to be a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.
This is not a specific city, it’s the “city of chaos,” where evil existed.
Verse 3 – Therefore the strong people will glorify You; the city of the terrible nations will fear You.
Verse 4 – For You have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
Verse 5 – You will reduce the noise of aliens as heat in a dry place; as heat in the shadow of a cloud, the song of the terrible ones will be diminished.
God has always cared for the “poor and the needy.” So why do we still see the poor and the needy in our society today? Because too many self-centered selfish people are only concerned about themselves and theirs.
If you have a roof over your head, food in your house, clothes and shoes, and a job to replenish those things, then you are not the ones this verse is talking about. We are to be Christ’s hands and feet to help those in need and if we don’t do it, it won’t get done. The church, as a body of Christ, is to be the charity of others. Too bad we don’t see more of doing what we have been called to do. When He changes your heart, He will fill it with compassion to help “the poor and the needy.”
Verse 6 – And in this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees (settings of wine), of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees.
This prophecy is for the Jews and the Gentiles, gathered together for God’s Messianic feast, celebrating the overthrow of evil and the joy of eternity with King Jesus.
Verse 7 – And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.
When Isaiah talks about God removing a veil that has covered the nations, he is referring to people not seeing Christ for who He really is. Out of ignorance, people have been blinded to the fact that Christ is the Son of God. That veil or covering that blinded other nations, including the Jews, will be lifted, permanently!
Verse 8 – He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; for the Lord has spoken.
Revelation 21:4 – “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
The hardships; the loss of loved ones; anything that has made you cry while on this earth, will all be wiped away. Can you imagine? In an instant, we are in eternity with Christ, never having to face another challenge, disease, or crises, in our lives, even death is swallowed up!
Verse 9 – And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God’ we have waited for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
Keep in mind: Isaiah was speaking this to God’s people, wanting them to look to the future to a day when salvation, deliverance, would come through Jesus Christ. So, why didn’t the people change their hearts toward God? For the same reasons people refuse to accept that same message today. Christ is coming back for a people who are looking for His appearance!
Verse 10 – For on this mountain the hand of the Lord will rest, and Moab shall be trampled down under Him, as straw is trampled down for the refuse heap.
Moab was a symbol of all who oppose God and are rebellious to the end.
Verse 11 – And He will spread out His hands in their midst as he who swims spreads out his hands to swim, and He will bring down their pride together with the trickery of their hands.
Verse 12 – The fortress of the high fort of your walls He will bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, down to the dust.
Our God can bring nations that exalt themselves above Him, down to dust. In 2 Corinthians 10:5, we are to cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Whether you know scripture or you know very little of what God says in His Word, individuals know right from wrong. When a person’s own opinions and belief’s don’t line up with the Word of God All Mighty, then they have taken their opinions and beliefs higher than what God says. God’s Word is the only truth that will bring those thoughts into and under the obedience of Christ. Sin is still sin and unless an individual comes fully submitted under the blood of Christ, sin will continue to exalt itself in one’s life!