Behold the Coming King
Verse 1 – Behold, a King will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice.
There’s only One who will rule in complete righteousness and justice, and that is our Savior Jesus Christ. Evil will be banished, and all will be free from injustices. However, in the immediate future of this verse, Judah would be taken into captivity, but they looked forward to God’s Son, the King, unlike any other King who reigns in total righteousness.
Verse 2 – A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest, as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
Verse 3 – The eyes of those who see will not be dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen. (Righteous rule will result in greater discernment among the people under a righteous King.)
Verse 4 – Also the heart of the rash will understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammers will be ready to speak plainly.
Verse 5 – The foolish person will no longer be called generous, nor the miser said to be bountiful;
Verse 6 – for the foolish person will speak foolishness, and his heart will work iniquity: To practice ungodliness, to utter error against the Lord to keep the hungry unsatisfied, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
In the blazing light of a holy Savior, sin cannot disguise itself and appear good. The book of Proverbs makes it clear that a fool is someone who rejects God and has a detrimental effect on the surrounding community. Here Isaiah claims that folly from the fools of leadership leads to hunger and thirst.
Verse 7 – Also the schemes of the schemer are evil; he devises wicked plans to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaks justice.
Verse 8 – But a generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand.
By a person’s character, reputation, and hope in the Lord, they shall be established.
Verse 9 – Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech. (indulge yourself in idleness and luxury).
Verse 10 – In a year and some days you will be troubled, you complacent women; for the vintage will fail, the gathering will not come.
Verse 11 – Tremble, you women who are at ease; be troubled, you complacent ones; strip yourselves, make yourselves bare, and gird sackcloth on your waists.
It appears that the security of these women was in the abundant produce of the land, but Isaiah pointed out that this prosperity is temporary. The vintage, crop production, would fail in the next year.
Verse 12 – People shall mourn upon their breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
Verse 13 – On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers, yes on all the happy homes in the joyous city;
Verse 14 – Because the palaces will be forsaken, the bustling city will be deserted. The forts and towers will become lairs forever, and joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks –
Verse 15 – Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is counted as a forest.
Verse 16 – Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the field.
Verse 17 – The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
Only when God’s Spirit is among us can we achieve true peace and fruitfulness. God’s Spirit is available to everyone through His son Jesus Christ (John 15:26), but Isaiah here, is referring to a future where God’s Kingdom is established for all eternity.
Verse 18 – My people will dwell in peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places,
Verse 19 – though hail comes down on the forest, and the city is brought low in humiliation.
Verse 20 – Blessed are you who sow beside all waters, who send out freely the feet of ox and the donkey.