Jeremiah – Chapter 3

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Verse 1 – “They say, “If a man divorces his wife, and she goes from him and becomes another man’s, may he return to her again?’ Would not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; yet return to Me,” says the Lord.

Would the land become polluted, refers to the divorce law in Deuteronomy 24:1-4, where it is not allowed for marrying an ex-wife if she has been married and divorced to another, infidelities with false gods.

Verse 2 – “Lift up your eyes to the desolate heights and see: Where have you not lain with men? By the road you have sat for them like an Arabian in the wilderness; and you have polluted the land with your harlotries and your wickedness.

Judah had divorced God and ran as a nation after other gods.

Verse 3 – Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has been no latter rain. You have had a harlots forehead; you refuse to be ashamed.

The false god, Baal, was thought to be the god of rain, whom Judah had worshiped. God showed them who controlled the rain by withholding it for their crops.

Verse 4 – Will you not from this time cry to Me, ‘My Father, You are the guide of my youth?

Verse 5 – Will He remain angry forever? Will He keep it to the end? Behold, you have spoken and done evil things, as you were able.”

Judah still acted as if everything with God was alright. They minimized their sin. Whenever excuses are made for sin, then they would continue in it.

Verse 6 – The Lord said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what back-sliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot.

The northern kingdom, Israel, had fallen into captivity by the Assyrians. This should have caused Judah to pay closer attention, but they didn’t.

Verse 7 – “And I said, after she had done all these things, “Return to Me.’ But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

Verse 8 – “Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.

Verse 9 – “So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

Verse 10 – “And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord.

Verse 11 – Then the Lord said to me, “Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

Verse 12 – “Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: Return backsliding Israel,’ says the Lord, “And I will not cause My anger to fall on you; for I am merciful,’ says the Lord, ‘And I will not remain angry forever.

Verse 13 – Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God, and have scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the Lord.

Israel was not even trying to look as if they were obeying God, but Judah gave the appearance of a right heart. Judah’s repentance was false repentance. To sorrow without change is without a sincere heart. True repentance demands a change.

Verse 14 – “Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.

Verse 15 – “And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

God promised to give His people leaders after His own heart, who would follow Him with wisdom and understanding if only they would repent.

Verse 16 – “Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says the Lord, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore.

Verse 17 – “At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem; they shall walk no more after stubbornness of their evil heart.

Verse 18 – “In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.

Verse 19 – “But I said: “How can I put you among the children and give you a pleasant land, a beautiful heritage of the hosts of nations?’ “and I said: ‘You shall call Me, “My Father,” and not turn away from Me.’

These verses are talking about the Millennial reign of Christ when He rules the earth for a thousand years.

Verse 20 – Surely, as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, so have you dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel, says the Lord.

Verse 21 – A voice was heard on the desolate heights, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel; for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the Lord their God.

Verse 22 – “Return, you backsliding children and I will heal your backsliding.” “Indeed we do come to You, for You are the Lord God.

Jeremiah predicted a day when the nation would be reunited, true worship would be reinstated, and sin would be seen for what it truly is.

People act as though they haven’t a clue to the devastating sins they entangle themselves in. All sin has devastating consequences.

Verse 23 – Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains; truly, in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel

Verse 24 – For shame has devoured the labor of our fathers from our youth – their flocks of their herds, their sons and their daughters.

Verse 25 – We lie down in our shame, and our reproach covers us. For we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even to this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”

Restoration comes after true repentance!

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Jeremiah – Chapter 2

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Jeremiah’s First Sermon: Judah Sinned Willfully

Verse 1 – Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

Verse 2 – “Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: “I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your betrothal, when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

Do you remember when you first became a Christian? Do you still have that same closeness you had with the Lord?

Verse 3 – Israel was holiness to the Lord, the firstfruits of His increase. All that devour him will offend; disaster will come upon them,” says the Lord.’ ”

The firstfruits of the harvest were set aside for the Lord (Deuteronomy 26:1-11).

Verse 4 – Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob and all the families of the house of Israel.

Verse 5 – Thus says the Lord: “What injustice have your fathers found in Me, that they have gone far from Me, have followed idols, and have become idolaters?

God had remained faithful, but Israel had fallen away to worship idols.

Verse 6 – Neither did they say; where is the Lord, who brought us up  out of the land of Egypt, who led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and pits, through a land of drought and the shadow of death, through a land that no one crossed and where no one dwelt?’

Verse 7 – I brought you into a bountiful country, to eat its fruit and its goodness, but when you entered, you defiled My land and made My heritage an abomination.

God had given Israel a land flowing with milk and honey, but when they moved in they began to build idols and worship foreign gods.

This is no different from when a church begins to grow rapidly and then the leader or leaders ruin it by becoming greedy or sinful in their actions.

Verse 8 – The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ and those who handle the law did not know Me; the rulers also transgressed against Me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

The priests and the rulers didn’t teach the people because they themselves had turned to worship false gods.

Verse 9 – “Therefore I will yet bring charges against you,” says the Lord, “And against your children’s children I will bring charges.

Verse 10 – For pass beyond the coasts of Cyprus and see, send to Kedar and consider diligently, and see if there has been such a thing.

God was saying that even the pagan nations were faithful to their gods, but Israel wasn’t.

Verse 11 – Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their glory for what does not profit.

Verse 12 – Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; be very desolate,” says the Lord.

Though God’s people knew and had seen Him to be the One true God, they had left Him to worship useless pieces of stone and wood.

Verse 13 – “For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns – broken cisterns that can hold no water.

A cistern held rain water, so it was limited, but God had given them a fountain of living water that would not run dry!

Verse 14 – “Is Israel a servant? Is he a homeborn slave? Why is he plundered?

Verse 15 – The young lions roared at him, and growled; they made his land to waste; his cities are burned, without inhabitant.

Verse 16 – Also the people of Noph and Tahpanhes have broken the crown of your head.

Verse 17 – Have you not brought this on yourself, in that you have forsaken the Lord your God when He led you in the way?

Verse 18 – And now why take the road to Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? Or why take the road to Assyria, to drink the waters of the River?

Verse 19 – Your own wickedness will correct you, and your backslidings will reprove you. Know therefor and see that it is an evil and bitter thing that you have forsaken the Lord your God, and the fear of Me is not in you,” says the Lord God of hosts.

Israel had backslidden. When a person begins to backslide, it doesn’t happen all at once. It starts with little things that are neglected. Then it snowballs into the “I don’t care” attitude. If you’re not going forward with God, check and see if you just might be going “backwards.”

Verse 20 – “For of old I have broken your yoke and burst your bonds; and you said, ‘I will not transgress; when on every hill and under every green tree you lay down, playing the harlot.

Verse 21 – Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality. How then have you turned before Me into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?

Verse 22 – For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before Me,” says the Lord God.

The stain of sin went further than the skin, it couldn’t be washed away with soap. Spiritual cleansing has to reach deep into the heart and this is something that only God can do.

Verse 23 – “How can you say, ‘I am not polluted, I have not gone after the Baals’? See your way in the valley; know what you have done: You are a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways,

Verse 24 – A wild donkey used to the wilderness, that sniffs at the wind in her desire; in her time of mating, who can turn her away? All those who seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they will find her.

God compared His people to animals when search for a mate during mating season. Then they became so comfortable in their sin that they couldn’t think if giving it up! Their only shame was in getting caught.

Verse 25 – Withhold your foot from being unshod, and your throat from thirst. But you said, ‘There is no hope, no! For I have loved aliens, and after them I will go.’

That’s about as blunt and straight forward as you can get with telling a people what they had done wrong.

Verse 26 – “As the thief is ashamed when he is found out, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their prophets,

Verse 27 – saying to a tree, ‘You are my father; and to a stone, ‘You gave birth to me.’ For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble they will say,’Arise and save us.’

God sarcastically mocked His people for their worshiping a tree.

Verse 28 – But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise , if they can save you in the time of your trouble; for according to the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah.

Verse 29 – “Why will you plead with Me? You have all transgressed against Me,” says the Lord.

Verse 30 – “In vain I have chastened your children; they received no correction. Your sword has devoured your prophets like a destroying lion.

A prophet in Jeremiah’s day had to criticize the whomever the king was and his polices. The kings hated the prophets for standing against their polices, and the people often hated the prophets for preaching against their idolatrous life-styles.

Verse 31 – “O generation, see the word of the Lord! Have I been a wilderness to Israel, or a land of darkness? Why do My people say, ‘We are lords; we will come no more to you?

Verse 32 – Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number.

God’s people had turned their affection to other things. The more you set your focus on the things of this world, the more you will neglect God.

Verse 33 – “Why do you beatify your way to seek love? Therefore you have also taught the wicked women your ways.

Verse 34 – Also on your skirts is found the blood of the lives of the poor innocents. I have not found it by secret search, but plainly on all these things.

verse 35 – Yet you say, ‘Because I am innocent surely His anger shall turn from me.’ Behold I will plead my case against you, because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’

Verse 36 – Why do you gad about so much to change your way? Also you shall be ashamed of Egypt as you were ashamed of Assyria.

God is not against others helping us because sometimes He’s the One who sends them. However, God’s people went to other sources for what only God could do for them.

Verse 37 – Indeed you will go forth from him with your hands on your head; for the Lord has rejected your trusted allies, and you will not prosper by them.

Jeremiah – Chapter 1

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The Book of Jeremiah is the prophecy of a man divinely called in his youth from the priest-city of Anathoth. Jeremiah labors for more than forty years proclaiming a message of doom to the stiff-necked people of Judah, but through his sermons and signs he faithfully declares that surrender to God’s will is the only way to escape calamity.

Because God’s people refuse to repent, the Babylonian captivity is inevitable. Jeremiah lists the moral and spiritual causes for their coming catastrophe, but he also proclaims God’s gracious promise of hope and restoration. There will always be a remnant, and God will establish a new covenant.

Jeremiah’s Call

Verse 1 – The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,

Verse 2 – to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

God’s word came to Jeremiah over many years, ending with the Babylonian exile. After the death of Solomon, Israel split into a northern and southern kingdom. The northern, Israel, and the southern, Judah.

Jeremiah lived during the last five kings of Judah. As Babylon, Egypt, and Assyria battle for world supremacy, Judah was caught in the middle. Although Jeremiah prophesied 40 years, he never saw his people heed his words and turn from their sin.

Verse 3 – It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

Verse 4 – Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying”

Verse 5 – “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

If you ever feel discouraged or inadequate, remember this: Our Creator knew you before you were ever conceived in the womb! Each child of His is set apart for His glory. Each one has a specific calling on their life to do God’s will and He will see to it that it is accomplished!

Verse 6 – Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”

Remember when Moses said he couldn’t speak for God because he stammered? Some will find all kinds of excuses to not do what God calls them to do. However, if God says you can be His spokes person, then He must know that “You can do it!”

Verse 7 – But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.

Verse 8 – Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.

Quit often God will challenge us to get out of our “comfort zone.” We’ll make every excuse we can think of as to why we can’t do what the Lord has asked. But because the Lord goes with us, there is no need to be afraid. We are not responsible for the consequences when being obedient to God, He is. When God gives us an assignment He will provide everything we need to fulfill it!

Verse 9 – Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

Verse 10 – See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.”

Jeremiah’s job was not only to warn the Jews, but all the nations about God’s judgment of sin.

Verse 11 – Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”

Verse 12 – Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”

The vision of the branch of the Almond tree revealed the beginning of God’s judgement because the Almond tree is among the first to blossom in the spring. God’s judgement would come upon Judah speedily. Keep in mind: Isaiah prophesied to them of God’s coming judgment for almost a hundred years before Jeremiah started. “They weren’t listening!”

Verse 13 – And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” and I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”

Verse 14 – The Lord said to me; “Out of the north calamity shall break forth on all inhabitants of the land.

Verse 15 – For behold, I am calling all the families of the kingdom of the north,” says the Lord; “They shall come and each one set his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, against all its walls all around, and against all the cities of Judah.

Verse 16 – I will utter My judgments against them concerning all their wickedness, because they have forsaken Me, burned incense to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands.

The people of Judah continued to worship, make sacrifices, and burn incense to other gods, which was forbidden in Exodus 20:3-6.

Verse 17 – Therefor prepare yourself and arise, and speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, lest I dismay you before them.

Verse 18 – For behold, I have made you this day a fortified city and an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land-against the kings of Judah. Against its princes, against priests, and against the people of the land.

verse 19 – They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”

Jeremiah was given 3 commands: (1) stand up, (2) tell them everything I command you, and (3) do not be intimidated by them. The prophet was not to speak out of his own thoughts. God would make the prophet as strong as iron pillars, resistant.

Isaiah – Chapter 66

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Verse 1 – Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?

God states in this final chapter that His presence is in Heaven and the earth is His footstool. God reminds the people: He will lift up the humble, judge all the people, destroy the wicked, bring all believers together, and establish the new heavens and new earth.

Verse 2 – For all things My hand have made, and all those things exist,” says the Lord. But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.

Verse 3 – “He who kills a bull is as if he slays a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, as if he breaks a dog’s neck; he who offers a grain offering, as if he offers swine’s blood; he who burns incense, as if he blesses an idol. Just as they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations,

Verse 4 – so will I choose their delusions, and bring their fears on them; because, when I called, no one answered, when I spoke they did not hear; but they did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight.”

This sums up what the people of God had been doing. Their rituals were perverted and detestable practices. God’s message is clear: He gives grace to the humble in spirit – a contrite heart.

Verse 5 – Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at His word: “Your brethren who hated you, who cast you out for My name’s sake, said, ‘Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see joy.’ But they shall be ashamed.”

Their fellow Israelites mocked the ones who were truly obedient to God. Now it was their turn to be ashamed.

Verse 6 – The sound of noise from the city! A voice from the temple! The voice of the Lord, who fully repays His enemies!

Verse 7 – “Before she traveled, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child.

Simply put: When the baby is born, the pain is over. This refers to the coming Messiah and the gospel of truth!

Verse 8 – Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she gave birth to her children.

Verse 9 – Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” Says the Lord. “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” Says your God.

Ask yourself this question: Did God All Mighty bring you this far? Then He certainly didn’t bring you to the place in your life you are now, to not deliver you!

Verse 10 – “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her; rejoice for joy with her, all you who mourn for her;

Verse 11 – That you may feed and be satisfied with the consolation of her bosom, that you may drink deeply and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.”

Verse 12 – For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. Then you shall feed; on her sides shall you be carried, and be handled on her knees.

They shall enjoy a long uninterrupted course of prosperity. The gospel brings peace like a river flowing, when it is received.

Verse 13 – As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Verse 14 – When you see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like grass; the hand of the Lord shall be known to His servants, and His indignation to His enemies.

The Lord’s hand toward those who belong to Him; always protecting, supporting, supplying, and always showing His goodness. God will not only show mercy, but speak comfort of all the sons of Zion.

Verse 15 – For behold, the Lord will come with fire and with His chariots, like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire.

Verse 16 – For by fire and by His sword the Lord will judge all flesh; and the slain of the Lord shall be many.

Verse 17 – “Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, to go to the gardens after an idol in the midst, eating swine’s flesh and the abomination and the mouse, shall be consumed together,” says the Lord.

This is a vivid picture of the great judgment that will occur at Christ’s second coming (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

Verse 18 – “For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory.

Only God can judge the secrets of man. Romans 2:16 – in that day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. One day, all nations will see His glory.

Verse 19 – “I will set a sign among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: To Tarshish and Pul and Lud, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Javan, to the coast-lands afar off who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.

God’s people will go out to all nations as missionaries – to Tarshish (Spain), to the Libyans in northern Africa, to the Lydians in western Asia Minor, to northeastern Asia Minor (Tubal), and to Greece.

Verse 20 – “Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to the Lord out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says the Lord. “As the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord.

Verse 21 – “And I will also take some of them for priests and Levites,” says the Lord.

Verse 22 – “For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says the Lord, “so shall your descendants and your name remain.

Verse 23 – And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says the Lord.

Verse 24 – “And they shall go forth and look upon the corpses of the men who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, and their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”

Isaiah brings a sobering portrayal of the coming judgment who have not had their sins and transgressions covered in “the blood” of Jesus. For the faithful, there is a glorious reward.. It’s your choice.

Isaiah – Chapter 65

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The Lord’s Answer to the Remnant

Verse 1 – “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that was not called by My name.

Israel considered itself to be the only people of God, but the time would come when other nations and other people, Gentiles, would seek Him. Paul points out in Romans 10:20 that these others are Gentiles. God’s people today are those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Redeemer whether Jews or Gentiles. The gospel is for all people.

Verse 2 – I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts;

Verse 3 – A people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face; who sacrifice in gardens, and burn incense on altars of brick;

Verse 4 – Who sit among the graves, and spend the night in the tombs; who eat swine flesh, and the broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

These were those who went to the grave yards and worshiped their dead ancestors – Canaanite religion.

Verse 5 – Who say,’ Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am holier than you!’ These are smoke in My nostrils, a fire that burns all the day.

These people thought they were holier than others because of the rituals they performed. However, God said as smoke to His nostril is an irritation, so are these people.

Verse 6 – “Behold, it is written before Me: I will not keep silent, but will repay – even repay into their bosom –

Verse 7 – Your iniquities and the iniquities of your fathers together,” says the Lord, who have burned incense on the mountains and blasphemed Me on the hills; therefore I will measure their former work into their bosom.”

I’m thinking, wow! Would not you, if you were there hearing this from a prophet of God straighten up before destruction and judgment came? But let me ask you something: How far and how many warnings did you have before you realized you better change and follow Christ? Don’t feel bad, it was a long time for me too!

Verse 8 – Thus says the Lord: “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for a blessing is in it,’ so will I do for My servants’ sake, that I may not destroy them all.

The whole nation shall not be cut off, but a remnant shall be kept and saved.

Verse 9 – I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah an heir of My mountains; My elect shall inherit it, and My servants shall dwell there.

Jesus made this point in Matthew 13:36-43.

Verse 10 – Sharon (name of the foothills west of Jerusalem) shall be a fold of flocks, and the Valley of Achor (east of Jericho) a place for herds to lie down, for My  people who have sought Me.

Verse 11 – “But you are those who forsake the Lord, who forget My holy mountain, who prepare a table for Gad (goddess of Fortune), and who furnish a drink offering for Meni (idol).

Verse 12 – Therefore I will number you with a sword, and you shall all bow down to slaughter; because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear, but did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight.”

Verse 13 – Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, My servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry; behold, My servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty; behold, My servants shall rejoice, but you shall be ashamed;

Verse 14 – Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and wail for grief of spirit.

Verse 15 – You shall leave your name as a curse to My chosen; for the Lord God will slay you , and call His servants by another name;

These verses, God shows the difference between those who follow Him and those who reject Him. The former will enjoy an abundant life, the latter will suffer. This is still true today!

Verse 16 – So that he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he who swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hidden from My eyes.

The former punishments and calamities shall pass away. The favor of God shall be restored. True worship and His name shall be re-established in the land.

Verse 17 – “For behold, I create a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1); and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

Verse 18 – But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

Verse 19 – I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

Verse 20 – “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; for the child shall die one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.

Verse 21 – They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit.

Verse 22 – They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for as the days of a tree so shall be the days of My people, and My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

Verse 23 – They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.

These verse show when Christ reigns on earth during the thousand-year reign.

Verse 24 – “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.

Daniel 9:23 – “At the beginning of your supplications the command went out,… Did you know that God hears your heart before you ever speak? Did you know that He gives His angels charge over you to bring you whatsoever you need?

Verse 25 – The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpents food. They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,” says the Lord.

Do you want what God has to offer His children? Do you want that kind of eternity? I believe everyone does, but not everyone will experience it. Only those who have put their faith in Christ, while living here on earth . After death, it’s too late!

Isaiah – Chapter 64

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Verse 1 – Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence –

The Israelites had experienced this at Mt Sinai. When God met with Moses, there was thunder, smoke and an earthquake. Isaiah wants desperately for God to come and help them.

Verse 2 – As fire burns brushwood, as fire causes water to boil – to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence!

Verse 3 – When You did awesome things for which we did not look, You came down, the mountains shook at Your presence.

Verse 4 – For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for Him.

Are you expecting something from God; are you waiting on Him to answer your prayer? If you are, then you will receive.

Verse 5 – You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned in the ways we continue; and we need to be saved.

Isaiah confessed the sins on behalf of the people who had been unrepentant. He knew they were undeserving of God’s help, but needed mercy. They were willing now to acknowledge God’s ways.

Verse 6 – But we are like an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

I absolutely cringe when I hear a born-again believer say, “My righteousness is as filthy rags!” They have been taught to say that to sound humble. It is not true of a blood-bought child of God and here’s why: When Christ died on the cross, He took all the punishment for the world’s sin. He took what we deserved and gave us His righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:21 – For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might (if you believe) become the righteousness of God in Him (Christ). So, n, because it is an insult to the Son of God.

Verse 7 – And there is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us because of our iniquities.

Verse 8 – But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.

Isaiah appeals to their Creator, Father, to take pity on them.

Verse 9 – Do not be furious, O Lord, nor remember iniquity forever; indeed, please look-we all are Your people!

Verse 10 – Your holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.

Verse 11 – Our holy and beautiful temple, where our fathers praised You, is burned up with fire; and all our pleasant things are laid waste.

Verse 12 – Will You restrain Yourself because of these things, O Lord? Will You hold Your peace, and afflict us very severely?

Isaiah foresaw the time when the Babylonians would destroy the city and the temple in Jerusalem. Isaiah pleaded with God to turn things around.

Isaiah – Chapter 63

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In a vision, Isaiah beholds the Messiah returning in triumph from the conquest of His enemies (Revelation 14:19; 19:13). This day of vengeance is determined. This covers verses 1-6 in this chapter. The remaining chapter and the next, seem to express the prayers of the Jews confessing their wickedness and hardness of heart.

Verse 1 – Who is this who comes form Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this One who is glorious in His apparel, traveling in greatness of His strength? – “I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”

Verse 2 – Why is Your apparel red (Rev. 19:13, 15) and Your garments like one who treads in the wine-press?

This image is picked up by the book of Revelation to describe Jesus as warrior at the final battle.

Verse 3 – “I have trodden the wine-press alone, and from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, and trampled them in My fury; their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes.

Verse 4 – For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come.

There is a day set in the future when Christ says, “No more will My people be trampled!” The enemies of God will be destroyed.

Verse 5 – I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered that there was no one to uphold; therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; and My own fury, it sustained Me.

Verse 6 – I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, made them drink in My fury, and brought down their strength to the earth.”

Verse 7 – I will mention the lovingkindness of the Lord and the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, according to the multitude of His lovingkindness.

They are starting to acknowledge how great God’s mercies and favor are.

Verse 8 – For He said, “Surely they are My people, children who will not lie.” so He became their Savior.

Verse 9 – In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His Presence saved them; in His love and in His pity He redeemed them, and He bore them and carried them all the days of old.

Verse 10 – But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit. So He turned Himself against them as an enemy, and He fought against them.

We too can grieve the Holy Spirit by willful rebellion. So how do we grieve the Holy Spirit? Ephesians 4:28-32 tells us. One is to continue in that same life-style of lying, cheating, deceiving, and stealing. Second, corrupt communication. We are to speak encouragement to one another because it will impart grace to the hearers. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking, be put away. We are to be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving because Christ has forgiven us!

Verse 11 – Then he remembered the days of old, Moses and his people, saying: “Where is He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of His flock? Where is He who put His Holy Spirit within them,

Verse 12 – who led them by the right hand of Moses, with His glorious arm, dividing the water before them to  make for Himself an everlasting name,

Verse 13 – who led them through the deep, as a horse in the wilderness, that they might not stumble?”

Verse 14 – As a beast goes down into the valley, and the Spirit of the Lord causes him to rest, so You lead Your people, to make Yourself a glorious name.

These verses contemplate another exodus where God again will deliver. Keep your eyes on Him and He will keep you at peace in your soul – emotions.

Verse 15 – Look down from heaven, and see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, the yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me? Are they restrained?

Verse 16 – Doubtless You are our Father, though Abraham was ignorant of us, and Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O Lord, are our Father; our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.

On behalf the faithful remnant, Isaiah asks God to show tenderness and compassion to them and punish their enemies.

Verse 17 – O Lord, why have You made us stray from Your ways, and hardened our heart from Your fear? Return for Your servants’ sake, the tribes of Your inheritance.

Verse 18 – Your holy people have possessed it but a little while; our adversaries have trodden down Your sanctuary.

Verse 19 – We have become like those of old, over whom You never ruled, those who were called by Your name.

Spiritual judgments are more dreaded than any other calamities and we should greatly avoid those sins that provoke rebuke. The Lord will hear the prayers of those who belong to Him, and deliver them from those not called by His name!