Isaiah – Chapter 62

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Verse 1 – For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns.

We should all have Isaiah’s zeal to pray until we see what we’ve prayed for comes to pass. We should be persistent.

Verse 2 – The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name.

Verse 3 – You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

Verse 4 – You shall no longer be termed forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married.

Verse 5 – For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

The metaphor of God married to His people is a husband to his bride. It communicates the intimacy and exclusivity of the relationship. As a bride can have one husband, so Israel can have only one God.

Verse 6 – I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,

Verse 7 – and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

The leaders of God’s people are compared to watchmen who responsibilities included the encouragement of the people’s relationship with God.

Verse 8 – The Lord has sworn by His right hand and by the arm of His strength: “Surely I will no longer give your grain to be food for your enemies; and the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine, for which you have labored.

Verse 9 – But those who have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; those who have brought it together shall drink it in My holy courts.”

Attacking armies would steal the crops of people they conquered, but their plundering would be brought to an end.

Verse 10 – Go through, go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway! Take out the stones, lift up a banner for the peoples!

A highway is a frequent image that Isaiah uses to describe all barriers removed between God and His people.

Do you have any barriers in your life that are blocking you from coming to your Deliverer?

Verse 11 – Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the world: “Say to the daughter of Zion, surely your salvation is coming; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.’ ”

Do you not know that when the Lord shows up in your situation, He never comes empty-handed? Every time a prayer is answered, it comes with what the Lord has brought. Think about it: When He first showed up in our lives, He brought mercy and grace. He forgave all our sins and washed them away with His precious blood. He gives grace in abundance for every situation going on in our lives. Your deliverance is in your Praise of Him!

Verse 12 – And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought Out, a City Not Forsaken.

Our names of who we are were changed after we were born-again: The Redeemed; Christian; God’s child; Beloved; Friend; His; and the Forgiven. Please don’t ever forget to whom you belong!

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Isaiah – Chapter 61

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Verse 1 – “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

Jesus quoted this in Luke 4:18, 19 and then in verse 21, He said, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Verse 2 – To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn,

Verse 3 – to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Verse 4 – And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall rise up the former desolation’s, and they shall repair the ruin cities, the desolation of many generations.

The Babylonians had devastated Jerusalem and its surrounding towns and villages in 587 B.C.

Verse 5 – Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the foreigner shall be your plowman and your vine-dressers.

Verse 6 – But you shall be named the Priests of the Lord, men shall call you the Servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast.

The priests – The whole body of them shall now be as near to God as the priests were formerly, and shall be a royal priesthood. Christ is our High Priest.

Verse 7 – Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs.

Double of what they formerly possessed. Their blessings would be greatly increased and multiplied.

Verse 8 – “For I the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offerings; I will direct their work in truth, and will make with them an everlasting covenant.

Though Israel had broken covenant with God, He was making a new covenant that could not be broken. His people had suffered enough. God will reward those who suffer injustices at the hand of others.

Verse 9 – Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, they are the prosperity whom the Lord has blessed.”

There’s coming a day when God’s chosen people will not be despised, they will be highly esteemed!

Verse 10 – I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garment of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

This image implies the metaphor of God as husband of His people – the church. If you are a believer, then you are the church – the Bride of Christ!

Verse 11 – For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the thins that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Praise is the fruit of our righteousness which is of Christ!

Isaiah – Chapter 60

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Glory of Israel in the Kingdom

Verse 1 – Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.

Verse 2 – For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people (those outside of Christ); but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.

When the gospel came, it shed its first beams of glory on Jerusalem.

Verse 3 – The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Verse 4 – “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side.

Verse 5 – Then you shall see and become radiant and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.

As God’s people return to their homeland from captivity, they will bring the wealth of their captors with them.

Verse 6 – The multitude of camels shall cover your land, the dromedaries (young bull camels) of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord.

Verse 7 – All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; they shall ascend with acceptance on My altar, and I will glorify the house of My glory.

The places mentioned belong to obscure tribes in the Arabian desert hundreds of miles from Israel.

Verse 8 – “Who are these who fly like a cloud, and like doves to their posts?

Verse 9 – Surely the coast-lands shall wait for Me; and the ships of Tarshish will come first, to bring your sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, to the name of the Lord your God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because He has glorified you.

Verse 10 – The sons of foreigners shall build your walls, and their kings shall minister to you; for in My favor I have had mercy on you.

In the past, foreign nations and their kings had exploited Israel, but the future will see them serve God’s people. This reversal of fortunes is due to God.

Verse 11 – Therefore your gates shall open continually; they shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles, and their kings in procession.

Open gates meant that a city felt secure. All the wealth of surrounding nations will flow into Jerusalem.

Verse 12 – For the nations and kingdoms which will not serve you shall parish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined.

Verse 13 – The glory of Lebanon shall come to you, the cypress, the pine, and the box-tree together, to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of My feet glorious.

Verse 14 – Also the sons of those who afflicted you shall come bowing to you, and those who despise you shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; and they shall call you The City of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Verse 15 – “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no one went through you, I will make you eternal excellence, a joy of many generations.

Throughout the OT period, Jerusalem was not a major city of ancient Near East. In the future its status will exceed those of other major cities because of the presence of God.

Verse 16 – You shall drink dry the milk of the Gentiles, and shall milk the breast of kings; you shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

Verse 17 – “Instead of bronze I will bring gold, instead of iron I will bring silver, instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron. I will also make your officers peace, and your magistrates righteous.

God is going to increase the quality of provision that comes to His people. This will far exceed mere wealth. Peace and righteousness will abound, indicating a new quality of spirituality in the city.

Verse 18 – Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walks Salvation, and your gates Praise.

They shall be safe and at the gates and on the walls they will sing praises. All this will be fulfilled during the thousand years where Christ shall reign upon the earth.

Verse 19 – “The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; but the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory.

Christ shall shatter all darkness and ignorance. His glory shall be the only light needed!

Verse 20 – Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.

Verse 21 – Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified.

God had promised Abraham that this descendants would inherit the land. God’s judgment had removed them from the land, for a time, but now they would possess it again. They are the branch that God labored to plant.

Verse 22 – A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time.”

Isaiah – Chapter 59

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Verse 1 – Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.

Verse 2 – But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.

When God hid His face from Israel, He withheld His mercy and compassion. However, He was continually sending His men of God to plead with the people. The people wanted God’s blessings, but continued in their sin.

Verse 3 – For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity.

Verse 4 – No one calls for justice nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speaks lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.

These list of iniquities begins with deceit and injustice. They were guilty in thought and action (they conceived trouble and gave birth to iniquity).

Verse 5 – They hatch viper’s eggs and weave the spider’s web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and from that which is crushed a viper breaks out.

Verse 6 – Their web will not become garments nor will they cover themselves with their works; their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

These sinners produced viper’s eggs. Eggs promise new life, but these eggs produced death. Thus, the works of these people may look promising, but they kill. In a similar manner a spider’s web might look beautiful, but no practical value.

Verse 7 – Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

These people were not merely walking in the advice of the wicked, they ran after it.

Verse 8 – The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their ways; they have made themselves crooked paths; whoever takes that way shall not know peace.

Isaiah used the words path and roads to refer to the course of a person’s life.

Verse 9 – Therefore justice is far from us, nor does righteousness overtake us; we look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness!

Verse 10 – We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes; we stumble at noonday as at twilight; we are as dead men in desolate places.

Verse 11 – We all growl like bears, and moan sadly like doves; we look for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us.

Verse 12 – For our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know them:

Isaiah includes himself in this. The people had perverted justice throughout society.

Verse 13 – In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

Verse 14 – Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the streets, and equity cannot enter.

In the courts, truth was being cast to the ground, and justice trampled under foot, even in public.

Verse 15 – So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the Lord saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.

Israel was persistent in their rebellion against God. I’ve seen those who only half-hearted wanted to hear the truth. They continue in their ways thinking somehow things will change for the better. Life doesn’t work like that. If you continue in sin, sin eventually wins!

Verse 16 – He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him.

Verse 17 – For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

God would do what needed to be done without help from any other. He would avenge the innocent Himself. God’s weapons were not physical, but spiritual. This description should remind Christians of the spiritual weapons that are available to us all!

Ephesians 6:12 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Verse 18 – According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; the coast-lands He will fully repay.

Verse 19 – So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him.

When God sends forth His Spirit in retribution of His enemies, it causes surrounding nations to fear Him. He’s name is “Yahweh!” His church is His; His people belong to Him, and any enemy that comes against them, He will punish!

Verse 20 – The redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” says the Lord.

Verse 21 – “As for Me,” says the Lord, “This is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.”

When the Holy Spirit dwells in you, you will change your desires to what pleases God. We who are Christians today are heirs of this prophecy; we are able to respond to God’s desires for our lives and distinguish good and evil because the Holy Spirit knows all things!

Isaiah – Chapter 58

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Blessings of True Worship

Verse 1 – “Cry aloud, spare not; lift up your voice like a trumpet; tell My people their transgressions, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Isaiah was told by God to announce the people’s transgressions. He wanted them to know that they couldn’t truly worship God without a repentant heart.

Verse 2 – Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching God.

God was aware that His people made a pretense that they wanted to know Him. They had even fasted, expecting God to do something for them. They challenged God’s silence. Do we not do the same thing when God is silent? We think He’s def to our prayers when we don’t get a fast enough response. Who are we to question God’s timing?

Verse 3 – ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’ “In fact, in the day of your fast you will find pleasure, and exploit all your labors.

Verse 4 – Indeed you fast for strife and debate, and to strike with the first of wickedness. You will not fast as you do this day, to make your voice heard on high.

Verse 5 – Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?

God didn’t respond to their fasting because it was superficial. Maybe, just maybe, you are not getting any response to a prayer because you haven’t truly given your heart over to Him and will continue in “your ways’ instead of His.

Verse 6 – “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?

This was the reason for a legitimate fasting.

Verse 7 – Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor are cast out; when you see the naked, that you cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?

Verse 8 – Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you ; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.

Verse 9 – Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing finger, and speaking wickedness,

Verse 10 – If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness, and your darkness shall be as the noonday.

Verse 11 – The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

Verse 12 – Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall rise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.

God was telling them: “If your faith doesn’t reach out to others, then it lacks sincerity. Yes, fasting is beneficial spiritually, but at best, it only helps the person doing it. God wants our service to Him to go beyond our own personal growth to acts of kindness and generosity. Apply your faith to your deeds!

Verse 13 – “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words,

Verse 14 – then you shall delight yourself in the Lord; and I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

To observe the Sabbath meant turning away from self-absorbed behavior.

 

Your Deliverance is in Your Praise

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(2 Chronicles 20:1-25)

Speaking victory in every situation, is a learned habit.

Does it feel like at times in your life that everything is going wrong? Does it ever feel like life is caving in on you? Are you overwhelmed with your circumstances?

I’ve been there as many of you are there now, but Our God has the answer before you ever had the problem.

Such was the case with Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles chapter 20. (verse 1) It happened after that (after Jehoshaphat had removed the idols in Jerusalem) the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat.

They were surrounded by a problem that seemed to have no way out. They were out numbered; this decision would have national consequences; it was coming all at the same time from all around. There was a sense of helplessness and hopelessness.

Sometimes our problems start to mount; it can be your health; sometimes its in our finances; sometimes its in a relationship; it can be in our career; and sometimes its an addiction. You can’t seem to find a way out. The enemy comes and viciously attacks our peace either on one front or the other. When you’ve been fighting for a while, your strength gets depleted.

But Jehoshaphat gives us a principle for victory.

First, Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord (verse 3). Here’s what he said in verse 12 – “O God, will You not judge them? For we have no power (in our own strength) against this great multitude that is coming against us, nor do we know what to do, our eyes are upon You.”

We will always know when God wants our un-divided attention because no one else will be able to fix the problem. You will be desperate for a miracle that can only come from God. We need heaven because earth has turned bad towards us.

This leads Jehoshaphat to a prayer, verses 5-9 – Prayer is an invitation in heaven to address something going wrong on earth. Its calling on eternity to visit time.

The prayer – 2 Chronicles 20:6-9 – and said: “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? (verse 7) “Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? (verse 8) “And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, (verse 9) ‘If disaster comes upon us, such as the sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this temple and in Your presence, and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’

Jehoshaphat reminds God of who He is and then reminds God of what He’s said, and then tells God the problem. Did you catch that? Let God know you know who He is and what His Word says. God will allow us to hold Him hostage to His Word. God you said…However, if you don’t know God’s word than you cannot hold Him hostage to it. God’s Word is more than just a little Bible study. He gave us His Word to use. He needs to hear you speak what He has said.

Too many, when asking God for something only want it so they can work independent of Him. That won’t work.

Back in chapter 19, Jehoshaphat had cleaned up Jerusalem, so when he went before God he knew he had a right heart. If people are not willing to address their sin, then they may not be heard. Submission to Him and His ways, comes to mind. You can’t be asking for answered prayer and just continue in a sinful lifestyle. That’s harsh, but true.

We move from a problem to prayer which leads to a prophet.

The prophet came and gave a Rhema Word.

Graphe – is the written word, scripture, the Book.

Logos – is the meaning of what is written, the contents of the writing, what it says and what it means.

Rhema Word – is the Utterance, speaking of it.

The prophet came to Jehoshaphat with such a word for that specific situation. God’s Spirit will give you your word for guidance, for at that moment. It’s a word that comes to you for that particular situation. That’s why your discernment needs to be developed. God can use anyone or anything to get you that word. You need to be sensitive to the spirit.

So the prophet tells Jehoshaphat in verse 17 – ‘You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! ‘Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.

There will be battles that we will have to fight, but never alone. And there will be battles where God will tell you to stand back, because that one is His.

Now watch what happens: (verse 18) and Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord worshiping Him.

Problems come, then we pray, then God will send His Rhema Word, then we worship Him, and then we Praise Him, because the answer is on its way! Our problem is never a surprise to Him.

When they had all bowed in worship, verse 18 says, they rose to praise the Lord with shouts and loud voices.

Praise is the visible verbal expression of my worship. There is such a thing as silent worship, but there is not such a thing as silent praise. Praise must be audible. Psalm 22:3, God inhabits the praises of His people. Isaiah 60:18 – He dwells in the gates of praise. Psalm 50:23 – It is your praise that God brings about your deliverance. Your deliverance is in your mouth!

We need to praise Him even in the bad times. This is called the sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15). Why? Because when those times come when we don’t feel like praising, it is a sacrifice to lift our arms and open our mouth, but your deliverance is in that praise.

This is what happened when God’s people started praising Him, He confused the enemy and they were defeated. Let God hear your praise today and stand back and see what He will do in your situation! Our God is bigger than any problem we will ever have.

Isaiah – Chapter 57

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Verse 1 – The righteous perishes, and no man take it to heart; merciful men are taken away, while no one considers that the righteous is taken away from evil.

Verse 2 – He shall enter into peace; they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

Retribution does not always happen in this life. Good things come to bad people, just as bad things happen to the righteous. However, the righteous have an eternal peace waiting on them, whereas the wicked do not.

Verse 3 – “But come here, you sons of the sorceress, you offspring of the adulterer and the harlot!

God addresses those who are not counted among the righteous in the most harshest of terms.

Verse 4 – Whom do you ridicule! Against whom do you make a wide mouth and stick out the tongue? Are you not children of transgression, offspring of falsehood,

Verse 5 – inflaming yourselves with gods under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys, under the clefts of the rocks?

Verse 6 – Among the smooth stones of the stream is your portion; they, they, are your lot! Even to them you have poured a drink offering, you have offered a grain offering. Should I receive comfort in these?

Verse 7 – “On a lofty and high mountain you have set your bed; even there you went up to offer sacrifice.

Verse 8 – Also behind the doors and their posts you have set up your remembrance; for you have uncovered yourself to those other than Me, and have gone up to them; you have enlarged your bed and made a covenant with them; you have loved their bed, where you saw their hand.

When God’s people gave their love to idol’s, He said they had committed adultery – breaking their exclusive commitment to God.

Verse 9 – You went to the king with ointment, and increased your perfumes; you sent your messengers far off and debased yourself even to Sheol.

Molech was an Ammonite god whose worship included child sacrifice by fire.

Verse 10 – You are wearied in the length of your way; yet you did not say, ‘There is no hope.’ You have found the life of your hand; therefore you were not grieved.

Verse 11 – “And of whom have you been afraid, or feared, that you have lied and not remembered Me, nor taken it to your heart? Is it not because I have held My peace from of old that you did not fear Me?

Verse 12 – I will declare your righteousness and your works, for they will not profit you.

God says that He will expose their righteousness and works for what they really were. They were pretending to do good. Same with us: We cannot gain our salvation through good deeds because our best is not good enough to outweigh our sin. Salvation is a gift from God, received only through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8, 9), then good works follow.

Verse 13 – When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away, a breath will take them. But he who puts his trust in Me shall possess the land, and shall inherit My holy mountain.

God had warned them that if they worshiped idols instead of Him, He would let these so-called idols deliver them.

Verse 14 – And one shall say, “Heap it up! Heap it up! Prepare the way, take the stumbling block out of the way of My people.”

Verse 15 – For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Verse 16 – For I will not contend forever, nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would fail before Me, and the souls which I have made.

Verses 1-13 speak of pride and lust; verses 14-21 tells how God relates to those who are humble and repentant (a contrite heart).

Verse 17 – For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him; I hid and was angry, and he went on backsliding in the way of his heart.

Verse 18 – I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, and restore comforts to him and to his mourners.

Verse 19 – “I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near.”

Verse 20 – But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

Verse 21 – “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

There is a distinction between those to whom God grants peace and those who remain wicked. The wicked will have no peace and only chaos will come like a sea being tossed.