Isaiah – Chapter 66


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


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


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


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!

Isaiah – Chapter 62


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!

Isaiah – Chapter 61



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


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


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


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.


Isaiah – Chapter 57


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.