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.