This is post #2. Under this post is a post about The Captivity. Even though it is coming up in our reading, it will make the prophecy books more “readable” if you understand what WILL happen eventualy.
Chapter 5- We begin with a parable. It may actually sound familiar if you have read the New Testament.
My loved one had a vineyard
on a fertile hillside.
The vineyard is His chosen people. God provided all the means for them to prosper (fertile hillside). But when the
crops Israelites grew, they grew bad fruit.
What more could have been done for my vineyard
than I have done for it?
So what is the consequence?
He takes his hand off of them. He will not tend to them and he will allow the border to be open. After the parable is given Isaiah shocks the audience by letting them know He is talking about them!
Verse 8 we add some more “Woes”- Beware.
v8-10-He is calling out those who accumulate- but lets them know that when the captivity happens…their mansions will be empty.
v11-17-He is talking to the “party crowd”, those that ignore God. He specifically says in verse 13-
Therefore my people will go into exile
for lack of understanding;
v18-19-Those that are hitched to sin. Not only do they disregard God but they defy Him, they don’t believe His warning and challenge Him to show up! Verse 19-
“Let God hurry;
let him hasten his work
so we may see it.
The plan of the Holy One of Israel—
let it approach, let it come into view,
so we may know it.”
v20-those who think they are wiser than God
v21-to the corrupt. He is detailed to tell them exactly what the captivity will look like. V26-30 He tells them he will rise up nations around them, the enemies will not grow weary. They will not break a sweat when they capture them.
Chapter 6 Isaiah’s Commission- We change the channel and it is dated for us so we know exactly when this happens.
This vision occurs during the reign of Uzziah. He sees God!
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Isaiah immediately confesses he is unworthy to be in His presence. Because of this God forgives him of his unclean lips and purifies Isaiah with the coal. He then proceeds to tell him that the message you bring will fall on deaf ears. They will ignore him. When Isaiah asks “How long will they ignore me”? God tells him until they are put in captivity. BUT…and don’t miss is…
And though a tenth remains in the land,
it will again be laid waste.
But as the terebinth and oak
leave stumps when they are cut down,
so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”
He preserves a remnant of people to survive!
Chapter 7- This is 700 years BEFOE the birth of Christ…Now when you read this you have to use context clues.
- “The line of David” is the tribe of Judah.
- Ephraim is the tribe of Israel.
8:Within sixty-five years
Ephraim will be too shattered to be a people.
9 The head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son.
If you do not stand firm in your faith,
you will not stand at all.’”
The captivity will begin shortly for the northern tribe. It will happen in waves, but within 65 years it will be complete destruction.
God tells Ahaz to ask for a sign, and Ahaz declines. God gives him one anyway! (Look at your prophecy list of the Messiah)
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (700 years before Christ this is said)
18-25 Isaiah prophesied that Assyria will be the nation God will use for this first invasion.
In Chapter 8 Isaiah gives a description of the captivity but reminds Isaiah not to follow in Israel’s footsteps either. It is NOT the enemy nations that will bring destruction on
America Israel, it will be at the arm of the Lord to discipline their sins. We They must not fear other nations, they must fear the Lord and obey his commands.
“Do not call conspiracy
everything this people calls a conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it.
13 The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
he is the one you are to fear,
he is the one you are to dread.
14 He will be a holy place;
for both Israel and Judah he will be
a stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
a trap and a snare.
15 Many of them will stumble;
they will fall and be broken,
they will be snared and captured.”
One thought on “Isaiah 5-8”
Isaiah 7:9b “if you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all.”
— I have written in my Bible “free will”. We always have the choice to agree with God. His promises will be kept. I have a child I pray for, not nearly as often as I should. But I am reminded in this text, to choose to stand firm.