These are the last chapters in Isaiah so they will mirror the last chapters in the Bible.
Today we start mid-prayer with the words “Oh that you would rend the Heavens”- In this prayer, they are wanting the Lord. They are praying for Him to COME.
BUT these people are sinners so how can they be Saved??
Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,
you were angry.
How then can we be saved?
Salvation is knowing you are a sinner and cannot save yourself. Not through religious ceremonies, not through ancestry, not through good deeds (trust me I try). We must understand that through true confession and repentance we are Saved. I don’t say that lightly: we tend to have true “rationalization”. True confession you will actually put your car in reverse and go the opposite direction of whatever you confessed.
8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
9 Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
do not remember our sins forever.
Oh, look on us, we pray,
for we are all your people.
Chapter 65- Judgement and Salvation are coming. If you are reading this split-screen you will see that God is talking to the Remnant People in captivity as He promises a return to Jerusalem but you will also see the message to us as we are His current Remnant people and will bring us to a New Jerusalem. We are reminded in this chapter that God promises Salvation BUT He also promises Judgement on those who do come to Him.
6 “See, it stands written before me:
I will not keep silent but will pay back in full;
I will pay it back into their laps—
7 both your sins and the sins of your ancestors,”
says the Lord.
VERSE 13-16 are so amazing. Do you remember all those times I posted pictures (hey, I haven’t posted a picture in a while…sorry, I forget) anyway, I posted pictures of a threshing field (Jerusalem was built on a Threshing Field). The “thresher” would separate the wheat from the chaff. The useful grain from the useless grain.
Well reread 13-16…He separates!
Verses 17-25 Does not need a commentary from me. I know you can see it!
LAST CHAPTER IN ISAIAH- Can I get an AMEN!!
In the Old Testament, the Temple was viewed as His throne- We know that the Earth is His throne. We see a compare and contrast as to how the Lord Views True Worship:
“These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.
But whoever sacrifices a bull
is like one who kills a person,
and whoever offers a lamb
is like one who breaks a dog’s neck;
whoever makes a grain offering
is like one who presents pig’s blood,
and whoever burns memorial incense
is like one who worships an idol.
Now you might be confused because we read for months that His people were to bring forth sacrifices. These people were trying to atone for their OWN sin through legalism. The “act” of worship absent of God’s precepts in their life, justice, love, service, and fear of the Lord.
God is just. As we end today we see the gate of Heaven is open to ALL that call on Him regardless of their sinful lives. However, if God is rejected, just like He promises Salvation, He also promises Judgement. He never kept that a secret. We all have access to a Bible (and in countries that don’t He makes a way for the rocks to proclaim His name).
17 “Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one who is among those who eat the flesh of pigs, rats, and other unclean things—they will meet their end together with the one they follow,” declares the Lord.
18 “And I, because of what they have planned and done, am about to come and gather the people of all nations and languages, and they will come and see my glory.
22 “As the new heavens and the new earth that I make will endure before me,” declares the Lord, “so will your name and descendants endure. 23 From one New Moon to another and from one Sabbath to another, all mankind will come and bow down before me,” says the Lord. 24 “And they will go out and look on the dead bodies of those who rebelled against me; the worms that eat them will not die, the fire that burns them will not be quenched, and they will be loathsome to all mankind.”
And we are done with Isaiah , the Bible within the Bible.