While many claim that the last 26 chapters of Isaiah are written from an exile point of view, they also claim that it was written from the view of Judah’s captivity in Babylon. These chapters also reflect much of the Gospel of Christ Jesus! And therefore may be read with the understanding that Christians, while not living in exile are living in a foreign land. Heaven is where our citizenship is (Philippians 3:20), and we will never find complete joy until the day of Christ’s return to claim us! I feel that these chapters are Christian in nature and relate, in many ways, to Gentile Christians.
This chapter begins a section that many Rabbis claim is “neo-Isaiah.” All non-messianic Jews cannot see how the tenor of Isaiah’s writing could change so much as to include what they know within themselves is an Israeli Prophet speaking to Gentile Christians. The reason may be that Isaiah seems to change at this point. However, it is not a change that cannot be explained by looking into God’s plan for the ages!
1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,
2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;…
In 1948 Israel once again began to live in the land which God gave to them. The Muslims have long fought the rebuilding of what they refer to as the 3rd Temple in Jerusalem. At the same time they fight the rebuilding of the Temple, they say that the Temple never existed. How can they fight the rebuilding of a Temple they claim never existed?
In saying that we should not pretend that Israel has returned to the Lord! Some love the Law while most others are atheists and agnostics. It is only when Christ returns that the full impact of returning shall be realized! In the meantime, Christians are to “comfort” Israel be telling them of God’s love as expressed through the cross of Christ Jesus!
1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.
Verse one seems to be an order too all outside of Israel who call upon the name of the LORD for help in time of need.
As you see on the masthead of this Web Site, we are to pray for the peace of Israel.
Many teach that this was meant to comfort Israel while in Babylonian captivity. That is incorrect!
These verses were meant as orders to all Christians, be they Messianic Jews or Gentiles, in all eras. We are to speak God’s blessings on His chosen people whether they Israeli or Gentile Christians.
Non-Messianic Israelis, Messianic Jews, and Gentile Christians face satanic attack in the form of temptation to sin each and every day. The greatest sin is the rejection of Christ! We are to comfort Israel with blessings and other Christians with blessings.
Christ shall, at His second advent, change the hearts of all non-Messianic Israelis, and bring them to their home in Him! They shall be brought to true repentance, which is where all Christians, be they Messianic Jews or Gentiles already reside!
When he was asked to curse God’s people, Balaam told Balak that he could not curse what God had blessed!
Num 23:8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied?
Balaam could not curse those whom God blessed and neither can they be cursed above where they have already been cursed by the rejection of Christ Jesus!
Israel’s “warfare” (Heb. ṣābā-צָבָא) is spiritual and against all those things within her that have raised themselves up against the accepting of Christ Jesus!
4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Their warfare and ours cannot be won with guns. It can only be won by the Spirit of God!
Many have spoken of “just” and “unjust” wars! Evangelism is always a just war against spiritual ignorance!
Soon, Israel’s warfare shall be fully “accomplished” (Heb. Mālâ-מָלָה)! In that day, they shall all be led by the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
They shall be fully restored as children of God! Their prodigalism shall be reversed! Their “iniquity” shall be forgiven! “Shall be”
Notice that “she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins” is past tense. On the day of Christ’s appearing as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, that past tense shall be fulfilled!
3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
This section is taught as referring to the preaching of John the Baptist! However, it also applies to all who bring the Truth of God to a lost world!
All who preach the Truth, Christ
Jesus, are preparing the way of the Lord!
Christ Jesus took upon Himself the sin of the world, Jew and Gentile!
Christ Jesus defeated death in His resurrection!
Preaching the Gospel of Christ Jesus is making every valley exalted, and every mountain and hill low!
Preaching Christ straightens the crooked, and makes “rough places plain.” At the foot of the cross, the land is level for all who come to Him!
Preaching, and teaching salvation in Christ is our purpose for being! It is our work in this life prior to His second appearing!
“The glory of the LORD shall be revealed!” Christ Jesus is the manifestation of the Glory of the Lord (Heb. Yhwh-יהוה)! He is Emmanuel, God with us (Matt 1:23)!
At the moment of the Lord’s return, non-Messianic Israel shall gain understanding of the rejection of God’s Messiah by the very ones He came the first time to save, both Jew and Gentile.
Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Upon His return, “all flesh (not just Jews, and not just Gentiles) shall see it together!” None shall miss His coming! Those who pierced Him were Gentile Roman Soldiers urged to do so by Israeli Priests! That brought all mankind under the condemnation of executing the Son of God!
Those who acknowledge Him in truth shall rejoice with tears of joy at their redeeming! Those who have rejected Him shall be filled with tears of sorrow at their folly!
The voice Isaiah heard cried out, “What shall I cry?” We are to cry out the message of God’s love for all as demonstrated by Christ Jesus!
Many have perverted that message!
They teach that if we love our neighbor, we will feed him physical food and not bother him with the message of Christ Jesus! Or, they claim that their actions are witness enough. That is a lie!
That is not love, indeed it is great hatred for those we may feed physically without telling them about Christ Jesus! There is no greater hatred in the entire world! It is satanic to do such!
In verse 6, Isaiah compares the lives of men to grass. All grasses grow at differing rates. It grows according to the soil in which it is planted. But, in the end, it withers and dies. All men eventually wither in their old age and die. True life is found only in Christ Jesus! There is no other source of everlasting life! That is why Isaiah reminds us that “surely the people is grass.”
Many now “live” under condemnation!
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Just as many now live in condemnation, many others live in the Light that is Christ Jesus!
That Light shall never grow dim! “The word of our God shall stand for ever.” It is my opinion that that truth should have been written, “The Word of our God shall stand for ever.”
9 O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
10 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
The message of grace to Gentiles was given to only Paul! You may use other sources and bring a weak message of grace in the other writings. But none of them carry the message of grace to Gentiles with the same authority as was given to Paul!
When first told of Christ’s love for them, the Gentiles of that day found great joy.
46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
Those who preach the condemnation of Christ are false teachers!
The message of the Kingdom was to be carried by all the other original Apostles! They were given the opportunity to bring good tidings to Zion, to Jerusalem. By contrast, Paul spoke of grace for Gentiles and Jews!
The words, “Fear not” are found multiple times within the entire Bible! However, today those who are supposed to be part of the Church of Jesus Christ live in great fear of the ACLU and its satanically diabolical henchmen.
We are called to bring the strong message of Christ Jesus!
We are not to fear those with no knowledge, no intimacy of Christ Jesus! We are to boldly tell all about Christ saying, “Behold your God!”
You may be thinking that such a message was only meant for Israel, but look around! All the major cities of the world contain Jews (those from Israel). Therefore, it is a common message to all nations and all cities. Christ Jesus is God the Son! So, behold your God!
Christ Jesus is coming with a strong hand! He shall rule His kingdom with a “rod of iron” (Rev 2:27, 12:5, and 19:5)!
That does not indicate any cruelty! It speaks of firmness!
As He comes, His reward will be with Him!
Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
The phrase, “his work” speaks of only one thing. Did you or did you not acknowledge Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior?
When He comes, He shall feed His flock in the same manner as a gentle Shepherd! He shall gather His lambs in His strong arms and carry them, showing the tender love He has for those who are His!
And, for those who are mentoring the young and weak in Christ, He shall cause them to guide their efforts into fruition.
12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
God has three attributes that all Christians accept, and few non-Christians understand!
God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is omniscient! He knows all there is to know about all there is!
God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is omnipresent! He is in all places at all times. Many Christians never come to grips with that truth!
And, God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is omnipotent! He is all powerful! There is no power that is comparable to His power!
To describe His omnipotence God asked, “Who (which one of you humans) has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?”
That answer is, “None of us has done such a thing!”
He also asked, “Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being His counselor has taught Him?”
None of us has taught God the Holy Spirit anything!
“With whom did the Spirit take counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of judgment, and taught Him knowledge, and showed to Him the way of understanding?”
None of us has added one thing to God’s knowledge!
God uses the prophecy of Isaiah to proclaim, “Behold, the nations (the Goyim or Gentiles) are as a drop of a bucket (The Hebrew actually means a drop), and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, He takes up (Heb nāṭal-נָטַל), lifts up the isles as a very little thing.” To God what is a small chore seems very complicated to men.
He tells us that “Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.” However, the grace of Christ Jesus is fully sufficient for us (2 Cor 12:9)!
“All nations (Heb. Goyim-Gentiles) before him are as nothing!” No matter how wonderful you may think you are God is greater! He has not created anything of equal power or beauty!
Gentiles are “counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.” We must look to God for all that is good!
18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
19 The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.
20 He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
25 To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
27 Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Because we are so weak, God seeks to comfort us with his loving kindness.
Many have tried to compare the love of God or the power of God to physical things. The comparisons are false!
Humans have made things and called them gods. But, they were just insignificant trinkets made by people. Oh, some of those things are valued by men, but none is valued by God. As an example, there are more diamonds in the world than there are one dollar bills, and yet we place high value on diamonds. Why?
We have been told what God considers valuable, and yet we do not hold His Truth to be of ultimate value!
God the Father may have sympathy for us, but Christ was sent to gain empathy for us! That is why He is our shepherd!
Those who do not follow Christ are spiritually “impoverished!” They are so very impoverished that they have no offering (oblation) to bring, and so the impoverished one chooses to worship humanly made idols.
God has told us from the beginning how all will end! And yet many do not believe. They choose to worship at the altar of global warming or some other contrivance which will prove false.
From the beginning God has told us the end, but the impoverished ones have been without understanding for as long as man has existed.
From his vantage point on the “circle of the earth” men appear to be as small as grasshoppers! We are indeed small when compared to God!
God raises up leaders and replaces them at His appointed times! In verse 25, God asks, “To whom then will you all liken Me, or to whom shall I be equal?” The answer is none of you!
God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) has brought all into existence that is or ever shall be! While we may fail, His power to achieve His purposes will never fail, never fall short!
do we think that we can hide any of our actions or thoughts from God? Children sometime think that if they close
their eyes others cannot see them. Many
times, adults act in the same manner!
The psalmist told us the God neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:4). He does not grow weary, nor does He lack understanding in any area.
God told Israel how he would deal with them, but they did not understand the process.
Instead of growing weary, God gives power to those who have become physically and mentally drained in the work He has given them to do.
Verse 31 tells us that God renews the strength of those who “wait upon” (Heb qāwâ-קָוָה) the Lord! That Hebrew word also speaks of those who “wait for” the Lord.
Christians now wait FOR the return of our Lord Christ Jesus!