1 I am sought of them that asked not for me;
I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me,
unto a nation that was not called by my name.
2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;
4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,
7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.
Verse 1 is a reference to Gentiles, but verse 2 reverts back to Israel!
Keep in mind that Abraham was a card-carrying Gentile when he became the father of the faithful, the physical father of Israel!
God said, “I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not!
New America Standard Bible offers an interesting translation.
Isaiah 65:1 "I permitted Myself to be sought by those who did not ask for Me; I permitted Myself to be found by those who did not seek Me. I said, 'Here am I, here am I,' To a nation which did not call on My name. (NASB)
The NASB reflects the fact that unless the Holy Spirit opens our hearts, and minds to Christ, we shall not trust Him!
To that end, God beckoned to a people who were not identified with Him, Gentiles!
In Verse 2, God tells us that he summoned
a rebellious people, Israel, who did what was adverse to themselves!
Gentiles are not that “rebellious” people.
Israel had the Law that they refused to follow and as such were
Israel continually aggravated Him to
His very face by worshipping false gods, gods who were dead and buried! They ate that which is unclean and abominable!
Their response was to tell Gentiles, “Don’t bother me, I am better/holier than
you!” Israel remembered why it was chosen, but forgot why it was chosen!
Isaiah says, “These are a smoke in my nose.” They stink!
Verse 6 tells something many would rather not read!
God warns Israel, “See, This has been written! I will no longer keep quiet! I will give full payment!
Yahweh said, “You sins and the sins of your fathers, which have burned as an insult upon my holy hills shall be dealt with!
Do you believe that?
8 Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.
9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.
Now, God seems to limit salvation. This may have lead to the false teaching of limited atonement theory of so many Christians.
God proclaims, “As the new wine is found in the whole cluster, and someone says, ‘Don’t destroy it
because it is blessed,’ so it will be for my servants' sakes! I will not
destroy them all.
“I will bring a seed out of Jacob, and Judah, and My elect shall inherit it, and my
servants shall dwell there.
“The Plain of Sharon shall be a place of safety for My flocks, and the valley of Achor a pleasant place for My herds, because My people that have sought me.
11 But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:
16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
Again, Isaiah’s words turn to judgment!
God warns those that forsake Yahweh, and forget about His holy mountain! That mountain is not the temple mount! It is Mt Zion, the place of David’s tabernacle of praise.
this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David,
which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set
17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
In Acts 15:16 God the Son says when He will rebuild the Tabernacle, and in Acts 15:17 He says why!
His holy mountain, Zion, is the place being prepared for a great feast, the marriage feats of the Lamb! But, what He says to Israel is harsh. Very few Jews today believe the Bible, even the Hebrew Scripture. Oh, they may be able to quote it, but they don’t believe it!
Because of their unbelief they were destined for the sword, physical death! That prophecy came during the holocaust of WWII!
Due to their lack of hearing the Lord, Israel was destined to eat and still suffer hunger, to drick and remain thirsty! That was a famine of the word that Israel has suffered for two millennia!
Israel’s songs of joy are now sung with heavy hearts!
In verse 15, we find that the lost shall cast away the name of the LORD and curse the chosen One, Christ Jesus! In return, He shall “slay” (Heb műt-מוּת) them!
That has already taken place. Those who do not acknowledge Christ are already dead in their trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1)! However, those who are dead may be brought back to life in Christ Jesus!
In considering the fate of the lost, we must also admit that when they turn and acknowledge Christ, they shall be “called by another name!”
Blessing is only a blessing if it causes Godliness and Truth!
God tells us that “the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hidden from mine eyes.”
17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.
Some may assume that the new heavens and the new earth are only foretold in Revelation. However, verse 17 refers to the new creation! And again, we find that the former things shall not be remembered, nor come to mind.
Some teach that this refers to the millennial reign of Christ. However, the New Heaven and the New Earth come into existence after the millennial reign. At that time all shall be created anew. And so, there shall be no more need to recall the sin-corrupted former things!
We are to be glad and rejoice in what God does knowing that all things work together for good all things work together for good to those who love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Universal joy shall be the result of the new creation! When
extreme joy is the “norm” weeping shall be a thing of the past!
In that day, men shall fulfill the complete will of God! Isaiah was a Jewish Prophet, and as wonderful as God told them His will is for mankind, Isaiah still spoke in negative terms! Perhaps that is a way of telling Israel not to become complacent in their being chosen. Many Jews in Jesus day and today rely completely on being chosen and think they can do anything “they” choose! History does not agree! That mental condition carries over into verse 20!
Jews have difficulty in thinking beyond the physical realm! Those who follow Christ shall live far beyond what we now see and understand! Their “work” shall not be in vain! True peace shall be normal!
In verse 14, we find that God provides prior to the need!
The greatest example is Christ Jesus who was the “Lamb slain from the foundation
of the world!
In the world to come all conflict shall be eliminated!