Isaiah  26

 

 

vs. 1-18 - A SONG OF THE REDEEMED IN MOUNT ZION -The

prophet, having (in Isaiah 25.) poured forth his own thankfulness to God

for the promise of the Church’s final redemption and triumph, proceeds

now to represent the Church itself in the glorified state as singing praise to

God for the same.

 

v. 1  In that day” – In the day of God – II Peter 3:12 – the tenth verse

            says “the day of the Lord WILL COME” – it will be the period

            of the “restitution of all things”  - Acts 31

 

"we have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks"

 

The intention is to convey the idea of complete security - the might of God

will be a Sure Defense – there will be no need of walls or bulwarks.

 

v. 2 - “the gates of it will not be shut at all” – Revelation 21:25

 

I marvel at the Bible which is God’s written word – Jesus Christ, His

Son is the Living Word – the Bible is a sort of Owner’s Manual

which addresses every dimension of our needs. 

 

Psalm 19:7-11 says:

 

  • “the law of the Lord is Perfect, converting the soul
  • “the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple
  • “the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart
  • “the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes
  • “the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever
  • “the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether
  • “more to be desired are they than gold, yea, much fine gold”
  • “sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb”
  • “moreover by them is thy servant warned and in the keeping of

      them there is great reward”

 

I say all this to say that the Bible is current and had a purpose for

my life and yours – my mother-in-law – Ruth Cathcart’s favorite

verse is v. 3 -

 

 

v. 3 – “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed

            on thee”

 

In this world and the next – on the security and immovableness of

the New Jerusalem – it is all peace and sure defense on God’s side

and all trust and perfect confidence on man’s side!

 

v. 4 - "In the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength" – literally the

            Rock of Agesa certain refuge throughout all eternity

            is no doubt intended.

 

v. 7 - "the way of the just is uprightness" - for the

            most part free of doubt and perplexity as to

            the line of conduct which it behoves them to

            pursue.

 

v. 8 – “we waited for thee” - During the long years of our affliction

            and persecution in the world, we waited in the constant

            expectation that “thy judgments” would fall upon our

            persecutors.

 

            "the desire of our soul is to thy name, and

            to the remembrance of thee"

 

v. 9 - "with my spirit within me will I seek thee early"

 

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee:  my soul

thirsteth for thee n a dry and thirsty land where no water

is” – Psalm 63:1

 

v. 10 -  Let favor be showed to the wicked, yet will he not

            learn righteousness” -  “He maketh His sun to rise on

            the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just

            and on the unjust”  - Matthew 5:45 -  mercy & long-suffering

            thrown away on the wicked

 

v. 14 - Where are the gods of the past?  How strange it seems that

            the “great gods” whom so many millions worshipped in former

            timesBel, and Asshur, and Ammon, and Zeus, and Jupiter —

            should have passed so completely away as to be almost

            wholly forgotten!

 

 

v. 16 - "they poured out a prayer when thy chastening

            was upon them"

 

vs. 19-21 - THE PROPHET’S COMMENT ON THE SONG OF

THE JUST. Having concluded his “song of the just” in a minor key with

a confession of human weakness, the prophet proceeds to cheer and

encourage his disciples by a clear and positive declaration of the doctrine

of the resurrection: “Thy dead, O Israel, shall live.” He then adds a

recommendation for the present — a recommendation to privacy and

retirement, until the judgments of God which he has predicted (Isaiah 24.)

are shown forth upon the earth.

 

 

v. 19 - "Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead

            body shall they arise.  Awake and sing, ye that

            dwell in the dust:  for thy dew is as the dew of

            herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead"

 

Compare Job 19:26-27 - "And though after my skin

            worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall

            I see God:  whom I shall see for myself and not

            another; though my reins be consumed within

            me"

 

v. 21 – “The Lord cometh out of his place” -  (comp. Micah 1:3). In

the Psalms God is represented as “bowing the heavens and coming down,”

bringing them, as it were, with him. Here (and in Micah) He quits His place

in heaven, as a king quits his own country when he proceeds to take

vengeance on rebels in another. The expressions are, both of them,

accommodations to human modes of thought. to punish the inhabitants

of the earth for their iniquity” literally, to visit the iniquity of the

inhabitant of the earth upon him. the earth also shall disclose her blood

literally, her bloods; i.e. her bloodsheddings; the many murders committed

by man upon her surface. Isaiah denounced “murderers” in his first chapter

(v. 21). Manasseh’s murders were the main cause of the first destruction

of Jerusalemchild sacrifice – in this day aka as abortion (2 Kings 24:4).

The second destruction was equally a judgment for the innocent blood that

had been shed upon the earth, “from the blood of righteous Abel unto the

blood of Zacharias son of Barachias”(Matthew 23:35). Bloodshed “cries

to God for vengeance” (Genesis 4:10), and will be one of the main causes

of the world’s final destruction (Revelation 16:6; 18:20) – “and shall no

more cover her slain” - “There is nothing covered that shall not” in the last

day “be revealed, and hid that shall not be known” (Matthew 10:26). Every

murder, however secret, will be brought to light, and every murderer, however

unsuspected previously, denounced and punished.

 

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