(I would like to preface this by saying that I recently watched a sermon
by Adrian Rogers over TV on this chapter with particular emphasis
on “Truth Fallen in the Street” of verse 14 – it was entitled “A Nation
in Crisis” – program 2093 – which aired on April 5, 2009 - I would
recommend accessing this site (Bro. Rogers is deceased) – at www.lwf.org
(lwf = Love Worth Finding) – Every American should ponder this -
every person in the world could and should profit from it.
vs. 1-8 - A GENERAL REBUKE OF
MANIFOLD SINS, The command given to the prophet in Isaiah 58:1
to “show God’s people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their
sins “ — partly executed in Isaiah 58:4-7 and 13 — is now further
carried out by a scathing denunciation of various forms of wickedness,
more or less prevalent in
heavy.” The passage has many analogies with Isaiah 1:2-23.
v. 1 – “The Lord’s hand is not shortened” - God is not less able to
help than of old; His “hand” has lost none of its power. That He does not
help is owing to the iniquities of His people, which have separated between
Him and them (ver. 2).
vs. 2-3 - a barrier between the people & Jehovah
Sensualists tread the same weary ground over and over
with a growing feeling that they are slaves, compelled
to grind perpetually on the same treadmill.
To be cut off from God is to be cut off from the source
of all joy, peace and happiness!
v. 4 – “None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they
trust in vanity” - The whole basis of the dealings between man
and man was unsound, corrupt and chaotic
When truth and plain dealing are set aside, things
soon becomes ruin and confusion.
WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIETY
GOD’S PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT
WHEN “THE FOUNDATIONS BE DESTROYED, WHAT CAN
THE RIGHTEOUS DO?” – Psalm 11:3
v. 5 – “They hatch cockatrice’ eggs” - The meaning here is that the people
gave themselves to brooding on and hatching purposes which were as
pernicious and destructive as the eggs of venomous serpents. And weave the
spider’s web; i.e. “their purposes were as flimsy and unsubstantial as the web
of the spider.”
vs. 6-8 – These people were good at:
leads to life is straight – they have wandered from it and made
for themselves “crooked” paths, which can only lead to destruction
“WHOSOEVER GOETH THERIN SHALL NOT KNOW PEACE”
Isaiah, anxious to bring the people to confession and amendment, makes
humble confession in their name, joining himself with them, as if he had
been a participator in their iniquities.
* * * * Compare Daniel 9:3-19 * * * * *
v. 11 – “We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves” – this
roaring of the bears represents the deep murmur of
I would like to note that in my commentary on Isaiah that I have
written the dates of August 16, 1966 and June 17, 1993 – making
reference to the mourning of the doves – this is a useless comment
but I had been in
August 14, 1966 – May I say that the doves still mourn and so
AND DESPONDENCY and why???? – v. 2 – “HER INIQUITIES
HAVE SEPARATED HER FROM HER GOD!!!! (CY – 2009)
vs. 12-13 - Sins of the heart, of apostasy and of the tongue.
v. 12 – “Our transgressions are multiplied before thee” - i.e. they are
very numerous; and they come “before God,” so as to attract His attention
and call for His animadversion. “Our sins testify against us”; i.e. “rise up
against us as witnesses, whose evidence we cannot disprove, and have not
even the face to dispute.” “Our transgressions are with us” - “constantly
haunt us” – “and as for our iniquities, we know them” - we are aware of
them, we acknowledge them, we have them continually in our memories. It
is one of the most certain phenomena of consciousness that grievous sins,
deadly sins, haunt the mind, and cannot in this life be wiped out from the
memory. What did David say after committing adultery with Bathsheba?
“I acknowledge my transgressions: and MY SIN IS EVER BEFORE ME”
v. 13 - An enumeration of special sins. First, sins of the heart.
“Transgressing and lying against the Lord”; or rather, treason and
unfaithfulness to Jehovah (Cheyne); followed by “departing away from
God”, or the secret act of apostasy. Next, sins of the tongue: “Speaking
oppression and revolt”; or, oppression and wrong — the “wrong,” probably,
of false accusation (comp.Deuteronomy 19:16); and, lastly, “conceiving
and uttering · . . words of falsehood” generally.
v. 14 – This is the section which Adrian Rogers emphasized in the above ref.
inverted — the innocent are condemned, the guilty acquitted.
make appeal to it.
courts of justice.
v. 15 – “Yea, truth faileth. Truth itself is altogether gone, is missing,
not forthcoming. This is the worst of all. For truth is the basis of the social
fabric, the groundwork of all morality. Once let there be no regard for
truth in a state, no discredit attaching to lying, and all virtue is undermined, all
soundness is vanished — nothing remains but “wounds, and bruises, and
putrifying sores” (Isaiah 1:6). IS THIS NOT WHAT SECULARISM AND
THE MEDIA HATH WROUGHT TODAY?? (CY – 2009) – “He that
departeth from evil maketh himself a prey” - Evil-doers prosper. The man
who “eschews evil,” and declines to employ (as others do) the weapons of
fraud and violence, simply gives himself over as a prey to those who are
less scrupulous than himself.
vs. 15-21 - A PROMISE OF DELIVERANCE TO OPPRESSED
The prophet promises a deliverance from both. The deliverance will be
followed by the establishment of Messiah’s kingdom, which will continue
v. 15 - "THE LORD SAW IT AND IT DISPLEASED HIM” – these
are circumstances such as to INVITE a DIVINE VISITATION!
v. 16 - No resolve in man so it was necessary for God to
arise and show Himself.
“He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there
was no intercessor” - God looked for some champion of the oppressed
to arise; it was to be expected under the circumstances. But, alas! “there
was no man.” None stood up to resist the unrighteous and protect the
innocent; much less did any stand up to deliver
adversaries. When it is said that God “wondered” at no champion
appearing, we must understand the expression as an anthropomorphism·
“Therefore His arm brought salvation unto Him” - As there was no
human champion, it became necessary that God should arise in His own
Person, and show Himself. “His arm” and his “righteousness” were
enough; no human aid was needed, or could have added anything to the
resistless strength of His might (comp. Isaiah 63:5)
AND WE DO NOT HAVE THE STOMACH OR RESOLVE TO
DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT (like being like the “salt of the earth”)
BUT GOD HAS THAT WILL AND THAT RESOLVE!!!
MAY ALL GLORY BE UNTO HIM FOR EVER FOR BEING SUCH
A JUST AND RIGHTEOUS GOD AS HE – “Give unto the Lord the
glory due His name” – Psalm 29:2
v. 17 – GOD’S ATTIRE
“Righteousness” – a breastplate
“Salvation” – a helmet
“Vengeance” - clothing
“Zeal” – a cloak
Compare MAN’S ATTIRE OR ARMOR according to the Apostle Paul in
“Truth” - for a loin cloth
“Righteousness” (like God) – a breastplate
“Gospel of Peace” – for shoes
“Faith” – for a shield
“Salvation” (like God) – a helmet
“Word of God” – as a sword of the Spirit
v. 19 - "So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west" -The result
of the triumphant exhibition of God’s might will be a conversion of the
Gentiles, who will flock in both from the west — the quarter of “the
islands” — and from the east, to do reverence to the name and to the
glory of the Lord”
vs. 20-21 - And the Redeemer shall come to
from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. As for me, this is my covenant
with them, saith the LORD; My Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which
I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the
mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD,
from henceforth and for ever.
v. 20 – “And the Redeemer
shall come to
shall come a Redeemer for
the “enemies” shall have been punished, repentant
shall be saved by the coming of Messiah. As usual, the prophet does not
note, or perhaps see, intervals of time, but blends events of various periods
into one glorious vision of triumphant deliverance, redemption, and
prolonged spiritual life in the Redeemer’s kingdom.
v. 21 – “As for me” - literally, and I. The prophet begins with one
construction, and then checks himself, and introduces another. “This is my
covenant” (comp.Jeremiah 31:31-34; and see the comment on
Isaiah 53:3). The new covenant involved the giving of God’s Spirit to
His people (Joel 2:28); and this Spirit, it is here promised, shall not
depart from God’s people while time endures. The Spirit will be
accompanied with certain “words” which will be put into the Church’s
mouth; and these words will remain unchanged and pass on from mouth to
mouth, age after age, for ever. The “words” intended are probably those of
the entire Bible — “all God’s revelations’’ (Cheyne) — which the Church
will maintain as inspired truth through all ages. The Church will continue
to the end of the world as Christ’s great witness upon the earth, testifying:
“Upon thee” - i.e. upon
upon thee”) is not unusual in Isaiah (Isaiah 1:29; 33:2; 49:5; 62:11, 12).