Isaiah 59

 

 

(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 ISRAEL FOR ITS

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 Israel, the effect of which has been to separate

between Israel and God, to “shorten God’s hand” and “make His ears

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

HERE! 

 

 

 

 

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:

 

  • “works of iniquity”
  • “act(s) of violence” – violence creates nothing, at best it destroys
  • “running to evil” – they do enormous mischief
  • hasty at shedding of blood”
  • “their thinking is iniquitous”
  • “wasting and destruction are in their way”
  • “no peace to them” – peace can only be known in righteousness
  • “no judgment in their goings”
  • “they have laid out crooked paths for themselves” – the way that

      leads to life is straight – they have wandered from it and made

      for themselves “crooked” paths, which can only lead to destruction

       and

 

“WHOSOEVER GOETH THERIN SHALL NOT KNOW PEACE”

 

vs. 9-15 - ISRAEL HUMBLY CONFESSES ITS SIN’S TO GOD.

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

            Israel’s discontent which alternates with the mournful

            tones of Israel’s despondency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Hopkinsville only two days since I arrived on

August 14, 1966 – May I say that the doves still mourn and so

does IsraelAmerica is way down the road to DISCONTENT

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”

Psalm 51:3

 

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 wrongthe “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.

 

  • “Judgment is turned away backward -  Right judgment is exactly

      inverted — the innocent are condemned, the guilty acquitted.

 

  • Justice standeth afar off” - too far off to be able to hear those who

      make appeal to it.

 

  • “Truth is fallen in the street” -  false witness prevails over truth in the

      courts of justice.

 

  • “Equity cannot enter” - is not admitted inside the courts, but waits

      without.

 

 

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

ISRAEL. The godly in Israel were suffering a double oppression:

 

  • at the hand of their ungodly brethren; (today fellow Americans)
  • at the hand of the heathen (tomorrow the nations of the world CY-2009)

 

The prophet promises a deliverance from both. The deliverance will be

followed by the establishment of Messiah’s kingdom, which will continue

for ever.

 

 

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 Israel from its heathen

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)

 

 

 

 

AMERICA HAS PLENTY OF THESE SPIRITUAL PROBLEMS

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

Ephesians 6:11-17

 

“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 Zion, and unto them that turn

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 Zion” -  rather, and there

shall come a Redeemer for Zion, and for those who turn -  When the

“adversaries “and the “enemies” shall have been punished, repentant Israel

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:

 

  • to His Godhead
  • to His Redeeming Love, and
  • to the efficiency of HIS ONE SACRIFICE!

 

 Upon thee” -  i.e. upon Israel. The change of number and  person (“with them…

upon thee”) is not unusual in Isaiah (Isaiah 1:29; 33:2;  49:5; 62:11, 12).