Isaiah 65:1-3 Hands Spread Out

Isaiah 65:1-3 (KJV)
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.
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;
A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

The interpretation of this passage cannot be mistaken as the Apostle Paul applies it in Romans 10:20-21
But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

There are two peoples in view:

  • The Gentiles unto whom God calls out, “Behold me” though they were not called by His name. 
  • The Jews who, though called by His name, are styled as rebellious. 

I was intrigued by that phrase, “I have spread out my hands.”Immediately my mind conjures three pictures:

  • The leader who stretches out his hands as if to call people to himself 
  • The father who spreads his hands to embrace a loved one and
  • The Saviour who stretched out his hands on the cross. 

Perhaps all of these pictures apply. 

God certainly calls the Jews to Himself just as He calls the Gentiles. See Him reaching out to both those who never knew Him and those who have rebelled against Him. 

God too reaches out to embrace and comfort and love all those who will come to Him. What comfort belongs to the Jew and the Gentile who responds to the loving invitation of God the Father. 

All of this is made possible because Jesus spread His hands before the Jews (and under the authority of the Gentile Romans) on the Cross. 

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Isaiah 64:1-3 Rent Heavens

Isaiah 64:1-3 (KJV)
Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.

The burden of the preacher expressed in this prayer tells me that God didn’t “rend the heavens” very often. Sounds like he would have loved to have God do it right then. 

We know that it didn’t exactly happen. There were some periods of national revival after this, but Isaiah has to have been looking into the prophecies God gave him for Judah’s future and knew, unless the heavens were rent, they would be taken captives into Babylon. 

Isaiah admitted that his desire was something he could not imagine, something he could not express with detail. He knew God had done unbelievable things for His people in the past and only knew they needed God to do the same once again. 

I believe in specific praying. I agree that we need to: 

  • Seek the Lord
  • Determine His will and 
  • Pray specifically for that

But in those matters that matter most we would be best to leave the details in the hands of God. He knows what we need more than we ever can. 

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Isaiah 63:13-19 Focus

Isaiah 63:13-19 (KJV)
That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?
As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.
Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?
Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.
O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.
The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.
We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.

This passage sounds a lot like the Jews of Jesus’ day; “We have Abraham to our father.[1]The Jews of Jesus’ day would not eat with a Gentile and challenged Peter for going in to preach the Gospel to Gentiles.[2]

I think the question of verse 17 goes back to the loss of the northern tribes to Assyria. 

  • Why had God allowed the tribes to be divided as they were? 
  • Why had there been so many years of contention? 
  • Why hadn’t God revived them before they were completely destroyed?

These are the questions that leave Israel unbelieving even to this day. These are also the questions that will drive believers, and more so, their children into doubt and unbelief now. 

Rather than focusing on: 

  • The consequences of sin, 
  • The conquest of the world and 
  • The concept of what we deserve, 

we would do much better to focus on:

  • The gift of Gods love
  • The hope of God’s promises 
  • The needs of this world and
  • The obedience to God’s Word 

[1]Matthew 3:9 (KJV)
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

[2]Acts 11:2-3 (KJV)
And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were of the circumcision contended with him,Saying,
Thou wentest in to men uncircumcised, and didst eat with them.

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Isaiah 60:19 Genuine Light

Isaiah 60:19 (KJV)
The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

It makes sense that we should take care of our world. It’s not much different than the home we live in. If we are to enjoy it, it must be cleaned, maintained and, from time to time repaired. The earth is about the same. In order to enjoy it we need to keep it clean, we need to maintain things that are renewable such as forests and waterways. Once in awhile we need to adjust our actions for the most efficient and long-term benefit of natural resources. I have no problem there. 

God’s Word gives us call to care for the earth. Israel, you might recall, was given instructions on the care of their land. And, when Judah was captured by Babylon, the term of the sentence was seventy years. One year for each year they had not given the land rest. 

That said, the world has lost its sense of propriety in this area. Global scientists have lost all common sense when measuring our earth’s resources. And then there are the “mother earthers.” Only this week I read a woman extolling the wonders of the cattail and praising “Our Mother” for this bountiful treasure. Baloney!

One of God’s promises for eternity is that, one day, the sun and moon will no longer give light. Our light will be from the original source, God Himself. What a glorious day that will be. But I can hear someone complaining. They so enjoy false light, created light, alternative light, that they cannot imagine enjoying genuine light. 

I see in this a representation of many of our troubles. We have grown so accustomed to things that are created or, worse, man-made that we practically refuse what is original, authentic, and from above. 

Namely, God. 

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Isaiah 58:1-2 Cry Aloud, Preacher

Isaiah 58:1-2 (KJV)
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

That standard, and perhaps most appropriate, interpretation of this passage is to view it as a rebuke of the formal but dead religion of the Jews under Manasseh. 

  • They sought God daily
  • They delighted to know His ways
  • They did righteousness 
  • They forsook not the ordinance of their God
  • They asked of God ordinances of justice 
  • They delighted in approaching God

But they did it all of their own power. They boasted of the flesh and of the national ability to do (in their own eyes) the right thing. 

  • Truly Israel was like this in the days of Christ.
  • Truly I have met some who today attempt righteousness through obedience to the law
  • Truly I know plenty who even attempt it through obedience to New Testament doctrine

There is another application of the passage I want to briefly consider. The best of us, as Christians; those who:

  • Seek God daily 
  • Delight to know His ways
  • Do the right thing 
  • Forsake not His Word and 
  • Obey His instructions and
  • Approach the throne of grace regularly 

Even those of us who do all of this are but sinners. We are saved, but we, like Paul count not ourselves to have apprehended. We press toward the prize[1]realizing we have not yet obtained it. 

It is our great desire then that our preachers, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”

If we are to apprehend that which the Lord has for us, we are going to need our preachers to faithfully urge us to it. 


[1]Philippians 3:14 (KJV)

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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Isaiah 55:11-13 God’s Plan Hasn’t Changed

Isaiah 55:11-13 (KJV)
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Isaiah 55 is one of those gold veins in Scripture where we find one piece of valuable wisdom after the other.

The final verse I think may be one of the most interesting. Commentaries assign various symbols to the thorns and briars; to the fir and myrtle trees. I see little harm in that. Applications for personal profit abound in the Word of God. What I see is an end to the curse of Genesis three. 

God’s plan is and has always been one. He plans to restore what was lost in the sin of the Garden. Ages come and go. Leaders, nations and empires rise and fall. Truth is nothing has ever really changed. 

Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Adam and Eve fell in sin. Jesus Christ came to reconcile fallen man to God.

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Isaiah 51:21-23 Christians Who Overcome

Isaiah 51:21-23 (KJV)
Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine:
Thus saith thy Lord the LORD, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again:
But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.

Notice the contrast, “drunken, but not with wine.” This is an obvious prophecy, which is fulfilled in 

Acts 2:15-18 (KJV)
For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is butthe third hour of the day.But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

The prophecy speaks of an afflicted people who experience an overpowering that is not caused by either their sorrows or the use of alcohol. It is an overpowering of the Holy Spirit of God. That this filling is meant to apply to more than the believers of Pentecost is clear from Ephesians 5:18 (KJV)
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 

These were Gentiles and they were years after Pentecost. What applies to them ought still apply. We do not need tongues and sign gifts, as they were to cease after the finality of the Word of God.[1]What we do need today are Christians who overcome their burdens not with wine and other strong drinks, but with the fullness of the Holy Ghost. 

And to have the wine certainly prohibits one of the potential of the other. 


[1]1 Corinthians 13:8-11 (KJV)
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

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Isaiah 49:1-5 The Struggle of Faith

Isaiah 49:1-5 (KJV)
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;
And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.
Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.
And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.

I came into contact with two friends of my past today. Though I still count both of them friends, they have each chosen a path unlike the one we once walked together; a path of believing simple, fundamental Bible doctrine and practice. 

One of those friends has chosen a path of progressivism
They did not quit church. They just now do church in a wholly different way. Their church, though apparently filled with people, is dark, worldly looking and popular in current Christian circles. The appearance of their platform is more similar to a rock stage than an old fashioned pulpit. 

My other friend has chosen a path less Christianized
Though this friend would deny they have abandoned the faith once delivered. They have set their sites now on something that is outside of Christian thinking. 

One of those friends recently described what I think is the thing that led them both away from that path we once all walked, peace. This friend said that they now have a peace and a sense of joy that they are not sure they ever had before. 

But, I thought, God gives peace and joy?

Isaiah, I think, knew something of the struggle both of my friends endured. It is, by the way, a struggle I endure and one all believers experience. Isaiah felt like he labored in vain. He felt like he was unsuccessful. He felt like he did as God led but he did it with little fruit. 

One of my friends handled their struggle by embracing a sort of Christianity that could make them feel successful. 
I do not believe they are successful. I would simply call their work wood, hay and stubble. 

The other friend handled their struggle by giving up. 
Rather than pursuing God, they chose to pursue peace and joy. What’s more, they chose to pursue it without God.

And my struggle?
I choose to handle it as Isaiah did. Isaiah chose to please the Lord, not men and not even self. Isaiah chose to let God be his strength. God help me do the same.

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Isaiah 44:18 From the Head to the Heart

Isaiah 44:18 (KJV)
They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.

Someone said, “ The difference between faith and religion is the 18 inches from our head to our heart.” That’s a truth born out in this verse. Men see with their eyes but they understand with their hearts. 

Herein lies the danger with so much of modern Christianity, even within Fundamental Baptists. The current movement is toward knowledge, not understanding. Many of today’s young Christians, having grown up in sound churches, are leaving them claiming that their fathers in the faith had passion without knowledge. They are now buying into the teachings of men they deem to be of better scholarship, the Reformers. This is leading them to embrace ideas of belief that are based on observation rather than faith. 

Recently I heard of a movement to deny the leading of the Holy Spirit outside of the Bible. As I understand it, they would say God’s Spirit does not lead lost men to do things that accomplish God’s will or that God’s Spirit does not lead Christians in matters not specifically addressed in the Bible. This denial of the spiritual nature of faith leaves the heart out of the Christian equation. 

I agree that, in matters of the spiritual and the heart, one must take care never to place that above the Word of God. The Holy Spirit never leads one to do contrary to the Word of God. But He does provide leading in issues other than the Word of God. 

It’s the difference between what the eye sees and what the heart understands. 

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Isaiah 41:10 Where Our Attention Belongs

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

The enemy certainly appears powerful. He has skilled craftsmen who have molded gods of great design. They have nailed and fastened them so they seem immovable, unchanging and strong. 

It is in the environment of this powerful idolatry that God told Israel He had chosen them. They had no reason to fear. God promised them these things:

I am thy God
They could rest in that. He is real and He is theirs. They had not made a mistake in trusting Him. They would not err in continuing to trust Him. 

I will strengthen thee
God Himself would fortify them, encourage them and make them strong, even obstinate in faith. 

I will help thee
It means to surround, protect or aid. So often I feel like I need surrounded in the presence of the Lord. I am alone with men but in great company with God. 

I will uphold thee
He will grasp me with His right hand. He will keep me from falling. He will walk me to the end of my path. 

The phrase, “be not dismayed” means to took at with wonder, to gaze, study or fix attention. My attention does not, must not, be on the apparent progress of idolatry but on the promises of God. 

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