Isaiah 11:16 I’m A Highway Kind of Guy

Isaiah 11:16 (KJV)
And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

I am a highway kind of guy. I like to travel the fastest, straightest most effective road possible. Sometimes life doesn’t work that way. It’s not always the way that is open. It is not always the way that should be taken.[1] Sometimes it is healthful to slow down and enjoy the trip.

So I was intrigued by this promise.

The word highway means, “a raised, public road.” It springs from a word meaning exalted. A highway is built up so rainwater sloughs off to either side. The materials used to raise the road are hard and compact so the road allows for fast travel. It is planned, purposeful and paid for.

God’s promise is that He would give Israel a highway out of Assyria like the one He gave them out of Egypt.

  • Obstacles would be removed
  • Signs would clearly mark the way
  • Provisions would be made on the route and
  • Protection would be available from danger

There is an exalted, well marked and paid for way that exists for all who would travel it.

It is Jesus as He is found in the Word of God.

 

[1] The narrow way that leads to eternal life is the opposite of the highway.

 

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Isaiah 9:9-10 Pride Refuses To Accept Judgment

Isaiah 9:9-10 (KJV)
And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.

The pride of Ephraim and Samaria are in view. But the audience God addresses is Judah.[1]It seems appropriate then to give this passage a broad application.

Perhaps the worst thing about pride is that it cannot see God. Pride builds idols of gold and silver, wood and stone, and sometimes of flesh and bone. The gods of pride block the view of the living God. They may even blur the mind so that the one bowing to them believes he is bowing to the true and living God.

Pride seeks to rebuild what God has taken down. Pride refuses to accept judgment. Pride believes that, if God cannot be reached in prayer and holy worship, He can certainly be reached through a Tower of Babel.[2]

  • Pride replaces humility with hard work
  • Pride replaces repentance with reform and religion
  • Pride builds movements rather than churches

The cure for pride is humility. When we accept our judgment He graciously replaces it with Christ.

[1]Isaiah is a prophet in Jerusalem. His ministry is directed, especially early on, to the king in Jerusalem.

[2]Religion of man’s own making.

 

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Isaiah 9:9-10 (KJV) Pride Refuses To Accept Judgment

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Isaiah 5:21 The One Who Is Wise In His Own Eyes

Isaiah 5:21 (KJV)
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

I have a pretty good idea about what this verse means. It would be wise, though, to understand it in its context. The one who is wise in his own eyes:

Has become desensitized to sin
Isaiah 5:18
Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:

He has sinned little by little almost imperceptibly, until the cords of sin are too strong for him to break.

Has become calloused to the judgment of God.
Isaiah 5:19
That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it:and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!

I am reminded of Peter’s prophecy “Where is the promise of His coming?[1]

Has become twisted in his conscience
Isaiah 5:19
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

I have known people who would rather applaud wickedness than righteousness.

Has become accustomed to spirits
Isaiah 5:22
Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

Alcohol is called a Spirit for a reason. There is no question that the Bible teaches the abstinence of strong drink. A telling sign today is in how many so called Christians approve of the drinking of alcohol. It is a defiance against God and a demonstration that they think they know better than God.

Has become blind morally
Isaiah 5:23
Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Lawmakers now justify what is opposed to God and count Christians as potential threats.

 

[1]2 Peter 3:4 (KJV)
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

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Isaiah 1:9-10 A Very Small Remnant

Isaiah 1:9-10 (KJV)
Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.
Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed entirely. Only Lot, his wife and two of his daughters survived.[1]God’s grace had done a different thing in Israel. He had left a remnant. Though their own evil had left them destroyed, they were not utterly consumed.

Still, the symbol was near enough the prophet was compelled to liken Judah to these wicked cities. He did not preach to the literal cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, long since punished and gone. He preached to the rulers of Judah and the people of Israel. Dare these people liken their sins to those of Sodom and Gomorrah?

Surely the discerning Christian can see the same likeness in our own day. The evil, the sin, the ignorance of all things God, is rampant to the point we cannot but expect that God will once again rain judgment.

In my own area of the Pacific Northwest scientists warn of an imminent disaster involving volcanoes, earthquakes and violent seas. Most people ignore these prophets of doom. I can’t help but wonder whether God won’t judge the wickedness so openly practiced in Seattle and Olympia with just such a disaster.

Perhaps God’s grace will leave a remnant of His own to minister to the survivors.

[1]If you can call it that. Lot’s wife died just after leaving the city and his daughters were as good as dead spiritually.

 

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Isaiah 64:1-5 Where Is Revival Needed Today?

Isaiah 64:1-5 (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.
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.

Bible students have long pointed out that Isaiah looks like a mini “Bible in one book.” Isaiah 64:1-5 Where Is Revival Needed Today?There are sixty-six chapters and, if one really stretches, they roughly correspond to the sixty-six books of the Bible. It’s not difficult at all to see a shift in the mood of Isaiah at chapter 40, corresponding to the beginning of the New Testament.

Using that line of thinking, Isaiah 64 places us in the Pauline Epistles of the New Testament, perhaps even later. Would it be possible to compare this chapter to passages like:

  • 1 &2 Thessalonians,
  • 2 Timothy chapter 3 or
  • Jude? 

Couldn’t we think of this as a latter day prophecy similar to Paul’s “This know also…?”

If we made that connection then Isaiah is preaching about the days we live in right now.

Notice the plea of Isaiah. He is asking for revival. How we need such a revival in our world today. We need it in America but we need it in more than only America:

  • We need revival in Europe where secularism has all but drowned out the voice of God’s people
  • We need it in communist nations where the struggle to regain a spiritual foothold begins to grow and is at once threatened
  • We need it in the Middle East where Islam has riddled the people with fear and falsehoods
  • We need revival in third world countries where in some cases the gospel has yet to be heard

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Isaiah 62:6-7 Christians Can’t Keep Silent

Isaiah 62:6-7 (KJV)
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

One of the things most hated about evangelistic Christians is that they are too outspoken about their faith. The irreligious tell us they would be fine with us if we would just be quiet about what we believe. There are many things wrong with this:

Our faith requires we be evangelistic about our faith
We are really practicing our faith if we are quiet about it.

Their argument isn’t sincere
They believe that if they can keep us quiet they can starve us out. If we are not evangelistic we will have no converts and we will die out by attrition.

This would be terribly hypocritical of us
Even those who hate what we believe need what we believe. God is. That being the case, for a Christian to know this and be quiet about it is heartless and cruel. The sleeping family in a burning house may not like being awakened but to allow them to sleep in their condition is unconscionable.

So too for the Christian to keep silence.

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Isaiah 60:17 The Hope of All Who Serve the Lord

Isaiah 60:17 (KJV)
For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

“This commences the description of the happy times when the Gentiles should be led to embrace the true religion, and when the wealth of the world would be consecrated to the service of the true God. The idea is, that all things would be changed for the better….”[1]

I can buy these words by Albert Barnes if by better we mean:

  • a better covenant,
  • a better High Priest,
  • etc.

God has never promised the world would get better but He did promise both Jews and Gentiles of the Old Testament era a better outcome through the Messiah.

I see in this verse the hope of all who serve the Lord. We know that our efforts are feeble at very best. We can never in our flesh be perfect even as our Heavenly Father is perfect. We can never meet God’s standard of righteousness. We can never from the strength of fallen man bring forth gold silver and precious stones.

We are not asked to or expected to.

He hath made Him to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.[2]

  • Where we are not perfect He is our perfection
  • Where we are not holy He is our righteousness
  • Where we bring forth wood, hay and stubble He brings gold, silver and precious stones

 

[1] Barnes Notes

[2] 2 Corinthians 5:21

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Isaiah 59:21 Future Generations

Isaiah 59:21 (KJV)
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.

This covenant is made first to Israel and then, according to verse 19, “they that fear the name of the Lord from the west.

The covenant begins “As for me…” regardless of what people do, whether the Jews or the Gentiles, this is what God will do.

He will give the Spirit and the Word:

  • To them
  • To their children
  • To their children’s children

forever.

This is three generations from Isaiah[1] but then it goes on forever.

  • The people who left Babylon
  • The people who rebuilt Jerusalem
  • The people who suffered under Rome

Even those who, because they cut off their Messiah were cut off from God, were not cut off altogether. The Word of God they had been used to deliver still does its work.

My desire has always been to see the ministry God has given me passed down to my children and children’s children. But should my grandchildren not be called into official ministry this promise still holds true, as we do not know what future generations may surrender to preach the Word of God.

[1] More likely this should begin when Israel left Babylon.

 

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Isaiah 52:13-15 God bless the United States of America

Isaiah 52:13-15 (KJV)
Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.
As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:
So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

John Gill,
“This is not to be understood of water baptism, for though this has been administered in many nations, yet not by Christ, nor done by sprinkling; … but better of the blood of Christ, called the blood of sprinkling, by which the conscience is purged from dead works, and the heart from an evil conscience, and by which multitudes of many nations are justified and sanctified”

While I do not believe this is best applied to the many kings of history that were brought under a supposed allegiance to Christ in either the Catholic or Protestant state churches, it has been demonstrably true that people of many nations, most especially European ones and the USA have come under the influence of Christ and true Christian principles. In very many cases those who have been in authority have come under that same Christian influence.

Mouths have been stopped. The most brazen plans of men have been hushed by the tenants that we’ve been taught in the Word.

Our most recent election is an example. Though neither of the major candidates has a firm Christian testimony, one is obviously influenced by those principles of Judeo-Christian faith and the other is an outspoken opponent not only of her opponent but of those very Judeo-Christian principles. On a number of occasions she

  • Demeaned,
  • Dismissed and generally
  • Denied

Christian thinking.

But, when she addressed the public and conceded her defeat, she referenced the Scriptures[1] and she closed with an appeal, “May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.”

[1] And NOT the Koran.

 

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Isaiah 47:10 Success Has Perverted Us

Isaiah 47:10 (KJV)
For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.

The passage is a judgment against Babylon. God had lifted her up and used her as an instrument for refining the Jews. There were some notable conversions in Babylon but the end result was that she became lifted in pride. Wickedness became her faith and she refused to believe God would hold her accountable. God pronounced this judgment against her, “Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee…”

Could not the same be said of those leaders in modern United States? God has obviously and I believe miraculously used the United States of America. Our history is replete with accounts of blessings from the hands of Providence. No land has produced a greater number of leaders, inventors, entrepreneurs and wealthy. Why, we chose to go to the moon and, within a decade, did it, Just to show the world we could.

But our wisdom, our knowledge our success has perverted us.  We no longer believe we need God. We believe we can rule in our own wisdom.   Officials in the highest offices of our nation, all the way to the men[1] in our pulpits have abandoned the sure truth of the Bible for what they believe to be a higher wisdom.

  • We need revival.
  • We need a general repentance. 
  • We need a humbling that recognizes that there is no God beside Him.

[1] And, regretfully, women.

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