Category Archives: Isaiah

Your God Will Come!

What does it mean when your God comes? Is it something to dread? Something to rejoice in? Isaiah 34 & 35 both speak of God coming.

“[T]he physical and spiritual curses of the fall are starting to be taken away by Jesus. The healings were signs of the inbreaking new creation, which were not the complete healing of peo­ple’s bodies, since they would still die due to effects of the fall. Nevertheless, these wonders foreshadowed Jesus’ own complete healing in resurrection and the time when his followers will be completely healed.” (G. K. Beale, A New Testament Biblical The­ology, p. 569).

The next 101 Bible Study, meeting Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Astoria area, focuses on Isaiah 34 & 35. You are invited! Call 971/238-6101 for location.

A Sealed Book and Talking Pots

Isaiah 29 includes references to a book or scroll that is sealed and thus unreadable, and to a pot that talks back to the potter.

“The point of this chapter [of Beale’s book] has been to underscore that, on the one hand, trust in idols ‘formed’ by humans results in spiritual blindness and deafness, as a reflection of of the idols themselves. It is idolatry that leads to all other sins committed by humans. On the other hand, trust in God as the only legitimate ‘former’ of images results in humans being ‘formed’ into something that is unique­ly able to reflect God’s glorious image. Being re-created in God’s image leads to increasing righteousness.” (G. K. Beale, A New Testament Biblical The­ology, p. 380).

“This is perhaps as sad a picture as is to be found anywhere in the Old Testa­ment. When one considers all the manifold and rich gifts that the gracious God had given to this people; when one reflects that it was His design to make of this peo­ple a ‘kingdom of priests and a holy nation,’ and then reads of the rebellion and apostasy that characterized the nation, one can but won­der at the goodness and pa­tience of God. Yet God’s pur­poses were not frustrated.” (E. J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 2, p. 318, on Isa­iah 29:12).

The next 101 Bible Study, meeting Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Astoria area, focuses on Isaiah 34 & 35. You are invited! Call 971/238-6101 for location.

Wailing Ships and the Lord’s Purpose

“As Tyre’s own colonies had once stood in relationship to herself and to the sanctuary that was in her midst, so now she will stand in relation to the Temple of the true God. . . . It is the same thought that we find expressed elsewhere in Scripture; ‘The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents,: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts’ (Ps. 72:10)Such gifts were really brought to the Lord himself, and we may see a true fulfill­ment of the prophecy, though not an exhaustive one, in the action of the wise men bringing gifts to Jesus.” (E. J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 2, pp. 141–142).

“[T]he judgment of Tyre in­cludes overturning her mer­chants because they had become proud about their economic achievements and consequent power: ‘The Lord of hosts has purposed to bring down all the pride of the glorious ones and to dis­grace every glorious thing on the earth’ (Isa. 23:9 LXX). . . . Tyre’s economic self-idolatry was the cause of its eventual judgment. . . . The point is that the chief purpose of humanity, ac­cording to the Apocalypse, is to glorify God and to enjoy him, not to glorify oneself and enjoy one’s own achievements.” (G. K. Beale, The Book of Revelation, NIGTC, pp. 921–922).

The next 101 Bible Study, meeting Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Astoria area, focuses on Isaiah 34 & 35. You are invited! Call 971/238-6101 for location.

 

Pegs and Keys

key_11334cThe 101 Bible Study focuses on Isaiah 22.

“Grief came to [Isaiah]. . . because the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who should have acted as a holy priest­hood, had, by their sin and their generally care­less attitude, them­selves been the cause of the city’s downfall. When calamity comes to the Church, every Christian must feel that calamity as though it were his own. The hymn writer has accu­rately stated the mat­ter:

For her my tears shall fall,
     For her my prayers ascend;
To her my cares and toils be giv­en,
     Till toils and cares shall end.”

(E. J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 2, p. 92).

“When we think of the power of the key, we are reminded immediately of what Christ said to Peter: ‘I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven’ (Mat. 16:19). Christ is ‘the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one shall shut, who shuts and no one opens’ (Rev. 3:7). Through the of­fices, Christ allows His church to serve as steward. Isn’t this an awesome policy for a world writhing in pain?” (C. Vanderwaal, Search the Scriptures, Vol. 5, p. 27).

 

 

 

 

 

A Triple Blessing

Is1925In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the Lord of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.” (Isaiah 19:24–25, ESV)

God’s people in Isaiah’s day may have thought of themselves as blessed by God. They were less comfortable with their calling (remember what God has said to Abraham?) to be a blessing. But that the Gentile nations of Egypt and Assyria, the world powers of the day, would join them in being a blessing was unthinkable. Israel may have considered being God’s inheritance a blessing—but to have Egypt, their former oppressors, called “my [God’s] people” and Assyria the work of his hands was astounding. Yet that is God’s triple blessing pronounced by the prophet! What does he mean?

The late Dr. Edward J. Young wrote:

“Isaiah is. . . portraying a time when those who once were enemies of God, Gen­tiles in the flesh, without Christ, aliens from the com­monwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, hav­ing no hope and without God in the world, will become one new man, and will be fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God.” (The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 2, pp. 46–47).

 

 

The Descent Isaiah 14

ruins_17345ac“Pride, however, is not found among Israel alone. It made to Isaiah no difference whether the boasters were the petty grandees of Ju­daea, or the mighty mon­archs of the East…. Its high­est embodiment this sin of pride had found, to the far-reaching vision of Isaiah, in that King of Babel, who said in his heart: ‘I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit upon the mount of congregation (the mythical mountain, where the gods assembled), in the uttermost parts of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.’ (14:13,14). Pride is in its essence a form of self-deifi­cation. Satanic sin, a type of Satan, has been found in the King of Babel thus de­scribed….” (Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology, p. 302).

“To ride upon the clouds [Isaiah 14:14] is God’s pre­rogative, and the king thus shows that he wishes to be equal with and rival God. In­tentions such as this are the prelude to downfall. ‘Ye shall be like God,’ serpent had said in the garden. Whenev­er men have designed to raise themselves to an equality with God, a descent follows.” (E. J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 1, pp. 442–443).

The 101 Bible Study meets on Friday, October 5, near Astoria. Call 971/238-6101 for details.

The Root as a Banner

branch_16454cNot underground, but raised as a military signal–that’s a strange place for a root. But Isaiah is writing about a very special root. The 101 Bible Study this Friday focuses on Isaiah 11. Call 971/238-6101 for location and details.

“The incarnation is the cen­tral fact of history and of the church’s confession: ‘Great in­deed, we confess, is the mys­tery of godli­ness. He was mani­fested in the flesh’ (1 Tim. 3:16). Even be­fore the the Fall, God eternally decided that the Son should as­sume a human nature, consisting of a body and soul. As the eternal Son who has no beginning and no end, he has always known that he would become the incar­nate one (i.e. ‘the en­fleshed one’).” (Mark Jones, Knowing Christ, p. 26).

“God is the author, the cause, the agent, the ac­complisher of that salvation. Salvation apart from God is unthinkable. . . . What more can we have – what more do we need than God Himself? He is our salvation.” (E. J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 1, p. 405).