I. Through the symbolism of the name Maher-shalal-hash-baz, the prophet announces the swift invasion of Assyria that would exile the northern kingdo... Read more
I. Through the symbolism of the name Maher-shalal-hash-baz, the prophet announces the swift invasion of Assyria that would exile the northern kingdom, but only besiege Judah because it was protected by God (1-10).
A. By writing the oracle and by naming his son as a sign, Isaiah prophesied that Assyria’s invasion would be swift and complete (1-4).
1. God instructed the prophet to write in a public place the description of the swift plunder that was coming (1).
2. The prophet had a son and named him for the oracle of the swift plunder that was coming shortly on the land (2-4).
B. The prophet announced that because the people had defected in their allegiance, God was about to bring the Assyrian army to judge the land (5-8).
1. The people had rejected the peace of Jerusalem for military alliances outside the land (5-6).
2. God was about to bring the Assyrians to exile the northern kingdom and cover the land of Judah (7-8).
C. By challenging the invading army to do all they might, the prophet affirms the triumph of Judah because God is with them (9,10).
1. He challenges Assyria to invade and fight (9).
2. It will not work because God is with them (10).
II. The prophet warns the people that if they panic in the crisis and do not follow his example and fear and trust the LORD, then they will fall in the war (11-18).
A. The prophet warns the people that if they do not fear the LORD they will be lost (11-15).
1. The prophet himself was warned not to panic like the people were doing (11-12).
2. The prophet learned and proclaimed that the LORD was to be feared and sought for security (13-14a).
3. The prophet warned that those who refused would be quickly destroyed in the invasion (14b).
B. The prophet demonstrated by his faith and affirmed by the signs that security was in the LORD alone (16-18).
1. He had his words sealed and testified to among his disciples (16).
2. He affirmed that he was waiting in faith on the LORD who was his security (17).
3. He and his children were signs (18).
III. The prophet warned the people that if they were foolish enough to seek help from the spiritists they would be utterly lost (19-22).
A. It is foolish to consult the dead for advice when the only hope is in the living God (19).
B. It is necessary to test the spirits to know who is telling the truth (20).
C. Those who turn aside to idolatry and spiritism will be lost in utter despair and devastation (21-22). Read less
See Matthew 21:33-46, Mark 12:1-12, and associated notes. Luke inserts the crowd's response after Jesus had pronounced the verdict against the wicked... Read more
See Matthew 21:33-46, Mark 12:1-12, and associated notes. Luke inserts the crowd's response after Jesus had pronounced the verdict against the wicked vine-growers. Perhaps some were responding to that wickedness and praying that no one would engage in such evil conduct, but it seems likely from Jesus' conclusion that most were responding to the terrible judgment to come. And for those among the Jewish rulers who mouthed those words in rejection of the sentence that Jesus pronounced against them, Jesus pointed them back to the Scriptures they supposedly cherished to show that their resistance to what He had to say was futile. Read less
In response to Hezekiah's prayer, God sent assurance through Isaiah that He would defend Jerusalem from Sennacherib and cause Sennacherib to depart wi... Read more
In response to Hezekiah's prayer, God sent assurance through Isaiah that He would defend Jerusalem from Sennacherib and cause Sennacherib to depart without laying siege to the city. The reference to a hook and a bridle alluded to the Assyrians' own customs in treating prominent captives, as they would pierce a man's nose with a hook and lead him about as if he were an animal; in using this picture, God made it clear that He would control Sennacherib's actions without any resistance from the Assyrian king. God's action would expose Sennacherib's arrogance and blasphemy for what they were and would keep the Messianic line alive, maintaining the promise that God had given David (I Kings 7:12-16; I Chronicles 17:11-14). The sign that God gave was the promise that the remnant of Judah living in Jerusalem would be able to return to the surrounding countryside that the Assyrians had devastated and would be able to eat from self-sown crops until normal agriculture could resume and provide a harvest. Read less
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spirit... Read more
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Read less
7 You do so well in so many things - you trust God, you're articulate, you're insightful, you're passionate, you love us - now, do your best in this... Read more
7 You do so well in so many things - you trust God, you're articulate, you're insightful, you're passionate, you love us - now, do your best in this, too. 8 I'm not trying to order you around against your will. But by bringing in the Macedonians' enthusiasm as a stimulus to your love, I am hoping to bring the best out of you.
Note: Im not trying to order you around against your will.But bring in the Macedonians enthusiasm as a stimulus to your love. Im hoping to bring the best out of you.
11 Your heart's been in the right place all along. You've got what it takes to finish it up, so go to it. 12 Once the commitment is clear, you do what you can, not what you can't. The heart regulates the hands.
Note: This brought me joy, to hear this. Especially verse 11.
14 your surplus matching their deficit, their surplus matching your deficit. In the end you come out even. 15 As it is written, Nothing left over to the one with the most, Nothing lacking to the one with the least.
Note: I love this verse. Read less