|Isaiah 30 |
1 "Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "who take counsel, but not from me; and cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, so that they may add sin to sin;1
2 Who go down into Egypt, and have not consulted my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.
4 For his princes were at Zoan, and his ambassadors came to Hanes.
5 They will all be ashamed because of a people who cannot profit them, nor be a help or a benefit, but a shame and also a reproach."
6 This is the prophesy concerning the beasts of the south: Into the land of trouble and anguish, from which come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.
7 For the Egyptians shall help in vain, and to no purpose; therefore I have cried concerning this, "Their strength is to sit still."
8 Now go, write it before them in a tablet, and note it in a book, that it may be a witness for the time to come forever and ever.
9 For this is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the LORD;
10 Who say to the seers, "Do not see;" and to the prophets, "Do not prophesy what is right to us, speak smooth things to us, prophesy deceits and illusions.
11 Get out of the [true] way, turn aside from the path, cease from upholding the Holy One of Israel before us."
12 Therefore thus said the Holy One of Israel, "Because you despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and rely on them,
13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you like a breach [crack] ready to fall, bulging out in a high wall, whose breaking comes suddenly in an instant.
14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare. So there shall not be found a fragment of it to take fire from the hearth, or to take water out of the cistern.
15 For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: "In repentance and rest you are saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength;2 and you would not do it."
16 But you said, "No, for we will flee on horses. Therefore you shall flee." and, "We will ride on the swift horses. Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift."
17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five you will flee until you are left like a beacon on the top of a mountain, and a banner on a hill.
18 Therefore the LORD will wait, so that he may be gracious to you; and he will be exalted, so that he may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all those who wait for him.3
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the voice of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you.
20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will no longer be hidden, but your eyes shall see your Teacher;4 [When you have been purified through obedience and suffering in tribulation, you see God; you see the glory of God in the face of Christ Jesus.]
21 And your ears will hear a word from [you] following after, to say, "This is the way, walk in it," whether you are to go to the right or go to the left. [When you see your Teacher, He will then guide you with words to be spoken and works to be performed to His glory and your supreme joy.]
22 You will also defile the covering of your graven images of silver, and the ornament of your molten images of gold; you will cast them away as a menstruous cloth. You will say to them, "Depart from here."
23 Then he will give rain for the seed that you sow in the ground; and bread from the increase of the earth; it will be fat and plenteous. In that day your cattle will feed in large pastures.
24 Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground will eat clean fodder, which has been winnowed [sifted] with the shovel and with the fan.
25 And there will be upon every high mountain and every high hill, rivers and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
26 Moreover, the light of the moon will be like the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, like the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the breach of his people and heals the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the LORD comes from afar, burning with his anger, and the burden is heavy; his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue like a devouring fire;
28 And his breath is like an overflowing stream, which reaches to the middle of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of destruction; and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
29 You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity [festival] is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goes with a pipe to come to the mountain [temple] of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
30 And the LORD will cause his glorious voice to be heard, and will show the coming down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger and the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
31 For through the voice of the LORD the Assyrian will be beaten down, when he strikes with a rod.
32 And in every place where the staff of punishment passes, which the LORD will lay upon him, it will be with tambourines and harps; when in battles of brandishing he will attack with it.
33 For Tophet is ordained of old; Yes, it has been prepared the for king; he has made the fire pit deep and large; with fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, kindles it.
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1 Because the Jews missed the virgin having a child, as prophesied in Isaiah 7:14, therefore the Lord calls them in 'Isa 30:1, rebellious children;' when he says, 'woe to you rebellious children, says the Lord, that take counsel but not of me; that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin.' For, had they been covered with the spirit, they would have seen the sign that God gave them, the virgin having a son, the Immanuel, who came at the time according to Daniel's prophecy. Therefore, Isaiah says, "the Lord says, write it before them in a tablet, and note it in a book, that it may be a witness for the time to come, forever and ever; for this is a rebellious people, lying children, that will not hear the law of the Lord." Isa 30:1,8-9. So here you may see what they were in Isaiah's days, and the rest of the prophets'; and we may see what state the Jews were in Moses' days, and the rest of the Judges; and what they were when the Messiah came: for did they not say to the seers, 'see not;' to the prophets, 'prophesy not to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceit;' so we may see how they were against the prophets, and how they were all along from Moses to the Messiah. (This footnote's previous material was taken from George Fox's writing, A Mirror for the Jews).
And, is not Christendom asleep today too? Does not Christendom cover themselves with a false Jesus, a false salvation, a false faith, and a false hope? Does not Christendom say: "tell us smooth, easy things; tell us we are going to heaven; don't talk about sin, covetousness, sexual immorality, divorce, anger, rage, drunkenness, lying, envy, greed; tell us how God loves us; tell us that we are his favored people; tell us that he is going to rapture us into the heavens and then destroy the really evil people; tell us what our itching ears want to hear, tell us we are saved; tell us we are righteous, even though we are immersed in sin; tell us we are not going to die, as we continue to walk after the imagination of our own hearts, living our life just as selfishly as we think is good for us, as we make our own decisions about what is good and bad; tell us that perfection is impossible, that Jesus really didn't mean, 'be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect;' tell us there is no cross to bear, that Jesus did it all for us; tell us all we have to do is believe he is the son of God, and that obedience to all his commands is unimportant?"
2 In repentance and rest you are saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. Note: wait on the Lord in quietness, rest from all your worldly non-essential activities, and have confidence that the Lord will remove the sin that he shows you, as you repent; thus you are saved. There is no other way.
3 Blessed are all those who wait for him. Wait in quietness on the Lord to teach you and show you your heart's sins on a daily basis — such receive his blessing.
4 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet your teacher will not be removed into a corner anymore, but your eyes shall see your teacher; Yes, you will suffer at the hand of the Lord; unless you are scourged by the Lord, you cannot be accepted as a son. For the suffering is the way you become pure and acceptable company to the Lord. And when you are pure, you will see the Lord, your Teacher.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Mat 5:8. Without a pure heart, you are now, and will be, banned from heaven.
He appears to the purified heart of a believer — he is seen. This is his second appearance - this time to the purified in heart.
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts
to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 4:6.
Christ is revealed in your heart; you see, and have knowledge of, the glory of God.
The morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Pet 1:19.
Jesus is resurrected in us to be our true Lord. 2 Cor 4:14, Col 2:11-12,3:1, Eph 2:6
Paul said Jesus was resurrected in him: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
So, seek his face, and keep on seeking until he appears.
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