Perfect Peace

Isaiah 26, See also Luke 1:46-55 Verses 1-4 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: Verses 3 & 4 These verses feel very similar to the ones found over in …

Lo, This is Our God… and He Will Save Us

Isaiah 25 This week I have had the opportunity to contrast the rich of this world verse the poor (in spirit) who wait upon God. What is this salvation that God only can offer? What is this feast of fat things that only God can provide? This chapter makes discipleship personal. Phrases like: “Oh Lord, …

The Land Shall Be Utterly Emptied

Isaiah 24 This chapter starts with the sober prophecy that “the Lord maketh the earth empty.” This desolation is documented in the subsequent verses and is noted as being all inclusive. In verse 4, the word “languish” is used to document the state of the world and the haughty people who inhabit it. Languish is …

I Travail Not, Nor Bring Forth Children

Isaiah 23 Here is another chapter steep in historical context, a prophecy against Tyre. Tyre is a port city and strategically placed along key trade routes connecting Egypt and all the Mediterranean to the lands of Assyria, Babylon, and also Jerusalem. The concluding verses are curious. Though Tyre is referred to as a harlot in …

As a Nail in a Sure Place

Isaiah 22, Additional Insights “Thine slain men are not slain with the sword…” What does it mean to have a host of people living dead lives? Not that I would cast a sweeping judgment across the bulk of humanity, but the question begs consideration. What does come of a nation that has utterly discounted their …

Watchman, What of the Night?

Isaiah 20, 21 Prophets are what make this thing real. It is what connects humanity to the heavens. It should be noted the that nakedness (see vs 2) spoken of in Isaiah 20 is generally assumed to be a debasing of garments, not utter nakedness. In chapter 21, the destruction of so many countries and …

Blessed Be Egypt My People

Isaiah 19, Additional Contexts As I revisit this chapter for a second morning, the first thought that impresses me is this final thought of the chapter: Israel is not alone in the Lord’s eyes. Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance. Vs. 25 The Lord refers …

An Ensign on the Mountains

Isaiah 18 This chapter deals with the gathering of a nation “scattered and peeled” throughout all the earth. The description of Israel includes “a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down.” Isaiah uses almost the same wording at the beginning and the end of the chapter to describe Israel. …

Shall a Man Look to His Maker

Isaiah 17 This chapter is an indictment against Israel. But it also is a warning against anyone that would oppress Israel. Hands off says the Lord! Israel is not to be punished to the benefit of other nations. These garden analogies are very poignant in my situation. I understand both the analogy and the real …