He can choose disgraceful perversions like sodomy to mock you to the universe. God does not consider the dog man’s best friend; God happens to prefer fine horses. saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? He clearly stated that His use of it applied to hellfire, and He did not mention Isaiah. Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at his word: “Your own people who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, ‘Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy!’ Yet they will be put to shame. Isaiah foretold this combination and Jesus quoted it (Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:14-20). 16  For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. Isaiah gave a very good cross-reference to this text earlier in his book (Isaiah 57:15). The next verse illustrates how we are to take these statements as spiritual metaphors. The Jewish calendar was lunar, and it dictated the great feasts and memorials of God. ************* Birth and Prosperity of the Gospel Church  –  Verses 7-14  ************. The Humble and Contrite in Spirit. The Old is to be thrown away as being beggarly, inferior, decayed, and waxed old. I. Learn more. Glory! Introduction The book of Isaiah is composed of three natural divisions: sayings, principally of judgment, chapters 1-35; historical narratives, chapters 36-39 (almost identical with II Kings 18:13-20:19); and sayings, principally of comfort, chapters 40-66. Malachi wrote about these same Jews in 70 A.D. and is very similar (Mal 4:1-3). What will they do with the priests and Levites of earlier (Is 66:21), are they literal? Here is a defining and indicting word of the LORD Jehovah about acceptable worship. It was the worst tribulation ever, with 1.1 million in the city only. For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. Doctor, Lawyer, Businessman, Scholar. Follow Desiring God on Facebook. Similar in mocking fashion is David’s indictment of animal sacrifices (Ps 50:7-13). Dogs and pigs are two of God’s vilest creatures – dogs eat vomit; pigs prefer mud. Shall I bring to the birth — Shall I disappoint and render abortive a design of which I myself was the author, when every thing is ripe for execution, and the effect just ready to be produced? Such a man trembles at scripture, for his fear and love of God craves pleasing Him. It means God killed the majority of the nation and left them dead for worms to eat. We know that the prophets used similitudes (Hosea 12:10), so we take this as one. The fact there is a temple here and other aspects of context, then it must be 70 A.D. Review the opening verses where they put their vain trust in the temple (Jer 7:3-15). 24  And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. Since a carcass has no spirit (Jas 2:26), if the bodies are in hell, where are the spirits? The LORD will repay His enemies. But be glad and rejoice forever. Isaiah 66. The Spirit did not inspire just one or two, but He rather gave four for great emphasis. Where is the house that you will build Me? 14  And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies. There are 40 references to dog or dogs in the Bible, but you cannot find a good one. Jews and Gentiles, Ephraim and Judah, will unite together in peace under the gospel. These examples are some of the most graphic comparisons and contrasts in the Bible. In the previous two chapters, Israel appealed in prayer to their covenant with God (Is 64:4-5,8-12). Isaiah 51: ‘I am he who comforts you’. Psalm 23: ‘your staff and rod, they comfort me’. (Isaiah 66:18-21) The Lord has set a date for all the world to stand before Him: to behold His glory and to be confronted with the truth that He alone is God (verse 18). Living Worship to God. There are Gentiles in this context (Is 66:12), so we apply it easily to the gospel era. Isaiah 66:13. What is clear? era (Hos 12:10). The last phrase is the figure of speech of meiosis, understating the matter (Isaiah 65:12). 9  Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? A. God set a sign, the ensign of Jesus Christ, to call Jews and Gentiles (Isaiah 11:10-12). When Moses foretold 70 A.D., he wrote God would consume the earth (Deut 32:22). In verses 1-6, Yahweh Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. They do this as well with Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, and Malachi (James Trapp). as certainty, so we are not misled by wild fantasies. The abominable practices of pig’s meat and abominable creatures is given (Is 65:4). Consider this well – God loves His elect, and He will both protect and avenge them. 66:5, which shows the judgment of prideful, unbelieving Jews. N.T. Judgment and Hope - This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. All flesh, whatever that is from the previous verse, will look with scorn on ruined Israel. Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. The church of God is described as a woman in both testaments, so grasp it clearly here. 10  Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: 11  That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. Matthew 5: ‘Blessed are … Don't have an account? If it is Christ along with Gentile conversions, then it is the desolation of Jerusalem. Since they chose their own ways of life and worship, He would also choose their pain. Read Isaiah 13 and 34 again to see use of graphic, universal terms for a modest event. No one has ever seen a birth this quick and this productive in numbers without a miracle. Chapters 65 and 66 go together since both use similar language to describe the same or similar events. An unrighteous man bringing a meat or drink offering is as if he offered pig’s blood. Isaiah from the beginning of his prophecy condemned external form (Is 1:10-20). The character of the Jews here is less that of idolatry and more hypocritical, ceremonial religion. The sermon text, Isaiah 66, declares to us God's program of evangelism for the world. Isaiah has already introduced us to worms relative to the king of Babylon (Is 14:11). God, by Lady Wisdom, described the hard judgment for rejecting truth (Pr 1:20-32). gospel era. Isaiah 4 Resources. Here is the explosive growth of the church as the gospel goes forth with great success. Once you understand spiritual metaphors, other passages will clear up (Malachi 3:1-4). If spiritual components are not in place, all outward worship becomes abominable. Jeremiah was very bold condemning Israel’s vain trust in their temple (Jer 7:1-10). Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. In this case, the church birthed many children quickly, and she had much milk for all. They delighted in their inventions of worship and life conduct rather than God’s. When these great events occurred, the blessing and vengeance of God would be known. The gospel of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 66:9. 7  Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. It has been replaced by the gospel kingdom that will never be moved (He 10:28-29). The gospel of the kingdom was preached to the world for a witness (Matthew 24:14). “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word. Malachi wrote the same thing – blessing and judgment known (Mal 3:17-18; 4:1-3). The four examples God chose are what He thinks of Mosaic worship without godliness. Read the testimonies of Zacharias, Elizabeth, Mary, Simeon, and Anna for the comfort. 12  For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. The Jews had two noteworthy temples, but they by themselves were not proper worship. This is a trait of dangerous Christians – despising those that are good (II Tim 3:3). Isaiah has already introduced us to unquenchable fire relative to Edom (Is 34:8-10). Updated: Wed, 11/09/2016 - 20:53 By admin. The Spirit led Isaiah to use the rescue from Babylon as a take-off figure or type for the N.T. For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a … God chose which delusions He would turn them over to (Ezek 14:6-11; 20:25-26). As Malachi, John, and Jesus warned heavily, He would bring armies to destroy them. What holiday … Scripture: Isaiah 66:2. A recovery and return is clearly described, a temple rebuilt, a new era established, and Israel ended. They were belly worshippers minding earthly things, angering God (Phil 3:18-19). 66. Browse Sermons on Isaiah 66:9. 1. fire (BDB 77; see Special Topic at 47:14) 2. whirlwind (BDB 693 I, … 66:15-16 Notice the different metaphors used to describe YHWH's judgment. saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut. Looking forward, there were three great wars – Assyria, Babylon, Rome – with significant effects. Wise Jews knew they had no continuing city on earth, but in heaven (Heb 11:10; 13:14). God’s great love for His elect would be visible in the explosive growth of the church. Isaiah used key terms of God’s O.T. xvii., No. Though Chaldeans and then Romans destroyed one city, a glorious one took its place. This is the great reformation from Moses’ O.T. It is not Christ. If God created the universe, and all matter has long existed, what can man give Him? In places applicable to both Israel’s return and Christ’s kingdom, each verse has its own proportion. Solomon laid out this axiom of crucial spiritual integrity (Prov 15:8,29; 21:27; 28:9). Isaiah 66 – Rejoicing in God’s Ultimate Victory A. Scripture: Genesis 1:27, Isaiah 59:1, Isaiah 66:2, Psalms 89:13, Psalms 145:16, Nehemiah 1:10 (view more) (view less) Denomination: Pentecostal Blessed Are … If a foolish sinner wants to choose against God’s ways, He will choose against him. Love every word of God – the vengeance would come from the very temple they adored. THE CONTEXT This is the last chapter of the book of Isaiah—dated between 538 and 520 B.C.—the period immediately following the return of the exiles to Jerusalem (Muilenburg, 760). 13  As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. There is no reason to apply this to heaven, since that would be a leap the prophet rarely attempts. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? The elect will consider them in memory for deserving the worst judgment of history. 2,5)! Stephen used this verse in his sermon to mock Jewish temple worship (Acts 7:49-50). They are very different from the previous two chapters that were intercessory prayer for the exiled. An unrighteous man burning incense to God was received as if he praised an idol. Gentiles are identified by name twice agreeing with the great mystery of godliness (Is 66:12,19). Since the prophet looks forward to Messiah and his times, all of Malachi is a good commentary. The slain were many? Gentiles read the Bible and see the fulfilled fury of God on devilish Jews in 70 A.D. Every sensible man that loves Jesus Christ abhors the vile monsters that killed Him. Jesus corrected Jews and Samaritans for widely missing true worship (Jn 4:20-24). Isaiah 65 Jeremiah 1 ... Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. Toil, especially painful effort or exertion, suffering. By scripture and memory. Do not take the man child too far. Watch our overview video on chapters 40-66 of the book of Isaiah, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. An unrighteous man that sacrifices a lamb is as if he offered a dog’s head to God.