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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Here Is Your GOD, Our SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!




Isaiah 40:1-31 NIV








Comfort for GOD’s People





1Comfort, comfort MY people,

says your GOD.









2Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,

and proclaim to her

that her hard service has been completed,

that her sin has been paid for,

that she has received from The LORD'S Hand

double for all her sins.








3A voice of one calling:
“In the wilderness prepare
The Way for The LORDa ;
make straight in the desert
a highway for our GOD.b







4Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5And The Glory of The LORD Will Be Revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the Mouth of The LORD Has Spoken.”







6A Voice says, “Cry Out.”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”


All people are like grass,
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.






7The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the Breath of The LORD Blows On them.
Surely the people are grass.
8The grass withers and the flowers fall,






but The WORD of our GOD Endures Forever.”








9You who bring good news to Zion,
go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good news to Jerusalem,c
lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid;
say to the towns of Judah,


“Here is Your GOD!”







10See, The SOVEREIGN LORD Comes With Power,
and HE Rules with a Mighty Arm.
See, HIS Reward Is With HIM,
and HIS Recompense Accompanies HIM.
11HE Tends HIS flock like a Shepherd:
HE Gathers the lambs in HIS Arms
and Carries them close to HIS Heart;
HE Gently Leads those that have young.







12Who Has Measured the waters in the hollow of HIS Hand,
or with the Breadth of HIS Hand marked off the heavens?
Who Has Held the dust of the earth in a basket,
or Weighed the mountains on the scales
and the hills in a balance?

13Who can fathom The SPIRIT of The LORD,
or instruct The LORD as HIS counselor?
14Whom Did The LORD Consult To Enlighten HIM,
and who taught HIM the right way?
Who was it that taught HIM Knowledge,
or showed HIM the path of understanding?

15Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;
HE Weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
16Lebanon is not sufficient for altar fires,
nor its animals enough for burnt offerings.
17Before HIM all the nations are as nothing;
they are regarded by HIM as worthless
and less than nothing.

18With whom, then, will you compare GOD?
To what image will you liken HIM?
19As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
and fashions silver chains for it.
20A person too poor to present such an offering
selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
to set up an idol that will not topple.

21Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22HE Sits Enthroned above the circle of the earth,
and its people are like grasshoppers.
HE Stretches Out the heavens like a canopy,
and Spreads them Out like a tent to live in.
23HE Brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown,
no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than HE Blows On them and they wither,
and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

25“To whom will you compare ME?
Or who is My Equal?” says The Holy ONE.
26Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
HE WHO Brings Out the starry host one by one
and Calls Forth each of them by name.
Because of HIS Great Power and Mighty Strength,
not one of them is missing.
27Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from The LORD;
my cause is disregarded by my GOD”?

28Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD Is The Everlasting GOD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth.
HE Will Not Grow Tired or Weary,
and HIS Understanding no one can fathom.
29HE Gives strength to the weary
and Increases the power of the weak.






30Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31but those who hope in The LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;






they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.









Chapter 40






At this chapter begins the latter part of the prophecy of this book, which is not only divided from the former by the historical chapters, but seems to be distinguished from it in the scope and style of it.


In the former part(chapters 1-39), the name of the prophet was frequently prefixed to the particular sermons, besides the general title (as 2:1; 7:3; 13:1) and consisted of many burdens, many woes; but this is all one continued discourse, and the prophet not so much as once named and consists of many blessings.  There the distress which the people of GOD were in by the Assyrian, and their deliverance out of that, were chiefly prophesied of; but that is here spoken of as a thing past (52:4); and the captivity in Babylon, and their deliverance out of that, which were much greater events, of more extensive and abiding concern, are here largely foretold.


Before GOD Sent HIS people into captivity HE Furnished them with precious promises for their support and comfort in their trouble; and we may well imagine of what great use to them the glorious, gracious, light of this prophecy was, in that cloudy and dark day, and how much it helped to dry up their tears by the rivers of Babylon. 



But it looks further and to greater things; much of CHRIST and Gospel Grace we meet with in the foregoing part of this book, but in this latter part we shall find much more; and, as if it were designed for a prophetic summary of the New Testament.  











We Should Glory In GOD And HIS Grace





Isaiah 39:1-8 NIV








Envoys From Babylon







1At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of his illness and recovery. 2Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil—his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.






3Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?”


“From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came to me from Babylon.”


4The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?”


“They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”


5Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, 


“Hear The WORD of The LORD ALMIGHTY: 



6The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, Says The LORD.



7And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”






8 “The WORD of The LORD you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”















The story of this chapter likewise we had before, 2 Ki. 20:12 , etc. It is here repeated, not only as a very memorable and improvable passage, but because it concludes with a prophecy of the captivity in Babylon; and as the former part of the prophecy of this book frequently referred to Sennacherib’s invasion and the defeat of that, to which therefore the history of that was very fitly subjoined, so the latter part of this book speaks much of the Jews’ captivity in Babylon and their deliverance out of that, to which therefore the first prediction of it, with the occasion thereof, is very fitly prefixed. 


We have here, 


I. The pride and folly of Hezekiah, in showing his treasures to the king of Babylon’s ambassadors that were sent to congratulate him on his recovery (v. 1v. 2). 

II. Isaiah’s examination of him concerning it, in GOD'S Name, and his confession of it (v. 3v. 4). 

III. The sentence passed upon him for it, that all his treasures should, in process of time, be carried to Babylon (v. 5-7). 

IV. Hezekiah’s penitent and patient submission to this sentence (v. 8).






Monday, September 24, 2018

JEHOVAH Adds Eternity To Our Life In HIS SON JESUS





Isaiah 38:1-22 NIV








Hezekiah’s Illness







1In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said,


“This Is What The LORD Says:


Put your house in order, because you are going to 


die; you will not recover.



2Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to The LORD, 






3 Remember, LORD, how I have walked before YOU faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in YOUR Eyes.”


And Hezekiah wept bitterly.


4Then The WORD of The LORD Came To Isaiah: 


5“Go and tell Hezekiah,


‘This Is What The LORD, The GOD of your father 

David, Says:


I Have Heard your prayer and Seen your tears; I Will Add fifteen years to your life. 6 And I Will Deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I Will Defend this city.


7“ ‘This Is The LORD'S Sign to you that The LORD Will Do What HE Has Promised: 


8I Will Make the shadow cast by the sun go back the 

ten steps it has gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.’ ” 



So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had gone down.






9A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:






10I said, “In the prime of my life
must I go through the gates of death
and be robbed of the rest of my years?”
11I said, “I will not again see The LORD HIMSELF
in the land of the living;
no longer will I look on my fellow man,
or be with those who now dwell in this world.
12Like a shepherd’s tent my house
has been pulled down and taken from me.
Like a weaver I have rolled up my life,
and HE Has Cut me Off from the loom;
day and night you made an end of me.
13I waited patiently till dawn,
but like a lion HE Broke all my bones;
day and night you made an end of me.
14I cried like a swift or thrush,
I moaned like a mourning dove.
My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens.
I am being threatened; Lord, Come to my aid!”
15But what can I say?
HE Has Spoken To me, and HE Himself Has Done This.
I will walk humbly all my years
because of this anguish of my soul.
16Lord, by such things people live;
and my spirit finds life in them too.
YOU Restored me to health
and Let me live.
17Surely it was for my benefit
that I suffered such anguish.
In YOUR Love YOU Kept me
from the pit of destruction;
YOU Have Put all my sins
behind YOUR Back.
18For the grave cannot praise YOU,
death cannot sing YOUR Praise;






those who go down to the pit
cannot hope for YOUR Faithfulness.
19The living, the living—they praise YOU,
as I am doing today;
parents tell their children
about YOUR Faithfulness.
20The LORD Will Save me,
and we will sing with stringed instruments
all the days of our lives
in The Temple of The LORD.


21Isaiah had said, “Prepare a poultice of figs and apply it to the boil, and he will recover.”

22Hezekiah had asked, “What will be the sign that I will go up to The Temple of The LORD?”













This chapter gives an account of Hezekiah's sickness, recovery, and thanksgiving on that account. His sickness, and the nature of it, and his preparation for it, as directed to by the prophet, Isaiah 38:1, his prayer to GOD upon it, Isaiah 38:2 the answer returned unto it, by which he is assured of living fifteen years more, and of the deliverance and protection of the city of Jerusalem from the Assyrians, Isaiah 38:4, the token of his recovery, the sun going back ten degrees on the dial of AhazIsaiah 38:7, a writing of Hezekiah's upon his recovery, in commemoration of it, Isaiah 38:9, in which he represents the deplorable condition he had been in, the terrible apprehensions he had of things, especially of the Wrath and Fury of The ALMIGHTY, and his sorrowful and mournful complaints, Isaiah 38:10, he observes his deliverance according to The WORD of GOD; expresses his faith in it; promises to retain a cheerful sense of it; owning that it was by the Promises of GOD that he had lived as other saints did; and ascribes his preservation from the grave to the love of GOD to him, of which the forgiveness of his sins was an evidence, Isaiah 38:15, the end of which salvation was, that he might praise The LORD, which he determined to do, on stringed instruments, Isaiah 38:18, and the chapter is closed with observing the means of curing him of his boil; and that it was at his request that the sign of his recovery was given him, Isaiah 38:21.