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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

JESUS Is Exalted Above All Names





Isaiah 2:1-22 NIV








The Mountain of The LORD








1This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:


2 In the last days


The Mountain of The LORD'S Temple will be established
as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.






3Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to The Mountain of The LORD,
to The Temple of The GOD of Jacob.
HE Will Teach us HIS Ways,
so that we may walk in HIS Paths.”
The Law will go out from Zion,
The WORD of The LORD from Jerusalem.






4HE Will Judge between the nations
and Will Settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares




 

and their spears into pruning hooks.






Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.






5Come, descendants of Jacob,
let us walk in the Light of The LORD.








The Day of The LORD



6YOU, LORD, Have Abandoned YOUR people,
the descendants of Jacob.
They are full of superstitions from the East;
they practice divination like the Philistines
and embrace pagan customs.
7Their land is full of silver and gold;
there is no end to their treasures.
Their land is full of horses;
there is no end to their chariots.
8Their land is full of idols;
they bow down to the work of their hands,
to what their fingers have made.
9So people will be brought low
and everyone humbled—
do not forgive them.
10Go into the rocks, hide in the ground
from the Fearful Presence of The LORD
and the Splendor of HIS Majesty!
11The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled
and human pride brought low;
The LORD Alone Will Be Exalted in that day.
12The LORD ALMIGHTY Has a day in store
for all the proud and lofty,
for all that is exalted
(and they will be humbled),
13for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty,
and all the oaks of Bashan,
14for all the towering mountains
and all the high hills,
15for every lofty tower
and every fortified wall,
16for every trading shipb
and every stately vessel.
17The arrogance of man will be brought low
and human pride humbled;
The LORD Alone Will Be Exalted in that day,






18and the idols will totally disappear.
19People will flee to caves in the rocks
and to holes in the ground
from the Fearful Presence of The LORD
and the Splendor of His Majesty,
When HE Rises To Shake the earth.
20In that day people will throw away
to the moles and bats
their idols of silver and idols of gold,
which they made to worship.
21They will flee to caverns in the rocks
and to the overhanging crags
from the Fearful Presence of The LORD
and the Splendor of HIS Majesty,
When HE Rises To Shake the earth.
22Stop trusting in mere humans,
who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem?














The prophecy in this and the two following chapters (3 and 4), constitutes one continued discourse. At what time it was delivered is not known, and cannot be ascertained by the prophecy itself. Supposedly it was in the time of Jotham, or Uzziah, and this opinion is probably correct, for it is to be presumed that in collecting the prophecies, those would be placed first which were first delivered. Besides, the prophecy relates to a time of prosperity, when the fruits of commerce abounded, and did much to corrupt the people (see Isaiah 2:7,Isaiah 2:16, Isaiah 2:20; Isaiah 3:18-23), and this accords best with the time of Uzziah, or the time of Jotham. 

The main scope of the prophecy is, to denounce the crimes which prevailed in the time when it was delivered; to threaten certain punishment for these crimes; and to assure the nation that there would be happier times when those crimes should have received their appropriate punishment, and when the nation should be reformed.


The prophecy has relation solely to the kingdom of Judah, Isaiah 2:1. The prophet opens the prophecy Isaiah 2:2 by a brief but striking statement of the happy period when The MESSIAH Should Come, and the happy influence of HIS Advent, Isaiah 2:2-4. It would seem, in looking at the entire prophecy, as if he had been contemplating the sins of the nation which then abounded, until his heart was sickened, and he involuntarily cast his mind forward to brighter and happier days when these things should cease, and The MESSIAH Should Reign in HIS Glory. The future times of The MESSIAH he exhibits, by showing Isaiah 2:2 that the benefits of the true religion would be extended to all people, and would be so conspicuous as to attract their attention, as if the Temple, the place of the worship of The True GOD, should be made conspicuous in the sight of all nations. It would excite a deep interest, and a spirit of earnest inquiry everywhere Isaiah 2:3, and the effect of HIS Reign would be to put an end to wars, and to introduce ultimately universal peace Isaiah 2:4.


In view of that, the prophet Isaiah 2:5 exhorts all the people to turn from their sins, and to walk in the Light of JEHOVAH. This leads him to a statement of the crimes which he would seem to have been contemplating, and the punishment which must follow from their prevalence. The statement of the crimes and their punishment is somewhat intermingled, but they may be exhibited so as to be contemplated separately and distinctly.




Crimes


Forsaking JEHOVAH;
Patronage of soothsayers;
Alliance with strangers Isaiah 2:6;
Accumulation of treasures;
Preparation of war-chariots Isaiah 2:7;
Universal and debasing idolatry Isaiah 2:8-9.




Punishments


GOD Would so Judge them as to produce universal dismay Isaiah 2:10.
HE Would Humble their pride, and bring them low Isaiah 2:11-12.
HE Would Smite and Destroy all their wealth, and the sources of national corruption and depravity Isaiah 2:13-17.
HE Would entirely Destroy the idols Isaiah 2:13.
HE Would Produce universal terror and alarm Isaiah 2:19-21.



In view of these heavy judgments, the prophet calls on the people Isaiah 2:22 to cease to trust in men, since all were mortal, and unworthy of their confidence.









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