Our reading today is Song of Solomon 7 through Isaiah 11. The reading of Isaiah is interesting, full of Messianic prophecies, and hope for the rest of the world. The language toward Judah and Israel is quite strong and warns them of their need to return to right worship of YHWH [the LORD].
The prophet Isaiah was a man who loved the LORD. He was a prophet from the nobility of his day. The time was one of wealth and prosperity, but the people had forsaken the LORD of hosts. They had turned to idols from the living God. The prophet says to them –
“Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, ‘I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, My people doth not consider.’ Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.” Isaiah 1:3-4 (KJB)
The prophet found it difficult to see owners of oxen and donkeys able to use them for plowing, hauling things and such without any problem; the donkey and the ox being obedient to their masters commands, and guidance taps; yet the people of God did not know God in obedience; the One who had delivered them from Egypt; provided them with many judges who delivered them from tormentors and persecutors.
Yet, here too is a love story. One of a wonderful salvation. The prophet’s name means, “The LORD is salvation”. The salvation of Israel is a direct result of the love of God for them. Their salvation does not mean they are a perfect people; just a delivered people. The same is true for the Christian of today.
It is the love of God; and the fact that He is holy and righteous; that will not allow His children to be a success at sinning.
“But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.” Isaiah 5:16
The Lord loves you today. Christian do not continue in your sin. Repent and obey Him. If you are still in your sin, that love has been shown to the world by the death of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, on the cross, His burial, and His bodily resurrection. The goal for the child of God is to sin no more; and one day that will be accomplished through the return of Jesus Christ in His glory.
In chapter 7 we have the prophet telling the king Ahaz to ask the LORD for a sign, he refuses, and the LORD gives him the sign of a virgin conceiving and bearing a son (7:14), of course, ultimately prophetic of the coming Christ hundreds of years later. There are also more prophetic pictures of Jesus’s coming in chapter nine. In verses 1-2 we have Him coming as a Light; and in verses 6 and 7 a ruling Prince of Peace; whose rule will be forever.
A personal word is given to the prophet Isaiah, by the LORD in 8:11-18 and I want you to note especially verse 13;
“Sanctify the LORD of hosts Himself; and let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.” Isaiah 8:13 (KJB)
The prophet of God was not to walk in the way of “this people”. They were fearful, and afraid of enemies conspiring against them. The LORD tells Isaiah to fear only the LORD. Set Him apart in your heart alone and when you do that you will fear nothing else. When a person fears nothing but God; there is nothing that will be impossible to that individual.
Though God has warned Judah and Israel of their future captivity, He also gives them hope of a future back in the land of Promise, and the envy between the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and the Southern Kingdom of Judah will be over;
“And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.” 11:12-14
What is taking place in the Middle East today with the nations of the world trying to bring peace to Israel is a part of prophecy; and God still forever reigns, and is accomplishing His purposes in this world.
Jesus Christ died for our sins on the cross, was buried, and He rose again. He is our salvation. Call on His name.