Isaiah 2 Commentary

Isaiah 2 Commentary

Isaiah is full of symbols. Verses 1 to 5 introduce us to the Mountain of the LORD. It will tower above all the other mountains. The timing of this event is sometime in the ‘last days. Is this passage of scripture referring to a day when Jerusalem would prosper again?

Yes, but prosperity is not commerce and industry; neither political power nor technological advancement. We can recheck it. The nations will come to Jerusalem to learn the ways of the LORD. It is a time of peace.

By the time Isaiah was winding down his earthly pilgrimage, Jerusalem was only a little more than a city-state. Invasion after invasion had ravaged the nation. Of course, Isaiah never lived to see the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar in 587 BC. The Romans would match against Jerusalem in 70 AD and flatten the city, as predicted by the LORD Jesus Christ. The years in between weren’t too great either. Neither are the years after 70 AD.

The reader is drawn back to the time of the Christ. The Mountain has risen above all others. The reader is among the nations making trips to Jerusalem’s temple – the LORD Jesus Christ. An indestructible temple that stands tallest amongst all others. He teaches us the ways of the LORD.

From Jerusalem’s Temple are peace and joy. Of course, it is never peace as per world standards. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.” John 14:27a

Isaiah then turns his attention to the Jerusalem of his time. It was no different from the Canaanite peoples that the LORD had driven out. Consequently, and in keeping with the solid promise of the LORD, Jerusalem would be wiped out – precisely like the Canaanites. The LORD scatters sin and the sinful.

We can read this chapter with many thoughts running through our minds. True to this word, Jerusalem was scattered. And from the Book of Lamentations, we shall see just how bad the physical conditions were for the people. You don’t want to think about it.

Probably the most comforting thought can be drawn from verses 12 to 18. The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty. Against all swaggering big names; against all giants; against every soaring skyscraper; against ocean-going luxury liners.

The LORD has the last word.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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