Isaiah 28 Commentary

Isaiah 28 Commentary

The first section deals with Israel’s drunken leaders. It reflects poor judgment, lack of direction, and general drunkenness of the mind. Nothing is normal. They are proud for nothing but the LORD will humble them with an attack from someone stronger.

Judah is equally wicked. Her prophets and priests are so drunk that they stagger. In their drunken state, they feel they are too educated to listen to the basics. They are tired of God’s dos and don’ts – too many instructions via the prophet.

Then God responds: “Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues God will speak to this people.” Verse 11. It refers to a time of exile when Jerusalem would be destroyed and people would be forced to listen to a foreign language while in exile. This lesson won’t be ignored.

The Spirit of the LORD speaks softly to an individual’s spirit. The expectation is that you respond with a child’s faith. Don’t laugh about it – pretending wisdom and knowledge. The LORD may use a stronger voice that you won’t miss.

Isaiah speaks to people who feel they have it all under control. All is covered. Money, connections, political power, or position; all can give false security to an individual. “It cannot touch us,” so they think.

But the LORD says, “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic.” Verse 16b. Isaiah has offered an alternative; it is perfect and can be trusted. We can rely on it. The New Testament reader knows the scripture is referring to the LORD Jesus Christ. He is the Cornerstone. You can trust him for perfect stability.

Can we understand this message? The bed is too short and the blanket too narrow! Think about it and you will discover there isn’t any substance in what we have trusted. It is scary that we are hanging on a single thread that is about to give up. But see! There is a tested stone in Zion – the LORD Jesus Christ. He can be trusted.

An individual can see God’s perfect plan for them and appreciate the wisdom from above. Only in Christ do pieces come together!

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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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