Isaiah 30 Commentary

Isaiah 30 Commentary

In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength. But not for Jacob! He has all the solutions in the world! Of course, none of them works. So the prophet mocks him about his wasted effort. Probably we can start from there.

The mention of darting snakes, lions, and lionesses; the hardship and distress experienced; and the failed alliance; is the alliance with Egypt worth all this trouble and cost? Alas, it is all in vain. Absolutely no gain at all. The scripture wants us to see the stupidity and probably also the foolishness of our efforts – so much trouble for nothing!

Egypt may represent the many spaces we visit for solutions. When these spaces yield nothing, humanity turns to self and hopes they can escape riding on intelligence, works, or special capabilities – speed, for example.

If only humanity can understand her real problem: lack of repentance and lack of rest. Yes, the same rest that the Torah repeatedly urged Israel to have through countless Sabbaths. It is the same rest we find in the invitation from the LORD Jesus Christ: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

But who cares? They actually don’t want any more sermons on righteousness! They want to hear pleasant things. Doesn’t that sound familiar?

In the midst of wickedness’ confusion, there is hope: “the LORD longs to be gracious to you.” It is a time when the repentant soul hears the voice of the LORD. “This is the way; walk in it.” Otherwise, the LORD comes from afar, with burning anger and dense smoke. Life won’t always be the same for wrongdoers.

Isaiah remains “an everlasting witness” against man’s rebellion. A man may want to sit down and look at the many failed solutions. Only in repentance and rest is man’s salvation. Rest, loosely translated as peace, isn’t an abstract object you go out to find. It is the person of the LORD Jesus Christ – the Prince of Peace. And He longs to be gracious!

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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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