Isaiah 48 Commentary
Verse 1 would be a sermon for the Body of Christ – those of us who call on the name of the LORD but not in righteousness. We act as though we lean on the God of Israel. But do we mean it? Do we live it?
Stubborn; unyielding; rigid as iron!
The scripture wants us to look back at the events and appreciate the fulfillment of scripture. The LORD God is behind it all. Could there be events that we must look at today to see how scripture is being fulfilled? Or probably the church has gone scientific and explains everything as the world does. The scripture reveals the future to us lest we credit our idols with victory, credibility, and dependability.
Without an obedient and submissive response to prophetic utterances, we find ourselves fighting the decisions of the LORD. We formulate doctrines to navigate away from the decisions of the LORD on suffering, Christian duty, patience, obedience and submission, generosity, and contentment.
But the LORD has kept it open or closed deliberately. Let His name be honored; His name alone. Keep your own name out of it. How will I survive? Don’t ask that question. Will the name of the LORD be honored? That is the question to ask. When the name of the LORD is honored, all else is just fine – quite fine. We are shareholders in name of the LORD as we are called by the name of the LORD. Let this company be profitable and the saint walks away with a heavenly dividend!
Consider an attack on Jerusalem by Babylon – the famous 587BC destruction of Jerusalem. Then look at Babylon’s own end at the hands of Cyrus. Yes, the LORD let us in on this information well before these events. That’s how the LORD operates. He summons the earth and the sky and they present themselves at once. The sky isn’t ruled by the world’s military powers! Ponder these facts.
Snap out of it! It would be similar to the famous exile. The LORD took complete care. Come out of her and be separate! The chapter is making a strong case for salvation from one’s sins. Wickedness isn’t good for anyone. “There is no safety for sinners,” says the LORD.
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