Isaiah 58 – 59

Isaiah 58

The job of God’s faithful is to set a godly example and to teach others true godliness, beginning with the brethren teaching their own families and the elders teaching all of the brethren and the general public.  

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

It is when the organizational elders fail to teach the brethren and the general public to live by every Word of God that God sends his servants the prophets to warn the Spiritual Ekklesia and the general public to sincerely repent.

58:2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

Today the brethren take delight in going to services and giving the appearance of seeking godliness and of being righteous; but this is all for appearance sake with no substance.

58:3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

We fast and pray and then we wonder why God does not see and help us; it is because we prayed and fasted to get what we wanted and to have our own ways instead of repenting and humbling themselves to abandon our false ways and turn to live by every Word of God.

58:4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

While many fast, we do not sincerely repent and we continue in our false ways, taking pleasure in our worldliness.  We are NOT to fast to feel righteous in our own eyes, to seek advantage over others, or to continue in our own ways contrary to the Word of God.

58:6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness [to turn from our evil doings and humble ourselves before God to do his will], to undo the heavy burdens [to repent of oppressing others], and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke [to repent and break the bondage and yoke of sin]?

The godly acceptable fast is the fast of sincere repentance to humble ourselves before God.

We are to fast and repent and are to bring our arrogant pride down to contrition:  We are to STOP sinning and start internalizing the whole Bread of Life, the whole Word of God.

58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?  58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.

Re-reward – 1. a reward offered as the ‘crown’ of all previously given rewards, 2. greater than any other reward.

When our pride is removed and we sincerely repent of following idols of men, corporations and our own false traditions; when we begin to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal: Then the light of our godly example will shine brightly and we shall receive the reward of eternal life when Christ comes!

58:9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke [burden of sin], the putting forth of the finger [falsely accusing], and speaking [the emptiness of false teachings] vanity;

God will answer us if we fast the fast of sincere repentance and seek to learn his ways to DO them; casting aside our pride and the ways of our own imagination.

58:10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:

If we preach the truth of the Bread of Life to the spiritually hungry and teach the gospel of salvation through sincere repentance and the application of the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ redeeming us from our past sincerely repented sins, and if we then commit ourselves to STOP sinning and to go on to live by every Word of God: We will shine forth the bright light of godliness and the righteousness of the whole Word of God.

The following is just as true SPIRITUALLY in this dispensation, as it was true physically in the Mosaic Covenant.

58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat [healthy] thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

To “make fat” is a reference to the opposite of famine; it means to make strong and healthy [not obese]; this is also a New Covenant reference to making people spiritually healthy and full of the good things of the Holy Spirit, just as it was a reference to the physical blessings of keeping the Mosaic Covenant.

58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Those who make the seventh day Sabbath [Fri sunset to Sat sunset] their delight and are zealous to keep it in its full sanctity; those who reject doing their own pleasure like participating in sin by buying food and services in restaurants or elsewhere, cooking or doing any work or paying others to work [except for doing what God has commanded to be done on HIS Sabbath, and acts of mercy to care for man and beast], are honoring God their Father in heaven according to the commandments, and they will reap a blessing for doing so.

58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

Brethren, we pollute the Sabbath by even speaking of business!  We are to speak of the scriptures and holy things and we are NOT to speak of worldliness and our own words; and yes, we are not to gossip about family things and others either [gossip is the spreading of unsubstantiated tales]. Save your own words for other times, and use God’s time to speak of him.

When we think about, and hear, and speak of the whole Word of God; we learn of the wondrous perfection of all God’s ways. 

If we follow God the Father and Jesus Christ longing to be with them and like them, learning of them both and keeping all the ways of God, doing all we can to please God and to become like our Father and our espoused Husband, on HIS Sabbath Day; they will bless us.

To go to a service and then do our own thing, and speak our own words the remainder of the day; is to pollute God’s Sabbath and is SIN!  It is dishonoring God our Father and it is STEALING God’s time, which is NOT our time!

To do our own thing and to speak our own words on God’s Sabbath; is to demonstrate to Jesus Christ and God the Father that we are only attending for social purposes and to experience an emotional feeling of personal righteousness while falsely thinking of ourselves as good godly people!

That is SELF-righteousness and it is NOT godly righteousness; for godly righteousness would be focusing on the whole Word of God and not on our own pleasures on GOD’S DAY!

58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

 

Isaiah 59

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

When we are rejected by God and cast into great tribulation, it is not that God cannot save us from trials; it is that we have first rejected his ways for our own ways and because we tolerate false teachings and reject living by every Word of God.

The truth is: We have rejected God the Father and Jesus Christ and their ways for our own ways, and God is just tired of pleading with us, and the time has come to apply the rod of correction.

Telling a partial truth for the purpose of deceiving about the whole truth [contextomy] is lying.

This form of lying has become an art in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia; and in addition we are defiled with the blood of those we have not warned to repent and zealously embrace the whole Word of God.

59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia is full of sin.  Indeed we have turned people away from any zeal to live by every Word of God to follow our own vain imaginings and false traditions of men.

59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

There is no justice in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia; we persecute the zealous and teach falsely, instead of teaching the truth of God’s Word.

59:5 They hatch cockatrice’ eggs [falsehoods], and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth [believes their lies] of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into [brings sin] a viper.  59:6 Their webs [of lies] shall not become garments [of righteousness], neither shall they cover themselves [people cannot hide their sins from God] with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

Many hide themselves behind the cloak of an appearance of worldly goodness in order to take people unawares. Most in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia are spiritually naked, bereft of the garments of righteousness (Rev 3:16-22), as we try to hide ourselves behind a cloak of vain appearances.

59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

Many leaders and elders in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia are full of sin and run to teach their own false traditions to others, not being zealous to live by every Word of God.

59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

These men do not know the way to peace with God the Father, or even peace among themselves; they each do what is right in our own eyes and they seek personal exaltation and advantage over others.

59:9 Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

Those lukewarm for the whole Word of God in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia lack the light of God’s Spirit, because they have quenched that Spirit by rejecting any zeal to live by every Word of God and they teach for doctrines the commandments of men (Mat 15:9).  We are spiritually blind and know it not (Rev 3:16 ).

59:11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

We have strayed very far from the whole Word of God and we are filled with sorrows caused by our own wickedness, and yet we think ourselves righteous.

59:12 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

The scripture is written; first, for those who are expected to understand it. 

This correction is about today’s wayward Spiritual Ekklesia personally, about those who call themselves by the name of God.  Jesus Christ is about to reject us from his body of believers for standing on our own false traditions and rejecting him and any zeal to live by every Word of God Rev 3:15-22)!

We pollute God’s Holy Sabbath and High Days and we idolize men and organizations; committing spiritual adultery against our espoused Husband by exalting our idols of men, organizations and false traditions above the Word of God; and then we dare to call ourselves by the name of God.

59:13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt [against the teachings and commandments of God], conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood [to deceive people away from godliness to gain a personal following].

59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.  59:15 Yea, truth [sound doctrine] faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey [the godly have become victims of the wicked in the corporate church]: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no [godly] judgment.

Jesus Christ will repay us for all our many sins against God the Father; he WILL reject us because we have rejected him and he will correct us in the furnace of affliction so that by the destruction of the flesh we may be humbled and spiritually saved.

59:16 And he saw that there was no man [who corrects the wicked for all the evils among us], and wondered that there was no intercessor [there is no elder or leader who teaches the people to exalt God]: therefore [God will intervene and correct the wicked] his arm [power] brought salvation [corrected and saved the people] unto him; and his righteousness [the Word of God sustains the godly], it sustained him.

59:17 For he [Jesus Christ] put on righteousness [living by every Word of God] as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.  59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

Jesus Christ came to teach godly righteousness at a time when the religious establishment had become full of pride in their traditions of men.

In our time the leaders, elders and ministry of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia are not correcting our many sins, therefore after much warning Jesus Christ will humble spiritual and physical Israel/Judah and all nations, and bring them to contrite repentance before he returns.

59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

Once we are corrected in the crucible of great tribulation and brought to sincere wholehearted repentance; every Word of God will be respected, learned and kept on the earth; and Messiah the Christ our Redeemer will come to set his Banner in Jerusalem and save Jacob and all sincerely repentant persons on the earth.

59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

Jesus Christ made a personal covenant with Isaiah; there will always be a prophet among the descendants of Isaiah forever!  How is this promise of Almighty God fulfilled if there are no prophets today?

 

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