“The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem(v.1).”
The inscription confirms the prophet’s declamations given in the previous chapter and what he says to them now are very much relevant in our times. Jews of Jesus’ time wanted signs and Jesus faulted them. They would not trust but see signs and it underscored the basic flaw. In our times also the Christian world would seek prosperity the weight of gold , and it can be weighed and quantified. But to trust in promises as Abraham did how many of us can? Human nature is very tricky thing. Human nature without the light of God’s grace is full of dark shadows despite of the lineaments of his ingenuity and liveliness are plenty in evidence. Man’s capacity to work with hands led to progress. As a result the age of internet in a way made the world a global village and helped spread information to every corner of it. But has it made people any wiser but misinformation with which governments as well as people further their own interests? Isaiah warns of a day of the Lord.
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it” (v.2).
Compare this line with the Psalm 121:1-4 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help…’ It is not any geographical feature as such but spiritual comfort of the presence of God.Mountain is a fort, refuge and a symbol. In fact the idea of God setting up an everlasting kingdom is bound with the symbolic reference to Zion. When Daniel interpreted the king’s dream (Dan.2:44-45) we see the mountain mentioned is clear reference to it. Isaiah follows the traditional attitudes of his fellow men towards Zion. The symbolic underpinning of Mount Sion in the apocalyptic vision would not have arisen but for the Spirit validating her position in God’s Plan. It is thus the vision is presented before Apostle John (Re.14:1). In this case Prophet Isaiah is referring to The Millennial Reign of the Messiah. He is on the right track when he predicts in the verse here below(v.3).
“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem(v.3)
He will teach us his ways. But do we walk in his paths? Can two walk together except they be agreed (Am.3:3)? Only through Jesus it can be possible for he is the way, the life and the truth. No one can go to God but through the Son. All those who have been adopted in him to God shall be priests and kings in eternity. In the city of God there shall be no sun but the glory of the city of God gives the light.”And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it (Re.21:24)
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord(vv.4-5).
A new form of governance,- a theocratic emblem for what must surely round off the Salvation Plan of God, is envisioned here. The Spirit from the imagery of familiar implements clothes the idea of peace. We have had in the past, in the aftermath of WWI politicians who quoted this verse and did they realize it?Their pious ideas were like water bubbles that come to the surface and disappear. Without man achieving the peace of God in his heart, mere platitudes he speaks for an occasion is similarly nothing but prattle. Without peace working in the world, those who preached love of God and ‘peace that passeth all understanding’ failed because their own lives did not follow it. Jesus Christ as the prince of peace shall rebuke these hypocrites and judge among the nations.
“Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob,….. (vv.6-9)”.
We see where the house of Jacob did go wrong. It applies also to us considering the churches bought with the blood of Jesus,- every one of them, do not witness effectively. Instead where the world is perishing for lack of understanding the servant of God is not pouring balm on their wounds but serving another gospel and another christ. Lure of silver has become his stumbling block and when he speaks Good News what the hungry soul hears does not make sense. These servants of God are false witnesses. “Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures;…” instead of horses and chariots one might insert any status symbols of today. Worse still these rule over them. The Christians game a lot and app a lot and infinite scrolling at their social media platforms leave no time for a quiet hour with God. Prophet Isaiah says, “Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:….(v.8).” He is so disheartened in the manner the people have lightly esteemed the holiness of the Lord God. ‘Therefore forgive them not’.