It was the burden of Isaiah to speak what the Lord had commanded him to speak. His immediate audience was the people of Judah. But when the prophet tells it ‘Thus saith the Lord’ the truth of it is bound as eternal word of God and it serves purpose for people of all times and under every clime.
The rationale for the Holy Spirit is to set two strands of narratives from God, the invisible Lord God and the Son who shall fulfill whatever the Father has willed. The Son is the Word and image of the invisible God- and it can be understood at two levels. He became man born of a virgin and made his Father manifest in his body. It is nevertheless an image a vehicle for expressing the divine nature in human terms. Secondly as Logos concept. Let there be light and there was light. God saw it was good. These expressions in the creation account establish the Father-Son relationship. The Word was with God so much so he could say My Father and I are one(Jn.10:30)
So Gospel of God and Gospel of Christ are two sides of the same coin where the obverse carries the seal of authority and the other its value, unto salvation. For this reason many verses from the Bible have been much treasured by Christians throughout ages and what is its enduring appeal? In the word is same power and wisdom the same could have only arisen from the Almighty God. For this reason let us consider the v.15: “in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.’ Jesus Christ during the earthly ministry referred to it and during his discourse on the last days he said,”In patience possess ye your souls(Lk.21:19)’At a crucial period in my adolescence where I was given to anxiety it was a pick-me-up and every time I have come to it the verse never lost its sure touch. Thus with so many verses. “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
“For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not(v.15)”.
Prophet Isaiah is referring to the counsel of some in Judah who was in haste for striking a deal with Egypt and their impetuosity is shown in the symbol of horses in the verse below. “But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift(v.16).When Moses had warned the people of ever going back to Egypt he also cites one reason.”….To the end that he should multiply horses” Horses are a symbol for warfare, which was not their real concern. “For the LORD your God he shall fight for you(Deu.3:22,Ex.14:14)”. “And you shall hold your peace” this last part of the verses refer to the trust expected from a child of God. The nation of Israel wanted to be like every other nation than being led by God. In not relying on promises of God the nation was at every turn was being short changed. King Ahaz had foolishly invited the help of Assyria and when they turned back to attack their former allies Judah was anxious to make a deal with Egypt to survive the impending disaster.
For this reason Isaiah warns what their proposed move shall cause: One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill(v.17).
18 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee.
20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
22 Ye shall defile also the covering of thy graven images of silver, and the ornament of thy molten images of gold: thou shalt cast them away as a menstruous cloth; thou shalt say unto it, Get thee hence.
23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures.
24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.
25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.
26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
27 Behold, the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire:
28 And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity: and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err.
29 Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.
30 And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones.
31 For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod.
32 And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the Lord shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it.
33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.