The burden of this entire chapter hangs upon this verse: “Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest(v.15).There is a time appointed for these things to happen and Joel had spoken as other prophets and everywhere it is clear: It is not of yourselves but is of Lord’s doing.
Let us consider the verse from Joel:”And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions(3:28)”.This refers obviously to latter days.
Restoration of Israel must occur in physical and spiritual planes in order to be considered a righteous nation.”This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes (Ps.118:23).”Prophet Isaiah’s burden has already given us a hint of the advent of Messiah and enmity of the Jews and the Gentile nations shall only be dissolved when the Spirit is poured from high. We read of ‘latter house’ when we speak of Israel which is of the same edifice being erected on the foundation of the risen Christ in glory. For them here is a verse “…And I will this house with glory….the glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former.saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace,…(Haggai2:7-9)”
Consider how Israel tried to secure peace around their borders but without success? The burden of Isaiah began with King Ahaz going to Assyria so they would be safe from Samaria and later their threat came from their former allies. The prophet has been warning Judah about their haste to make a deal with Egypt. Without God helping them Israel would have to run to far corners of the earth for allies and everyone would only prove a bowing wall a tottering fence, thoroughly unreliable. Till Israel come to the end of their tether and cry,”O LORD our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name(Is.26:13)”their wise counsels were of man whose glory is gone in a twinkling. Their blindness to rely on their horses (human resources) was foolish. Who blinded them to turn their back on their living waters?
“Just as an enemy had sown tares among the nation the Prince of peace has to provide antidote to their stubborn nature. Not signs and oracles but faith should what every soul need.
First eight verses describe changes wrought by Spirit poured on from high. With a brief aside the same theme continues from v.15 till the end.
Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.
2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.
4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.
5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.
6 For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the Lord, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.
8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.
9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech.
10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.
11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.
12 They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.
13 Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city:
14 Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;
15 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.
16 Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.
17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
18 And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;
19 When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.
20 Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.