Let us refresh our memory with two verses from the preceding chapter. “But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.(Is.47:9) ‘None shall save thee(v.15b) These two sum up the divine Judgment when it is carried out. It shall be all of a sudden and there shall be no relief for the loss.
In continuation of Judgment that the Prophet predicts upon the daughters of Babylon and of Chaldea there is another aspect of divine Nature and it is not meant to destroy, nevertheless judgment of sorts. In order to understand the difference we shall refer to a verse,”If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?(He.12:7)” In this verse and the following v.8 we have two groups of sonship: one is acknowledged with pride and shown around. An example is the city on the hill (Matt.5:14) and the other is Babylon ‘For in one hour so great riches is come to nought (Re.18:2,17)’. Both examples belong to the end times where the former refers to the glory of God and the other is of glory of man ruined beyond repair. It is the difference where divine nature can be shown to best advantage and the other is a synonym for embarrassment. When we refer sonship as bearing the divine DNA we are referring to those who work with the glory of God the Father to their profit. The other group belong to the category of being called but not elected. How do we endure chastening? If we profit from these we can be truly called sons since we are working with what material we carry. Such genetic material is provided by the eternal word of God. Glory of the word awakens spiritual discernment so our faith holds on to the creative faith of God and calls, ‘Abba Father.’ It is the end result of being led by the Spirit though to begin with it was merely a palpable spiritual recognition as Jacob felt in flight from his brother Esau. It must have been as ephemeral as a dream but waking out of his sleep ‘and he said, Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not(Ge.28:16)”How God deals with those who are sensitive to spiritual discernment is best exemplified in the life of Jacob. He was a heel catcher and guilty of base conduct and yet God did not punish him immediately but chastened him. The House of Laban was the place for correction and he was chastised but the Lord God made him endure because of the love of Rachel. He was judged and yet he was brought out from it as a shiny vessel of honor. As Patriarch he prevailed over God and man.
” For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God./ For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father./ The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:/ And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together(Ro.8:14-17)”.
This introductory explanation ought to make the chapter easier to follow.
Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness.
2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The Lord of hosts is his name.
3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.
4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;
5 I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.
6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.
7 They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.
8 Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.
9 For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.
10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.
11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.
12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.
13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.