The Book of Isaiah-Is.57-“Heritage of the Righteous”

Prophet Isaiah is predicting the future glory of the temple of the Lord during the Millennial Reign of the Messiah. It is of whom the Prophet refers ‘ as witness to the people. a leader and commander to the people(Is.55:4)’. Further down we read that the temple is unlike anything remotely associated with the nation of Israel. The reason is simple Jesus Christ whom they had rejected earlier is now a witness. The Suffering Servant has come into their midst as the Messiah. The Anointed One has pressed the nation of Gentiles among the congregation. “Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.(Is.55:7)” ‘Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices are no more as exclusive as their law was but inclusive in the sense of the everlasting covenant is associated with the Messiah. It points to a covenant of peace whereby their former apostasy and backsliding shall not be remembered.It is for this reason Prophet Isaiah inspired of God exhorts,”And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children (Is.54:10-13).”This is how God establishes them in righteousness. “ This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord (Is.54:17).” From previous  chapter the prophet describes how the people were ill served by those whom God had set as watchmen (Is.55:10-12). 10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, …Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter(Is.55:7-12).”When God establishes covenant of peace one condition shall be in getting rid of priesthood of former times.

It is what we in our times are confronted with. The ministers of God who all have turned aside and call themselves blessed because of their gains which are material,- and their idols. A day of reckoning awaits these false shepherds.

The present chapter continues with the aforesaid themes, -the manner in which these are scattered about among the manifold promises of God and the glory of the latter House attest the prophet as a medium inspired of the Spirit, Here also we two contrary groups one is qualified as righteous and the other as ‘children of transgression, a seed of falsehood.’ The latter are simply wicked and their vanity similarly is revealed in what they worship. ” But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt”. It is even in our times evident. When activism of evangelicalism subscribes pro-life and for which  they work with politicians so laws may be passed to their liking.” Seeking peace from God in their eyes is not as effective as back-room politicking and funding candidates of their choice so they extend laws that in effect merely cause further controversy. Prophet Isaiah speaks thus,” And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell (Is.57:9).”From their espousal of laws that prohibit abortion and same sex marriage are they keen to support the cause of women and orphans, migrant and ethnic minorities? Christians are the least charitable according to some recent surveys and it shows in extending their ‘Christian ethics’ into politics. At the time of the prophet sins of Israel meant “Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?.” In our present times what we see is no better. The ministers of God as though taught of another Christ are inflamed by the spirit of anti-christ. Recently a minister of God from Arizona whose message is not of peace but arousing ire with his homophobic and anti-semitism was rightly banned from preaching in number of countries. Isaiah says,”There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked (v.21)”.

 

 

The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.

Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood.

Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?

Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou  offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?

Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.

Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered thyself to another than me, and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it.

And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.

10 Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.

11 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?

12 I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.

13 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;

14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.

15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.

17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.

18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.

19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the Lord; and I will heal him.

20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

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I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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