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Pastor's Pen - July 29, 2007
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July 29, 2007

Isaiah 5-8
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Isaiah
Chapter 5
  1. Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
  2. And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
  3. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
  4. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
  5. And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:
  6. And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
  7. For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant: and he looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry.
  8. Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
  9. In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.
  10. Yea, ten acres of vineyard shall yield one bath, and the seed of an homer shall yield an ephah.
  11. Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
  12. And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.
  13. Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
  14. Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
  15. And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:
  16. But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.
  17. Then shall the lambs feed after their manner, and the waste places of the fat ones shall strangers eat.
  18. Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
  19. That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it!
  20. Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
  21. Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
  22. Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
  23. Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
  24. Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
  25. Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
  26. And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:
  27. None shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken:
  28. Whose arrows are sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind:
  29. Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.
  30. And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.


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Isaiah
Chapter 6
  1. In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
  2. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
  3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
  4. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
  5. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
  6. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
  7. And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
  8. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
  9. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
  10. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
  11. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,
  12. And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
  13. But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof.


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Isaiah
Chapter 7
  1. And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it.
  2. And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind.
  3. Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller's field;
  4. And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah.
  5. Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying,
  6. Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal:
  7. Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.
  8. For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people.
  9. And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.
  10. Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,
  11. Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.
  12. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.
  13. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?
  14. Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
  15. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
  16. For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings.
  17. The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father's house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria.
  18. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
  19. And they shall come, and shall rest all of them in the desolate valleys, and in the holes of the rocks, and upon all thorns, and upon all bushes.
  20. In the same day shall the Lord shave with a razor that is hired, namely, by them beyond the river, by the king of Assyria, the head, and the hair of the feet: and it shall also consume the beard.
  21. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a man shall nourish a young cow, and two sheep;
  22. And it shall come to pass, for the abundance of milk that they shall give he shall eat butter: for butter and honey shall every one eat that is left in the land.
  23. And it shall come to pass in that day, that every place shall be, where there were a thousand vines at a thousand silverlings, it shall even be for briers and thorns.
  24. With arrows and with bows shall men come thither; because all the land shall become briers and thorns.
  25. And on all hills that shall be digged with the mattock, there shall not come thither the fear of briers and thorns: but it shall be for the sending forth of oxen, and for the treading of lesser cattle.


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Isaiah
Chapter 8
  1. Moreover the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with a man's pen concerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
  2. And I took unto me faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.
  3. And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son. Then said the LORD to me, Call his name Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
  4. For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.
  5. The LORD spake also unto me again, saying,
  6. Forasmuch as this people refuseth the waters of Shiloah that go softly, and rejoice in Rezin and Remaliah's son;
  7. Now therefore, behold, the Lord bringeth up upon them the waters of the river, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory: and he shall come up over all his channels, and go over all his banks:
  8. And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel.
  9. Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces.
  10. Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
  11. For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
  12. Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
  13. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
  14. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
  15. And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
  16. Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
  17. And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
  18. Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
  19. And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
  20. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
  21. And they shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
  22. And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish; and they shall be driven to darkness.


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 Isaiah 6 is a fascinating chapter showing the relationship between having a knowledge of God and living a life for God. Remember that Israel struggled with an unwillingness to know God which resulted in their sinful behavior. Isaiah came to know God in a powerful way, and it had a dramatic impact on his life. He received the blessing of having a vision of Jehovah. The Bible records for us that he saw the Lord in His majesty, high and lifted up above all men and creation. The train of His garment filled the temple, showing that it belonged to Him. He was surrounded by angels, each one of which possessed six wings. It is recorded that each angel used two of his wings to cover his face in a show of humility, and used two more to cover his feet in a show of servitude. This reveals to Isaiah even more of the greatness of God. He is lifted up, He controls the Temple, and He is so great that the highest created beings humble themselves in faithful service to Him. These angels continuously flew around the throne of God calling out

"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory."
They reveal through their cry the absolute sinlessness and holiness of God. He is completely separate from sin. The repetition of the word "holy" perhaps reveals the doctrine of the Trinity, but it certainly emphasizes the holiness of the Lord. He is not like men. He makes no mistakes. Everything that He does is totally correct in every aspect. He is the thrice-holy God, and He is the Possessor of all.

 Have you ever seen the Lord in this fashion? I am not asking you if you have had a dream or vision, for those are unnecessary for us today. We have the completed Word of God, and thus we can see God in the Scriptures through the eyes of faith. We can understand through the Bible that God is higher than we are. We know that He possesses everything in the universe. We know that He is absolutely holy, and that even the angels who have themselves never sinned worship Him by crying out His holiness. I hope that you see Him this way today, because if you do, it will change your life. Look at how it changed Isaiah. Once he saw the majesty of Jehovah, he couldn't help but see his own failings. He cried out,

"Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts."
Notice that his realistic view of himself is predicated upon his realistic view of God. Isaiah may have felt pretty good about himself before seeing the Lord, but once he got a good view of the holiness of Jehovah, he saw his own uncleanness.

 Not only did he see his own need, but he saw the spiritual needs of those around him. He saw that they, too, were as wretched as he was. When the Lord asked for someone to volunteer to take the truth of God to these sinful men, Isaiah immediately volunteered. What else could he do? He had seen the King in His glory, and it was now impossible for him to sit back and assume that he and his fellow citizens were acceptable to God. He had to take the message to them, even though he knew that many would not listen (9-11). The thrice-holy God wanted it to be done, so he would do it.

 Are you honest with yourself and with the Lord about your sinfulness, or do you make excuses about it? Get a true picture God, and you will be honest. You will desire for Him to purify you and purge you from your sins. You will also be motivated to spread the message to others. You will want to obey your holy Heavenly Father, and you will want those that you come in contact with to be in a Biblical relationship with Him too. See Him as He is, and it will make all the difference.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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