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Isaiah 2

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The Mountain of the Lord

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

  It shall come to pass in the latter days
    that the mountain of the house of the LORD
  shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
    and shall be lifted up above the hills;
  and all the nations shall flow to it,
    and many peoples shall come, and say:
  “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
    to the house of the God of Jacob,
  that he may teach us his ways
    and that we may walk in his paths.”
  For out of Zion shall go forth the law,
    and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
  He shall judge between the nations,
    and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
  and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
  nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    neither shall they learn war anymore.
  O house of Jacob,
    come, let us walk
    in the light of the LORD.

The Day of the Lord

  For you have rejected your people,
    the house of Jacob,
  because they are full of things from the east
    and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines,
    and they strike hands with the children of foreigners.
  Their land is filled with silver and gold,
    and there is no end to their treasures;
  their land is filled with horses,
    and there is no end to their chariots.
  Their land is filled with idols;
    they bow down to the work of their hands,
    to what their own fingers have made.
  So man is humbled,
    and each one is brought low—
    do not forgive them!
  Enter into the rock
    and hide in the dust
  from before the terror of the LORD,
    and from the splendor of his majesty.
  The haughty looks of man shall be brought low,
    and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled,
  and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.
  For the LORD of hosts has a day
    against all that is proud and lofty,
    against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low;
  against all the cedars of Lebanon,
    lofty and lifted up;
    and against all the oaks of Bashan;
  against all the lofty mountains,
    and against all the uplifted hills;
  against every high tower,
    and against every fortified wall;
  against all the ships of Tarshish,
    and against all the beautiful craft.
  And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled,
    and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low,
    and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.
  And the idols shall utterly pass away.
  And people shall enter the caves of the rocks
    and the holes of the ground,
  from before the terror of the LORD,
    and from the splendor of his majesty,
    when he rises to terrify the earth.
  In that day mankind will cast away
    their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
  which they made for themselves to worship,
    to the moles and to the bats,
  to enter the caverns of the rocks
    and the clefts of the cliffs,
  from before the terror of the LORD,
    and from the splendor of his majesty,
    when he rises to terrify the earth.
  Stop regarding man
    in whose nostrils is breath,
    for of what account is he?

(ESV)


Isaiah 2 Commentary

by Hank Workman

We long for days when there are no more wars.  It seems everyday there are headlines stating a war or faction or uprising that is affecting peace.  We long for it through military budgets, production of weapons and negotiations.  But this is not to be until Jesus returns.  Wars will be with us until He comes back.

When you consider these thoughts, it is amazing how God gave Isaiah insight toward the coming Messiah and His reign of peace.  Revelation 21 speaks toward this unreal time we can only imagine and live toward where this peace is found in the new Jerusalem.  Jesus Christ will return and as even Isaiah gives insight toward, he will judge the nations, rebuke many people and peace will be found.  There will be no more war when Jesus returns and reigns.

God’s faithfulness gives hope for the future.  But until that time we are called to something very specific:

“…let us walk in the light of the Lord.”

Isaiah 2:5

Throughout scripture there are paintings of catastrophes, end times, the wars that ensue.  The challenge here and always is for us to live for the Messiah’s reign right now!

To walk in His light means we are ordering our lives and decisions based upon God’s truth and ways, not on circumstances.  Although His return may be many years away, Jesus  can reign in our lives, our hearts, our minds right now.  On a practical level this means we take each day to turn our thoughts toward Him.  It is only Him and His Spirit that can bring peace in the middle of such conflict.  It is only Him who can give us hope beyond where we find ourselves.  It is only Him who can turn our minds toward a bold trust.

What are the things that are bringing darkness to you?  Is it a spiritual attack?  Is it a relationship that has faltered or struggling?  Is it a terrible circumstance you cannot escape?  Is it shame and guilt from our sins?  Sometimes we can become so preoccupied with these the darkness envelopes and our hope and trust wanes.

Unless Jesus returns in our lifetime, which we all long for, we will have darkness attempting to penetrate our outlook and mind.  It’s far too easy to put our trust in the latest ‘breaking news’ than it is to look toward the future of Jesus’ return and hold firm in trust.

Turn your mind toward Him this day.  Determine to ‘walk in the light of our Lord’ rather than the perceived or real problem.  Ask the Holy Spirit to fill your mind and thoughts with the hope beyond and live in His light.  There is hope only found there.  There is peace only to be found in Jesus.


Isaiah 2 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

The first five verses of this chapter relate to the future Messiah and hint at the admission of the Gentiles to that kingdom. From there, the prophecies take a dramatic twist as they describe the downward spiral of Israel.

The people of Israel are reprimanded for their trust of idols, confidence in themselves, complacency with God, and the consequences of those choices under the Messiah’s kingdom. The main theme that sticks out to me is trust. Of course, trust and faith are closing related.

The chapter ends with a strong warning against trusting in man. This is a message contrary to what the world tells us. We applaud those who trust and believe in themselves, and to a certain degree, we should. But, when it comes to Salvation, there is only One who can save.

The language used in this chapter cuts through all the fluff and gets straight to the point. Who do you trust and what’s your return on investment? Since the beginning of time man has been trying to trust man in order to truly sustain and fill ourselves. It comes down to a spiritual issue. It always does.

Who are you trusting? What do your actions say about who you trust?

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