Is 7:1-12 Judah Shaken by Samaria and Damascus

Isa 7:1 And it happened in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, 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 overcome it.
Isa 7:2 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is allied with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the woods are moved (shaken) by the wind.

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v.1a And it happened in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah,

About 738 BC (see 1 Kings 16:5 and 2 Chron. 28:5) apparently the Invasion occurred twice when Pekah, the King from Israel (10 Northern Tribes) and Rezin, the King of Aram (Syria) marched up to fight against the weakened Judah.

But they could not prevail. The beseiged Ahaz in 2 Kings 16:5 but now they are threatened by Assyria.

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v.2. And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is allied with Ephraim. And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the woods are moved (shaken) by the wind.

Notes : The House of David is the Royal House of the Kings descendants of David. Ephraim though a tribal name of one of the Ten Northern  tribes also refers to the Kingdom of Israel in Samaria.

Aram was in alliance with Ephraim and was probably set up in camp in Ephraim.

And his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the woods are moved (shaken) by the wind.

Not only was Ahaz’s knees knocking together but the whole population was scared by the bad news. They trembled with great consternation and alarm.

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Application how would you feel if an enemy came invading your land, killing and taking POWs. I guess that you would just be like the rest of us.

In reality there will be an escalation of Conflicts and rumours as we approach the return of Christ.

Mat 24:6 And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars. See that you are not troubled, for all these things must occur; but the end is not yet.

Luk 21:9 But when you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified, for all these things must first occur, but the end is not at once.

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iS. 9:11-13 How Long Must I Speak LORD?

Isa 6:11 Then I said, Lord, how long? And He answered, Until the cities are wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land laid waste, a desolation,
Isa 6:12 and until Jehovah has moved men far away, and the desolation in the midst of the land is great.
Isa 6:13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return and be consumed like the terebinth and like the oak being felled, yet has its stump; the holy seed is its stump.

When Isaiah asked the LORD, “How Long”

The Lord gave him the DEVASTATING NEWS. Until………

All the Cities are ruined and without inhabitants. Like Berlin at the end of the WW2.

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Farms Ruined and Ravaged.

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Isa 6:12 and until THe LORD has moved men far away, and the desolation in the midst of the land is great. (in Israel). 

What does it take for people to listen and turn and be saved.

The LORD moved the Ten Tribes of Northern Israel all the Way to Assyria where ISIS has been now operating near Mosul. How far did they have to walk as captives on empty stomachs, people dying of exhaustion every day.

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Assyrian Invasions

Isa 6:13 But yet in it, (Israel) , shall be a tenth, and it shall return and be consumed like the terebinth and like the oak being felled, yet has its stump; the holy seed is its stump.

Notes :Even though only 1/10 remain in the land after all the others are marched off as captives to Assyria the remnant will be invaded again. What destruction.

The Holy seed will be the stump in the land.

God can make the Holy Seed to sprout again even everything looks like it is dead and finished. It is similar to what the LORD did in the resurrection of the Holy Line of David when Christ came born of Mary in Judah in Bethlehem the city of David.

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Is.6:10 Provoke Fat Hearts.

Isa 6:10 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 hearts, and turn back, and be healed.

What does FAT HEARTS speak of to you?

It seems that they had just been self indulging and were very lazy and corrupt.

God is saying that their hearts were sluggish, their ears were deaf and their eyes were blind to the real truth of their situation. So many today do not realise how acute their situation has become. Their circumstances have become DIRE, but they well not change and listen and see what they need to do.

God is saying to Isaiah, “Go proclaim to this people such a truth that will irritate, shock, provoke and enrage them. These fat self-indulgent hearts filled with corrupting infuences will only be irritated and enraged by the TRUTH.

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GO PROCLAIM TO THIS PEOPLE EVEN THOUGH THEY WILL NOT HEART, THEY JUST BECOME MORE HARDENED. BUT STILL PROCLAIM DESPITE THE DIRE CONSEQUENCES WARNING THEM OF WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.

Is. 6:9 Hearing but not understanding. Why?

Isa 6:9 And he said, “Go and tell these people, ‘No matter how closely you listen, you’ll never understand. No matter how closely you look, you’ll never see.’

And he [God] said, “Go and tell these people,

The LORD Himself is speaking in answer to ‘Whom shall I send, who will go for Us?’ The number now changes from the singular to the plural. This indicates the Trinity in the Godhead.

Plural Pronouns in the O.T. for God.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creepers creeping on the earth.

Gen 11:6 And Jehovah said, Behold! The people is one and they all have one language. And this they begin to do. And now nothing which they have imagined to do will be restrained from them.
Gen 11:7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they cannot understand one another’s speech.

Many refer to this as the Plural of Respect.Pro 9:10 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Barnes Notes “The holy – The word in the Hebrew is plural, agreeing, probably, with אלהים ‘elohı̂ym understood (so in Pro_30:3). The knowledge of the Most Holy Ones. cp. Prov 30:3. This is know as the Pluralis Excellentice, the Plural of majesty or Honour which refers to Kings or princes. 

In Pular a grandfather is called Baaba’en (plural of respect). cp. Elohim pl. = God

‘No matter how closely you listen, you’ll never understand. No matter how closely you look, you’ll never see.’

Barnes Notes, ” This denotes hardness of heart and blindness of mind. Though hearing the prophets words they would not understand him. They were obstinately bent on Iniquity. They would neither believe nor even regard what he had to say.

Mat 13:4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them.

Mat 13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not; nor do they understand.
Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which said, “By hearing you shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive;
Mat 13:15 for this people’s heart has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and they have closed their eyes, lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.

They saw Jesus Miracles which shows He was sent from God to be their Messiah. He fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies of the OT. They REFUSED to Believe. and did not Perceive and understand.

APPLICATION.  We must be careful that this doesn’t  happen in our day. God never forces people to  accept His salvation which He offers freely.

Isaiah 6:6-7 The Cleansing of Isaiah’s Mouth.

Isa 6:6 Then one of the angels flew to me. In his hand was a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs.
Isa 6:7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away, and your sin has been forgiven.”

Isa 6:6 Then one of the angels flew to me. In his hand was a burning coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs.

This Holy Seraph flew to Isaiah with this burning coal in tongs. He did not touch the coal with his hands. This was Holy Cleansing fire, not just any old starnge fire.

Isa 6:7 He touched my mouth with it and said, “This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away, and your sin has been forgiven.”

He touched my mouth with it….  The Bible says that the mouth is an unruly fire, who can train it? Best to keep quiet than to make a fool of your-self.

“See, This has touched your lips. Your guilt has been taken away, and your sin has been forgiven.”

Before Isaiah can begin His Prophetic Ministry to Jerusalem and Judah he needed cleansing from unclean lips.

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Cleansing is all part of Commissioning for Service as a prophet to the nations.

The Live coal off the Altar speaks of the fire of Sacrifice. Without the shedding of Blood their is no forgiveness of sins. Christ is our Passover Lamb sacrificed on the fiery altar of Calvary to atone for our sins.

The Seraph brings the Live Coal with the tongs.
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Application: Have you been to the altar to receive the cleansing of your life and especially your tongue so God can use you?

Isaiah 6:5 Isaiah Cried “I am RUINED”!

Isa 6:5 So I said, “Oh, no! I’m doomed. Every word that passes through my lips is sinful. I live among people with sinful lips. I have seen the king, the LORD of Armies!”

v.5.a So I said, “Oh, no! I’m doomed. Every word that passes through my lips is sinful.

He straight away recognised that He was a sinner – unworthy to join in praising God with these Seraphs. The Worship and the Holiness of the God of Glory had so deeply impressed him and He cried out “I AM UNDONE, Woe is me!” He felt so unworthy of carrying God’s Message to this Rebellious and stubborn people of Israel and Judah.

v. 5.b. He was a person of unclean Lips.

What are my lips or your lips like as we contemplate the Greatness and Holiness of our Majestic God and saviour?

When I feel Unworthy of God’s Love.
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v.5.c. I have seen the king, the LORD of Armies!”

v.5.c. my eyes have seen the King, the LORD ALMIGHTY.

1Ti 6:16 He is the only one who cannot die. He lives in light that no one can come near. No one has seen him, nor can they see him. Honour and power belong to him forever! Amen.

Joh 1:18 No one has ever seen God. God’s only Son, the one who is closest to the Father’s heart, has made him known.

Application: AS you draw near to God you must realise  that He is altogether holy and separated from us and our unworthiness. WE must cry out with Isaiah, Woe is me for I am undone!” Recognise and take responsibility!

Isaiah 6:4 Doors Shaking and Smoke in the Temple.

Isa 6:4 Their voices shook the foundations of the doorposts, and the temple filled with smoke.

Notes: What Vibrations were caused when the Seraphs spoke in perfect unison. This is like a large choir singing in perfect harmony together.

The doors and the Door jambs shook as they spoke with such power.

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The Glory of God descended when Solomon dedicated the earthly Temple of God in Jerusalem.

Application : What awesome creatures are these Seraphim that surround God’s Throne. When they speak everything shakes at the door posts. The very Temple fills with smoke so that we deduce from this that the Presence of the God of Glory has so much much energy and fire that the whole place is filled with smoke.

May the God Glory descend upon us today as we surrender our bodies as Temples of the Holy Spirit.