I began reading Isaiah today and I stopped at chapter 7. There is certainly much talk about judgment from the Lord, and people often associated the OT of God’s justice and wrath. Even the Outline from my study bible has chapter 2-5 primarily about condemnation of the people’s pride and a promise of the Lord’s exaltation. But, chapter 1:18 says, “Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
One of the most well known chapters in Isaiah is chapter 6, and I decided to end there for meditation. The call of Isaiah to boldly proclaim truth to a wicked nation is very interesting, and that is how the chapter ends. Verse 6:8 says, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.'” What an encouragement that quickens the Christian to trust and obey. To go where ever the Lord wants you to go. To be and remain in the Lord’s will is my constant goal.
Verses 6:9-11 says, “And He said, ‘Go, and tell this people: Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return and be healed.’ Then I said, ‘Lord how long?’ And He answered: ‘Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, the houses are without a man, and the land is utterly desolate.'”
This was a very specific assignment from the Lord. What I get from this passage is that only the Lord can bring judgment or salvation on whomever He wishes because mankind, by default, deserve eternal condemnation for their sins inherited from Adam. This is an unpopular message yet it is truth. I pray that the Lord will continue to fill my mind with truth daily and throughout each day.
In the midst of my weaknesses and failures, and I look ahead into chapter 7, verse 14 and read: “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall His name Immanuel.'” Chapter 9:6 states, “…His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Chapter 11:1-2 adds, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” This is about Jesus Christ, my Lord.