The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 48

Father's Controversy with Israel

Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 48

     Isaiah 48:1 Hear ye this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel, and are come forth out of the waters of Judah, which swear by the name of the Lord, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness

 

     O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of Israel. That’s the natural and the spiritual descent of Israel.

     Called by the name of Israel. Jacob wrestled with our Father out in the desert that night:

     Ref:  Genesis 32:25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. KJV

     And Father changed his name from Jacob to Israel:

     Ref:  Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. KJV

     He has power WITH our Father! Can you imagine that. Do you think that this could ever happen to one of us? You bet. If you love Him and try to follow His commandments as best you can, even though we fall down now and then, you can pray to Him and He will listen to what you have to say. That’s some pretty good power, if you ask me.

     Spiritually speaking, He even saves each and every prayer that we offer up to Him, in little golden vials:

     Ref:  Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. KJV

    Please don’t overlook that..the vials that hold our prayers to our Father, contained in those golden vials, are held before Him by the Patriarchs and the Apostles. How special is that?

     You’re already on a first-name basis with Him, let’s hope that it’s because you’re on His good side rather than the bad.

     Judah has the fountain, the waters, associated with them because they have survived the other Tribes, in the aspect of being a group of people, and through Judah would come the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Living Water. Judah is the Tribe that remained in Jerusalem and those descendants are there even today.

     Isaiah 48:2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The Lord of hosts is his name.

 

     And stay themselves means that they lean on Him, they seek His comfort and strength.

     I pointed out some chapters ago that it’s important that we understand His Sacred names when we come across them in the Scriptures and here is another one:

     Lord of hosts means Yahaveh-Sabaioth.

     Isaiah 48:3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

     Father has told us about things that have happened before, He has prophesied to us. No one else can do that. He spoke those words suddenly, instantly, He didn’t have to think about it and make something up. They happened so fast that mere humans could not have accurately spoken those words.

     We’ll see, in a moment, that He is still comparing Himself to some worthless idol that cannot even stand up by itself, much less, prophesy the future. Do you know what the future holds for all of us, for you? Have you not read it for yourself?

     Ref:  Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? KJV

     It’s all right here in this Book. No one can possibly know what the future holds if you don’t read this Book and when you do pick it up and read some of it, do you know how happy that makes Him feel? That one of His children actually cares enough to do that?

     That’s probably a rare event in this day and time but I’m sure that some of the silent minority are reading it. Those that love Him and even if you don’t understand everything in it, He will protect you, even through the assault of Satan/Antichrist that is yet to come.

     Isaiah 48:4 Because I knew that thou art obstinate, and thy neck is an iron sinew, and thy brow brass;

     Hard-headed as a rock, not willing to listen to wise counsel from Him, got those ‘ole creases set in their foreheads just to show how determined they are to shoot themselves in the foot. Again.

     Isaiah 48:5 I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.

     I think that it’s absolute insanity that the Creator of all that we see, has to stand before His CHOSEN creation, and logically try to out-wit them from claiming that their pitiful idols did all this and not Him. But it just shows us how much He loves ALL of His people, Gentiles as well as Jews, and it would hurt Him tremendously to have to destroy even one of them.

     Knowing full well that they would rather pay homage to their little golden and wooden images rather than getting on their knees and thanking Him for all He has done for them and us, as well.

     When was the last time that you humbled yourself, admitted to Him that you are a worthless piece of humanity and thanked Him for all His mercy and love and blessings? Now is a good time to do it. Right now while you’re thinking about it. Just do it.

     Say a prayer and have it saved in one of those golden vials that are held by those twenty-four men of God.

     And then continue with those thoughts and put them into action in your life. Stop doing those things that you KNOW He disapproves of, that you KNOW are against His commandments.

     Isaiah 48:6 Thou hast heard, see all this; and will not ye declare it? I have shewed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them.

     See all this; and will not ye declare it? Why don’t you just admit that HE’S the One that did all these things and not your idols. He even did the hidden things that you didn’t know about until just now, when He told you about them.

     Isaiah 48:7 They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heardest them not; lest thou shouldest say, Behold, I knew them.

     There are things that He just created, right now, not way back then at the beginning; they were created before they heard of them, so they can’t say:

     ” Oh yeah, we knew that.”

     Isaiah 48:8 Yea, thou heardest not; yea, thou knewest not; yea, from that time that thine ear was not opened: for I knew that thou wouldest deal very treacherously, and wast called a transgressor from the womb.

     You’ve been doing this nonsense since you were little children. Obstinate their entire life. Remember when He said this earlier?

     Isaiah 44:2 Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. KJV

     Verse 9.

     Isaiah 48:9 For my name's sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.

     Father is saying that He’s going to curb His anger and He’s not just going to do away with them all.

     During the times that our Father was dealing with Israel, the surrounding heathen nations were keeping a close eye on what was happening. They observed the punishments when they were handed down and there were probably times when they wondered why He didn’t just destroy the lot of them and be done with it.

     There were probably times when they wondered why He didn’t just destroy THEM as well.

     I mean, the Israelites were almost one million strong and you can’t take corrective measures against that large of a collection of people without everyone else taking note of it. And Father checked His anger against Israel sometimes so that these other nations wouldn’t be able to say:

     “Oh yeah, there’s your forgiving god for you. Destroyed them all just for disobeying something that He told them to do. Our idols never do anything like that to us”

      They not only didn’t believe that He was the Creator of all things, it was THEIR idols that influenced the Israelites to build their own and turn away from our Father. Plus, being the human beings that we all are, the partying, the drinking, the free-style, wanton sex at anytime, anywhere, was a real turn on for them, just as it is today. No difference.

     If you’re around my age, you’ll remember the flower children of 1967 in San Francisco. The summer of free love by bare-breasted flower children having free sex in South Park.

     And it continues even today with commercials featuring lovely young lasses, lying on a bed smiling at us, and talking about the wonderful night of pleasure she’s going to have because big daddy just bought a supply of Viagra. Men literally able to do it all night long. No difference than what was happening back in those days.

     Sex is used in advertising all the time by companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch. Even PETA, the animal rights organization, got into commercials with specific sexual overtones with their commercial showing women licking eggplants and pumpkins, an ad developed to be shown during the Superbowl in 2009. All the major networks declined to show it.

     Then they went one step further and put together their own soft-porn site at PETA.xxx, which shows soft-porn action along with graphic images of animal abuse.

     Sex is fun; sex sells products. With little or no regard for the age of the viewer.

     Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

     Affliction means humiliation. That’s how our Father refines someone and that’s why the humble will inherit the earth. They love Him, they follow Him, they love His Word and they will do their best NOT to be obstinate or hard-headed or have wrinkled brows made of brass.

     He won’t refine you in a fiery furnace where the slag falls off the silver but through humiliation and love. They have eyes that see and ears that hear and they understand, for the most part, the Word of our Father. Nobody understands it all but do what you can with it and He will count it as perfect.

     Isaiah 48:11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

     Father is not going to let someone else take credit for something that He created. That would tarnish His name.

     Isaiah 48:12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

     The alpha and the omega; the beginning and the end. Those two words, alpha and omega, are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.

     Isaiah 48:13 Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.

     The entire host of heaven listens when our Father speaks. The heavens and the earth are totally and completely aware of how  the Creator is. Even moreso than you and I.

     I used to poke fun at tree huggers but I no longer do that because after reading and studying His Word, I’ve come to the realization that ALL things are living and linked together, one to another, in His love.

     When I walk on the beach nowadays, I don’t just see broken sea shells and sand, I see individual parts of His creation. Our Father puts everything in its rightful place.

     Isaiah 48:14 All ye, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them hath declared these things? The Lord hath loved him: he will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans.

     Here we switch back to Cyrus again. Cyrus, through our Father, will crush Babylon and the Chaldeans.

     Isaiah 48:15 I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.

     This word prosperous has a slightly different meaning than how it’s used today:

      Prosperous-- OT:6743 tsalach (tsaw-lakh'); or tsaleach (tsaw-lay'-akh); a primitive root; to push forward, in various senses (literal or figurative, transitive or intransitive):

     If we used it with today’s meaning, the thought would be that Cyrus would profit from his victory over Babylon and the Chaldeans but it means that Father will push him forward or onward.

     I have called him. Father not only called him, He chose him 137 years before he was even born.

     What, exactly, does it mean before he was even born? It was the soul that our Father placed into that little embryo, that would grow in his momma’s womb, that our Father chose. No doubt, that particular soul stood fast and firm with our Father in the age that was, during the war in heaven in the first heaven/earth age.

     That soul was one of His Election and that’s why Father could use him in this age. Father knew that soul many, many years before 137 years. Even eons before.

     Isaiah 48:16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me.

     This is Isaiah speaking here.

     Come ye near unto me, hear ye this. Who are the ye? Everyone standing with him. Isaiah is not speaking in secret nor is the Father.

     Isaiah 48:17 Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

     Our Father speaking here.

     Again, here is another word that does not have the same meaning as we use it today:

     Profit-- OT:3276 ya`al (yaw-al'); a primitive root; properly, to ascend; figuratively, to be valuable (objectively: useful, subjectively: benefited):

     To be valuable to others, by their experience of being under bondage by the Babylonians. And our Father is never going to lead us down the wrong path. He is righteousness and truth and a lie is not in Him.

     Isaiah 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

     If the Israelites had just listened to the words of our Father and followed them, they would not be in this predicament. Had they listened to His words, peace would have flooded their lives like a flowing river and their righteousness would have been for all the nations to see.

     They would have known that the God of Israel was a kind and fair God, who punishes when we do wrong.

     Do you have peace of mind today? I don’t mean having enough money in the checking account to pay all the bills and repairs on the house and insurance and all that. I mean, when you’re by yourself and your brain talks to you, your mind wanders with all kinds of thoughts, do you have peace or do you feel a gnawing inside you?

     I know that the things of this world that make up our life have to be attended to, if you ignore them you’ll probably face financial ruin in a short time, but you HAVE to give a part of your life to the spiritual side and if you ignore that, you’ll probably face spiritual ruin.

     It’s comforting to know that when you pass on to the next dimension, to life in a spiritual body and not this earthly one, that you have some idea of what’s ahead of you, what’s waiting for you on the other side. You can find out all about that by reading and studying this Book.

     Do not depend on your preacher to give you that information, he won’t! In a lot of cases, he probably doesn’t know any more about the spiritual future than you do, but don’t fault him for that. Just go somewhere else to find the information that you are looking for.

     And that somewhere else is the Book, the Bible and try to find a good teacher along the way. Your knowledge will increase substantially if you find one. And you need to do it today. Putting it off until tomorrow doesn’t work and you know that by now. Do it today.

     Begin by reading the gospels and don’t say:

     “Well, I read them when I was a child so I know what they say.”

     You could read the gospel of John once a month, every month, and each time you will realize some new truths that you didn’t see the last time. That’s the way that the Holy Spirit works. Persistence works and it pays off. Don’t get discouraged.

     Isaiah 48:19 Thy seed also had been as the sand, and the offspring of thy bowels like the gravel thereof; his name should not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.

     Our Father’s promise to Abraham and those Ten Tribes that migrated across the mountains. He used Cyrus to bring back those Tribes to Jerusalem but only Judah and part of Benjamin remained there. The other ten Tribes were scattered across the face of this earth.

     Father knows where they are, do you know where you are?

     Isaiah 48:20 Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye, The Lord hath redeemed his servant Jacob.

     Come out of confusion, get out of Babylon. Tell the entire world how much you love Him for what He has just done for you.

     Isaiah 48:21 And they thirsted not when he led them through the deserts: he caused the waters to flow out of the rock for them: he clave the rock also, and the waters gushed out.

     What does this water symbolize? The literal water sustained His people while in the desert for forty years. There were no springs that supplied water, there was no oasis that supplied water, the water came out of a rock. And then He took another rock and split it in half and water came out of it.

     The water symbolizes our Lord because He is the source of the spiritual water that keeps our soul and spirit alive. If you let it. It’s the truth contained in this Book. Take it in when you get thirsty for spiritual water, when you feel that gnawing in your mind.

     Isaiah 48:22 There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked. KJV

     None whatsoever. Always nervous about being found out, about being discovered, always looking behind you to see who is catching up. Is that any way to live?

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