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The Breach--The Cause
Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 50
Overall, this chapter presents to us the reason for the separation of our Lord from His people, Israel, and that reason, as always, is the sin of men. And this always includes people of today, you and me.
The sins of Israel are no different from the sins of mankind today. If there is any difference, it’s the instrument or vehicle through which the sin is encountered but the action of the sin is always the same: it’s a voluntary decision to break one or more of His commandments.
In Old Testament times, ‘ole Ahab may have lusted after a woman that he saw walking down the street in Jerusalem, while today it’s possible to lust after a woman while sitting at home and using your computer to access the internet and viewing millions and millions of images of women on pornographic sites.
To continue off-subject for a minute, I’m going to get a little graphic. Father created men and women with an internal desire to have sex because this is the only way for us, as human beings, to procreate and have children, thus giving our Father the opportunity to place another soul into another earthly body, giving it a chance to live and make up his or her mind as to who they will follow in this life: our Father or Satan.
The attraction between men and women is inherently there, it is ingrained within us, and since it is a part of the way that our Father created us, it is no sin to look at an attractively built man or woman and admire the different physical qualities or the shapeliness that they may have.
The sin occurs when we visualize, within our minds, the exact methods and positions that we may want the other person to assume when we continue and execute the act of copulation. That’s what lusting after means.
Some of these self-righteous preachers set themselves up as religious judges by telling teenagers that it's a sin to look at someone of the opposite sex and have feelings for them.
It is no sin in the eyes of our Father to admire the physical attributes of a man or woman but it is a sin to go beyond that and mentally visualize something further.
So, the sins of mankind back in the Old Testament are no different from the sins that we commit today. That’s why the Bible is a living document. Father had it written in such a way that it would educate and teach people, throughout the millennia, that took the time to read it and understand it, in the same way, always being relevant to whatever time period was current.
Isaiah 50:1 Thus saith the Lord, Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.
Thus saith the Lord: This is our Father speaking, Yahaveh:
✡ Lord-- OT:3068 Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw'); from OT:1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God:
Where is the bill of your mother's divorcement? Some church systems really put a burden on people when they excommunicate them because they get a divorce from their spouse. These people feel forever ostracized from our Father and His saving grace and live the rest of their lives with this mental burden always lurking in the background.
Let me interject this right here and now: there is only one sin that is unforgivable in our Father's eyes and that is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and that sin cannot be committed until Satan, in his role of Antichrist, stands in Jerusalem claiming to be Jesus Christ:
Ref: Matthew 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. KJV
How does someone blaspheme the Holy Spirit? By not allowing the Spirit to speak through you if and when you are delivered up before Satan/Antichrist. And only one of HIs Election will be delivered up and the chances of them refusing to allow the Holy Spirit to speak through them are slim to none.
And for that they should be severely punished and they will because our Father said that the final Judgment will begin with the preachers:
Ref: 1st Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
Ref: 1st Peter 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? KJV
Those poor souls, sitting out there in the pews, barely have enough of our Father’s truth in them to be saved, much less, to have the spiritual stamina to stand up under the continual assault of lies coming from Satan when he appears, trying to portray himself, as the true messiah.
It’s going to be spiritually devastating for millions of souls.
But, Father spiritually divorced Himself from Israel…who’s going to excommunicate Him?
In the Old Testament it was possible for a man to divorce his wife without repercussions from our Father:
Ref: Deuteronomy 24:1 When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house. KJV
No divorce court, no divorce attorney.
But then these church systems, those who excommunicate members for getting a divorce, and in an effort to justify their rule, will tell you that:
"Well, that was in the Old Testament, those laws don't apply to us anymore."
Really? What about the Ten Commandments? They're given and written in the Old Testament:
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:4 The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire,
Ref: Deuteronomy 5: 5 (I stood between the Lord and you at that time, to shew you the word of the Lord: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying,
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:6 I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
Ref: Deuteronomy 5: 10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5: 11 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:12 Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work:
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:14 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the Lord thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:17 Thou shalt not kill.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:18 Neither shalt thou commit adultery.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:19 Neither shalt thou steal.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5:20 Neither shalt thou bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Ref: Deuteronomy 5: 21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's. KJV
Our Father divorces Israel:
Ref: Jeremiah 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. KJV
So, back on subject…in verse 1, mother spiritually represents Israel, called Zion; the Jews are the children of our Father and our Father is the husband. Father is asking the question: where is the bill of divorcement that shows that I have separated myself from Israel? At this point in time, there was none.
This is our Father speaking:
Which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Or has He sold Israel to someone that He owes money to and put them into slavery? No, He has not.
Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves. In fact, it was Israel who sold HERSELF into bondage because of her continual sins against Him.
And for your transgressions is your mother put away. They have divorced THEMSELVES from Him BECAUSE of their habitual sins. Father didn’t have anything to do with it, this was all self-induced.
There was a time, back then, to where if you owed money or a debt to someone and you couldn’t pay it, you could resolve that debt by selling your wife or children to that person and they would work out the debt. This verse applies to a daughter:
Ref: Exodus 21:7 And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do. KJV
And also here:
Ref: Nehemiah 5:5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards. KJV
Isaiah 50:2 Wherfore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.
Because of Israel’s continual sinning against our Father, Christ now asks if they think that He has put them away for good, has He forsaken them to the point of no return? Well, He has not and because He is ready to take them back into the fold, it’s up to them to respond in favor to His opening the door to them.
While He is ready to receive them again, to give them redemption, He asks why they have not responded positively to His offer to come back into His good graces.
When I came..who is speaking here? Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Was there no man? Was there no one willing to accept His offer? And this word man is 'iysh and it means just an ordinary human being, all of us, not just Israel:
Man--OT:376 'iysh (eesh); contracted for OT:582 [or perhaps rather from an unused root meaning to be extant]; a man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation):
Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem. Do they think that He no longer can reach out and touch them? Is His arm too short to touch them? He’s willing; he’s capable; what is their problem?
So He reiterates how great His power is by telling them that He can still part the Red Sea and give them safe passage to freedom from their bondage under the Egyptians. He can still punish their enemies by taking away their source of water and killing some of their food supply.
Isaiah 50:3 I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.
He can make the skies dark again just like He did during the first exodus:
Ref: Exodus 10:21 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.
Ref: Exodus 10:22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: KJV
Isaiah 50:4 The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
He did that through the Holy Spirit. Our Father has given Christ the supreme knowledge to be able to speak the correct words at the proper time. Soothing words, assuring words of comfort to those that are just about at the end of their rope.
These aren’t just common words but divine words.
He wakeneth morning by morning. He awakens us to His presence as a teacher would a student, allowing us to be ready to hear His instructions. Make sure that you’re ready to receive what it is that He will give you, don’t be stubborn about it:
Ref: Jeremiah 7:25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
Ref: Jeremiah 7:26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers. KJV
What is it that He wants us to know? He wants us to know His overall plan for all of us. Where did we come from; why are we here; what’s going to happen to us today and after we die. And we get that information from reading THE BOOK. HIS BOOK.
Have you ever picked it up and read it, with understanding? It all starts and ends within those pages. And to prompt us to pick it up and read it, He will bless us for doing so.
Isaiah 50:5 The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
Our Father opened the ear of His son, Jesus Christ, and when He heard the words of His Father He didn’t rebel against what He heard, He took it in and kept it in His heart, and although He knew the suffering and persecution that He would have to go through, He didn’t run from it.
Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
And as He grew into manhood and that time of His Crucifixion drew near, He resolved within Himself to take the stripes and the humiliation because the result would be the offering of salvation to every living human being that would ever walk under the sun.
And my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair. This was a gross insult to a man but He offered His cheeks to them to let them degrade Him to the maximum.
I hid not my face from shame and spitting. He didn’t turn His face away to deflect the spit, He took it head-on. Have you ever had someone spit in your face? It makes you very, very angry but He took it without a word.
They beat Him, they spit on Him and they cursed Him. How much of that would you take before you began to strike back in anger? He took everything that they threw at Him. Never forget that He was in a flesh and blood body, just like we are, and He felt the pain and embarrassment just as keenly as we do. He didn’t use His God-given powers to lessen the pain one iota.
This was His sacrifice for one and all time and He did it for us so that we have a pathway to eternity.
And there some of you sit, comfortably in your special pew, in your beth-aven, your house of nothing, listening to the Satan-twisted dribble come out of some mans’ mouth, that stands there and preaches for money or fame or prestige. Telling you how great and wealthy you can be if you’ll just listen to him.
Oh, the shame you will feel on Judgment Day but do you know what? He loves you just the same.
And then the day came, when He rose from that sepulcher, in that beautiful spiritual body, shining so brightly with the shekinah glory that no man could look at him without going blind.
Our spiritual body will not shine with that glory but it will be beautiful. What a moment to look forward to, when the time of that change happens. When this earthly, decrepit, sinful chunk of meat is cast aside and our soul steps into that other dimension.
That’s what this life is all about. Loving Him and returning to Him after He defeats death, which is called Satan.
Isaiah 50:7 For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
I shall not be ashamed. He didn’t whimper one time nor did He call down ten thousand angels to whisk Him away and avoid this punishment. He took it head-on, with determination set on His face. Why did Christ do that? So that you and I could have our sins forgiven by simply believing that He did this for us.
Isaiah 50:8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
He is near that justifieth me. Who is standing near to Him? Our heavenly Father, His Father, and when they both stand together, who can come against them? No one. Especially not Satan.
And He will stand beside you if you will simply believe in Him. I mentioned earlier that there are 7.4 billion people on this earth right now but there are very, very few of them who truly believe in Him and those that do are very special in His eyes.
If you’re not living your life right now in a way that pleases Him, you still have time to change. Why would you want to walk into the Lake of Fire with Satan and his angels when you could spend eternity at His feet.
In a body that never gets sick, or breaks a bone, or gets cancer or lusts after earthly things that last for only a short period of time. This spiritual body will last for an eternity and nothing can ever change that. That’s His promise to us.
Isaiah 50:9 Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
When we have our Father or Christ walking beside us, no one can hurt us:
Ref: Psalms 118:6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? KJV
Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
This word feareth actually means to revere:
✡ Feareth-- OT:3373 yare' (yaw-ray'); from OT:3372; fearing; morally, reverent:
It means to have deep respect and love. Do you revere and obey the voice of Jesus Christ?
Isaiah 50:11 Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow. KJV
The purpose of building the tower of Babel was for man to try to make his own way into heaven, leaving our Father out of it. And the analogy of this verse is very similar…some people build a spiritual fire that makes their own spiritual light and this is supposed to keep them out of spiritual darkness, which ends up being a futile effort.
Listen to what Christ said about it:
Ref: John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. KJV
There is no light in our lives, in these earthly bodies, without Him but the human race is just so stubborn and stupid, so self-centered, and obstinate, that we think that we don’t need Him, that we have the ability to build our own light but just as the sparks in verse 12 disappear, in a moment of time, we cannot sustain that light for any length of time on our own.
Those that don’t believe in Him still feel the need to fill a part of their psyche with SOMETHING spiritual. Deep down inside each and every one of us there is a dark void that must be filled with SOMETHING and they try to bring light into that void through their own works. But that darkness persists.
When they were building the tower of Babel, they were apparently aware of a place called heaven and they apparently had a desire to go there, but they didn’t want to have to go through our Father to accomplish that. So He confounded them.
And still we persist to exist without Him, and we build religious idols of wood and stone, that have to be nailed into place to keep them from falling over, and STILL BELIEVE that they can answer our prayers.
If you talk to Him, He WILL answer. It won’t be a txt or a msg, it won’t be lightning from the sky, it won’t be a booming voice from a cloud, but it WILL be something. You just have to be aware that it’s coming and recognize it when it does.
It may be a thought or an inspiration, it may be a sudden realization, or that voice in the back of your mind or an image that fleets before your eyes on the way to Kroger’s.
There is no light in this abyss that we live in and without our Father in our world, it is exactly that..a dark abyss. That may be a place where Satan will reside for a thousand years but it’s also a place where we put ourselves throughout our entire life if we don’t allow Him to send us light.
And He did….His name is Jesus Christ.
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--7 October 2016--