The Book of Isaiah Bible Study Chapter 32 Part 1

We end off this week with Isaiah 32:1-8

The terms ‘righteousness’ and ‘justice’ are words that are associated with G-d and with His Kingdom. Messiah’s rule, in the Kingdom of G-d, will manifest justice and righteousness. If we submit to Messiah’s authority then He will supply us with the anointing of His Spirit, whereby we can be instruments for truth, righteousness and justice – even in this age. These things cause the glory of G-d to be manifested. 

In this chapter, we are shown a dichotomy (a contrast) between two very different approaches to life. Those who embrace the rule and authority of Messiah in their lives make different decisions to those who do not embrace Messiah’s rule. Those who embrace G-d’s rule are given wisdom and understanding, their eyes and ears are opened to the revelation of G-d. This is in contrast to those who reject G-d’s authority in their lives. Their eyes and ears remain closed, and they continue in their pursuit of personal gain, even to the detriment of others.  

v1: Behold: A word that announces a revelation or a truth. 

  • King: Messiah
  • Will reign: Speaking of a future event. 
  • Princes: Cabinet officials. Those who have a high position in the government. These will be those who rule and reign with Messiah (2 Tim 2:12, Rev 20:4). If we are wise, we will not wait for the millennial Kingdom to serve with righteousness and justice. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we should embrace and be serving with righteousness and justice right now. 
  • Rule: Serve

v2: Man: This is referring to Messiah. 

Note: This verse defines how we should understand Messiah – a very present help in a time of need (Ps 46:1). It gives us assurance that in difficult times G-d will not forsake or abandon us, but He will protect and provide for us. 

  • Hiding place: Secret place. That which is not visible. 
  • Wind: Wind can be very destructive (eg. a tornado). Messiah is our hiding place (a refuge) in the midst of that which has the potential for danger and destruction. 
  • Hiding place … cover: Messiah is our protection. 
  • Tempest: Flood. That which quickly sweeps through a land causing destruction in its wake. 
  • Rivers of water … shadow (shade) of a great rock: Messiah is our provider and our defence. 
  • Weary: Tired
  • Weary land: A land that is not favourable. 

v3: Not …dim: In this age many people close their eyes, they reject, the revelation of G-d. This will change under the rule and reign of Messiah. People will not close their eyes from seeing. 

  • The ears of those who hear will listen: When Messiah is ruling (when He is manifesting His character and His provision) people that were not paying attention are going to undergo a change. There is going to be a remnant who embrace G-d’s perspective and His revelation.

v4: Rash: Those who are impetuous in making decisions. They do not take everything into consideration and nor are they prudent.

  • The heart of the rash will understand knowledge: They will experience a change of heart. 
  • The tongue of the stammerers (stutterers): These people did not have the ability to convey things clearly. They did not present things verbally in a way that was easily understood.
  • Speak plainly: Their words will be clear and understood. They will be able to bring clarity into a situation. 

Note: All this change is due to one reason – Messiah is ruling and reigning. We can expect this change to happen when He takes His throne on earth. As believers, with Messiah ruling and reigning in our hearts, we can expect Him to help us to think and behave properly, we can expect to have our eyes opened now (and not only in the future) to His revelation. 

v5: Note: In this verse we see a change in perspective. Those who are foolish will no longer be seen in a positive light, and those who are stingy will not be thought of as rich. These people will be seen from G-d’s vantage point or perspective. 

  • The foolish person will no longer be called generous: Foolishness causes us to not participate in the things of G-d. The foolish person will no longer be seen as someone who is investing himself properly. Foolishness implies that he is not interested in the things of the Kingdom. He is not about the purposes of G-d. 
  • Generous: A word that speaks of abundance. 
  • Miser: Someone who is stingy and cheap.
  • Bountiful: The miser will not be thought of as someone with resources. When the miser acquired things, he held them for himself rather than extending himself and giving to others who were in need. 

v6: The foolish person will speak foolishness: There is going to be a recognition that he is foolish.

  • His heart will work iniquity (wickedness): Those who are foolish do not embrace the truth of G-d. They do not make wise decisions. 
  • Practice ungodliness: Their deeds become defiled. 
  • Error: Deceit. They teach deception. 
  • Keep the hungry unsatisfied…and cause the drink of the thirsty to fail: He will not respond to or provide for those who are hungry (Roms 12:2-21). The foolish person will not be interested in setting things in order – giving drink to the thirsty and sustenance for those who are hungry. The foolish person does not want to meet the needs of others. As believers, with the change that the Holy Spirit has wrought in our hearts, we need to be people who are interested in, committed to and invested in the plight of others. We need to alleviate suffering and minister to others.

v7: Schemer: Scoundrel. Someone who is rogue. He is not behaving correctly and is not faithful to his commitments.

  • Destroy: Those who are scoundrels are never about helping others. They never want to bless. They never take interest in anyone else – it’s always only about themselves. This is a satanic character. satan doesn’t care about who he harms in his pursuits. He doesn’t care about suffering, pain, disaster and death as long as they aid in helping him to achieve his own goals. 
  • Poor: Those who do not have much. He devises a way to take advantage of those who are needy. 
  • Lying: Words of falseness.
  • Needy: A word for those who are destitute. Someone who has absolutely nothing.

v8: By generosity he shall stand (rise up): A generous man not only recognizes generous things, but he is also committed to them.

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