The Book of Isaiah Bible Study Chapter 56 Part 2

Isaiah

We kick off this week with Isaiah 56:6-12. 

v6: The sons of the foreigner: Isaiah is again speaking of the Gentiles (non-Jews). 

  • Join: Attach
  • To serve Him..to love the name…to be His servants: This is a promise for those Gentiles who have attached themselves to the L-rd – for the purpose of serving Him, and loving Him. There is a large Gentile aspect to the Kingdom of G-d. 
  • Keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My covenant: Keeping the Sabbath holy and holding fast to G-d’s covenant show that we are His servants and that we love Him. The way that we hold fast to the covenant of G-d (holding on to His blessings and promises) is by keeping the Sabbath. As already discussed, this is not talking about keeping the Sabbath through the letter of the law, but through the spirit of the law – being led by the Holy Spirit, who teaches us how to do all things (John 14:26). Sabbath truth should have an influence in our lives. It strengthens our covenantal relationship and our covenantal behaviour with G-d.

v7: I will bring to My holy mountain: This is not talking about something in the past, this is a future reality. 

  • Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar: This is also talking about a future reality. In the millennial Kingdom, the Gentiles and Jews who are still alive on the earth at that time (those with physical bodies) will offer sacrifices on the altar (Zech14:20-21, Ezekiel 46, Isaiah 66:20-21). At this point in time, the church would have already been raptured and would have received their resurrected bodies. We are going to be ruling and reigning with Messiah for these 1000 years. These sacrifices do not apply to us. 

Note: The sacrifices made before Messiah (ie in the Old Testament), were a picture to the people pointing forward to the work that Messiah was going to do. For the past 2000 years (the age/time of the Gentiles – Luke 21:24, Roms 11:25) no sacrifices have been made. Once the time of the Gentiles is complete, the millennial Kingdom begins. Sacrifices will again be made in this dispensation, but these sacrifices are done pointing back to the cross and the work of Messiah. These sacrifices are going to be like a memorial and a remembrance. In the New Jerusalem (which is created after the millennial Kingdom there will be no temple and therefore no longer any sacrifices offered up (Rev 21:22). 

  • Shall be called: This is not speaking about Isaiah’s day. This did not happen in the past. This is something yet future. 
  • A house of prayer for all nations: The millennial temple is going to be a house of prayer for all nations – Gentiles included. No Gentiles were allowed in the temple during Yeshua’s or Paul’s day. This is going to be a new reality (Isaiah 66:21). 

v8: Gathers the outcasts of Israel: This is something that has not yet been done in its fullness. In its completeness, this will be a last day’s event (Matt 24:31 is speaking of the Jewish people – as seen within the context).  

  • Gather to him others: ‘Others’ is referring to people from the nations. In the millennial Kingdom there is not going to be one lifestyle for a Jew and another lifestyle for the Gentiles. In this Kingdom there will be the same expectation from both groups of people – as there always has been…to the Jew first and then to the Gentile (Roms 2:9-11).

v10: Watchmen: These are individuals who are set aside to watch in the night (the dark hours). The watchmen spoken of here are not secular security officials that go to a certain post and look out throughout the night to make sure that the enemy does not attack the city. There is no threat of attack in this passage. Isaiah is speaking of something much more spiritual. These watchmen are individuals that, instead of sleeping at night, dedicate themselves for a period of time (a few hours perhaps) in order to pray (Matt 26:41). These watchmen were meant to be praying and watching for G-d’s revelation. However, they were not very committed to this task. These watchmen (like prophets), once receiving revelation from G-d, were meant to share this revelation with the leaders. 

  • Blind: This should not surprise us. There were always many prophets in the Scripture, but, more frequently than not, most of those prophets were false prophets. In the last days there is going to be an increase of false prophets (Matt 24:11). 
  • Ignorant: They do not know anything in regard to G-d’s revelation. They are not interested in hearing from G-d and therefore they are not hearing from G-d. 
  • Dumb: Deaf and mute. They cannot hear from G-d, and they do not have the ability to communicate anything from G-d. Although they profess to be G-d’s watchmen, they are silent and do not communicate any revelation at all. 
  • They cannot bark: Barking dogs can sound an alarm. These “prophets” cannot sound an alarm. They are unable to communicate effectively. 
  • Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber: Sleeping means more to them than watching and praying. Sleeping means more to them than the revelation of G-d. They are not serious about the call of G-d on their lives. These are not true watchmen, but they are sleepers who love to sleep. 

v11: Greedy: Strong-willed, strong-headed individuals. These people want what they want, and they will act in such a way as to make sure that they get what they want. They are not submissive and nor are they humble in regard to the things of G-d. 

  • Never have enough: They do not know how to be satisfiedThey are always wanting more of the things of this world (Phil 4:11). 
  • Shepherds: Leaders
  • Cannot understand: These leaders do not understand. They see what is taking place in their city, in their nation, what they have jurisdiction over, but they don’t know what to do about it. They do not perceive what the right thing to do is. They have no discernment or wisdom. They may have some knowledge, but that knowledge will not produce anything that is righteous or proper. Probably one of the main reasons why they do not understand is because they are not interested in the way of the L-rd. 
  • They all look to their own way: They are not interested in G-d’s way but only in their own ways. 
  • Everyone for his own gain: They are servants of self. They are interested in their own profit. 
  • His own territory: His own region, area or domain. He is all about pursuing his own objectives or goals. He is not interested in the will of G-d.  

v12: Come: They are responding, but they are responding to the wrong thing. 

  • Wine: Alcohol can have a very detrimental influence in a person’s life. Alcohol can be used as a form of escape. It dulls our senses and perceptions, and it opens us up to be influenced – not by the Spirit of G-d but by unclean spirits (demonic influence).
  • Fill ourselves: Overindulge. When this word is applied to food it can be understood as gluttonous. 
  • Intoxicating drink: The implication is that they want to drink until they get drunk. This is something they are doing purposefully and deliberately. They do not see that G-d is at work. Instead of experiencing edification (being built up by G-d) they are going to begin to suffer loss (in their marriages, in their families, their finances, businesses etc). G-d wants us to be a righteous influence in this world. He does not want us to be an unrighteous influence. He wants us to be a blessing to others. These individuals do not live in such a way as to bless others. 
  • Tomorrow will be as today: Day after day they are committed to their own selfish pursuits.
  • Much more abundant: They are going to begin to bow down more and more to the unsatisfying influences in their lives. In an attempt to find satisfaction, they will (in this case) drink more and more alcohol as they think that by doing so they will eventually find the satisfaction that they crave. Alcohol begins to play a more and more important role in their lives. They will not have any discernment and nor will they receive any revelation. They will not know how to carry out the purposes of G-d. 

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