Shall I bring to the birth — Shall I disappoint and render abortive a design of which I myself was the author, when every thing is ripe for execution, and the effect just ready to be produced? Paul defined two cities of Jerusalem with fleshly or spiritual children (Gal 4:21-31). era (Hos 12:10). The leaven of the Pharisees Jesus blasted was religiosity to pretend great holiness. Learn more. 3 But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a man, and whoever offers a lamb, like one who breaks a dog's neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig's blood, and whoever burns memorial incense, The abominable practices of pig’s meat and abominable creatures is given (Is 65:4). Paul detailed God giving truth-rejectors a reprobate, perverse mind (Rom 1:18-32). Now most everyone is concerned about bringing the Gospel of Christ to more people. It is important to remember that the gospel and vengeance on Jerusalem went together. He had recently taught the same warning again about wasted fasting (Is 58:1-14). And where is the place of My rest? (1-2) The greatness of God, and proper response of man. Looking forward, there were three great wars – Assyria, Babylon, Rome – with significant effects. Sermon Bible Commentary. It has been replaced by the gospel kingdom that will never be moved (He 10:28-29). Isaiah 66 (Isaiah 66) Hope Fellowship Church (Curtis Cook) 08 Dec 2013 : You shall be comforted (Isaiah 66) Christ Church Cambridge (Steve Midgley) 29 Aug 1999 : 10. Remember the man born blind and how the Pharisees threw him out (John 9:34). God does not consider the dog man’s best friend; God happens to prefer fine horses. The sermon text, Isaiah 66, declares to us God's program of evangelism for the world. He can choose disgraceful perversions like sodomy to mock you to the universe. The God of heaven, the LORD Jehovah – is a Spirit – and He seeks spiritual worship. Isaiah 51: ‘I am he who comforts you’. Haggai mocked gold and silver décor to exalt a certain temple visitor (Hag 2:6-9). Gentiles read the Bible and see the fulfilled fury of God on devilish Jews in 70 A.D. Every sensible man that loves Jesus Christ abhors the vile monsters that killed Him. God’s great love for His elect would be visible in the explosive growth of the church. N.T. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. 1. On the other hand, Isaiah has clearly stated here he has Gentiles and 70 A.D. in view. Isaiah 66. Some verses may include the return from Babylon, but those 400 years were difficult, not glorious. God explained in context He counts hypocrisy comparable to abominations (Is 66:3). 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God set a sign, the ensign of Jesus Christ, to call Jews and Gentiles (Isaiah 11:10-12). Since the prophet looks forward to Messiah and his times, all of Malachi is a good commentary. See how close you can get to ten bodily fluids that your dog leaves in your home. For those that must be literalists, please explain to us whose breasts and who is sucking. They were friends of the world turning God to be their actual enemy (James 4:4). And where is the place of My rest? There are 40 references to dog or dogs in the Bible, but you cannot find a good one. The direction of the prophet in the previous chapter and this one is the gospel era. This text is most interesting – the judgment of God would begin in Jerusalem’s temple. Paul said the prophecy of Haggai had been fulfilled in his day, let alone by our day. Preparatory Reading: Isaiah chapters 2, 11, 25, 35, 40, 42, 50, 54, 55; Jeremiah 7; Malachi chaps. The Romans saw God’s glory in the destruction of the key city and temple of Jerusalem. value. Haggai turned the idea in a positive way by describing a temple visitor (Hag 2:6-9). Wise Jews knew they had no continuing city on earth, but in heaven (Heb 11:10; 13:14). who hath seen such things? Prophetic similitudes abound; Isaiah used inspired word pictures for glory of N.T. Seventh-Day Adventists and others come here for proof of the perpetuity of the Sabbath. Either extreme – strict literalism or undisciplined spiritualizing – is easier and is more dangerous. Where is the house that you will build Me? Ib 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. in that which I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy, and … There is nothing left for elect or reprobate Jews after gospel blessings and 70 A.D. One more reason to abhor Jews: they remove last verses like this to avoid the warning. who hath seen such things? ************* Birth and Prosperity of the Gospel Church – Verses 7-14 ************. Malachi spoke of how God’s judgment would reveal righteous and wicked (Mal 4:1-3). 3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. worship of the apostles. They refer to Jerusalem being entirely new and full of joy and prosperity (Is 65:18-19; 66:10-14). While dog lovers take a dog’s head and kiss its mouth, God considers it abominable. Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Where is the house that you will build Me? All building components of a temple existed before, so what new is brought to God? The gospel of Jesus Christ. 2,5)! With Israel destroyed by Roman war, it was replaced with a spiritual nation (I Pet 2:9). The elect will consider them in memory for deserving the worst judgment of history. Not literally in reality, for the birds ate them quickly. As with parables, the interpretation must emphasize the lesson over each word (Luke 10:25-37). Those that escaped the Jewish destruction became preachers in the world (Acts 8:1-6). A poor and contrite spirit is a humble spirit of repentance seeking God’s forgiveness. Comparison is another helper here, and we have the whole Bible fulfilled in 70 A.D. Jesus said these were the days of vengeance to fulfill all that is written (Luke 21:22). Gentiles would become priests and Levites, not literally, but spiritually in the gospel. Jews and Gentiles, Ephraim and Judah, will unite together in peace under the gospel. Consider many martyrs of Jesus, whom the Catholics murdered in the name of Jesus. worship to N.T. Paul clearly limited the holy mountain and city to heavenly Jerusalem (Heb 12:22-24). As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose. What is clear? Jesus corrected Jews and Samaritans for widely missing true worship (Jn 4:20-24). The church of God is described as a woman in both testaments, so grasp it clearly here. A. Isaiah’s ministry was entering a politically unstable era, (Isaiah 6:1) He needed directions. 66. And it is often the conservatives – the Pharisees in Jesus’ day – that were the worst. 17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD. In places applicable to both Israel’s return and Christ’s kingdom, each verse has its own proportion. So Isaiah brought forward some sins of their past to join to their hypocrisy (Is 65:4). Preparation for service . 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. Malachi wrote about these same Jews in 70 A.D. and is very similar (Mal 4:1-3). For those that need help understanding why God considers dogs and pigs very similar. John began with it, and Paul continued the warning (Matt 3:7-12; I Thess 2:14-16). terms of Jerusalem for N.T. For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. According to Josephus, Titus made some remarks of God’s judgment on the vile Jews. 24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. Even more true of religion. For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the Lord. Here is the explosive growth of the church as the gospel goes forth with great success. Isaiah 4 Resources. Organized religion has often been the greatest source of persecuting God’s elect. The Old is to be thrown away as being beggarly, inferior, decayed, and waxed old. Carcasses, worms, and perpetual fire are a similitude of final death and destruction. Isaiah 66 – Rejoicing in God’s Ultimate Victory A. No one has ever seen a birth this quick and this productive in numbers without a miracle. references: Stephen used Isaiah 66:1 in Acts 7:49-50; Jesus used Isaiah 66:24 in Mark 9:44-48. Introduction The book of Isaiah is composed of three natural divisions: sayings, principally of judgment, chapters 1-35; historical narratives, chapters 36-39 (almost identical with II Kings 18:13-20:19); and sayings, principally of comfort, chapters 40-66. 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? This morning, we have honored "Mothers". We know that the prophets used similitudes (Hosea 12:10), so we take this as one. Some copies of the Hebrew scriptures do not have this verse but repeat the previous. Rightly dividing these chapters saves from heretical ditches of Dispensationalism and Preterism. Not only would the Gentiles assist and help the Jews, but God also would do this. 66:15-16 Notice the different metaphors used to describe YHWH's judgment. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. The character of these wicked Jews here is less idolatry and more hypocritical, ceremonial religion. Luke plainly stated Jesus Christ’s ministry were the days of vengeance (Luke 21:22). God’s immensity fills the universe; do not think He can be confined to a small building. Jews and Gentiles from earth would join together in spiritual Jerusalem (Is 11:10-12). Glory! It is the mother bird that gathers the chicks under her wings. A recovery and return is clearly described, a temple rebuilt, a new era established, and Israel ended. Watch our overview video on chapters 40-66 of the book of Isaiah, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. If you even think of being literal here, like foolish Dispensationalists, you foolishly err. They are very different from the previous two chapters that were intercessory prayer for the exiled. For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon. As in many other places, enjoy God’s play on words – here is their choice and His. It is good a Jewish apostle would inform Gentiles they were priests (Rev 1:6; 5:9). Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. The chapter alternates between judgment and redemption. Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. Judgment and Hope - This is what the LORD says: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. God wants us to know Him, and many times in Scripture He uses different pictures and examples to reveal Himself to us. The great mystery of godliness is God’s son saving many Gentiles (I Timothy 3:16). He will then proceed to describe the continued evil character in the regathered Jews from Babylon. 18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. How will they view the carcasses? But God will now expostulate with these people for their great national wickedness He judged. The LORD Shall Plead By Fire and By Sword…Isaiah 66 pt 7. Note Mt. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one. An unrighteous man that sacrifices a lamb is as if he offered a dog’s head to God. It began with John, and Jesus told a woman of Samaria (Luke 16:16; John 4:20-24). SermonAudio.com - Isaiah 66 Sermons. It is the church, as plurality is next. 66:5, which shows the judgment of prideful, unbelieving Jews. 4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. Theme: Two great events occurred after Messiah, the Jewish nation destroyed and the church prospered. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Isaiah 66:8 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources. These Jewish preachers took the gospel of the ensign of Jesus to Gentiles (Rom 15:12). God created the heavens, earth, and all things therein, including all building materials. If you choose to be literal here, you could or should end up worshipping on Saturday. Headlines BLM to destroy churches which have statues or pictures of Jesus The Righteousness of God’s Judgment Tonight we will complete our journey through the book of Isaiah. The context is the return from Babylon, so why would you leap 2500 years away? The Jews of that time were not known for idolatry or violating Moses’ dietary laws. Isaiah has already introduced us to unquenchable fire relative to Edom (Is 34:8-10). Doctor, Lawyer, Businessman, Scholar. An unrighteous man burning incense to God was received as if he praised an idol. The LORD would come in vengeance for a great reversal of situations (Isaiah 65:13). Isaiah 66:21.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. We had glorious statements about the N.T. The Jewish calendar was lunar, and it dictated the great feasts and memorials of God. If it is Christ along with Gentile conversions, then it is the desolation of Jerusalem. 1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? Though Chaldeans and then Romans destroyed one city, a glorious one took its place. His language and terminology were for His direct and immediate audience in Israel about 600 B.C. Dogs and pigs are two of God’s vilest creatures – dogs eat vomit; pigs prefer mud. Sign In. The temple was rebuilt for Christ to visit, and then it was destroyed with the nation for His murder. II. Psalm 23: ‘your staff and rod, they comfort me’. This is a trait of dangerous Christians – despising those that are good (II Tim 3:3). God knows you better than you know you; He can easily turn your life inside out. Glory! Stephen used this verse in his sermon to mock Jewish temple worship (Ac 7:49-50). The Spirit led Isaiah to use the rescue from Babylon as a take-off figure or type for the N.T. Catholics think they are in God’s presence by large, garish edifices they call cathedrals. The worship of Jehovah through His Son Jesus would be perpetual and universal. gospel era. We spiritualize heavens and earth here to match the context of the N.T. Small depraved minds run to ceremonial religion as sufficient to ward off judgment. The proper, real, and true form of worship GOD Jehovah seeks is a man’s soul devotion. Isaiah 65 Isaiah 66 Jeremiah 1. 5 Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. There is no reason to apply this to heaven, since that would be a leap the prophet rarely attempts. Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. Jesus warned His apostles and disciples of this kind of treatment (John 15:18; 16:2). The previous verses describe the conversion of Gentiles to be the priests of Jehovah. 1-4 Jewish Trust in Ceremonial Religion Mocked, 5-6 God’s Vengeance on Jews’ Harming His Elect, 7-14 Birth and Prosperity of the Gospel Church, 15-18 Furious Vengeance on the Wicked for Sins, 19-21 Calling of Gentiles Includes Them as Priests, 22-24 Eternal Mercy to Elect and Ruin of Reprobates. We are not preterists, so we do not allow this prophetic similitude here to confound us. God despises the character, habits, noise of dogs, and so do many rational persons. In addition to considering their worship abominable, God would punish them. These are different worshippers or the adverb. Hear that uproar from the city, … There are Gentiles in this context (Is 66:12), so we apply it easily to the gospel era. Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut. They had chosen their own way to do things, whether in worship and/or in lifestyle. Do not take the man child too far. 7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. 20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. spiritual religion. THE CONTEXT This is the last chapter of the book of Isaiah—dated between 538 and 520 B.C.—the period immediately following the return of the exiles to Jerusalem (Muilenburg, 760). The only perfect mother is in the mind and heart of God. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: ISAIAH 66:7-9 7 "Before she travailed, she brought forth; The context is wicked Jews, but they have been destroyed (Dan 12:7; Luke 21:24). Posted on October 18, 2017 by billrandles. In the previous two chapters, Israel appealed in prayer to their covenant with God (Is 64:4-5,8-12). B. Peter by the Holy Ghost was incredibly clear to emphasize the literal (II Pet 3:5-7). Even the Jews would have a very different priesthood – kings of Judah (I Pet 2:9). The Jews had two noteworthy temples, but they by themselves were not proper worship. The character of the Jews here is less that of idolatry and more hypocritical, ceremonial religion. An unrighteous man that offers an ox to God is the same as if he murdered a man. Category Archives: Isaiah 66 Sermon. Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? It is not Christ. Paul also corrected the Greek notion of the idea – God in a temple (Acts 17:24-25). Titus conquered with swords and then burned Jerusalem down (Luke 21:24; Matt 22:7). Isaiah gave a very good cross-reference to this text earlier in his book (Isaiah 57:15). for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Matthew 5: ‘Blessed are … Isaiah has an … The new heavens and earth have nothing to do with II Peter 3 or Day of Judgment. This is the theme of Isaiah 40-66. True Worship and False - Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. era. Hear the word of the Lord, you who tremble at his word: “Your own people who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, ‘Let the Lord be glorified, that we may see your joy!’ Yet they will be put to shame. There are many indicators the New Testament era is the primary object of this final chapter of Isaiah. Since a carcass has no spirit (Jas 2:26), if the bodies are in hell, where are the spirits? Isaiah 66. Jeremiah was very bold condemning Israel’s vain trust in their temple (Jer 7:1-10). The slain were many? The Jews heard it first, but the Gentiles then honored them for sharing (Rom 15:27). God chose which delusions He would turn them over to (Ezek 14:6-11; 20:25-26). Read Isaiah 13 and 34 again to see use of graphic, universal terms for a modest event. God comforts as the mothers comforted of whom the prophet spoke. What holiday … 6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies. He Himself mocks the idea right here by the nature of filling the universe (Jer 23:24). What will they do with the priests and Levites of earlier (Is 66:21), are they literal? It works everywhere you sign in, even with the mobile app! 23:37. John said they were vipers; Peter, untoward; Paul, contrary to all men; Jesus said they were Satanists (Matt 3:7-12; Acts 2:40; I Thess 2:15; John 8:44; Rev 2:9; 3:9). Isaiah from the beginning of his prophecy condemned external form (Is 1:10-20). Moses described this event, and he said God would consume the earth (Deut 32:22). They delighted in their inventions of worship and life conduct rather than God’s. Isaiah 66:2. What sort of house could you build for me? Isaiah 66:3 But whoever sacrifices a bull is like one who kills a man, and whoever offers a lamb, like one who breaks a dog's neck; whoever makes a grain offering is like one who presents pig's blood, and whoever burns memorial incense, like one who worships an idol. 3-4. Gentiles are identified by name twice agreeing with the great mystery of godliness (Is 66:12,19). Such a man trembles at scripture, for his fear and love of God craves pleasing Him. converts. ************ Jewish Trust in Ceremonial Religion Mocked – Verses 1-4 ***********. Browse Sermons on Isaiah 66:9. Similar in mocking fashion is David’s indictment of animal sacrifices (Ps 50:7-13). The workman earns His Captain’s approval by laboriously studying to rightly divide these verses. The four examples God chose are what He thinks of Mosaic worship without godliness. Isaiah 65 Jeremiah 1 ... Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. We started on May 1, 2019. The LORD will repay His enemies. Isaiah used key terms of God’s O.T. Here God is condemning the false religion of Israel 2. Where is the house you will build for me? It did not matter to God the specific sins they were guilty of, all would be consumed. 1. Scripture: Genesis 1:27, Isaiah 59:1, Isaiah 66:2, Psalms 89:13, Psalms 145:16, Nehemiah 1:10 (view more) (view less) Denomination: Pentecostal Blessed Are … Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. Isaiah has already introduced us to worms relative to the king of Babylon (Is 14:11). 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