47 Isaiah / Part 1 (11)

The One who forgives and heals us

Isaiah 33:17-24
Mark 2:13-17
T Staring eyes of prophet

 It is from Chapter 33, this morning. It is said that specification of the times is difficult here, but perhaps, it would be written down at the switchovers period from the times of Ahaz to Hezekiah (at the time, Hezekiah was an administration of king Ahaz?). Messiah prophecy adds to brightness remarkably. "Woe to you, O destroyer, While you were not destroyed; And he who is treacherous, while others did not deal treacherously with him. As soon as you shall finish destroying, you shall be destroyed; As soon as you shall cease to deal treacherously with you."(1) This "you" points Assyria, but, in this chapter, Assyria loses the big power and it will tell a state disappearing from the list stage of the history. That articles is in Chapter 36-37 (U Kings Chaapter 19, too), but I want to touch it easily. In the 14th year of Hizekiah, Assyria surrounded Jerusalem at last, while it is letting Palestinian various countries fall with 200,000 big armies, but Hizekiah prayed to God. And it was not to regain the prosperity again after the big army was exterminated overnight, and the person who was left slightly returned to Mesopotamia with bare life. "Then the angel of the Lord went out, and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians;"(37:36), and it is recorded. However, before that article, Isaiah tells this chapter as a message from God. Even if it is certain that this Isaiah was edited later, even that stage, Isaiah's consciousness is clearer that the message of Chapter 33 is first, than the fact of the defeat of the Assyria army. Perhaps it seems that there is a time difference nearly ten years.

 With laying salvation of the Lord's people on decline of the Assyria, he flies and exceeds the times of Hezekiah, and perhaps we can feel that he would be telling the times of the end. What are eyes of prophet Isaiah going to stare at? I want to focus on Messiah prophecy which increases brightness this morning. Before take up the text of this morning, Verse 2-3 are prayer of Isaiah, Verse 5-6 are faith of Isaiah, but particularly it will be heard that his message of Verse 6 "And He shall be the stability of your times, wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; The fear of the Lord is his treasure."(6) invite us to the salvation of Immanuel. Verse 7-16 tells a state of Assyria to fall and to go, but about these things it will be enough to read them repeatedly. I want to hear it from the text this morning.

U When the true worship be had

 "Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will behold a far-distant land. Your heart will meditate on terror: 'Where is he who counts? Where is he who weights? Where is he who counts the towers?' You will no longer see a fierce people, A people of unintelligible speech which no one comprehends, Of a stammering tongue which no one understands."(17-19), and fear of people when it was surrounded by a big army of Assyria seems to reach, but probably, it thinks that more further fear is said. Because there was no such situation that soldiers of Assyria got into the Jerusalem city, and talked to the inhabitants. It was Babylon that a foreign ruler came in contact with inhabitants so, and it was Rome. However, because, at the age of both Babylon and Rome, there was no thing which was said "Your eyes will see the King in His beauty;", perhaps this will be a more former matter, a scene of the end. It seems the King is the Lord himself. "They will behold a far-distant land.", it will be our country of God. Surely people of the Lord do not yet arrive at there. However, the eyes of Isaiah would be especially conscious of himself when it was said your eyes stared at the Messiah and the our country. And "Your eyes will no longer see a fierce people,"(19), this thinks with Assyria and arrogant Israel leaders being conscious of, but it does not seem only a foreigner that speak "unintelligible" words when we watch youths of the present age.

 "Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; Your eyes shall see Jerusalem an undisturbed habitation, A tent which shall not be folded, Its stakes shall never be pulled up Nor any of its cords be torn apart."(20-21) Here, "You" and "we" mingle, but Isaiah wants that we watch together the thing which he watches. As for the eyes of Isaiah, it seems to be flowed into people invited to there as well as the new world that the Messiah and the One gradually bring. Both Zion and Jerusalem, it is pointing at the worship itself to the Lord which has been performed there, therefore the reason why will be the thought that Isaiah himself was added to it heartily came and went in him. Such a worship was lost, and it is a long time, but, however, the worship that put the heart returns. The worship, the Lord himself is there together! After Hezekiah, the young kings Manasseh, Amon, and Joshua continue, but at the times of king Joshua, people discovered a book of law from a shrine and have a revival of faith reformation from reading it aloud. It seems Isaiah's faith is thought to become that cause, too.

V The One who forgives and heals us

 "But there the majestic One, the Lord, shall be for us."(21), and we want to hear it once again. That "majestic One" is powerful. "A place of rivers and wide canals, On which no boat with oars shall go, And on which no mighty ship shall pass-"(21) Does Isaiah compare Jerusalem to a large big river? Even if a strong ship comes and attacks, because a powerful Lord comes, it will say they can not go along there. The river shows a peaceful appearance and may follow eternally. A sacred river (a sprit of powerful God) which flows out of a shrine, and becomes a big river is written down to Chapter 47 of Ezekiel, possibly it may be said it. It is there "And by the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will no fail."(47:12). A soul of God flowing out, it is heard that is God's love deep greatly prizing us like His eyes.

 Isaiah testified with the powerful Lord in this way. As for "-For the Lord is our judge, The Lord is our lawgiver, The Lord is our king; He will save us-"(22). The salvation of the Lord is accompanied with the right judgment. Jesus said by a preach of the mountain. "Everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his borther, 'Raca.' shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever shall say, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell."(Matthew 5:22) It is said that God asks here the suit of weak person which does not be taken up by the district court and highest court either. You do not need to swallow absurdity of the world anymore either. It is there "Your tackle hangs slack; It cannot hold the base of its mast firmly, Nor spread out the sail. Then the prey of an abundant spoil will be divided; The lame will take the plunder."(23), and for the people fighting against people invited to the salvation of the Lord, it will lose power. I want you to understand when it is said "the prey" and "abundant spoil", there was the society situation different from us of the present age.

 "And no resident will say, 'I am sick'; The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity." (24), and prophecy of Isaiah invites a climax. Matthew testified that Jesus had carried our illness on His back. And, in addition, it was the message that forgiving of a crime was told in the center of Part 2, but he would stare at such Messiah before here (Matthew 8:17). The Lord is the One who heals and forgive us. Jesus said "It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."(Mark 2:17). Don't you think that Isaiah's message is really showing that One?