45 Isaiah / Part 1 (9)

The Lord who works for us

Isaiah 30:18 -26
Hebrews 12:1-4
T To whom, God's sorrow

 The contents classification of Isaiah part 1 is three copies composition, including Chapters 24-27 "Apocalypse of Isaiah", the plan of some God's salvation is being told in Chapters 24-35, the third division. Last week, we have heard about the chosen people Israel, in particular, the people of neighboring countries which leaders alienated, a poor person, and the salvation for weak people from Chapter 28-29, but this morning, it is from 30-31 which can be said as that continuation as well...

 "Woe to the rebellious children,"(30:1), a dirge of Isaiah still continues for a while. "The rebellious children", it is a rebuke to Israel, and the deep sadness of Isaiah is felt there, but, on the other hand, it will show that God is not going to still throw away relation of father and son with them even if they disobey Him. The sorrow of God is so deep, we can hear. "Who proceed down to Egypt, Without consulting Me, To take refuse in the safety of Pharaoh, and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt!"(2) Probably, it still be the times of Ahaz, but north kingdom will be already ruined. And Assyria which destroyed them plans aggression to south kingdom this time. Israel goes to an alliance with Egypt this time to escape from that pressure. However, Egypt already loses a feature of a strong large country of former times, and there is neither the power that can send troops in Palestine nor will. "A people who cannot profit them, Who are not for help or profit, but for shame and also for reproach."(5) is repeated in Chapter 31. It is here "Now the Egyptians are men, and not God, And their horses are flesh and not spirit; So the Lord will stretch out His hand, And he who helps will stumble And he who helped will fall, And all of them will come to an end together."(31:3), this Chapter 31 seems to put emphasis on Isaiah's message by repeating the contents of Chapter 30. Such Egypt clings to pride only in the old days, and only a tribute is received. And, as is said here "They carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys And their treasures on camels' humps,"(6), the messenger to the Egypt would be humiliated and come back.. But, Israeli leaders do not pay attention to God still. And they say like this "You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant words, prophesy illusions. Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel."(10-11).

U Getting back to God

 It is declaration for them. "Therefore thus the Hoy One of Israel says, 'Since you have rejected this word, And have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them, Therefore this iniquity will be to you Like a breach about to fall, A bulge in a high wall, Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant.'"(12-13), this is a sentence of very severe Israel ruin, but I want you to remember it a little. Though the message of Isaiah which began at Chapter 7 was turned to Ahaz and the followers that ignored God, but there was no rebuke to them, and it was overflowing of the words which was told patience and grace of God and wanted to bathe in a blessing of the salvation by the One named "Immanuel", it was so unexpected. We've heard, that center was "Take care, and be calm, have no fear."(7:4), as it is here in Psalms "Cease striving and konw that I am God;"(Psalms 46:10), we must hear that their faith was asked. This "Cease striving." is meaning "Stop it."(新改訳), sometimes it will point at the battle, but at the time of others, it will point at the plot. The things that we grieve over misfortune and difficulty to attack and we are afraid of that and move around in confusion noisily, and get flustered and schemed variously, and ask the help to Assyria and Egypt, will it happen to neither them nor modern us? We must hear all such matters to "stop" and to "become quiet before God".

 Isaiah may have told himself that he must have such God's patience. It has passed many years from the first message which was told to Ahaz (Chapter 7), but like the thought that was sealed up until that time flowed suddenly, he begins to tell an accusation of a crime to them and a sentence of very severe ruin. The accusation of the crime and the message of salvation would become one thought in Isaiah, and it lived together. The message "Be quiet", it can be said the true value of this prophet, is told again. It is these "In repentance and rest you shall be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength."(15), these "rest" and "trust" are the same words, and Isaiah is emphasizing repeatedly to become quiet before God and to trust it, that is the salvation and the peace and the power which is not threatened by anyone. It is "In repentance". As for the crime's being denounced, you must hear what is being asked for that you stand up in God and come back. There cannot be the salvation without being separated from the crime. How did we hate our crime which dwelled inside us and how did we flounder to leave there? The writer of Hebrews says appropriately in this way. "You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;"(12:4). However, for us who are weak, Jesus is here. I want to appreciate forgiving of the cross once again.

V The Lord who works for us

 "Therefore"(18), this word can feel that the message of Isaiah relates the salvation to an accusation of a crime. "Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice;"(18). The person whom God waits for is not the person who is right but the person who loses God, who suffers and grieves. Regardless of the history which committed a crime, but it is asked how you are going to recover yourself from there. "Therefore", when God is waited for with patience, Isaiah would tell a message of hope heartily which was entrusted with him.

 "How blessed are all those who long for Him. O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you."(18-19) As for the first part of Verse 19, there is a person who says it is better to translate like this, "the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem", therefore we can hear both Zion and Jerusalem mean "God's home". Even if the salvation told to here is a thing to Israeli remaining people directly, it has more bigger expanse and it sounds like a promise with people who look for the Lord with repentance and faith. Then, we have heard that His eyes stared at "the whole world", not only Apocalypse Chapter 24-27, but from the message of Immanuel. And it is felt that Isaiah's eyes are greatly opened in our ages of the present gradually. But How should we think about the people who brag "For we have made falsehood our refuse and we have concealed ourselves with deception."(28:15) and also continue resisting God like this "Get out of the way, turn aside from the path,"(30:11)?

  "Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. And your ears will hear a word behind you. 'This is the way, walk in it,' "(30:20-21) A teacher is God oneself. Perhaps hard and severe things will wait for us. However, the Lord oneself will teach and lead us like this. And "On the day the Lord binds up the fracture of His people and heals the bruise He has inflicted."(26), and that day will come. And "And the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun.....", but it is shown seven times become perfect of God. The salvation is completed. It was told in the message of near the last part of Isaiah in this way, "For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, And for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet."(62:1) This "silent" is the same word with "quiet". Please trust the promise of the salvation of God and learn to be quiet and pray, though how it is difficult. It will be way of life to be made for faith. It is because God works for our salvation.