Three-Month Bible Reading Notes – Part 5 – Isaiah, First Half

– I just realized Isaiah contains many observations and conclusions, which are based on the fear of the Lord in poetic form. I wager this is why the Father told Habakkuk, “Write the vision and make it plain [easy to read and understand, no poetry].”

– “…like a woman in travail…” is used a lot. I assumed the ancients believed this was the worse pain ever.

2:6 “For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with eastern ways; They are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they are pleased with the children of foreigners.” Philistia was southwest of Judah, so the eastern part did not make sense. I had to look this one up and the translations vary. The best word-for-word translation is “For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled with ancient ways; they are soothsayers like the Philistines; they strike [shake] hands with the children of foreigners.”

3:4 “I will give children to be their princes, And babes [the unstable] shall rule over them.” and 3:12As for My people, children are their oppressors, And women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, And destroy the way of your paths.” Remember, back then, as soon as a girl got her period, she could be married off. That type, I believe, is what Isaiah meant, in context with the rest of the verses. 2 Timothy 3:6 “For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts…”

3:5 “The people will be oppressed, Every one by another and every one by his neighbor; The child will be insolent toward the elder, And the base toward the honorable.”

Luke 12:53 “Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”

Micah 7:6 “For son dishonors father, Daughter rises against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.”

Matthew 10:21 and Mark 13:12 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.”

Matthew 10:35-36 “For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’”

4:4 “When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning…” The Altar of Sacrifice – to put our entire everything on it and ask Yah to burn up anything that is not of Him; anything left, we can keep. The entrails [sins] were burned outside the camp. The blood [the old life] poured under the Altar [the ground—the world].

5:12 “But they do not regard the work of the Lord, nor consider the operation of His hands.” Once again, we are to recognize and celebrate the Lord’s work in the lives of ourselves and others, not just nature. I believe this will help fight our corruption and repel the adversary.

5:20 “Woe to those who call good, evil, and evil, good.” OK, that is where that is. “Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness.”

Luke 11:34-35 “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.”

Matthew 6:22-23The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

5:25 “His hand is stretched out still.” The Lord has lifted His hand (protection) off His people.

8:12 “Do not say, ‘A conspiracy,’ concerning all that this people call a conspiracy, nor be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” Recognize trouble, but don’t dwell on it. Trust the Lord.

10:2 “To rob the needy of justice, And to take what is right from the poor of My people, That widows may be their prey, And that they may rob the fatherless.”

Deuteronomy 15:11 “For there will never cease to be poor in the land; that is why I am commanding you to open wide your hand to your brother and to the poor and needy in your land.”

Matthew 26:11 and John 12:8 “For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always.”

Mark 14:7 “The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them whenever you want. But you will not always have Me.”

Psalm 94:6 “They kill the widow and the stranger; they murder the fatherless.”

Exodus 22:21 “You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Also see Exodus 23:9, Leviticus 19:33, Leviticus 19:34, Leviticus 25:35, Deuteronomy 1:16, Deuteronomy 10:19.

Notice this reoccurring directive, to take care of those either in need or different from you. Israel and Judah did not understand that this was part of their refinement, to separate themselves from other nations. Do we?

10:15 “Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it? Shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it? As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up, or as if a staff could lift up, as if it were not wood!”

2 Timothy 2:20-21 “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor [special purpose] and some for dishonor [common purpose]. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:17 “…so that the man of God may be complete, fully equipped for every good work.”
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance as our way of life.”

We are tools in His hands, whether good or evil. Choose His Way and relish His work in you, through you, around you, and through others. We believers get the privilege to recognize His work and celebrate it.

Isaiah 11 covers Jesus’ first coming as the suffering Servant and his second advent as the conquering King with elements of His future reign.

13:10For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine.” Also see Isaiah 34:4, Joel 2:31, Zephaniah 1:15, Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24, Acts 2:20, Revelation 6:12, Revelation 6:13, Revelation 8:12.

14:12 The term “Lucifer” in some Bibles is a bad translation, thanks to Jerome. It should be “Shining One” helel (הֵילֵל), which is derived from halal (הָלַל) – to shine.

17:1 “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.” People into prophecy are watching both Israel and Damascus.

Isaiah 20 is the one of the symbolic “one-act plays” the Lord had some of His prophets perform. This one had Isaiah walking around naked and barefoot for three years. Poor guy… The lesson I get out of these is to be flexible in regards to the Lord’s Will and Purpose in our lives. I know that first hand.

– A whole bunch of countries got judgment proclaimed against them.

21:9 “Babylon is fallen, is fallen! And all the carved images of her gods He has broken to the ground.”

Revelation 14:8 Then a second angel followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, who has made all the nations drink the wine of the passion of her immorality.”
Revelation 18:2 And he cried out in a mighty voice: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a lair for demons and a haunt for every unclean spirit, every unclean bird, and every detestable beast.”

22:12-13 “And in that day the Lord God of hosts called for weeping and for mourning, for baldness and for girding with sackcloth.” The shaving or cutting of hair was a sign of mourning, humility and starting over, also signaling the end of the Nazarite vow.

But instead, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating meat and drinking wine, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!’”

56:12 “Come,” one says, “I will bring wine, and we will fill ourselves with intoxicating drink; tomorrow will be as today, and much more abundant.”
1 Corinthians 15:32 If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” Simply put, “We’re doomed anyways, let’s party!”

23:18 “[Tyre’s] gain and her pay will be set apart for the Lord; it will not be treasured nor laid up, for her gain will be for those who dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for fine clothing.” Once again, the wealth of the unrighteous will be given to His people.

24:2 And it shall be:
As with the people, so with the priest;
As with the servant, so with his master;
As with the maid, so with her mistress;
As with the buyer, so with the seller;
As with the lender, so with the borrower;
As with the creditor, so with the debtor.”

In other words, everybody is going to suffer.

24:5 “The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.” Daniel 7:25 “He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, shall persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.”

24:23 “Then the moon will be disgraced and the sun ashamed; for the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before His elders, gloriously.”

Revelation 21:23 “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.”
Revelation 22:5 “There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” Amen.

26:6 “The foot shall tread it down— The feet of the poor and the steps of the needy.” Malachi 4:3 “You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” says the LORD of hosts.” A reward for those who walk in His ways—being a weapon in His hands.

26:21 “The earth will also disclose her blood [bloodshed], and will no more cover her slain.” Revelation 20:13 “The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them.”

27:6 “Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob; Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.”
Romans 11:13-20 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

28:9 “Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts?”

Deuteronomy 6:7 “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Also see Genesis 18:19, Deuteronomy 4:9, Deuteronomy 11:19, Psalm 71:17, Isaiah 38:19, Ephesians 6:4.

1 Corinthians 3:2 “I gave you milk, not meat, for you were not yet ready for meat. In fact, you are still not ready.”
1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”
28:10 “For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.”

Matthew 26:26, Mark 14:22, Luke 22:19, 1 Corinthians 11:24 “This is My body [His Word, His Instructions].”

28:16-22 The cornerstone passage describes Jesus’ ministry and the results. For example, verse 19 describes the disciples in hiding. Verse 20, the disciples are not at peace (not comfortable, cannot rest). Verse 21, His resurrection.

28:23-29 is comparing learning from the Lord to cultivating black cumin.

29:9 “Blind yourselves and be blind!”

Matthew 15:14 “Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” Also see Luke 6:39 and John 9:39.

Matthew 23:16 and Matthew 23:24 “Woe to you blind guides!”

29:13 “And their fear [reverence] toward Me is taught by the commandment of men.” This part of the famous passage gets overlooked. Simply put, the true fear of God has been watered down by man-made ideas, and Judah worshiped Him and other gods, trying to hedge their bets (gaining the most favor from the spirit realm).

29:18-19 “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, And the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. The humble also shall increase their joy in the LORD, And the poor among men shall rejoice In the Holy One of Israel.
Matthew 11:5The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” Literally and spiritually, amen.

30:10 “Who say to the seers, ‘Do not see,’ And to the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy to us right things; Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.’”

Romans 16:18 “For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.”
2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers.”

1 Kings 22:13 Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah spoke to him, saying, “Now listen, the words of the prophets with one accord encourage the king. Please, let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak encouragement.” LOL! Uh, no.

30:26 “In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people and heals the stroke of their wound.” 19:22 “And the LORD will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the LORD, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.”

Hosea 6:1 “Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.”

Psalm 71:20You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth.”

Psalm 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”
Deuteronomy 32:39 “See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. I have wounded and it is I who heal, And there is no one who can save anyone from My hand.”

30:32 “And in every place where the staff of punishment passes, which the LORD lays on him, it will be with tambourines and harps; and in battles of brandishing He will fight with it.”

2 Chronicles 20:21-22 “And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: ‘Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.’ Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.”

Joshua 6:20 “So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.”

31:1 “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord!” Those who trust in the world or society (Egypt), the created things (horses), man-made objects (chariots), and men themselves (horsemen) will be disappointed at these items failures.

32:3 “The eyes of those who see will not be dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen.” Those who are paying attention, will stay that way as long as they read His Word and seek the Spirit Most High. Also see 29:18, 35:5, and 42:16.

Matthew 24:4 and Mark 13:5 “Take heed [see that] that no one deceives you.” In modern-day vernacular, “Pay attention, so no one distracts you.” Influence + distraction = deception.

32:10 “You will be troubled, you complacent [comfortable] women.” Revelation 3:16 “So then, because you are lukewarm [comfortable], and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

33:2 “Be their [our] arm [protection] every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.”

Psalm 91:7 “A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you.”

Psalm 23:4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?”

33:3 “At the noise of the tumult the people shall flee.” Exodus 19:16 “Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled.” Also see Exodus 20:18-19 and Revelation 4:5.

When You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered.” Psalm 59:11 “Do not slay them, lest my people forget; Scatter them by Your power, And bring them down, O Lord our shield.” Also see Psalm 144:6, 17:13, 21:15, Jeremiah 25:30.

34:16 “Search from the book of the LORD, and read…” 30:8 “Now go, write it before them on a tablet, And note it on a scroll, That it may be for time to come, Forever and ever…”

Jeremiah 30:2 “Thus speaks the LORD God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.’”

Habakkuk 2:2 “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.” So let it be written; so let it be done! Blessed be the Name of the Lord, for whatever proceeds from His Mouth will be fulfilled.

39:7 and 2 Kings 20:18 “And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” Daniel 1:3 “Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles…” Yes, Daniel and his friend were made eunuchs in order to serve the King of Babylon.

40:4 “Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth.” Luke 3:5 “Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth.”

41:14 “Fear not, you worm Jacob…” LOL!

42:1-4 Jesus’ sacrifice benefits the Gentiles.

42:16 “I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them.”

Luke 1:79 “To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 3:5 “Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth.”

Ephesians 5:8 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”

43:24 “You have bought Me no sweet cane with money, nor have you satisfied Me with the fat of your sacrifices; but you have burdened Me with your sins, you have wearied Me with your iniquities.” He gave them grace through their lack of honoring Him, but their sins—rebelling against Him with false worship of other gods—are an irritant to Him. What do we do when we have an irritant on our skin? Try to get rid of it!

44:6 “I am the First and I am the Last.” Also see 41:4, 48:12, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:17, Revelation 2:8, Revelation 22:13.

44:13-20 – A dude chops down a tree. With half, he makes an idol for worship. With the other half, he burns it for warmth and cooking. What good is that idol? LOL!

44:25 “Who frustrates the signs of the babblers and drives diviners mad; Who turns wise men backward and makes their knowledge foolishness.” LOL! That is why we should not mess with fortune tellers, palm readers, crystals, etc.

44:28 “Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure.’” Cyrus wasn’t even born yet! Also see 45:1-3.

Jeremiah 27:6 “…Nebuchadnezzar… My servant…”

Proverbs 16:4 “The LORD has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.”

Romans 9:22What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction…” Anyone can be used of Yah; we believers get the privilege of recognizing His work to praise it.

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