2072.) Isaiah 2

I2 sword

Isaiah 2  (ESV)

The Mountain of the Lord

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

Isaiah now looks beyond the current chaos to the glorious kingdom of the Messiah.  In that day Jerusalem will be established as the religious and political capital of the world.  The Gentile nations will make pilgrimages to Zion for worship and for divine instruction.

–William MacDonald

It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
    and many peoples shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go the law,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

I2 Mira Kunz

Luke 24:44-47   (NIV) 

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.

Jesus peace

“Men yearn for peace, but they will not acknowledge the hopelessness
of their own efforts to achieve it.
It is only when the word of the Lord goes forth from Jerusalem,
when He Himself is reigning over the nations,
that lasting peace will come.”

O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in the light of the Lord.

After painting the picture of the glory of the Messiah’s reign, Isaiah then challenges Judah (“house of Jacob”) to live in the Messiah’s reign right now.

The Day of the Lord

I3 day of the Lord

The term day of the Lord (used more than 25 times in the Bible) does not necessarily refer to one specific day. It speaks of “God’s time.” The idea is that now is the day of man, but the day of man will not last forever. One day, the Messiah will end the day of man and bring forth the day of the Lord.

–David Guzik

For you have rejected your people,
the house of Jacob,
because they are full of things from the east
and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines,
and they strike hands with the children of foreigners.
Their land is filled with silver and gold,
and there is no end to their treasures;
their land is filled with horses,
and there is no end to their chariots.
Their land is filled with idols;
they bow down to the work of their hands,
to what their own fingers have made.
So man is humbled,
and each one is brought low—
do not forgive them!
10 Enter into the rock
and hide in the dust
from before the terror of the Lord,
and from the splendor of his majesty.
11 The haughty looks of man shall be brought low,
and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled,
and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

Proverbs 18:12   (NIV)

Before a downfall the heart is haughty,   
   but humility comes before honor.

12 For the Lord of hosts has a day
against all that is proud and lofty,
against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low;
13 against all the cedars of Lebanon,
lofty and lifted up;
and against all the oaks of Bashan;
14 against all the lofty mountains,
and against all the uplifted hills;
15 against every high tower,
and against every fortified wall;
16 against all the ships of Tarshish,
and against all the beautiful craft.
17 And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled,
and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low,
and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
18 And the idols shall utterly pass away.
19 And people shall enter the caves of the rocks
and the holes of the ground,
from before the terror of the Lord,
and from the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to terrify the earth.

Revelation 6:16   (NIV) 

They called to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!”

20 In that day mankind will cast away
their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
which they made for themselves to worship,
to the moles and to the bats,
21 to enter the caverns of the rocks
and the clefts of the cliffs,
from before the terror of the Lord,
and from the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to terrify the earth.
22 Stop regarding man
in whose nostrils is breath,
for of what account is he?

I2 God first

“Let us think more of God and less of man.  Come, let the Lord our God fill the whole horizon of our thoughts.  Let our love go forth to him; let us delight ourselves in him.  Let us trust in him that liveth for ever, in him whose promise never faileth, in him who will be with us in life, and in death, and through eternity.  Oh that we lived more in the society of Jesus, more in the sight of God!  We cannot spend our lives in seeking the smiles of men, for pleasing God is the one object we pursue.  Our hands, and our heads, and our hearts, and all that we have and are, find full occupation for the Lord, and therefore we must ‘Cease from man.’”

–Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Music:

One of my favorites:  “Our God”  by Christ Tomlin.  Click  HERE  to listen.

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English Standard Version (ESV)

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Permanent Text Edition® (2016). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

Images courtesy of:
sword.    http://www.4catholiceducators.com/graphics/Isaiah2.4.jpg
pen and ink of Jerusalem, by Mira Kunz.    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2576/3897158777_dd220fa8ba.jpg
His law is love.    http://s3.favim.com/orig/39/jesus-love-peace-Favim.com-325861.jpg
Joel 2.    http://shareaverse.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/joel-2-10-11.jpg?w=547
God First life.    https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/banner_3.jpg
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