Isaiah 59 ✒️ The High Price of Sin

May 21, 2024 • Dr. Dave Burnette

1 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

 2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 3For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

 4None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

 5They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

 6Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

 7Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

 8The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

 9Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.

 10We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

 11We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.

 12For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;

 13In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.

 14And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.

 15Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.

 16And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

 17For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

 18According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

 19So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

 20And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

 21As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

COMMENTARY by Dr. Dave Burnette

Written By: God through Inspiration

Penned By: Isaiah

Date Penned: (700-681 BC)

Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)

Theme: Words of Comfort (c 40-66)

Message: Warnings Against Sin (v 1-21)

Isaiah 59 Commentary 

(59:1) Sin's Separation - Sin offends our holy God and separates us from him. Because God is holy, he cannot ignore, excuse, or tolerate sin as though it didn't matter. Sin cuts people off from him, forming a wall to separate God from the people he loves. No wonder this long list of wretched sins makes God angry and forces him to turn away. People who die with their lives of sin unforgiven separate themselves eternally from God. God wants them to live with him forever, but they cannot come into his holy presence unless their sin is removed. Have you confessed your sin to God, allowing him to remove it? The Lord can save you if you turn to him. 

(59:15) A Foundation From the Lord - Israel's willful, persistent rebellion (Isaiah 56-59) created an environment where even those trying to be good were attacked. Sin fills the vacuum left when God's truth no longer impacts society. Because the world doesn't accept God's standard for truth, Christians can be attacked for firmly holding to what Scripture teaches, sometimes being accused of being judgmental and self-righteous. We need the moral foundation that comes from God to work for justice and against sin. 

(59:16-17) A Rescue from Sin - God would, in fact, act to rescue the nation from enemy armies (those of Assyria and Babylon) and to punish wicked Israelites as well. He would also rescue his people from sin. Because this is an impossible task for any human, God himself, as the Messiah, would personally step in to help (Romans 11:26-27). Paul recalled these verses when he encouraged the Ephesians to put on God's armor (Ephesians 6:14-17). Whether we sin once or many times, out of rebellion or out of ignorance, our sin separates us from God and will continue to separate us until God forgives us and removes it. 

(59:21) The Holy Spirit - When the Holy Spirit dwells within his people, they begin to change. Their former desires no longer entice them; now their chief aim is to please God. Christians today are the heirs of this prophecy; we are able to respond to God's will and distinguish between good and evil because the Holy Spirit, who reminds us of God's words, dwells within us (John 14:26; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 5:14; 1 John 2:27).

LIFE APPLICATION by Dr. Dave Burnette

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 59. Our text today warns against sin and how sin separates unholy men from a Holy God. In applying, we see the basis of Salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. It takes a Holy Sacrifice to make sinful man righteous in His Eyes. This is why our good works and efforts can not pay a price only Christ can pay. How about you? Do you see a high price of sin? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder that the high cost of our sin demands a God-sized price tag, and that price for our Salvation is Jesus Christ.

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