Isaiah 66 ✒️ A Choice

May 28, 2024 • Dr. Dave Burnette

1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

 2For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

 3He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog's neck; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.

 4I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

 5Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.

 6A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence to his enemies.

 7Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

 8Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

 9Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.

 10Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

 11That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.

 12For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.

 13As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

 14And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.

 15For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

 16For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

 17They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.

 18For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.

 19And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.

 20And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.

 21And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.

 22For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.

 23And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

 24And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

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: The World will see God's Goodness (v 1-24)

Isaiah 66 Commentary 

(66:1) Even the beautiful temple in Jerusalem was woefully inadequate for the God who created everything and is present everywhere. God cannot be confined to any human structure (see 2 Chronicles 6:18; Acts 7:48-50). This chapter is a fitting climax to the book of Isaiah. God will lift up the humble, judge all people, destroy the wicked, bring all believers together, and establish the new heavens and new earth. Let the hope of this encourage you each day. 

(66:2-3) Humility - These key verses summarize Isaiah's message. He contrasted two ways of living: that of humble persons who have a profound reverence for God's messages and their application to life, and that of those who choose their own way. The sacrifices of the arrogant were only external compliance. In their hearts, these people were murderers, perverts, and idolaters. God shows mercy to the humble, but he brings down the proud and self-sufficient (see Luke 1:51-53). Our society urges us to be assertive and to affirm ourselves, but don't let your freedom and right to choose lead you away from God's pathway to eternal life. 

(66:7-9) Unstoppable - God will not leave his work of national restoration unfinished. In this image of childbirth, God shows that he will accomplish what he has promised quickly. It will be as unstoppable as the birth of a baby. And this time, the birth will happen so fast that it will skip the birth pains. Jerusalem will be quickly reinhabited, and the rejoicing will follow. 

(66:15-17) The Second Coming - This is a vivid picture of the great judgment that will occur at Christ's second coming (2 Thessalonians 1:7=9). In the Bible, smoke and fire often represent God. His fire will ultimately punish and purify the world. (See the note on Isaiah 30:27.) 

(66:19) Missionaries - God's people have, in fact, gone out as missionaries to all parts of the earth--to Tarshish (Spain), to the Libyans in northern Africa (Pul), to the Lydians (Lud) in western Asia Minor, to northeastern Asia Minor (Tubal), and to Greece (Javan). 

(66:22-24) Faithful - Isaiah brings his book to a close with great drama. For the faithless, he presents a sobering portrayal of judgment. For the faithful, he paints a glorious picture of their rich reward: Through him, God says, "So shall your seed and your name remain." The contrast is so striking that we would think everyone would want to be God's follower. But we are often just as rebellious, foolish, and reluctant to change as the Israelites were. We are just as negligent in feeding the hungry, working for justice, obeying God's Word, and taking up his causes. Make sure you are among those who will be richly blessed.

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 66. In our text today, the world will see God's goodness as Isaiah ends. In this chapter, Isaiah summarizes how we can choose God and apply His Word to our lives versus living for ourselves. In making an application, we see we still have a choice and free will to choose or reject Christ. In doing so, we will suffer the consequences now and for eternity. Regardless of our choice, we will bow our knees and confess that Jesus is Lord before we enter our eternal choice. How about you? What choice have you made? Let us learn from our text today and the book of Isaiah to remember that we have a choice. If we choose Jesus Christ, our sins will be forgiven, and we will have an eternal home in Heaven.

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