Isaiah: Repent and Return.

Isaiah 30-31 continues the Prophet Isaiah’s oracles of woe against Israel. The historical context is when Israel attempted to make an alliance with Egypt as a protection from their enemies in the 8th century B.C. What appears to be solely a political alliance rooted in history has striking spiritual implications for all believers in Christ today. How so, you may be wondering. Let’s examine the text and find out.

To begin with, there was a devastation that the LORD would bring upon Israel. The cause of God’s judgment upon His people was due to their lack of prayer in discerning the will of God. Rather, they sought their own plans (30:1-7)

Israel also demanded that their prophets cease preaching about sin and only preach soothing sermons (30:8-11). In other words, Israel did not want to hear what they needed to hear from God, but rather what they wanted to hear from their fellow man.

Isaiah 30:9-11 says, For they are a rebellious people, lying children, children unwilling to hear the instruction of the Lord; 10 who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions, 11 leave the way, turn aside from the path, let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

Beloved, what Israel was guilty of in the 8th century B.C., the evangelical church is guilty of today. The church has been filled with a congregational consumer mindset which tells its pastors and leaders what it wants to hear. Consequently, if a pastor does not comply he will be replaced by an individual who will. In such a situation, the church no longer wants to hear about the Holy One of Israel.

Therefore, what will God to those who reject His Word? God’s judgment will fall (30:12-14; 16-17).

What hope did Israel then, and the church today, have before the Holy One of Israel? The only hope for the disobedient before the LORD is to repent of sin and to return to the only God of their salvation (30:15, 18; 31:6-7).

What will God’s restoration of His people look like? What will the LORD do on behalf of His repentant and returning people?

First, He will comfort His people and hear their prayers (30:19). The LORD will be gracious and respond to their cries.

Second, the LORD will teach and guide His people (30:20–22).

Third, the LORD will providentially provide for their physical needs (30:23–26). The animals will be well fed, and the sun and moon will be bright.

Fourth, the LORD will defeat His enemies (30:27–28, 30–33; 31:4–5, 8–9).

Finally, the LORD will fill His people’s hearts with joy (30:29): The people of God will sings songs of joy to God.

He who has ears to hear, hear what the Spirit says to believers.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

 

 

 

 

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