Isaiah 59 by Pastor Don Moore
This Bible study was taught 11/26/10
Someone asked about the problems that are arising from Korea. Pastor Don said we never really resolved the Korean conflict. The conflict is supporting Christ’s prophecy of wars and rumors of wars. The South is connected with USA and NATO. What is really happening is the desire to save face. Another area that we need to keep an eye on is Somalia and the Sudan.
Isaiah 59 is a look at the end times from the side of sin, laying a foundation for Isaiah 61. This lays down the prophetic foundation of issues of sin, justice, morality, and ethics. There is a myth that because we are a Christian God hears us when we pray, and we get all of the blessings of God all the time. The truth is good things happen to bad people and bad things also happen to good people.
We don’t know God’s sovereign will, but we do know His sovereign will also includes the Cross.
Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
God can reach into your situation and He hears our cries. God’s hand is not limited, but there is a problem that will stop God from being able to deal with your situation.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
Sin. Many churches teach the prosperity doctrine but fail to tell you that you may not prosper because of your iniquity. The Old Testament viewed negative circumstances by looking to see if you sinned or did not sin. Sin is an issue. In the New Covenant we fail to mention that iniquity still can be a problem. We don’t want to focus on sin because we want a seeker-friendly church. We want people to feel good and not be convicted of sin. But sin is a problem. God is not required to cover us when we are in blatant disobedience to Him. Our sins hide God’s face from us and He does not hear.
There is a solution for the believer.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If the condition of repentance is met, then God opens His ear.
Out of our mouths sin is rampant. Our words can affect ourselves and others. Once we have repented, received correction, the Holy Spirit comforts us and we are at peace.
Isaiah 59:3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perversity.
Perversity, we have muttered, grumbled, opposed God. We are a culture that accepts sarcasm as neutral or positive. (Check out sitcoms to see this is so.) It is a lie. It is a lie when you speak doubt, unbelief and lack of success over ourselves. We need to think about what we are thinking about and speaking over ourselves. Our words should not be casual, but rather weapons of God’s arsenal. Idle words have an impact and demons can grab onto an idle word of doubt and unbelief and run with it. If we don’t have faith it is sin.
God’s divine plan for you is bigger than you. It includes little things that you may consider unimportant but are major steps in your teaching. The devil beats you in the realm of our mind, in the realm of faith. In the book of Daniel, for example, instead of bowing to the statue of Nebuchadnezzar, the guys stay standing. They could have justified bowing by saying they will bow but worship God not Nebuchadnezzar. Instead, they chose to not bow and honor God.
What you say is powerful and we have to hold each other accountable without offense. If there is no declaration of faith you are not standing in faith. If you declare something in faith, you need too stand in faith, not speaking doubt and unbelief. We must eliminate our negative outlook. Ask what we’re believing for and decide to keep a positive outlook. Make your mind hook up to what your mouth says.
Isaiah 59:4 No one calls for justice, nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; they conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
Was Isaac or Ishmael blessed? Look at history and see what each line brought forth.
Isaiah 59:5-6 They hatch vipers’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and from that which is crushed a viper breaks out. Their webs will not become garments, nor will they cover themselves with their works; their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
What stops the webs of spiders from becoming garments? Their evil works and acts of violence will fail. This is a promise to believers that these evil plans will come to nought.
Isaiah 59:7-8 Their 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. The way of peace they have not known, and there is no justice in their ways; they have made themselves crooked paths; whoever takes that way shall not know peace.
Those who do evil will not know peace. But now comes the good part as the truth of their position is realized by them.
Isaiah 59:9-12 Therefore justice is far from us, nor does righteousness overtake us; we look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness! We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes; we stumble at noonday as at twilight; we are as dead men in desolate places. We all growl like bears, and moan sadly like doves; we look for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us; for our transgressions are with us, and as for our iniquities, we know them:
They are beginning to see the truth of their sin, that they have separated themselves from justice. Unrepented sin has a multiplication effect, sin heaped on sin. A failure to repent brings repercussions, spiritual blindness and a deadness.
Isaiah 59:13 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
When you speak outside of faith or say negative things, saying falsehoods, you are speaking out against the LORD.
Isaiah 59:14-15 Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. So truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice.
When we turn back justice, let truth fall in the street, then we easily become prey to evil. God is not pleased when He sees no justice.
The scene changes
Isaiah 59:16 He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; and His own righteousness, it sustained Him.
God is now speaking in the prophetic of the Messiah to come. He is speaking this prophecy while the people are still sinning. Before Christ came on earth, God looked at the condition of man. No man was without sin, there were no intercessors, and so God had to bring about salvation, his own arm brought it for Him and His own righteousness sustained Him. This is speaking about Jesus to come. A hope and a promise. Jesus will bring salvation. Without truth we can miss the identity of Christ in scripture.
Isaiah 59:17 For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
The armor of God.
Ephesians 6:13-18 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Isaiah 59:18-19 According to their deeds, accordingly He will repay, fury to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; the coastlands He will fully repay. So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.
God looked through the annals of history and there was no one to stand in the gap. No David, Solomon, Josiah, Hezekiah, there isn’t anyone to stand in the gap. God has to do it Himself. Under the Law no one is cutting the mustard.
Pastor Don told us that the comma in this passage should be removed and then the meaning of this passage changes substantially: when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.
Without comma: when the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.
The comma gives more power to satan. Without the comma God has the power. Who do you want to make bigger? I choose the Spirit of the Lord. Jehovah Nisei, the standard bearer. The standard bearer lets us know where our company is centered, and also where to leave the spoil.
Isaiah 59:20-21 The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” says the LORD. “As for Me,” says the LORD, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the LORD, “from this time and forevermore.”
The Redeemer (Jesus) will come to those who turn from sin. Most of us have raised our kids in iniquity, then when we turned from sin, God redeems our descendants, and they are saved. God knows the changes we have made, and what we do impacts our children and our children’s children for generations. God is making an everlasting covenant. God brings the promise of salvation so that those in future generations will long for God and His covenant. This applies both to our birth children and to our spiritual children. You haven’t sown seed in vain.
2 Chronicles 7:14 …if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
I pray your day is blessed.
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