2020-12-22

Isaiah 2:1-22; 3:1-26

The Book of Isaiah is such a long writing and we will spend quite a few weeks on it, it might be a good idea to refresh our memory by reviewing 2 Kings 15-20 and 2 Chronicles 26-32, for a reference on the historical/social background and the kings’ doing during Isaiah’s time.
From Chapter 1, we learn that Zion was once righteous and faithful but turned into adulteress; God will judge but leave a ray of hope for redemption and restoration.  
Chapter 2-3 are the continued vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem:

Chapter 2: Full of Pride and Loftiness

(2:1 to 2:5)  Peace will be achieved and our Lord exalted
With this prophetic message, we learn that in the future, Zion, besides being called the Righteous City and a Faithful City (Isaiah 1: 26b), since our Lord is exalted as the highest guiding principle, there’s no more war and peace become possible among the nations.

(2:6 to 2:12) Scolding the descendants of Jacob (and our Lord exalted)
This paragraph used the phrase ‘full of…’ four times to illustrate how affluent and awful the House of Jacob was at that time: full of divinations (v6), full of silver and gold (v7), full of horses (v7),and full of idols (v8)…Therefore, Isaiah 2:9b says “Do Not Forgive Them!”

(2:13 to 2:18) Scolding all others (and our Lord exalted)
Human pride and splendor will be humbled, no matter what they are.

(2:19-2:22) Conclusion – not to rely on people (and our Lord rises)
Whatever men are boasting for, they don’t last and don’t have a chance standing before the splendor of His majesty. Prophet Isaiah says (v22), put no more trust in man!  In Isaiah’s time, we see desperate kings turning to pagan god and foreign power for help and ending up with humiliation and destructions.

Reflection on Chapter 2:

(John 8:12) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Lord, let us be in your light always, let us remain in Jesus and the hope and love he’s given. Lord, may you be exalted and your kingdom come!

Chapter 3: Lack of Faithfulness and Righteousness (3:1 to 3:7) Lord’s Judgment on his people

The Lord will remove every kind of security from them: leaders and resources are gone; social justice too. We learn some examples to fulfill Isaiah 3:4 after his time: young Manasseh and Jehoiachin, and indecisive Zedekiah. (3:8 to 3:11) Reasons for the Lord’s Judgment

Their words and deeds are against God
They are proud of sinning
They reap what they sow (3:12 to 3:15) Lord’s case of the leaders
They mislead people
They take advantage of the poor, cumulate wealth for themselves (3:17 to 3:26) Lord’s Judgment on the women of Judah
Their obsession on appearance and image
Their finery will be taken away
Their men will fall They will be sick, exploited, and abandoned…

However, there’s always hope:  Lord’s blessing (3:10)
Righteous will be well and enjoy the fruit of their deeds

Reflection on Chapter 3:

(1 Peter 3:4-5) Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. 

Lord, remind us of your desired fruit and beauty – a gentle and quite spirit, which is more important than outward beauty and accessories. Help me to be the women you want me to be! In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen! —- Ivy Lin

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