In Hos where Ephraim is taught like a heifer by a yoke and goad. See notes on this topic - Fear of the Lord. And so the derivative word limmud describes a "taught one," and in Isa are the Lord's disciples who know His Law. In Isaiah note that the Servant of the LORD has bother the tongue and the ear of the learned, so that His speaking and hearing governed by the learning which is in concert with the will and way of God.
The use in Jer is more enigmatic. Finally, one other note of interest is that the root word lamad also gives rise to the word Talmid which means "scholar. The Jewish Talmud gets its name from this root. I will even look eagerly for Him. It is always a good thing to wait for Jehovah! Waiting for God is much better than waiting on Godot!!! See devotional. We're waiting for You, Lord, to come And take us home to be with You; Your promise to return for us Gives hope because we know it's true.
And - connects to the previous difficult to interpret passage. Guzik offers this thought…. Edwin Yamauchi - The book of Daniel closes with a blessing for those who would wait for the fulfillment of the prophecies Dan Habakkuk urges believers to wait for the vision though it tarries.
Baker - It indicates delaying an action 2 Kgs. It refers to longing or hoping for something to happen Job , such as death or, in a good sense, for the Lord to act Ps. Swanson - wait for, i. Lxx translates chakah in Isa with meno meaning to abide, remaining in place, tarrying, keeping on with some context implying expecting someone Acts To wait for Jehovah conveys far more than our English word means when we speak of waiting for the plane to take off.
To the contrary the idea of the Hebrew verb chakah affects one's attitude so that there is not just a passive waiting but that this individual has an attitude of earnest expectation and confident hope. Waiting on the LORD is not passive inactivity. It means to wait on the LORD as a waiter would wait on a table. At times it means inactivity, but even that is an "active inactivity," where we stand before the LORD, totally focused on Him, waiting for what He wants next.
At the time Isaiah spoke, the leaders and the people of Judah were waiting on the armies of Israel and Syria, because they were under attack. As they heard of the danger from the Assyrians, they would be tempted to put their focus on them. But their focus was on these armies, not on the LORD. For from of old they have not heard nor perceived by ear, Neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, Who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him.
Isa Daniel closes with blessing for those who wait for the fulfillment of the prophecies. How blessed is he who keeps waiting and attains to the 1, days! Da note. For the vision is yet for the appointed time context is referring to God's judgment of Babylon, the very instrument He would use to punish Judah!
Though it tarries, wait for it; for it changed by the writer of Hebrews to "He" - see below will certainly come, it will not delay. Hab note. Comment : This verse almost certainly refers to a future fulfillment at the Second Coming of Christ, which is substantiated by its quotation in Hebrews note.
Pollock comments : The Old Testament passage and the altered quotation in the New Testament are alike verbally inspired and equally Scripture. The IT in Habakkuk refers to the vision—and deals with the coming of Christ to reign. Modernism Versus the Bible - writing from the Plymouth Brethren. Jehovah hiding His face is the antithesis of the great Aaronic blessing which declares…. My only hope is in Him. I will even look eagerly for Him - Isaiah is looking for his Redeemer.
God's saints throughout the ages, both Old and New Testament, have always had a fervent, vital, active longing and watching and waiting for their Redeemer. Wait and look eagerly together picture Isaiah's expectant faith in Jehovah. So in face of a soon coming judgment, Isaiah and his disciples chooses to fix his gaze on Jehovah, a good pattern for all God's children to emulate. This is especially needful as we move inexorably toward the last of the last days and as we if you are in America see the power and the prestige of our great nation under God slowly ebbing as it continues to reject the good hand of the Almighty.
I never begin my work in the morning without thinking that perhaps he may interrupt my work and begin his own. I am not looking for death, I am looking for Him!
Comment: Child of God, what are you looking for? Success, a promotion, a vacation at the beach, a second home, etc, etc. Remember this axiom - What you are looking for will surely impact what you are living for! If you are looking for the Eternal One, you will find that you are living for eternity not for time. Your daily choices will reflect your future focus mindset.
Look eagerly qavah - see word study has the root idea of to wait or look for with eager expectation hope and confidence , look for patiently, to be confident to trust. For a good picture of the meaning see Job think about Rev note. The Lxx translates qavah in this passage with the peitho which conveys the sense of having confidence or trust in this case, Jehovah. Behold Isa , , - This word commands attention. Isaiah is calling the people of Judah to listen carefully to the his message. Isaiah is presenting his witness and words and his sons as lights in the midst of impending, imminent doom and darkness.
The interjection behold is a warning cry as it were. Isaiah's name and his son's names are to be heard and heeded! Have you ever felt like Isaiah? Your changed life 2Cor note is a clear "sign and wonder" to those around you and yet they are not able to see or hear this supernatural sign from the LORD!
You are the "message" to the unbelieving world around you. Is your message bold, clear and unwavering? Wherever you see it hung out in Scripture, it is like an ancient sign-board, signifying that there are rich wares within, or like the hands which solid readers have observed in the margin of the older Puritanic books, drawing attention to something particularly worthy of observation.
Remember that the purpose of signs is to point the way and these signs were ultimately to direct the Jews to their Messiah. The unbelieving multitude… is concerned with material advantage and possessions. When it sees the true people of God despise these things and cleave unto the Lord, it despises that people. Here we may learn that one mark of the true Christian is his willingness to sacrifice material possessions for the kingdom of Christ.
The Book of Isaiah 3 Vol. Edward J. Signs 'oth means a signal, a mark a miracle and is used to describe amazing events such as God bringing Israel out of Egypt Ex , 9, Nu or a sign serving to authenticate the message as from God 1Sa , , 9 in contrast to the signs from false prophets Dt , 2.
King Hezekiah received a sign from Jehovah that the He would add fifteen years to his life Isa , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8; Gideon - Jdg note. Wonders mopet are events which are given by God in order to arrest one's attention. Mopet is a portent which is something that foreshadows a coming event, something that indicates a future event, especially a momentous or calamitous one.
Ex ; , 9; f; Deut ; ; ; f; ; ; ; ; 1Kgs , 5; 1Chr ; 2Chr , 31; Neh ; Ps ; ; , 27; ; Isa ; ; Jer , 21; Ezek , 11; , 27; Joel ; Zech Their very existence, as well as the strangely evocative names he had felt led to give them, was testimony of God's working among his people.
Furthermore, they were evidence that although God's face might be hidden for a time, it was still true that his dwelling was upon Mount Zion Isa They were thus an indication that the coming upheaval and destruction was ultimately only temporary. The Book of Isaiah, Chapters 1— David Guzik draws a great point of application from this passage reminding us that as followers of Christ…. We are also the children of God, and we are His message. Hebrews , 12, note quotes this passage to communicate this truth:.
Just as much as Isaiah's children were living witnesses of the truth of God's word, so are we as God's children. From Jehovah - In other words Isaiah is saying these signs and wonders are not something he has concocted but are received from the very presence of the great I Am.
Thus they are worthy of our full attention. Beloved, a storm is coming. Are you going into the presence of Jehovah, bowing down and in humility receiving His trustworthy Word of Life that by it your faith might be strengthened for the future fray? The people of Isaiah's day were eager to consult inadequate and dead sources next verse about the future, while ignoring the living God.
Is this not similar to what many unbelievers do today - they have a believing spouse or relative or co-worker as a "sign" in their very midst and yet they refuse to hear and heed his or her testimony, instead rejecting their words of warning and of hope which is found in Christ and seek for other lesser gods money, success, false religions, etc who are no gods at all!
Who dwells on Mount Zion - Who? Christ Jesus. He promises to dwell in Zion Jerusalem forever and ever amen. The wicked majority of the nation appealed to the Temple Ed : cp Jer - False prophets deceived the people with promises that God would never permit the temple to be destroyed.
Outwardly they were worshipers of Yahweh. Isaiah now points out to them that their confidence is vain, for it is this very Yahweh who dwells in the Temple on Zion that has set forth the Messiah and His own for signs and wonders. Many there are who make an outward profession of orthodoxy whose hearts are in reality far estranged from the Lord Ed : See Mt note , Mt , note , cp Isaiah records the same problem of professors who were not possessors of faith in Messiah - Isa Such a condition is about us today in the fact that the great Protestant denominations, while retaining ancient creeds, have nevertheless for the most part departed far from the faith once for all delivered unto the saints Jude Then When?
He who believes in it Christ Jesus will not be disturbed. Is Isaiah When they say to you, " Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter," should not a people consult their God?
Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? When they say to you - They refers to unbelieving Jews who try to pressure the "disciples" true believers to turn from the Truth and to Lies. Isaiah is forewarning the disciples that they will be confronted by "popular religion" and superstitions. Beloved, things have not changed much, for if you take an orthodox stand, you can be assured that before long you will be exposed to various winds of doctrine mysticism, churches subtlety drifting from sound doctrine, e.
Mediums ob describes a necromancer who supposedly conjure the spirits of the dead for purposes of revealing the future or influencing the course of events.
Spiritists yiddeoni are those who contact dead spirits in search of information. Mutter hagah strictly speaking it means to utter any dull, confused sound and hence it is employed of inward utterance, of the words a man speaks to himself; and also of giving open and loud expression to the thoughts.
The meaning of hagah is a low sound, characteristic of the moaning of a dove Isa ; Brenton's English translation of the Greek Septuagint of Isaiah is interesting…. And if they should say to you, Seek those who have in them a divining spirit , and them that speak out of the earth , them that speak vain words The Greek word here actually means "ventriloquist" or familiar spirit [of a ventriloquist] , who speak out of their belly : shall not a nation diligently seek to their God?
Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter - Who are they? As alluded to above, they refers to Isaiah's audience in Judah who lacked the trust in God which the prophet possessed and who therefore stumbled over Immanuel, the Stone, the Rock.
In their fear of pending doom they were forced to seek answers to their concerns and doubts from the mediums and the spiritists. Does this not describe America in the 21st century? Beloved, if one refuses the Holy Spirit of Christ, he opens himself to the unholy "world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places!
To the law and to the testimony! The point, of course, is that all information about life after death that comes from spiritists or channelers is unreliable. Those who turn to the occult world for knowledge of death are misled.
Yes, there is life after death, but we cannot learn the details from demons, whose chief delight is to confuse and deceive. We have no right to try to peek behind the curtain by communicating with those on the other side.
Once the curtain has opened to admit a fellow traveler, it closes and we must not try to peek behind the veil. One Minute After You Die. Should not people consult their God? Clearly calls for an affirmative answer. The living God speaks through His living Word and it is He alone we should consult cp Isa , , 6, 7, Isa , 11, 12, Isaiah tells us who to consult in the next passage -- go to the law and the testimony!
This temptation is ever before us, especially in times of national or personal sorrow. The effect of these practices is to forget God and to deny His very existence! How tragic when men want to hear muttering and chirping from the darkness in place of a clear "thus saith the LORD" in the light! People through the ages have turned away from God during times of great distress, when actually they need Him most, and consulted those who offered false hope.
The Lord strictly forbids any kind of divination, fortune-telling, astrology, or necromancy cf. The phrase "wizards who whisper" is a reference to ventriloquists who sought to disguise their voices as representations of ghosts or spirits from another world. Criswell, W A. Thomas Nelson. Throughout Scripture, the Lord unequivocally condemns consultation with spirit mediums, fortune-tellers, astrologers, witches and all other occult sources of supposed knowledge and guidance Ed : Lev , Dt The New Age movement involves a plethora of such activities and should be avoided by all Christian believers.
Isaiah To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn :. To the law and to the testimony - In Psalm we see this same combination which in that context refers to the Word of God. God's Word is the plumbline by which all of men's opinions are to be judged. Then you must recall the LORD's instructions and the prophetic testimony of what would happen. Certainly they say such things because their minds are spiritually darkened. The law reveals God's will for man, what He requires of him.
The testimony reveals God's will, bearing witness that what is stated or written is from God. They and we were not to go to mediums and spiritists but to the written Word of God which provides all the counsel and guidance one will never need for life and godliness cp 2Pe note.
God's Word is the only absolute and absolutely trustworthy standard for our short time here on earth! We are messages from the Lord Almighty who lives on Mount Zion.
We are messages to Israel's people. Go to the magicians who speak magic words. They will tell you what you should do. People should ask their gods and spirits to give them messages. People who are alive should ask the spirits of dead people to help them. Tell them what I have said will happen. People who talk like that are completely in the dark.
There is no truth in what they say. Because of their hunger they will become angry. They will curse their king and their God, as they look up to the sky. Everywhere will be dark and people will have no hope. Then they will fall into complete darkness. Maher On Water. See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions Price.
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It is thereby said that this tablet with its inscription concerns a Maher-shalal-hash-baz, but of whom absolutely nothing is known, not even whether a person or a thing. The case is different with Jeremiah ; ; On Isa So, too, the SYR. The VULG. But, after mature consideration, I find there is no ground for departing from the reading of the text. It is perfectly supported by testimony. First of all it is the more difficult reading, and both the others give evidence of being attempts to relieve the difficulty by correction.
Then, too, Isaiah never uses the cohortative form with the weakened sense, as it occurs elsewhere with the Vav consec. Isa Moreover the Lord said——the king of Assyria. Vers A compound token!
First, Isaiah is to take a large tablet only found beside ; here is meant certainly a tablet coated with smooth wax , and write on it with human handwriting some words. It is therefore assumed here that there is a superhuman handwriting see Text. But Isaiah must not employ this superhuman, but common, human writing. For, first, there is nothing of this in the text. Second, there is a two-fold gradation of the prophecy wherein the first stage gives a pledge of the second. The words on the tablet are the prophecy of a Maher-shalal-hash-baz to be looked for; the appearance of the latter is therefore the fulfilment of this prophecy, and so the guaranty that the event, to which the significant name itself in turn refers, shall certainly come to pass.
The Lord commands the Prophet therefore to set up a tablet with the inscription mentioned, and at the same time makes known his will, that Uriah and Zechariah shall act as witnesses. What they are to witness is as little stated as that Isaiah shall accomplish the will of the LORD in regard to the witnesses and that he actually did this. The latter is assumed as being a matter of course.
This scantiness is too common in the prophetic manner of narrating to cause us any surprise. The former is to be obtained from the context. But why, it may be asked, did not the Prophet declare this publicly? Not out of regard for propriety certainly; for there would not have been anything the least offensive in doing so.
But why must then the witnesses receive this announcement? I can think of no other reason than the enmity and vindictiveness of Ahaz. He was, we may be sure, only half rejoiced at the quieting of his fears in regard to the impending danger from Rezin and Pekah.
The way in which he, according to sqq. Had, therefore, the Prophet announced publicly the pregnancy of his wife, the mother and child might have incurred danger. This was easiest avoided by imparting the announcement only to witnesses, who, however, were in such esteem with the nation, that their assurance that they had at the proper time received such a communication from the Prophet was universally credited.
Then we obtain the following chain of events. First, the tablet. This, makes known in general that the LORD purposes a great crisis of war, and that it is to be looked for shortly. Immediately thereupon the witnesses receive the announcement of the pregnancy of the Prophetess, The son is born, and thereby, on the authority of the witnesses, is given to all, the pledge that the event to which the inscription of the tablet and the corresponding name of the child pointed, shall really come to pass.
Whether Uriah is the priest mentioned, 2 Kings sqq. ALEXANDER], who, out of regard for Ahaz, placed in the temple the altar made after the heathen pattern, is just as doubtful as whether Zechariah is identical with the one said to be the author of Zech.
Our exposition of of itself shows that the present history is not coincident with sqq. Yet the present narrative is nearly related to sqq. In both, pregnancy and the birth of a son are pledges of deliverance. In both, a stage of development in the child is made the measure that defines the period of the deliverance. But a child can say father and mother, sooner than it can distinguish between good and evil.
If then, as also the place of the passage in the book, indicates, what is now narrated, took place somewhat later than the events sqq. Both have the same objective end, viz. Therefore the later one must use the shorter time measure.
As Pekah and Rezin lived during the events prophesied here, yet the former died B. The king of Assyria did not at that time destroy Samaria. He only desolated a few border regions 2 Kings But as we showed at , that the prophecy contemplated two events, inwardly related, but separated as to time, so it is here.
That first, preliminary devastation of the region of Ephraim bears the later one 2 Kings so really in it, that the Prophet is justified in comprehending both together. Job are unnecessary. Joy with Rezin and Pekah is the rejoicing that is felt in communion, in connection with these rulers. According to a usage especially common with Isaiah, the status constr. But the contents, too, show that we have no immediate and necessary amplification of the foregoing words and deeds before us.
Nothing more is said of the son of the Prophet. Rather the language turns suddenly against the Ephraimites who contemned the quiet fountain of Shiloah, i. Therefore the floods of the Euphrates, which the Prophet himself explains as meaning the king of Assyria, shall overflow Ephraim Isa , but of course Judah also, the land of Immanuel Isa2. ISAIAH GIVING THE WHOLE NATION A SIGN BY THE BIRTH OF HIS SON MAHER-SHALAL-HASH -BAZ CHAPTER –4 1MOREOVER the LORD said unto me, Take thee a great roll, and write in it with 2a man’s pen concerning1 Maher-shalal-hash-baz. And I took unto me faithful witnesses 3to record, Uriah the priest, and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.