He saw what life was like before Christ, it was unbearable; all people were gripped by fear, and because they had no respect for God they would helplessly sorrow and mourn to their idols, but no matter how much they prayed to these other gods/idols they "would not prevail," Isaiah 16:12. God wasn’t hearing them either. Everyone would wail bitterly because of their troubles, life itself was intolerable and burdensome.
But Isaiah 16:5 says only "in mercy the throne will be established; And One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, Judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness."
So when Jesus came he became man’s saviour, and in his days onwards, man again began looking to his Maker, and once again his eyes had "respect for the Holy One of Israel," Isaiah 17:7, and verse 8 says, "He will not look to the altars, The work of his hands; He will not respect what his fingers have made, Nor the wooden images nor the incense altars." I hope this is true with you too my friend.
When you look to your Maker, and your eyes have respect for Him, simultaneously your life changes.
So why are people today still gripped with fear and sorrow?
It’s because some still have no respect for God, they haven’t yet received the good news, and Isaiah said there is desolation, "Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, And have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold," Isaiah 17:10.
But while others experience grief and desperate sorrow, remember my friend that Jesus came to be saviour, and is hastening righteousness. Such is our expectation, to be delivered.
The prophet said, "In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border.
And it will be for a sign and for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD because of the oppressors, and He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them. Then the LORD will be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day, and will make sacrifice and offering; yes, they will make a vow to the LORD and perform it. And the LORD will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the LORD, and He will be entreated by them and heal them," Isaiah 19:19-22.
Don’t see any other altar my friend except that of the Lord Jesus Christ; Look on Him and cry to him only, and He will deliver you, and such is our expectation.
More commentary on the book of Isaiah
- The word that I saw!
- Here am I! Send me!
- We’ve seen a great light!
- He will set up a banner for the nations!
- Hope in God!
- We are for signs and wonders!
- Woe to those who prophesy lies!
- He expects you to bring forth good fruit!
- You shall be redeemed!
- I’ve also called my mighty ones
- Such is our expectation
- A Lion, My Lord!
- The Serpent, Leviathan
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