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Isaiah Chapter 2: My Study Notes for Line-by-Line

Updated: Nov 13, 2022

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 It shall come to pass in the latter days (Hebrew saying for “future days, beyond the present view”)

that the mountain of the house of the Lord (Temple Mount)

shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills;

and all the nations shall flow to it, (restoration of Israel into its position as the spiritual high ground, a holy place)

3 and many peoples shall come, and say: (Gentiles)

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob,

that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. (The Jews were to teach the Christians the laws of the Torah as they abandoned their false religions. All faith would flow from Jerusalem)

4 He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples;

and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;

nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. (The earthly rule of Christ in the millennium or a prediction of Christ’s rule in the new Heaven and new Earth. The word “anymore” at the end of the verse would seem to indicate the latter is a better interpretation as the millennium has a finite timeframe)

5 O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD. (Isaiah pleads with Israel to leave their dark ways and walk in the ways of the righteous, or “in His paths” from v. 3)

6 For you have rejected your people, the house of Jacob, because they are full of things from the east and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines, and they strike hands with the children of foreigners. (Israel had allowed the false Gods of foreigners to overtake the importance of the One True God of Jacob)

7 Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots. 8 Their land is filled with idols;

they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made. (Idolatry, materialism, and greed consumed their hearts, and God now came below man in their minds.)

9 So man is humbled, and each one is brought low— (Israel was bowing but to the wrong God)

do not forgive them! (Rejection of God is more than sin, it is iniquity, a very large offense)

10 Enter into the rock and hide in the dust from before the terror of the LORD,

and from the splendor of his majesty. (A prophetic reference to the opening of the 6th seal and the terror and unavoidable wrath God will pour out on His creation when His appointed time arrives. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” Rev:15-17)

11 The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day 12 For the LORD of hosts has a day

against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low;

13 against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan;

14 against all the lofty mountains, and against all the uplifted hills; 15 against every high tower, and against every fortified wall; 16 against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the beautiful craft. 17 And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. 18 And the idols shall utterly pass away. 19 And people shall enter the caves of the rocks and the holes of the ground, from before the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty,

when he rises to terrify the earth. (Mans inflated image of self is what has gotten Israel into this very situation. Now, in the face of God’s justice and wrath, man will feel much less in control and safe left without God’s protection and only their inflated self-esteems left to fend off the wolves. Confronted with this divine display of strength and power, terror is the only feeling they are left with.)

20 In that day mankind will cast away their idols of silver and their idols of gold,

which they made for themselves to worship, (truth will become apparent. The blind will gain sight)

to the moles and to the bats, 21 to enter the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs, (humans will do anything, hide anywhere to avoid the coming judgment)

from before the terror of the LORD, and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth. (This day will be terrifying. Habakkuk 3:16 describes the hopeless feeling of the Day of The Lord will be it in bone-chilling detail 16 I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity)

22 Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he? (Man must stop elevating the created over the creator. Every accomplishment man has ever made began with the animating breath God blew into Adams’s nose)

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