Isaiah Chapter 1
4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.
6 From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
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Isaiah Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
Isaiah prophesied in the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. He has been well called the evangelical prophet, on account of his numerous and full prophesies concerning the coming and character, the ministry and preaching, the sufferings and death of the Messiah, and the extent and continuance of his kingdom. Under the veil of the deliverance from Babylon, Isaiah points to a much greater deliverance, which was to be effected by the Messiah; and seldom does he mention the one, without alluding at the same time to the other; nay, he is often so much enraptured with the prospect of the more distant deliverance, as to lose sight of that which was nearer, and to dwell on the Messiah's person, office, character, and kingdom.The corruptions prevailing among the Jews. (1-9) Severe censures. (10-15) Exhortations to repentance. (16-20) The state of Judah is lamented; with gracious promises of the gospel times. (21-31)1-9 Isaiah signifies, "The salvation of the Lord;" a very suitable name for this prophet, who prophesies so much of Jesus the Saviour, and his salvation. God's professing people did not know or consider that they owed their lives and comforts to God's fatherly care and kindness. How many are very careless in the affairs of their souls! Not considering what we do know in religion, does us as much harm, as ignorance of what we should know. The wickedness was universal. Here is a comparison taken from a sick and diseased body. The distemper threatens to be mortal. From the sole of the foot even to the head; from the meanest peasant to the greatest peer, there is no soundness, no good principle, no religion, for that is the health of the soul. Nothing but guilt and corruption; the sad effects of Adam's fall. This passage declares the total depravity of human nature. While sin remains unrepented, nothing is done toward healing these wounds, and preventing fatal effects. Jerusalem was exposed and unprotected, like the huts or sheds built up to guard ripening fruits. These are still to be seen in the East, where fruits form a large part of the summer food of the people. But the Lord had a small remnant of pious servants at Jerusalem. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed. The evil nature is in every one of us; only Jesus and his sanctifying Spirit can restore us to spiritual health.
10-15 Judea was desolate, and their cities burned. This awakened them to bring sacrifices and offerings, as if they would bribe God to remove the punishment, and give them leave to go on in their sin. Many who will readily part with their sacrifices, will not be persuaded to part with their sins. They relied on the mere form as a service deserving a reward. The most costly devotions of wicked people, without thorough reformation of heart and life, cannot be acceptable to God. He not only did not accept them, but he abhorred them. All this shows that sin is very hateful to God. If we allow ourselves in secret sin, or forbidden indulgences; if we reject the salvation of Christ, our very prayers will become abomination.
16-20 Not only feel sorrow for the sin committed, but break off the practice. We must be doing, not stand idle. We must be doing the good the Lord our God requires. It is plain that the sacrifices of the law could not atone, even for outward national crimes. But, blessed be God, there is a Fountain opened, in which sinners of every age and rank may be cleansed. Though our sins have been as scarlet and crimson, a deep dye, a double dye, first in the wool of original corruption, and afterwards in the many threads of actual transgression; though we have often dipped into sin, by many backslidings; yet pardoning mercy will take out the stain, #Ps 51:7|. They should have all the happiness and comfort they could desire. Life and death, good and evil, are set before us. O Lord, incline all of us to live to thy glory.
21-31 Neither holy cities nor royal ones are faithful to their trust, if religion does not dwell in them. Dross may shine like silver, and the wine that is mixed with water may still have the colour of wine. Those have a great deal to answer for, who do not help the oppressed, but oppress them. Men may do much by outward restraints; but only God works effectually by the influences of his Spirit, as a Spirit of Judgment. Sin is the worst captivity, the worst slavery. The redemption of the spiritual Zion, by the righteousness and death of Christ, and by his powerful grace, most fully accord with what is here meant. Utter ruin is threatened. The Jews should become as a tree when blasted by heat; as a garden without water, which in those hot countries would soon be burned up. Thus shall they be that trust in idols, or in an arm of flesh. Even the strong man shall be as tow; not only soon broken, and pulled to pieces, but easily catching fire. When the sinner has made himself as tow and stubble, and God makes himself as a consuming fire, what can prevent the utter ruin of the sinner?
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Harycollins's Isaiah Chapter 1 comment on 11/22/2014, 11:53pm...
Please brethren let us all try to get back to God s instructions and commands in verses 16, 17 and 18 of Isaiah chapter 1 to avoid God s anger and judgment on us in this last days.
Joseph G. Caulker's Isaiah Chapter 1 comment about verse 19 on 11/21/2014, 10:46am...
In Isaiah 1 16 18, God gave some strong commands orders that needed to be obeyed. Wash you Make you clean Put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes Cease to do evils Learn to do well seek judgement relieve the oppressed Judge the fatherless plead for the widow Come now and let us reason together These commands orders are strong,aren 't they? God is not begging anyone to obey these orders He is saying you must obey them. Follow the orders exactly as God has given them in His Word. It is a matter of choice for you. The choice is yours to make. In verse 19 of the same chapter He said if ye are willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. In verse 20 He also said that if you refuse and rebel, you will be destroyed. Where do you stand, my friend? Jesus said in John 14 15, "If ye love me, keep my commandment. " If you love Jesus, you will obey His word. On the contrary, if you are not obeying His word, then it is clear that you do not love Him. Where do you stand, my friend? Time is running out. The day is coming closer too closer time is moving on. Jesus is coming soon.
Fabian's Isaiah Chapter 1 comment on 11/21/2014, 10:31am...
Judgment to His people, again Israel has rebelled. They ignore God 's commandments. They forsaken the land and permit foreigners to take the land and corruption is all that remains. "And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the LORD shall be consumed. " Surely God 's judgment will be upon His people. Repent before its to late. There is still hope God said "And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning afterward thou shalt be called The city of righteousness, the faithful city " The end of time is at hand. Turn away from your sins and look up to the sky for God will come with all His Glory and save those who have waited for his coming.
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