Isaiah Chapter 28
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4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.
7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.
13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
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Matthew Henry's Isaiah Chapter 28 Bible commentary...
The desolations of Samaria. (1-4) The prosperity of Judah; with reproofs for sinfulness and unbelief. (5-15) Christ is pointed out as the sure Foundation for all believers. (16-22) God's dealings with his people. (23-29)1-4 What men are proud of, be it ever so mean, is to them as a crown; but pride is the forerunner of destruction. How foolishly drunkards act! Those who are overcome with wine are overcome by Satan; and there is not greater drudgery in the world than hard drinking. Their health is ruined; men are broken in their callings and estates, and their families are ruined by it. Their souls are in danger of being undone for ever, and all merely to gratify a base lust. In God's professing people, like Israel, it is worse than in any other. And he is just in taking away the plenty they thus abuse. The plenty they were proud of, is but a fading flower. Like the early fruit, which, as soon as discovered, is plucked and eaten.
5-15 The prophet next turns to Judah, whom he calls the residue of his people. Happy are those alone, who glory in the Lord of hosts himself. Hence his people get wisdom and strength for every service and every conflict. But it is only in Christ Jesus that the holy God communicates with sinful man. And whether those that teach are drunk with wine, or intoxicated with false doctrines and notions concerning the kingdom and salvation of the Messiah, they not only err themselves, but lead multitudes astray. All places where such persons have taught are filled with errors. For our instruction in the things of God, it is needful that the same precept and the same line should be often repeated to us, that we may the better understand them. God, by his word, calls us to what is really for our advantage; the service of God is the only true rest for those weary of the service of sin, and there is no refreshment but under the easy yoke of the Lord Jesus. All this had little effect upon the people. Those who will not understand what is plain, but scorn and despise it as mean and trifling, are justly punished. If we are at peace with God, we have, in effect, made a covenant with death; whenever it comes, it cannot do us any real damage, if we are Christ's. But to think of making death our friend, while by sin we are making God our enemy, is absurd. And do not they make lies their refuge who trust in their own righteousness, or to a death-bed repentance? which is a resolution to sin no more, when it is no longer in their power to do so.
16-22 Here is a promise of Christ, as the only foundation of hope for escaping the wrath to come. This foundation was laid in Zion, in the eternal counsels of God. This foundation is a stone, firm and able to support his church. It is a tried stone, a chosen stone, approved of God, and never failed any who made trial of it. A corner stone, binding together the whole building, and bearing the whole weight; precious in the sight of the Lord, and of every believer; a sure foundation on which to build. And he who in any age or nation shall believe this testimony, and rest all his hopes, and his never-dying soul on this foundation, shall never be confounded. The right effect of faith in Christ is, to quiet and calm the soul, till events shall be timed by Him, who has all times in his own hand and power. Whatever men trust to for justification, except the righteousness of Christ; or for wisdom, strength, and holiness, except the influences of the Holy Ghost; or for happiness, except the favour of God; that protection in which they thought to shelter themselves, will prove not enough to answer the intention. Those who rest in a righteousness of their own, will have deceived themselves: the bed is too short, the covering too narrow. God will be glorified in the fulfilling of his counsels. If those that profess to be members of God's church, make themselves like Philistines and Canaanites, they must expect to be dealt with as such. Then dare not to ridicule the reproofs of God's word, or the approaches of judgements.
23-29 The husbandman applies to his calling with pains and prudence, in all the works of it according to their nature. Thus the Lord, who has given men this wisdom, is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in his working. As the occasion requires, he threatens, corrects, spares, shows mercy, or executes vengeance. Afflictions are God's threshing instruments, to loosen us from the world, to part between us and our chaff, and to prepare us for use. God will proportion them to our strength; they shall be no heavier than there is need. When his end is answered, the trials and sufferings of his people shall cease; his wheat shall be gathered into the garner, but the chaff shall be burned with unquenchable fire.
Derryle W Baughman's Isaiah Chapter 28 comment about verse 21 on 11/28/2013, 11:18am...
The act God had to do was strange because God is love and its a strange thing for Him to have to destroy, but IF HE DOES NOT THEN ITS LIKE A CONTAGIOUS DISEASE,WHICH IF NOT QUARANTINED WILL SPREAD AND DESTROY ALL.
Anonymous's Isaiah Chapter 28 comment about verse 18 on 11/18/2013, 5:49am...
clearly you cannot make any agreement or deal with the enemy and expect it to be safe. It reminds me of a cartoon picture once where a couple of people were been invited to dinner by some natives but they didn't know they were going to be the dinner. Scary huh.
Godfrey's Isaiah Chapter 28 comment about verse 12 on 11/01/2013, 11:38pm...
This verse came to me after my receiving the Holy Spirit. On asking Him to come in I was floored and stay in this position of rest and refreshing for hours worshipping and praising Him in foreign tongues, and if 'cloud 9' means anything, I was there till I fell asleep that eve. Truly, this was Devine as it was outside myself, but it was a true rest and refreshing from God through Spirit. How can I but believe this scripture refers ...!
Ray's Isaiah Chapter 28 comment about verse 10 on 10/26/2013, 1:35am...
The text is simply saying scripture should be used to interpret scripture. The Holy Bible is a book of harmony and other scriptures must support the original verse to get a correct interpretation. In other words, one shouldn't take a text and expound on it without another scripture to support its message.
Kelechi Chukwu's Isaiah Chapter 28 comment about verse 10 on 9/16/2013, 9:08pm...
It's teling us that we have to clear our ground one at a time, because we are fighting a strategic enemy, we too have to be strategic. we fighting an organized enemy, we too have to be organize.
Greg F.'s Isaiah Chapter 28 comment about verse 10 on 9/01/2013, 7:28pm...
Perhaps one of the most precarious references in the Bible, along side of Job 2:10 and some others. Thankfully Jesus makes it clear about someone who "comes...hears...and does these sayings" (Precepts?), digs deep and lays a foundation that supports the dwelling which will never falter.
James burnell's Isaiah Chapter 28 comment about verse 10 on 5/22/2013, 11:41am...
I feel that it is very insightful and informative
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