Isaiah Chapter 56
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6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;
7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
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Matthew Henry's Isaiah Chapter 56 Bible commentary...
A charge to keep the Divine precepts. (1,2) Blessings promised. (3-8) Reproof to the careless watchmen, the teachers and rulers of the Jews. (9-12)1,2 The Lord tells us what are his expectations of duty from us. Be honest and just in all dealings. Also strictly observe the sabbath day. To have the blessing of God upon employments all the week, make conscience of keeping the sabbath holy. Have nothing to do with sin. Blessed is the man that keeps his hand from all things displeasing to God and hurtful to his own soul. Those who, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith, will be found walking in ways of holy obedience.
3-8 Unbelief often suggests things to discourage believers, against which God has expressly guarded. Spiritual blessings are unspeakably better than having sons and daughters; for children are a care, and may prove a grief and shame, but the blessings we partake of in God's house, are comforts which cannot be made bitter. Those who love the Lord truly, will serve him faithfully, and then his commandments are not grievous. Three things are promised. Assistance: I will not only bid them welcome, but incline them to come. Acceptance, and comfort: though they came mourning to the house of prayer, they shall go away rejoicing. They shall find ease by casting their cares and burdens upon God. Many a sorrowful spirit has been made joyful in the house of prayer. The Gentiles shall be one body with the Jews, that, as Christ says, #Joh 10:16|, there may be one fold and one Shepherd. Thanks be to God that none are separated from him except by wilful sin and unbelief; and if we come to him, we shall be accepted through the sacrifice of our great High Priest.
9-12 Desolating judgments are called for; and this severe rebuke of the rulers and teachers of the Jewish church, is applicable to other ages and places. It is bad with a people when their shepherds slumber, and are eager after the world. Let us pray the Great Shepherd to send us pastors after his own heart, who will feed us with knowledge, that we may rejoice in his holy name, and that believers may be daily added to the church.
VJ's Isaiah Chapter 56 comment about verse 10 on 3/09/2013, 4:52pm...
You implied that 'voting for budget cuts that hurt the military that is responsible for protecting the Country is somehow negative.í Where in the Bible does it say we need a massive military, and a 60B/month defence budget? Do you justify the atom bombs, Gulf of Tonkin Incident, Iraq war, 9/11 (not the result but the perpetrators), and so forth which many consider fake? Please letís remain in the word of God, and separate ourselves from the military and politics. Thanks and all the best.
Timothy Wayne George's Isaiah Chapter 56 comment about verse 10 on 2/21/2013, 11:31am...
While this passage does speak of political leaders, but primarily the religious leaders who are like dogs that are supposed to bark when they see danger. Instead the leaders have become dumb dogs who refuse to bark, but are slothful, as well as only concerned about their personal gain. How many politicians go to Washington to become millionaires while voting for budget cuts that hurt the military that is responsible for protecting the Country. Jesus warned that the leaders were blind guides, not knowing the hour of their visitation. Therefore Jesus wept over Jerusalem, and warned them their house would be left desolate. We pray that our leaders will wake up before it is too late. Will the smart dogs start barking?
Ladi Dy's Isaiah Chapter 56 comment about verse 11 on 10/26/2012, 10:48pm...
I don't suppose any of our government officials have read this.
Henry's Isaiah Chapter 56 comment on 4/03/2012, 12:58am...
The sabbath is GOD'S holy day that is encompassed within the Ten Commandments and a double blessing will be given to anyone who keeps the sabbath because the sabbath is a blessing itself and the Lord says that He will again bless anyone that keeps it so a double portion of His blessing is therefore endowed.
Michael levy's Isaiah Chapter 56 comment on 1/09/2012, 7:17am...
every one over look the key point in the text polluting the sabbath ,obedents to gods word even vs4,5 6 and 7its about keeping gods sabbath ,
Mark's Isaiah Chapter 56 comment on 12/12/2011, 12:19am...
I find it really interesting how everyone seems to either ignore or try to explain away the clear emphasis in this chapter concerning the sabbath......the only true sabbath. The one that occupies sundown to sundown covering the 7th day. When will man learn to just OBEY?
NICHOLAS N. N.'s Isaiah Chapter 56 comment on 10/07/2011, 8:54am...
Isaiah 56:9-12 The bible here refers to spiritual enemies that attach christian when they are asleep spiritually.[1peter 4:5-8]8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour and Job 1;6=9, and the watchmen are Christians who the bible say should be praying without Ceasing [Isaiah 6-2, EPH 6,18] eg Pastors all spiritual leaders parents and all who are suppose to stand on the gap because of Nation,Church,Family etc. May Almighty God help us understand this and we shall encounter less warfare from our enemy the devil.
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