Commentary for Isaiah 15

The Divine judgments about to come upon the Moabites.

- This prophecy coming to pass within three years, would confirm the prophet's mission, and the belief in all his other prophecies. Concerning Moab it is foretold, 1. That their chief cities should be surprised by the enemy. Great changes, and very dismal ones, may be made in a very little time. 2. The Moabites would have recourse to their idols for relief. Ungodly men, when in trouble, have no comforter. But they are seldom brought by their terrors to approach our forgiving God with true sorrow and believing prayer. 3. There should be the cries of grief through the land. It is poor relief to have many fellow-sufferers, fellow-mourners. 4. The courage of their soldiers should fail. God can easily deprive a nation of that on which it most depended for strength and defence. 5. These calamities should cause grief in the neighbouring parts. Though enemies to Israel, yet as our fellow-creatures, it should be grievous to see them in such distress. In ver. #6-9|, the prophet describes the woful lamentations heard through the country of Moab, when it became a prey to the Assyrian army. The country should be plundered. And famine is usually the sad effect of war. Those who are eager to get abundance of this world, and to lay up what they have gotten, little consider how soon it may be all taken from them. While we warn our enemies to escape from ruin, let us pray for them, that they may seek and find forgiveness of their sins.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Isaiah 15

  • Mishael on Isaiah 15
    It was popular in the 80s and 90s to be a prophet. Then the everyone is a Bishop;

    Then the apostle movement.

    My former Pastor was an anointed teacher/prophet of Bible. He was declared a bishop. Started wearing bishop clothing. He went on trips to evangelize Africa. Met witchdoctors, saw pots of icky stuff that people threw cig butts on as a form of sacrifice, etc. Long story shortened, he came back changed. His parents didn't live up to his idea of holiness. Somehow he renounced Christianity's teachings and left his church after being renounced by Oral Roberts and others.

    Now he's the pastor of a church he formed and he no longer believes in hell. He believes we are living in hell now. His Christian wife divorced him, took the kids.

    What a waste. He's not my Pastor now.

    He's on my prayer list. If the Holy Spirit says to stop, then I will.

    We have to have some discernment in these last days. It is right to ask the Holy Spirit for the gift of discerning of spirits: God,

    Man, evil spirits. Especially now. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you. The Bible says that evil will wax worse and worse in these final days. 2nd Timothy 3:13

    Do not despair. Cast all your cares on God.
  • John on Isaiah 15
    Can you lose salvation? This man who claims to be a prophet of God Said God reveal you can lose salvation. Can God also speak to you also and tell you things?
  • Jesse - in Reply on Isaiah 15
    John, if someone comes to you claiming to be a "prophet of God" and says that God revealed something to them, ask them to show you in the bible where Jesus or Paul taught it. If it's not in the bible, it is not true, and that person is a false prophet. I had a person come to me once claiming to be a "prophet of God," and they told me that God gave them a message.

    My response to them was "Good for you, but He didn't give me that message, so it doesn't do me any good. You see, if God wants to reveal something to any of us, He doesn't need to go through someone claiming to be a prophet in order to give us the message. Besides that, the Apostle John was the last true prophet!

    One other thing to think about: If someone says God revealed something to them that is not already in the bible, then it should be added to the bible, right? I mean, if God said, then it's His word. But we are warned against that because we already have the complete prophecy of God in written form. Next time a "prophet of God" comes to you with a message and he/she cannot show you in scripture, tell them that they need to add it. You'll probably get a very puzzled look from them, and they will not be willing to go that far!
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 15
    John, the Bible of course, speaks on many, many subjects & one of the important ones is of a person who has been saved through the Holy Spirit's convicting, & then his repentance & then knowing God's forgiveness based on faith in Jesus Christ's death on the Cross for our sins. If this person has truly come God's Way, we say that he is Born Again (i.e. not a second birth back into the world, but re-born in his spirit, where God's Spirit takes up residence in that person's life - John 3:3-7). We still look the same, go to work, etc., but by His Spirit within, we are now accepted by God as His very Own children, we look at life through 'different eyes', the graces of Jesus begin to fill us & become evident to others, we want to tell others of this great experience & new life, etc. etc.

    However, after this great work of God in us, there are some well-meaning Christians who will teach that even though you may be a child of God now, you can some time in the future, choose to reject God, His Son & His Spirit & lose your salvation. They will even show you scriptural proof to support this. And true, if Scripture is taken in isolation or misinterpreted, then a Christian can lose his salvation. But I also take note that the Work of God in sending His Son to die for us was not a poorly devised plan. Jesus' death & resurrection was complete & final and God accepted this sacrifice for our sins by raising Him from the dead & giving Him a position of Power & Authority in Heaven. The Scripture also tells us that true Christians have been sealed by God (look these up: 2 Cor 1:22; Eph 1:13; 4:30). When God seals, He will NOT un-seal - we are His forever & He will "never leave us nor forsake us" (Heb 13:5). Then can a Christian choose to forsake God? If a Christian is truly born again, he cannot & will not reject God & His Son. It's not possible. Yes, a Christian can still commit sin, but he is soon convicted by the Spirit within him & repents & is restored.
  • Jesse - in Reply on Isaiah 15
    Chris, very true. If I might just go one verse further in Ephesians to Verse 14 which says "Which, or who, is the earnest, or guarantee, of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory. This tells me that we are purchased by Christ, meaning He owns us. The seal is a mark of ownership. No one can break that seal except the owner of the possession. We're sealed with the Holy Spirit. He doesn't give us a seal. He is the seal.

    He's the mark of ownership and He has sealed us so that no spiritual force or otherwise can penetrate our spirit. As you mentioned, we've been sealed. We've been sealed by the Holy Spirit and filled with the Spirit of Christ. We are very rich!

    Verse 14 also tells us we were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise who is the (guarantee) of our inheritance. It's nice to know that in the midst of our weaknesses that the presence of God's Spirit is our guarantee, until the redemption of the purchased possession.

    I believe this use of the word redemption is making reference to the coming of Christ, when redemption is realized. We've been purchased and we're sitting at the "will call window." He hasn't picked us up yet. But when Christ comes, He's going to come for the purchased possession, you and I, and all genuine believers who belong to Him!

    And then I go down to Ephesians 4:30 that tells us that we are sealed with the Spirit of God "until" Christ comes. We're preserved. We're being kept for Christ at His coming. God's powerful grip is keeping us. That's our guarantee that we are preserved for Him. I think if believers would trust in the one who has saved them, the one who has purchased them, and the one who owns them and says He is coming for us, instead of trusting in themselves to keep themselves saved; they would come away with a whole new perspective about their salvation. It all boils down to who we're trusting in. Are we trusting God's power to keep us? Or, are we trusting in ourselves?
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 15
    Jesse, that's a great 'dissertation', if I could use that word; a very concise & accurate description of His Sealing & His Guarantee of His purchased possession. I loved reading it over & over again to appreciate the wonder of God's Work in every aspect of our lives (from first seeking us out, right through to marking us for life).

    I have considered of late, that when our Lord comes back for us, how does He locate each one of us & gather us together unto Him? Surely, His Spirit Who indwells the purchased of God, will return to the Son bringing the wheat with Him to the barn, while the tares are taken for burning. 2 Thes 2:6,7: "and now ye know what withholdeth that He might be revealed in His time..For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He Who now letteth will let, until He be taken out of the way". I can't help but see this passage referring to the Holy Spirit being taken away at the appointed time from His Work on Earth; and if He must needs go, so must we also who have been indwelt & sealed by Him. What a blessd hope & revelation awaits us.
  • Jaleesa Freeman - in Reply on Isaiah 15
    I need help to understand Romans.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Isaiah 15
    Everything a true prophet says to you must be truth; revelation of truth. There is very serious things that happen to a teacher or prophet that says lies; makes up words for itching ears.

    If you draw close to God; he will draw close to you. Sit with Him, sing praises to Him..even if it's Amazing Grace. I like a song: Only in God. If you truly have a question...ask the Holy Spirit. One aspect of His work is to teach you :)

    Pray for a teachable spirit. When He tells you something, Date it and Write it down.

    I went through a long spell when God went quiet; didn't speak to me. You wouldn't believe all the insecurities that float to the surface. If you're kinda punchy, He'll work that out of you. You learn to wait on the Lord.
  • Robert DeHaan on Isaiah 15
    Help us LORD to put away the idols of technology today. Satan knows our weakness and extorts from us all the things that Jesus said we needed. We need the power of the shed blood of Christ to make us clean before the Father. Our Eternity is hanging in the balance if we love our sin more than we love Jesus Christ. We come this morning with repentance in our hearts. Thank you LORD for Jesus death and resurrection for our sins. We have been washed clean from our sin by our Savior! Hallelujah! He Reigns
  • Obbie Beal on Isaiah 15
    Knowing Jehovah,GOD is sovereign thereby He exercise HIS RIGHTS to build and destroy based on sin. HE do not have to explain HIS actions us when we do not understand. We trust HIS actions or judgments from Genesis through Revelation to be 100 percent correct, as in this and the next chapter. 2020 GOD still RIGHTLY build and destroy based on sin. John 3:16 -21 shall protect when we apply it.


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