The Judgment Upon Those Who Done Listen To The Message

The message from the LORD was Heard Far and Wide: The Lord Sent the Matter to Israel

The Bricks have Fallen Down: We Better Build A Better Wall of Resistance

i.e. Rather than turn to the One who brings the destruction they do not seek the Lord.

The Assyrian Inscriptions: God’s Method Of Bringing Continually Invasions Against a Sinning Israel

Charles e Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher/ Landscaper/Golfer, Bowler, Weed-eater, Lawn care /etc.

STEPS THAT LEAD TO GOD’S WRATH ON SINFUL BEHAVIOR AND NO REPENTANCE

Isaiah 9:8 THE LORD SENT THE MATTER TO JACOB to all Israel at least four times.

The Lord sent (8804) a word(01696) into Jacob, and it hath lighted (8804) upon Israel.

Isaiah 9:9 And all the people shall know (8804) , even Ephraim and the inhabitant (8802) of Samaria, that say (8800) in the pride01342)( and stoutness ( 01433)of heart, NOTE know and lighted same.

  • They had greatness, magnitude of pride, insolence (bad sense) rising up in them.

Isaiah 9:10 The bricks are fallen down (8804) , but we will build (8799) with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down (8795) , but we will change (8686) them into cedars.

  • The tribes east of the Jordan had already been taken captive, at this time, and that was followed by shortly tbe devastation of Galilee which left the tribes of Ephraim, Isaachar, the half tribe of Manasseh and Asher in Mount Ephraim and the capitol of Samasria.

    • 2 Chronicles 30:6-11 ; 31:6; The lost “bricks” to them. Pekah say “these are not such a bad lost.” So Hezekial invited those of the remaining tribes to worship at Jerusalem.

    • Pekah believed he could take Samaria and rebuld stronge defenses. After all he had for three years earlier. But as we see he was attack by the Philistines and factions of Syrians forces who were resisiting Rezin.

    • Some at escaped from the Assydrian conquest and were not in Judah.

  • The attitude of if one action falls, we will try another.

  • How many events have we seen where an event has been so made destructive. And they say we are going to rebuild. Perhaps the very thing that God wanted to destroy. In the case of Israel it was pride

  • Who builds with cut stones?

    • Those who makes a good vow; and put a limited to it by time:

    • Those who are inspired by inadequate motives.

    • Those who have not calculated the full force and weight of temptation.

    • Those who build their lives in excess.

      • Generally with the everything but the spiritual. 20 TV and 2 hours of preaching.

    • Those like the world who have a purpose of excel in tacked that were good for their business.

    • Some say the will “rise again” with a good purpose.

Isaiah 9:11 Therefore the LORD shall set up (8762) the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies (8802) together (8770) ;

  • Rezin: king of Damascus during the reigns of kings: Jothan and Ahaz of Judah.

  • Here not the Assyrians but guerillas forces of factions in his own country. Rezin still ruled in Damascus and is an ally of Pekah King of Israel.

Isaiah 9:12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour (8799) Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away (8804) , but his hand is stretched out still (8803) .

  • Syrians: Aram of Syria the nation. The syrian or Aramean people in Aram = fifth son of Shem.

  • Philistines: The inhabitant of Philistia of Mizraim who immigrated from Caphtor (Crete) to the western seacoast of Canaan.

  • Guerilla Syrians forces which were not loyal to Rezin are those in vs. 11 Philistine forces were harassing Judah and they may have penetdrated also to a weakened Samara to add one more horror to the already escalating series of calamities that has come on Israel. 2 Kings 17:20 which suggest that many groups were harassing Israel before the final fall. Note the verse: A description of God’s wrath.

  • Syrians from the rising of the sun and Greeks from the going down of the sun.

  • God’s anger: is not turned away: 2 Kings 17:20.

    • The intention of God? To reclaim them from all their sins. To take us off our sins and win us to our duty. He proceeds by degrees. To do us good. To bring home the prodical son: 2 Chroniclers 28:22, Deut. 28:58-59

      They suffered as a result of seeking human answers instead of trusting in God and His word.

Isaiah 9:13: For the people turneth (8804) not unto him that smiteth (8688) them, neither do they seek (8804) the LORD of hosts.

  • They only see it as a rod of punishment. Judgment is punishment and grace.

    • SIN is turning from God.

    • REPENTANCE is returning to Him: Isaiah 55:6

    • TO SERVE GOD: IS

      • To pray to Him 55:6

      • To consult Him: 8:19

      • To resort to Him for Help: 31:1

      • To hold comm;union with Him. Amos 5:4-5

Isaiah 9:14 Therefore the LORD will cut off (8686) from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.

  • Thus God will eliminate Israel. Their leaders and staff. Also the oung, the governor, the useful, and the unfaithful person. “In One Day.” ie. The certainty of it with speed and soon accomplished.

    • From Correction to Destruction:

Isaiah 9:15 The ancient and honourable * (8803) , he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth (8688) lies, he is the tail.

Isaiah 9:16 For the leaders (8764) of this people cause them to err (8688) ; and they that are led (8794) of them are destroyed (8794) .

  • The leaderes get the highest honour or the deepest shame: Salvation or destruction.

  • Leadership: Leader’s responsibilities for the people’s fault.

Isaiah 9:17 Therefore the Lord shall have no joy (8799) in their young men, neither shall have mercy (8762) on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer (8688) , and every mouth speaketh (8802) folly. For all this his anger is not turned away (8804) , but his hand is stretched out still (8803) .

  • Why do joy: No mercy, Hypocrite, Evildoer, Folly speaking,

  • The people are sold out by their leaders and leadership. And the nation has still not look to the Lord, And this series will only end with the complete destruction of the northern kingdom of Israel and their extinction as a political entity.

Isaiah 9 :18 For wickedness burneth (8804) as the fire: it shall devour (8799) the briers and thorns, and shall kindle (8799) in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up (8691) like the lifting up of smoke.

  • SIN HAS WITHIN ITSELF THE SEEDS OF ITS OWN DESTRUCTION.

Israel 9:19-21 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened (8738) , and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare (8799) his brother. And he shall snatch (8799) on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat (8799) on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied (8804) : they shall eat (8799) every man the flesh of his own arm: Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away (8804) , but his hand is stretched out still (8803) .

  • Ten years from 734-722 B.C. Calamities of a destructive nature are poured on Israel.

  • The evil of Idolatry produced such factionalism (sounds like Amerca today) so that in the distress compatriots turned on each other instead of the enemy.

  • Civil ward among the factions in Israel itself constantly were breaking out and there was a fact turover of rulers involving bloodshed in the transition of power from Menehem on.

  • Menehem son Pekahiah, was assassinated by Poekah who was overflowing and killed by Hoshea.

  • The civil wars just corrupt the leadership who just sacrificed larger portions of tdhe nations. Sounds like 2012-13 in Syria today.

  • I mean Ephraim went against his brother Manasseh instead against the enemy.

  • What is said even all this extremity did not, as vs 21 tell us, end the “dimness of anguish” of this dark period. Nor did it end God’s direct dealing using the Assyrians as the “rod of His anger.”

  • This continues in 10:6 and we learn more reasons why the nation has been destroyed.

  • With the collapsed alliances and internal political corruption and the hopelessness they are now completely at the nonexistent mercy of the Assyrdians who are “the rod of God’s anger.”

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