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Follow The Lord’s Will      Isa. 29:13-16; 30:1-3, 15-18
     March 22


Introduction

       How sad it is to read about God’s people forsaking the will and word of God. Today it is sadder to see it happening in this nation. We see too few examples of Christians and churches really stepping out to follow the will of God. Certainly the call of the lesson title needs to be boldly proclaimed. We Christians in this nation need to Follow The Will Of The Lord.

 

1.    Follow The Lord’s Will; Not Man’s . . Perception Of Truth. Isa. 29:13-14

       A.   Perceptions of Truth . . Misguided through Lip Service. 29:13

       13 The Lord said: Because these people approach Me with their mouths to honor Me with lip-service— yet their hearts are far from Me, and their worship consists of man-made rules learned by rote—

 

       B.   Perceptions of Truth . . Masqueraded By The Lord. 29:14

14 therefore I will again confound these people with wonder after wonder. The wisdom of their wise

men will vanish, and the understanding of the perceptive will be hidden.


       It appears strange to me how people can give lip service and believe it will be accepted as the real thing. These people are misguided through believing their phoney words. How could anyone who claims to be a child of God think lip service will be accepted by Him? God points out even the wisdom some have will be hidden or masqueraded. It is sad that even dedicated people suffer because the majority follows the wrong direction.


 

2.    Follow The Lord’s Will; Not Man’s . . Private Plans. Isa. 29:15-16

       A.   Private Plans Attempting To . . Repress Truth From The Lord. 29:15

              15 Woe to those who go to great lengths to hide their plans from the Lord. They do their works in

darkness, and say, "Who sees us? Who knows us?"

 

       B.   Private Plans Attempting To . . Reverse The Creation Of The Lord. 29:16

16 You have turned things around, as if the potter were the same as the clay. How can what is made say

about its maker, "He didn't make me"? How can what is formed say about the one who formed it, "He doesn't understand what he's doing"?


       How can people exposed to the truth of God think they can repress their actions for Him. These people asked, “who see us,” and they should have known God saw and knew all. God accuses them of trying to reverse

the creation order. He asks how can what I created say, “He didn't make me"? Of course the god they believed in was man made. He certainly was not the God of the Bible. Too many people then and now think they are God and make cherished private plans that reverse creation’s order. However He is the Maker and we are His creation and the more we respect that order the happier we will live.


 

3.    Follow The Lord’s Will; Not Man’s . . Pagan Protection. Isa. 30:1-3

       A.   Pagan Protection Sought For . . Rebellious Children. 3:1-2

1 Woe to the rebellious children! This is the Lord's declaration. They carry out a plan, but not Mine,

They make an alliance, but against My will, piling sin on top of sin. 2 They set out to go down to Egypt without asking My advice, in order to seek shelter under Pharaoh's protection and take refuge in Egypt's shadow.

 

       B.   Pagan Protection Sought For . . Rejected Sources. 3:3

3 But Pharaoh's protection will become your shame, and refuge in Egypt's shadow your disgrace.


       It would be impossible to obey the word of God and respect the experience Israel enjoyed and do the things these people were doing. How can they look for protection from a pagan leader? Simply put they are “rebellious children.” It surprises me that they would seek protection from Pharaoh. He was the rejected leader of Egypt when the Children of Israel left captivity, how could they go back to him?


 

4.    Follow The Lord’s Will Seeking His . . Patience And Mercy. Isa. 30:15-18

       A.   Patience And Mercy From The . . Holy One Of Israel. 3:15

15 For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: "You will be delivered by returning and resting;

your strength will lie in quiet confidence. But you are not willing."

 

       B.   Patience And Mercy For The . . Horrific Ones Of Israel. 3:16-17

16 You say, "No! We will escape on horses"— therefore you will escape!— and, "We will ride on fast

horses"— but those who pursue you will be faster. 17 One thousand will flee at the threat of one, at the threat of five you will flee, until you alone remain like a solitary pole on a mountaintop or a banner on a hill.

 

       C.   Patience And Mercy For The . . Happy Ones Of Israel. 3:18

18 Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the

Lord is a just God. Happy are all who wait patiently for Him.


       How can God be so patient? I ask myself this question very often. Several time I have thought the Lord should have zapped someone. But when I say that the thought comes, should the Lord have ever zapped me. Then I just calm down and say, “thanks Lord for your patience.” The Holy One of Israel is the giver of the needed patience mercy to these horrific children. In the end the happy ones of Israel, and the followers of Christ will receive His rewards. They will proclaim It was good to Follow The Will Of The Lord. Amen? Amen!

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DAKE BIBLE 

Verse 13

a [Foreasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men] Quoted in Mt 15:7-9; Mk 7:6.

b [draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men] Four causes of spiritual blindness:

1.    Drawing near to God with the mouth alone.

2.    Honoring Him with the lips only.

3.    Removing the heart far from Him.

4.    Fearing Him only after the precept of men.

 

Verse 14

a [Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder]


God's Marvelous Work (Isa 29:14)


Since men serve and honor Me just with their lips and not from their heart, I will proceed with a marvelous work and a wonder that will either wake them up or cause them to perish (Isa 29:14). This marvelous work and a wonder was none other than the gospel work of the N.T. — teaching, preaching, and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people; the creation of new lives; and the full program as demonstrated and recorded of Christ and His followers (Isa 29:14; Hab 1:5; Ac 13:40-41). This work of wonder is referred to many times in the N.T. (Mt 15:31; Mk 6:51; Lk 4:22; 8:25; 9:43; 11:14; Ac 8:13; 13:40-41). Not only did the miracles and signs of the gospel make men wonder, but they caused some to resist to the point of seeming madness and their own destruction; and the new doctrines taught caused the wise of the world to stumble, harden their hearts, and be lost (1 Co 1:18-31). Such a program was a savor of life unto life in those who conformed to the gospel, as well as a savor of death unto death in those who rejected it (


b [for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid] Quoted in 1 Co 1:19.

 

Verse 15

a [Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and their works are in the dark] Woe to those who seek to hide their plans from God and carry on wickedness in the dark, thinking that they won't be seen or known. This defines a hypocrite as one who attempts to deceive God and man (cp. Mt 23).

b [Who seeth us? and who knoweth us? ... for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding? Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?] Questions 48-52. Next, Isa 33:14.

 

Verse 16

a [your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter's clay] Your perversion of things makes it appear that the potter is the clay, or no more qualified than the clay to form anything. You seem to think that God knows nothing of your deceptions, but He does (Heb 4:12-13).

b [shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?] Quoted in Ro 9:20-21.

(from Dake Annotated Reference Bible © 2007 by Dake Publishing. All rights reserved in U.S.A. and Other Countries.)


 

LIFE APPLICATION       Isaiah 29:13-14; Isaiah 29:15


29:13, 14 The people claimed to be close to God, but they were disobedient and merely went through the motions; therefore, God would bring judgment upon them. Religion had become routine instead of real. Jesus quoted Isaiah's condemnation of Israel's hypocrisy when he spoke to the Pharisees, the religious leaders of his day (Mt 15:7-9; Mk 7:6,7). We are all capable of hypocrisy. Often we slip into routine patterns when we worship, and we neglect to give God our love and devotion. If we want to be called God's people, we must be obedient and worship him honestly and sincerely.



29:15 Thinking God couldn't see them and didn't know what was happening, the people of Jerusalem tried to hide their plans from him. How strange that so many people think they can hide from God. In Ps 139 we learn that God has examined us and knows everything about us. Would you be embarrassed if your best friends knew your personal thoughts? Remember that God knows all of them.



DAKE BIBLE

Isa 30:1-3

 30 Woe to the rebellious children! This is the Lord's declaration. They carry out a plan, but not Mine, They make an alliance, but against My will, piling sin on top of sin.

2 They set out to go down to Egypt without asking My advice, in order to seek shelter under Pharaoh's protection and take refuge in Egypt's shadow.

3 But Pharaoh's protection will become your shame, and refuge in Egypt's shadow your disgrace.



Verse 1

a [to the rebellious children, saith the LORD ...] The 32 nd prophecy in Isaiah (Isa 30; Isa 30:1-17 fulfilled; Isa 30:18-33 unfulfilled). Next, Isa 31:1.

The 32 nd Prophecy in Isaiah

b [rebellious children] Seven sins of Judah:

1.    They are rebellious.

2.    They do not counsel with the Lord.

3.    They seek cover (protection) from man.

4.    They add sin to sin.

5.    They make alliances with foreigners without inquiring of God.

6.    They depend upon Egypt for help.

7.    They trust in the power of Egypt.

c [add sin to sin] Sins don't stand alone. When one sin is committed it generally takes others to cover it.

 

Verse 3

a [shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion] Sixfold result of false trust in man:

1.    Shame (Isa 30:3,5)

2.    Confusion

3.    Unprofitable

4.    Reproach

5.    In vain (Isa 30:7)

6.    Purposeless

 

(from Dake Annotated Reference Bible © 2007 by Dake Publishing. All rights reserved in U.S.A. and Other Countries.)





Isa 30:15-18

15 For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: "You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence. But you are not willing."

16 You say, "No! We will escape on horses"— therefore you will escape!— and, "We will ride on fast horses"— but those who pursue you will be faster.

17 One thousand will flee at the threat of one, at the threat of five you will flee, until you alone remain like a solitary pole on a mountaintop or a banner on a hill.

18 Therefore the Lord is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the Lord is a just God. Happy are all who wait patiently for Him.


DAKE BIBLE Isaiah 30:15; Isaiah 30:18


Verse 15

a [For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not] Here God offered deliverance to Judah if they would only return to Him and rest and be saved; but they would not. They said that instead of trusting in God they would flee, so destruction was determined upon them (Isa 30:15-17). At both destructions — the one by Nebuchadnezzar (2 Ki 25:1-10) and the other by Rome in A.D. 70 — people did flee from Jerusalem and were destroyed (Lk 21:12-24).

 

Verse 18

a [And therefore will the LORD wait ...] Verses 18-33 have a Millennial fulfillment, as seen in the unfulfilled predictions under The 32 nd Prophecy in Isaiah , and note below.

b [will of the LORD] Though not always expressed, the doctrine of God waiting on man is plainly implied throughout Scripture. Here it says He will wait for Judah to repent so He can fulfill the everlasting covenants made with their fathers (Isa 30:18-19). God would have fulfilled them earlier if Israel had only obeyed; but they refused, so He waited. He has waited nearly 2,000 years since Christ died and will continue to wait until the second coming of Christ to bless the Jews (Isa 30:18-33; 66:19-21; Zec 12:10-14:21; Mt 23:37-39; Ro 11:25-29).


c [that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you] God waits to be gracious and merciful to all who will turn to Him. Why can't He be gracious and merciful at all times? Because He must wait for man to repent. God won't force His grace and mercy on people, but will bless anyone who repents and has faith in Jesus Christ (Jn 1:11-12; 3:16-18).

d [God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him] Because He is a God of judgment, He cannot bless men contrary to His Word; but He will bless them to the letter of the Word when they fulfill righteousness.

 

(from Dake Annotated Reference Bible © 2007 by Dake Publishing. All rights reserved in U.S.A. and Other Countries.)

 

LIFE APPLICATION       Isaiah 30:20


30:15 God warned Judah that turning to Egypt and other nations for military might could not save them. Only God could do that. They must wait for him "in quietness and confidence." No amount of fast talking or hasty activity could speed up God's grand design. We have nothing to say to God but thank you. Salvation comes from God alone. Because he has saved us, we can trust him and be peacefully confident that he will give us strength to face our difficulties. We should lay aside our well-laid plans and allow him to act.



(from Life Application Study Bible Copyright © 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.)