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FRAMEWORKS: Isaiah 32: The Coming of Disaster then a new era of Righteousness & Blessing

 

For Context see chapter 28

v.1,2 A new reign will bring a new security

v.3,4 It will bring revelation and a new understanding

v.5-8 It was also bring a new distinction between right and wrong

v.9-11 A fearful change is coming shortly

v.12-15 Judgment will be followed by an outpouring of the transforming Spirit

v.16-18 The new reign will bring righteousness and peace

v.19,20 Recap: Disaster will be followed by blessing

    

[Introductory Comment: The prophet seems to turn aside, in time at least, to a time when God will come in a new way to His people. A new reign will bring new security [v.1,2], new revelation and understanding [v.3,4], a distinguishing between right and wrong [v.5-8]. However before it is ushered in, it appears there will first be a time of upheaval and upset [v.9-11] a time that will bring anguish [v.12-15], that will then usher in the new reign that will bring righteousness and peace and security for God's people [v.16-18]. The chapter is concluded [v.19,20] with a recap that disaster will be the prelude to the Lord coming with blessing.]

    

 

v.1,2 A new reign will bring a new security

     

v.1 (A new day will come with new rulership)  See, a king will reign in righteousness
    and rulers will rule with justice.
v.2 (This will bring in a new security for the people)  Each one will be like

a shelter from the wind
    and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
    and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. 

     

   

v.3,4 It will bring revelation and a new understanding

    

v.3 (It will be a time of new revelation)  Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed,
    and the ears of those who hear will listen.
v.4 (it bring a new assurance)  The fearful heart will know and understand,
    and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
     

 

v.5-8 It was also bring a new distinction between right and wrong

    

v.5 (Truth about people will prevail)  No longer will the fool be called noble
    nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
v.6 (The unrighteous will be seen for what they are)  For fools speak folly,
    their hearts are bent on evil:
they practise ungodliness
    and spread error concerning the Lord;
the hungry they leave empty
    and from the thirsty they withhold water.
v.7 (Wickedness takes various forms)  Scoundrels use wicked methods,
    they make up evil schemes
to destroy the poor with lies,
    even when the plea of the needy is just.
v.8 (But the righteous bring in a new world of righteousness)  But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.

  

    

v.9-11 A fearful change is coming shortly

    

v.9 (A word of warning to the women)  You women who are so complacent,
    rise up and listen to me;
you daughters who feel secure,
    hear what I have to say!
v.10  (Judgment will come within a year)  In little more than a year
    you who feel secure will tremble;
the grape harvest will fail,
    and the harvest of fruit will not come.
v.11 (So get ready for uncomfortable change!)  Tremble, you complacent women;
    shudder, you daughters who feel secure!
Strip off your fine clothes
    and wrap yourselves in rags.
       

   

v.12-15 Judgment will be followed by an outpouring of the transforming Spirit

   

v.12 (Anguish over what you are about to lose)  Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
    for the fruitful vines
v.13  and for the land of my people,
    a land overgrown with thorns and briers –
yes, mourn for all houses of merriment
    and for this city of revelry.
v.14 (The strength of the city will be gone as it is emptied)  The fortress will be abandoned,
    the noisy city deserted;
citadel and watchtower will become a wasteland for ever,
    the delight of donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
v.15 (this will continue until the Spirit comes) till the Spirit is poured on us from on high,
    and the desert becomes a fertile field,
    and the fertile field seems like a forest.
      

   

v.16-18 The new reign will bring righteousness and peace

     

v.16 (The Lord will bring justice and righteousness)  The Lord's justice will dwell in the desert,
    his righteousness live in the fertile field.
v.17 (That in turn will bring peace & quietness…)  The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
    its effect will be quietness and confidence for ever.
v.18 (… and bring about a new security)  My people will live in peaceful dwelling-places,
    in secure homes,
    in undisturbed places of rest.
       

   

v.19,20 Recap: Disaster will be followed by blessing

    

v.19 (Looking back, disaster may come…)  Though hail flattens the forest
    and the city is levelled completely,
v.20 (…but blessing will follow) how blessed you will be,
    sowing your seed by every stream,
    and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.

     

   

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