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“EXTRA” – Read all about Isaiah 28…..

 Monday, August 23, 2010 – “extra blog” based on Isa. 28:10, 13

In three of my blogs, I have mentioned the phrase “precept upon precept” as a method of studying the Bible and as a way that God reveals His Word to those who study.  I have deleted two of those blogs, but not the third one.  It was just on August 11th, “Letters to Theophilus, part 11.”   The phrase is found in Isaiah 28, verses 10 and 13, and is taken out of context to use as a method

  of study.  So, I have some explaining to do.

I “blog” in order to ascertain my understanding of what I study. For you, it is like reading my “study journal.” I can type away, reread, and then discern if I “got it” or not. I attempt – greatly attempt – not to teach, but, alas, I am sure it comes across as teaching. At any rate, I KNOW I am being held accountable for every word you read and I have done some more “study” upon that phrase from Isaiah that I need to share with you.

I will be printing out the whole chapter 28 for you – and me – to view “in context.” Go get your own Bible, if you like. My Bible is always open above my keyboard although I have wonderful study programs at my finger tips. First, I want to make a comment on 1 Cor. 2:12 and 13, because if I put it at the end, you may get weary of reading and miss it.

I do not find the quote: “precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little there a little,” in the N. T.; however, I have heard and seen it used with 1 Corinthians 2: 12 & 13: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual with spiritual.”  That is NASB, KJV has that last phrase: “comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”  The Greek diaglot puts it this way: not by teachings of human wisdom in words, but by teachings of spirit to spiritual ones spiritual things explaining.”  (The words for “spiritual” are neuter.)

The word, “combining” (“comparing” in KJV) is used in the Septuagint (the O. T. translated into Greek) in Genesis 40, verse 8: “Then they said to him, “We have had a dream and there is no one to interpret it.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell it to me, please.”

Ahh, what we need is an interpreter. The N. T. meaning of the word, “comparing” means to judge one thing in connection to another, combine, or to collate by contrast or resemblance. Therefore, comparing scripture with scripture is a very valuable and necessary method of Bible study in order to discern interpretation. The Spirit of The Truth – same as The Spirit of The Promise – is the interpreter, unfolding The Truth to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see as they examine the 66 books, by 40 earthly authors, for their consistency and themes throughout the context of each.

Now, it is time to print Isa. 28 for you. I will use the NASB. Look for my comments and notations. Not the best way, perhaps, but the only one I can think of right now. Hopefully, by the time you finish reading, you will know why verses 10 and 13 should not be used to illustrate how The Spirit of The Truth teaches.

(Isa 28:1) Woe to the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim, And to the fading flower of its glorious beauty, Which is at the head of the fertile valley Of those who are overcome with wine!(“Ephraim” is put for all of the 10 tribes of Israel and keep in mind a couple of things: When Israel entered the land flowing with milk and honey, the fruit of the vine – grapes – had to be carried on limbs between the shoulders of two men because of their fatness. This land was luscious. But, notice the next two verses. The Lord knows what to do to the misuses of the land and its produce.)

 (Isa 28:2) Behold, the Lord has a strong and mighty agent; As a storm of hail, a tempest of destruction, Like a storm of mighty overflowing waters, He has cast it down to the earth with His hand.

 (Isa 28:3) The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim is trodden under foot.

 (But, in The Lord’s Day, it will be made sweet again and a spirit of justice will reign “IN THAT DAY.” See verses 4-8)

 (Isa 28:4) And the fading flower of its glorious beauty, Which is at the head of the fertile valley, Will be like the first-ripe fig prior to summer, Which one sees, And as soon as it is in his hand, He swallows it.

 (Isa 28:5) In that day the LORD of hosts will become a beautiful crown (as opposed to the “proud crown” of the drunk prophets in v. 3.) And a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people;

 (Isa 28:6) A spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment, A strength to those who repel the onslaught at the gate.

 (The next two verses literally stink! Look who’s drunk – the priest and the prophet! The very ones appointed by God to deliver and teach His Word! God spoke to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways. See Hebrews 1:1 Note their actions when having visions (from God) and rendering judgment. V. 8 is sickening!)

 (Isa 28:7) And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink: The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, They are confused by wine, they stagger from strong drink; They reel while having visions, They totter when rendering judgment.

 (Isa 28:8) For all the tables are full of filthy vomit, without a single clean place.

 (Right here, read ahead to verse 12. God offers rest to the weary priests and prophets instead of drunkenness; and repose at the table instead of vomiting. THEY WOULD NOT LISTEN!)

 (Isa 28:9) “To whom would He teach knowledge, And to whom would He interpret the message? (Certainly not to drunkards.) Those just weaned from milk? (Yes, these are weaned from milk, but drunk with wine! Remember, however, a “land flowing with MILK and honey was a good thing.) Those just taken from the breast? (Yes, like Samuel – devoted to the priesthood. There is a reference that teachers use from Hebrews at this point:  Heb 5:10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Heb 5:11 Concerning him we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. Heb 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. Heb 5:13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. Heb 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Senses cannot be trained for discernment when drunk with wine.)

 (Isa 28:10) “For He says, ‘Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.'” (NOTE: “These are Hebrew monosyllables, imitating the babbling of a child, mocking the prophet’s preaching.”

 (Isa 28:11) Indeed, He will speak to this people Through stammering lips and a foreign tongue,(This verse is quoted in 1 Cor. 15:21; but I need for you to see the last phrase in verse 20: “in your thinking be mature – of full age!” Paul then quotes this verse as an example of not so good thinking. And, v. 33 he say, “God is not a God of confusion, but of peace….” God did speak through these drunken-ed prophets, but the people still did not listen. And, instead of jabbering, God, used speaking in the different languages of those present in the N. T., as a sign to those who did not believe the gospel (See Mark 1:1-4, 14-15; 16:15-16 for “the gospel of the kingdom of God.”)

 (Isa 28:12) He who said to them, “Here is rest, give rest to the weary,” And, “Here is repose,” but they would not listen.

 (Isa 28:13) So the word of the LORD to them will be, “Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there,” That they may go and stumble backward, be broken, snared and taken captive. (Must read the whole verse of this one! The reason God used babbling monosyllables was so that they would be taken captive!) (NASB note: “The LORD responds to their scoffing by imitating their mockery, to represent the unintelligible language of a conqueror.”)

 (Isa 28:14) Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, O scoffers, Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, (Isaiah is finishing up his “Woe” in the rest of the chapter – and he is NOT drunk! Read on.)

 (Isa 28:15) Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, And with Sheol we have made a pact. The overwhelming scourge will not reach us when it passes by, For we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception.”

 (Isa 28:16) Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.(See: Rm. 9:33; 10:11; 1 Pet. 2:6; Mt. 21:42; Mk. 12:10;Lk. 20:17; Acts 4:11; Eph 2:20)

 (Isa 28:17) “I will make justice the measuring line And righteousness the level; Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies And the waters will overflow the secret place.

 (Isa 28:18) “Your covenant with death will be canceled, And your pact with Sheol will not stand; When the overwhelming scourge passes through, Then you become its trampling place.

 (Isa 28:19) “As often as it passes through, it will seize you; For morning after morning it will pass through, anytime during the day or night, And it will be sheer terror to understand what it means.”

 (Isa 28:20) The bed is too short on which to stretch out, And the blanket is too small to wrap oneself in.

 (Isa 28:21) For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim, He will be stirred up as in the valley of Gibeon, To do His task, His unusual task, And to work His work, His extraordinary work.

 (Isa 28:22) And now do not carry on as scoffers, Or your fetters will be made stronger; For I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts Of decisive destruction on all the earth.

 (Isa 28:23) Give ear and hear my voice, Listen and hear my words.

 (Isa 28:24) Does the farmer plow continually to plant seed? Does he continually turn and harrow the ground? (Nope. The farmer will become finished with the plowing and harrowing and time for the planting and growing comes. Then, the fruit of his labors will become bread for the hungry soul.))

 (Isa 28:25) Does he not level its surface And sow dill and scatter cummin And plant wheat in rows, Barley in its place and rye within its area?

 (Isa 28:26) For his God instructs and teaches him properly.

 (Isa 28:27) For dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, Nor is the cartwheel driven over cummin; But dill is beaten out with a rod, and cummin with a club.

 (Isa 28:28) Grain for bread is crushed, Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever. Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually damage it, He does not thresh it longer.

 (Isa 28:29) This also comes from the LORD of hosts, Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.

 ONE LAST VERY INTERESTING OBSERVATION: 2Ti 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” contains farming terms. My study method needs to reflect the farming terms of Isa. 28 verses of 23-29 instead of verses 10 and 13!





August 23, 2010 - Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately

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