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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Isaiah 28

Verses 1-10

Prophecies of the Reign of Christ - Isaiah 28:1 to Isaiah 35:10 is a collection of prophecies that describe the reign of Christ on earth.

Verses 1-29

Isaiah 28:8 For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.

Isaiah 28:8Comments- The context of Isaiah 28:8 is about the drunkards of Israel. This verse describes their homes as being full of vomit and filthiness. As a teenager, I was told the story about a group of drunkards in my home town who went on a drinking binge for several days after one of them received his wages. They remained in their house for days, drinking themselves drunk. This house became filled with the stench of vomit and human excrement, simply because they were too drunk to ease themselves in the bath rooms. Such is the description of Isaiah 28:8.

Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Isaiah 28:10Comments- Isaiah 28:10 reflects the method by which God has ordained that divine revelation be given unto mankind. We call this progressive revelation. We clearly see it taking place from Genesis to Revelation as God progressively reveals more and more of His divine plan of redemption to mankind.

Throughout the course of Israel's history, God spoke to Israel with very simple language that they could understand..

Isaiah 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

Isaiah 28:11Comments- God will use a foreign nation with a foreign language (Assyria) to destroy Ephraim and get her attention. Isaiah 28:11 is also prophetic of the gift of tongues in the church age.

Scripture References- Note that Isaiah 28:11 is quoted in 1 Corinthians 14:21, "In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord."

Isaiah 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

Isaiah 28:12Comments- Some scholars interpret Isaiah 28:12 to refer to the refreshing that comes from praying in the Spirit. This edification that is produced in our inner man when we pray in tongues is referred to a number of times in the New Testament ( 1 Corinthians 14:4, Jude 1:20).

1 Corinthians 14:4, "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church."

Jude 1:20, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,"

Scripture References- Note a similar verse:

Matthew 11:28-30, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Isaiah 28:13"that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken." - Comments- This simple message, "precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little" caused them to stumble ( 1 Corinthians 1:27-29).

1 Corinthians 1:27-29, "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence."

Isaiah 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Isaiah 28:16Comments- Isaiah 28:16 refers to Jesus Christ, and is quoted in 1 Peter 2:6, "Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded."

Isaiah 28:29 This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.

Isaiah 28:23-29Comments - God Gives Man Wisdom to Build and Prosper- While driving to work, I drove through the construction of a new mix master, full of concrete, steel, overpasses, a feat of engineering. I realized in my spirit that God had given man the wisdom and know how through the ages to perform such tasks ( James 1:17). The work of road construction was a good work, and today the Lord shows me in this passage how He gives the farmer such wisdom as he needs to plant, harvest and prepare his crops.

James 1:17, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

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