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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Isaiah 57

 

 

Verses 1-21

Isaiah 57:10 Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.

Isaiah 57:10 β€” Comments- The NIV says, "You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, β€˜It is hopeless.' You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint." Their ways of religious duties had worn them out and wearied their bodies, and yet they found no deliverance. Yet, in all of their weariness, they did not give up on their idols. Instead, they encouraged themselves and continued in their vain ways. Praying in the flesh wears us down. It does not build us up. We will never be able to find God with the works of the flesh.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

Isaiah 57:15 β€” Comments- God does not live in the realm of time. He dwells in eternity. Man lives in the busy realm of time, but when we enter into the Sabbath rest by yielding ourselves to God, we find rest from a busy schedule. It is only in this rest with God that our spirits are revived. Note the words by Frances J. Roberts that explain how we must strive to enter into God's time frame by forsaking the cares of this busy world.

"My ageless purposes are set in Eternity. Time is as a little wheel set within the big wheel of Eternity. The little wheel turneth swiftly and shall one day cease. The big wheel turneth not, but goeth straight forward. Time is thy responsibility - Eternity is Mine! Ye shall move into thy place in the big wheel when the little wheel is left behind. See that now ye redeem the time, making use of it for the purposes of My eternal kingdom, thus investing it with something of quality of the big wheel. As ye do this, thy days shall not be part of that which turneth and dieth, but of that which goeth straight forward and becometh one with My great universe.

"Fill thy days with light and love and testimony. Glorify and honor My Name. Praise and delight thyself in the Lord. So shall eternity inhabit thy heart and thou shalt deliver thy soul from the bondages of time. Thou shalt experience a liberation from the pressures of time and shalt in thine own heart slow down the little wheel. So shall ye find a new kind of rest. Ye shall have a foretaste of the Sabbath rest, into which the whole earth shall enter before long. When this time comes, I Myself will slow down the little wheel of time, and there shall be an adjustment, and it shall be as it was in the beginning.

"The pressures of time have increased as sin has increased, and all too often My children have been found living more in the little wheel than in the big. This happens whenever the flesh is in ascendancy to the Spirit. Whenever the opposite is true, ye have always experienced a fleeting but glorious freedom from the racing little wheel. Is it not true? Ye have found the Spirit always unhurried, and ye have marveled to find how oblivious ye had been to the passage of time whenever ye have been truly in the Spirit.

"Ye can live here as much as ye choose. Ye can enjoy this rest and disengage thyself from the little wheel as often and as long as ye desire. Ye shall lose nothing and gain much. Try it as a therapy for thy physical body. Always it shall most certainly be a tremendous source of energy and vitality for they spiritual life!" 83]

83] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 31-2.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 57:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/isaiah-57.html. 2013.

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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