In the Isaiah text, God the vineyard owner asks the question: “What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? Judgement and Hope: Isaiah. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. By recapturing the prophet’s voice and highlighting the dilemmas faced by the rulers he challenged, “Isaiah, Prophet of Righteousness and Justice,” by Yoel Bin-Nun and Binyamin Lau, presents Isaiah’s story in all its vitality and drama. In God’s house, his name will be remembered forever. What begins as if it will be a “love-song” quickly develops into an allegory; and lest there … Continue reading "Commentary on Isaiah 5:1-7" Isaiah Part 2 09: Justice and Righteousness (Isaiah 56:1-57:21) Jeff Tefertiller. When there is no justice and righteousness there is only judgment. Both of these classes of people had been specifically excluded from worship in the book of Deuteronomy. Sunday, 3. Isaiah 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. Then, in verses 2–8, he amplified this demand with two very shocking examples of what he was talking about. His writings have appeared in Bible encyclopedias, scholarly journals and popular religious periodicals, and is a leading scholar on the book of Isaiah. America: A dream….”From the nostrils of God will come hot furnace winds of righteousness and justice that will blow forth upon this land… Gold, pure gold shall come forth as the dross and scum are removed; the hot furnace winds of righteousness and justice shall purify and cleanse, scorch and scar, revive and reform the land!” Isaiah. Scripture: Isaiah 56:1-57:21. “How the faithful city has become a prostitute! Both of these crucial words/concepts are featured again in Isaiah 5:1-7, another of the more memorable passages in all of the prophetic literature. Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Clearly, Isaiah is attempting to make the point that his covenant promises are for whoever will obey the covenant requirements, while those who do not obey the requirements have no access to those promises regardless of their bloodlines. The role of doing justice and being righteous within the themes of accusation, restoration and future faithful leadership through the line of David permeate the message of Isaiah. If, as Christians, our righteous living does not earn us additional favor with God, why is it a requirement for us? Isaiah 59:11 We all growl like bears and moan like doves. For us Christians, what would be the equivalent of the Judeans believing that their bloodline guaranteed them a place in God’s favor regardless of the character of their lives? Get multiple copy discounts in order to start group studies, and preview the video element below. Download: Audio. Throughout chapters 1–39 “justice” and “righteousness” are used as synonyms to talk about God’s expectations for the way his people should live. Rather than humbling or afflicting itself through fasts done for selfish desires, Israel is now to pour out its soul for the good of the disadvantaged in its community. Isaiah 16:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Isaiah 16:5, NIV: "In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it-- one from the house of David-- one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness." Those examples are the foreigner (introduced in verse 3 and expanded upon in verses 6–8) and the eunuch in verses 4–5. Indeed, the text's quasi-definitional linkage of divine holiness with justice and righteousness suggests its considerable importance not only for the interpretation of Isaiah, where there are strong affinities with Isaiah's vision in the temple in … Justice and righteousness are big themes in the book of Isaiah. Isaiah 1:21-23 is a very good illustration. But in the second part of verse 1 the prophet stated the reason we should keep justice and do righteousness: it is because Yahweh’s salvation is at hand and his righteousness is about to be revealed in us. Isaiah 56:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Isaiah 56:1, NIV: "This is what the LORD says: 'Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed." Adult Classes. © Seedbed 2018 | Powered by Asbury Theological Seminary, To Sow for A Great Awakening: A Call to Travailing Prayer, The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith, Mary’s Faith Commitment Transcended Sentiment, Common, Everyday Faithfulness Is Key to God’s Mission, Jesus the Baptizer and New Testament Christianity, Double-­Major Jesus: Embracing Justice and Embracing Grace. Here are several loosely connected thoughts on these passages.-Without Jesus there is no justice or … 17 I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plummet; and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding-place. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place.” The final section of the book of Isaiah, chapters 56–66, seems to be very strangely constructed. In Isaiah 1-39, the most common words associated with righteousness are justice and judgment. Isaiah 16: 1 – 5 The oppressor will come to an end, and destruction will cease; the aggressor will vanish from the land. For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong. (See the commentary notes at the end of this week for a discussion of the reasons for the exclusion.) Yet God promises him a better kind of immortality than could be had in merely fathering a line of descendants. 2 Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and refrains from doing any evil. But in chapters 40–55 the synonym for “righteousness” is “salvation.” This is because in those chapters it is God’s righteousness shown by keeping his promises to his people that is in focus. o Justice and Righteousness. He is a “dry tree,” a dead stick. Jeremiah 7:28 The appeal to maintain justice and do righteousness in Isaiah 56-66 is a realized possibility now for the people of God because of God’s prior gracious claim on them in the figure of the servant. We hope for light, but there is darkness, for brightness, but we walk in gloom. 1. If today we live in a world of injustice, corruption and evil, it is because the human being has neglected the Creator’s initial plan. 3. May 2020. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. He is married to the former Karen Kennedy, and they have three children and two grandchildren. Search for: Donate for MRCC Covid-19 Relief. (Isaiah 56:1–5). In this question we hear a loving God’s anguishing over the unfaithfulness of God’s chosen people Israel. That theme will be explored in detail throughout this final segment of the book. That point could hardly be made more strongly than it is with reference to the eunuch (vv. But in the first part of the first verse of chapter 56, for the first time in more than fifteen chapters, Isaiah called on the people to keep justice and do righteousness, signaling that the requirement for righteous living has not been set aside. Righteousness and justice, righteousness and justice… If we hope to impact others, we must lead in the same way: pursuing purity personally, and enacting justice in our everyday decisions. Understand the meaning of Isaiah 28:17 using all available Bible versions and commentary. In many ways the climax of the section, and even the book, occurs in chapters 60–62, with the following chapters, 63–66, being almost anticlimactic. This third part concludes his teaching through what’s often called the “Fifth Gospel,” which expounds the heart of God’s plan of salvation for the entire world. 1 This is what the Lord says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed. it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. There are some dozen occurrences of this word pair. How can they do this? 3 Do not let the foreigner joined to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely separate me from his people”; and do not let the eunuch say, “I am just a dry tree.” 4 For thus says the Lord : To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant, 5 I will give, in my house and within my walls, a monument and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. Dr. John Oswalt is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. The reign of the Messiah will bring peace and safety to Israel (Isaiah 11:6-9). Several  commentators believe that this is one of the early intimations of the doctrine of resurrection that would come to full flower in the resurrection of Christ. 2. Your silver has become dross, your wine is mixed with water. This is what I heard over and over again at the Gettysburg hearing and the Michigan hearing and the Arizona hearing. Share your email and we’ll send you To Sow for A Great Awakening: A Call to Travailing Prayer, as well as weekly updates, announcements of new releases, special promotions, and more! Isaiah 56:1, ESV: "Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my righteousness be revealed." Thus, as I have noted, it would be very easy for the people to conclude that since salvation was all of grace, it was unimportant whether they were righteous or not (especially since they seemed unable to be so anyway). It is concerned with all aspects of social and political life. Isaiah 59:9 Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not reach us. the text of Isaiah i-xii is undoubted. 1 Thus says the Lord : Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. 16 Then justice will inhabit the wilderness, and righteousness will dwell in the fertile field. Yet here they are being commended for their outstanding obedience in binding themselves to Yahweh. 18 Your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it. In the book of Isaiah we see a promise from God to make all things new and give his people new hearts. She that was full of justice, righteousness lodged in her– but now murderers! In common with some other parts of the OT, the first half of the book of Isaiah stresses the need for justice and righteousness in various spheres of life. 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