Israel's National Wickedness

58:1 to 59:21

    In the years before the fall of Jerusalem, the southern kingdom of Judah was full of sin (see my commentary on Jeremiah Eu - Idolatry in the Temple). But more than anything, they were hypocrites, clinging to rituals of the letter of the law, yet being spiritually dead so they were separated from ADONAI by their sin. Like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), Judah would have to come to the end of her rope to be willing to submit to the LORD. Pride had kept her from doing so, and will keep her from doing so for a long time. It is pride that says: I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High (14:13b-14). It is the pride of self-sufficiency. It is the pride that says, “No thanks, God, I can handle it.” It is the pride from the pit of hell that spiritually blinds people and anesthetizes them to the truth that they need the LORD. They need to give up the steering wheel of their lives to Him.

    Alcoholics have talked about a “moment of clarity” where they see themselves as they really are – drunks. The alibi system is stripped away. “Everybody is picking on me,” will not do anymore. It is then that they say, “I need to do something about this.” Isra'el will go through the same process at the end of the Great Tribulation. As the armies of the antichrist and the world are closing in on her, her life flashes before her eyes and she has a “moment of spiritual clarity.” The Jews will see themselves as they really are – sinners in need of a Savior. At that moment they will confess their national sin, and invite Jesus Christ to come back and save them. And so all Isra'el will be saved (Romans 11:26). At that time they will go from groan to glory.

   Rebuke for the Wicked, and Promises for the Faithful (58:1 to 60:1-22)

        A summary of the Servant’s 1st Coming, 2nd Coming and restoration of Israel (61:1-11)

   Far Eschatological Prophecy (62:1 to 66:24)


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