BIBLE: Isaiah Chapter 56 – Headline – “Spreading the Seed of Righteousness”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Isaiah 56

What should I learn from this chapter?

Salvation for the Gentiles

Isaiah 56:1 Thus says the Lord:
“Keep justice, and do righteousness,
For My salvation is about to come,
And My righteousness to be revealed.
Isaiah 56:Blessed is the man who does this,
And the son of man who lays hold on it;
Who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,
And keeps his hand from doing any evil.”
Isaiah 56:Do not let the son of the foreigner
Who has joined himself to the Lord
Speak, saying,
“The Lord has utterly separated me from His people”;
Nor let the eunuch say,
“Here I am, a dry tree.”
Isaiah 56:For thus says the Lord:
“To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths,
And choose what pleases Me,
And hold fast My covenant,
Isaiah 56:Even to them I will give in My house
And within My walls a place and a name
Better than that of sons and daughters;
I will give them (Lit. him) an everlasting name
That shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 56:“Also the sons of the foreigner
Who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him,
And to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants—
Everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath,
And holds fast My covenant—
Isaiah 56:Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
  • The prophecy of bringing Gentiles to God “all nations”.
Isaiah 56:The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says,
“Yet I will gather to him
Others besides those who are gathered to him.”

Israel’s Irresponsible Leaders

Isaiah 56:All you beasts of the field, come to devour,
All you beasts in the forest.
Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind,
They are all ignorant;
They are all dumb dogs,
They cannot bark;
Sleeping (Or Dreaming), lying down, loving to slumber.
  • The difference between ignorance and apathy is “I don’t know and I don’t care”.
Isaiah 56:11 Yes, they are greedy (Lit. strong of soul) dogs
Which never have enough (Lit. do not know satisfaction).
And they are shepherds
Who cannot understand;
They all look to their own way,
Every one for his own gain,
From his own territory.
Isaiah 56:12 “Come,” one says, “I will bring wine,
And we will fill ourselves with intoxicating drink;
Tomorrow will be as today,
And much more abundant.”
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