Old Testament: Isaiah 10:1-11:16
Isaiah 10:1-11:16 Opening A New Branch
Chap. 10: Why don’t judges judge justly? Could it be because they are not at all righteous themselves? Why do they give such light sentences to people who should be behind bars? Perhaps, because they are committing similar crimes? McGee says they are “softhearted” and “softheaded.” I have met some lawyers. Believe me when I tell you that they have no clue that our laws are based on Judeo-Christian ethics, in other words, the Bible. In fact, they don’t have much regard for any kind of standards. And do you know who become judges? Lawyers. They are not teaching anything close to the Bible in law school. That was the case in ancient Israel (vv. 1-4).
Jesus said the poor would always be with us (Matt. 26:11). All our laws to help the poor seemingly haven’t helped them. The churches should be the ones to help the poor but they aren’t even paying their employees properly today.
God is going to use godless Assyria to get the attention of Israel. But Assyria is warned not to be pompous that God is using them (v. 4, 15ff). Did God use Korea to get our attention? VietNam? Afghanistan? Iraq?
God will, however, save a remnant of Israel for Himself (vv. 20 -22). Verses 28-32 describe the assault by Assyria. McGee believes it describes the exact route that an army from the north (Russia? cf. Ezek. 38-39) will take to the Battle of Armageddon.
Chap. 11: There will be a remnant of Jews in the future that will be true to Yahweh. There will also be a “shoot” or “Branch” that will arise out of the stump of Israel. That “Branch” is Christ.
In comparison with the judges in the last chapter, Christ will judge righteously regarding the poor (v. 4).
The famous Scripture in vv. 6 – 9 refers to the one thousand year rule of Christ in the Millennium. Christ will bring Heaven to earth. What will Heaven be like? Can you imagine the current world but everything is perfect? You might be getting close to the image here. McGee comments on v. 6, “And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,” that that could only happen today if the lamb was inside the lion. In that day, they will dwell side by side. The world will be a perfect place.
The Lord will provide a way for His people to return to Israel after the exile just as He created a way for the Israelites to pass through the Red Sea (v. 16). This refers to the exiles after the captivity in Babylon but may also refer to the regathering of Israel into the land in the future.
New Testament: 2 Corinthians 12:11-21
2 Corinthians 12:11-21 Wising Off
Notice who were the ones who did miracles back “in the day.” It was the apostles. I don’t get the idea that everyone was willy-nilly running around doing miracles (cf. Acts 2:43).
Paul repeated that he didn’t burden them by taking donations (cf. 2Cor. 11: 9). Parents should not be a burden to their children but should provide for them (v. 14).
Paul again proves that he is most likely from New Jersey, being a wise guy and awash with sarcasm (vv. 14 – 18). Sarcasm can make the point that things are so easy to understand that someone must be pretty dumb not to get the point. I wish I could master that art.
Titus also treated them in an upright manner (v. 18). Paul hopes for the best for the Corinthians. He hopes there is no “strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, [or] disturbances” (v. 20) when he visits. He is also hoping that they have repented of their “impurity, immorality, and sensuality” (v. 21). In saying, he is actually encouraging them to deal with these sins before he arrives.