God’s Will, Has Made Your Will

Ok, this study will not make much sense if you do not have a NIV (mine is copyrighted 1990) or even a Holman Study Bible, mine is a 2006 copyright.  King James and several other popular versions use the word “shall” instead of the word “will.”

From Isaiah 59:15 to 62:12 the word “will” is used 86 times. (All scriptures are NIV.) The majority of the “wills” however is God stating what will happen for us or at least to our “enemies.”  When you see the word “will,” you think of inheritance; this is found in 61:7 it talks of the “double portion” which is the part that belongs to the first-born son of the family.  I will give an example form 60:10 of the promises that are found in this section of scripture – Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you

The section addresses these promises to two different things, the first is Zion and the second His people.  Zion refers to the hills that Jerusalem is built on but it has become synonymous with Jerusalem.  The way the promises are worded it seems that God is concerned about the physical land/city but they also apply to Jerusalem the “people of the city.”

Inside of these verses are some very popular scriptures; Isaiah 61:1-3 is a great example.  I can image the Apostle Paul reading/thinking about 59:17 when he wrote Ephesians 6:14 – the breastplate of righteousness, helmet of salvation, garments of vengeance, and the cloak of zeal.  Isaiah 59: 21 is a great promise – “This is my covenant with them”, says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth.”  Have you ever prayed for guidance and wondered how you would know what to follow look at 60:17 – I will make peace your governor and righteousness your ruler.  The first part of verse 17 is another example of the will of God making your will – Instead of bronze I will bring you gold, and silver in place of iron.  (See my blogs on metals – bronze, gold, silver, iron, these go to separate blogs.)

Another theme in these verses is “righteousness,” it is mentioned nine times. According to my concordance righteousness carries with it the idea of prosperity, this is from the concordance that has Vine’s Dictionary incorporated into it. (OK, it is a small part but it is there.)

Two verse that connect are 60:21b and 61:3b – (21b) They are the shoot I have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor.  (3b) They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. 

God has a lot of “wills” for you in this couple of pages; take a look and find His will for you. I want to leave with 60: 22b – I am the Lord; in its time I will do this swiftly.

The Day

My eschatology got a “sticky note” added to it when I read Ezekiel 39:8. Ezekiel (see Three Books) was just told to prophesy against Gog and Magog and to speak about their coming destruction and the LORD says that this is the “DAY” that He has spoken of. Magog is first mentioned in Genesis 10 as being the son of Japheth one of Noah’s three sons. Some people think that this may be Russia and its allies.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary refers back to verses with Moses and David as the prophets who did some of the “speaking.” But since Ezekiel is writing this after the “fall of Jerusalem” I had to go back and look. Isaiah and the prophets of his era started writing about “the day” and you had the idea that it was to be the fall of Jerusalem and when God would settle accounts with His people and get things back in order. You also know that it must hold a “type and shadow” for the future and it does. It just hit me though just how much of a “shadow” all the previous mentions of “the day” had been because of the way it is phrased here in Ezekiel. So we still have “the day” coming and it is going to be a dark day when it shows up.
But here is a bright spot that really shows the true nature of our God; look in Isaiah 61: 2 where it talks about “the day of vengeance of our God.” Many people focus on the day and miss the fact that there is a “year of the Lord’s favor.”