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Read Isaiah 2

The Mountain of the Lord

This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:

In the last days

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
    and all nations will stream to it.

Many peoples will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
    so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the nations
    and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war anymore.

Come, descendants of Jacob,
    let us walk in the light of the Lord.

The Day of the Lord

You, Lord, have abandoned your people,
    the descendants of Jacob.
They are full of superstitions from the East;
    they practice divination like the Philistines
    and embrace pagan customs.
Their land is full of silver and gold;
    there is no end to their treasures.
Their land is full of horses;
    there is no end to their chariots.
Their land is full of idols;
    they bow down to the work of their hands,
    to what their fingers have made.
So people will be brought low
    and everyone humbled—
    do not forgive them.

10 Go into the rocks, hide in the ground
    from the fearful presence of the Lord
    and the splendor of his majesty!
11 The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled
    and human pride brought low;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

12 The Lord Almighty has a day in store
    for all the proud and lofty,
for all that is exalted
    (and they will be humbled),
13 for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty,
    and all the oaks of Bashan,
14 for all the towering mountains
    and all the high hills,
15 for every lofty tower
    and every fortified wall,
16 for every trading ship
    and every stately vessel.
17 The arrogance of man will be brought low
    and human pride humbled;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,
18     and the idols will totally disappear.

19 People will flee to caves in the rocks
    and to holes in the ground
from the fearful presence of the Lord
    and the splendor of his majesty,
    when he rises to shake the earth.
20 In that day people will throw away
    to the moles and bats
their idols of silver and idols of gold,
    which they made to worship.
21 They will flee to caverns in the rocks
    and to the overhanging crags
from the fearful presence of the Lord
    and the splendor of his majesty,
    when he rises to shake the earth.

22 Stop trusting in mere humans,
    who have but a breath in their nostrils.
    Why hold them in esteem?

Go Deeper

For Israel, it would one day be the best of times (v. 1-5), but it was about to be the worst of times (2:6-3:26). God had high hopes for Israel (v. 1-5), but due to sin, “The Day of the Lord” (v. 6-22) was coming. Let’s look at a couple of the different movements in today’s reading.

First, we see a reference to the “last days” (v. 2). Traditionally, for Christians, the “last days” refers to the time when Jesus the Messiah will return for His church. This is the only place in Isaiah where the phrase is used. Isaiah may have had such a future period of time in mind, or he may have been referring to a time in the near future of the ancient Israelites to whom Isaiah originally prophesied. Regardless, a humbled and repentant heart which trusts in God can always look forward to a future time of restoration. 

Next, we see a reference to a pruning hook, a device used to prune vines (v. 4). The transition from weapons of war to agricultural implements indicates a transition from fear and stress to peace and security. The future would one day be bright for Israel, but unfortunately, for the ancient Israelites, “The Day of the Lord” was coming (v. 6-22). Briefly, the “Day of the Lord” represents a time when God personally intervenes in history to accomplish a specific aspect of His plan. It conveys a sense of terrible judgment for the ungodly, but salvation and deliverance for the righteous.  

In our text, Israel was called to live as a people distinct from the other people groups in the world.  Unfortunately, they had adopted the ways (v. 6 “superstitions”, “divination”) of other nations, and relied on them rather than on the Lord. To “embrace pagan customs” (v. 6) has also been translated to “clasp hands with pagans”, and may have signified the striking of a bargain with these foreign nations. Israel was seeking economic and military self-sufficiency, and was no longer depending on God. Israel had forsaken its true citizenship. 

Scripture often contrasts our heavenly citizenship with that of the world. Paul writes in Philippians 3:20, “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:11, “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.” In John 17:14, Jesus states, “I have given them [believers] your word and the world has hated them, for they [believers] are not of the world any more than I am of the world.” Paul in Romans 12:2a states, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” In John 18:36, Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” In James 4:4b, we read, “…anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”  

When God acts in judgment, it is often to upset human values so that everything can be seen from a divine perspective. The “dread of the Lord” (v. 19, 21) is the terrifying revelation of the glory, power, and judgment of the one true God. The purpose of such a revelation is to establish a proper sense of values and to expose the worthlessness of idols, gold, and silver.  

God, through his prophet Isaiah, exposes the utter frailty of man “who has but a breath in his nostrils.” This is in contrast to the eternal majesty of God. In Revelation 4:8, the apostle John writes, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” Later in Revelation 4:11, John writes “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things.” We should always remember that we are the creatures, and He is the creator.  


  1. Are you worshiping any idols? 
  2. Are there any ways in which you are “friends” with the world? 
  3. What does it mean to be in the world, but not of the world? 

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3 thoughts on “Isaiah 2”

  1. Isaiah beckons us to “walk in the light of the Lord” (v6). He specifically addresses:
    *making alliances with pagan peoples
    *practicing magic or divination
    *idol worship
    *placing trust in humans
    What are we placing our trust in? People, objects, status, or money can subtly become gods and draw us away from the one true God. Where is God calling us to lay down an idol and lean into full obedience? God alone must be exalted in our lives. 1 John 1:7 says “But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin.”

  2. BUT GOD He knows and knew what Israel was going to do and because He loved them and us, had to make a way so that they and we could be a part of His family. Nate did a great job yesterday with the sermon. We are what we think, what we say, what we watch, and what we do. We need God. You (I) should NEVER stop learning about God’s Word. We are bombarded daily by the world but we should make our cocoon a GODLY place so that we can face the world.

    Thank You God for Your Word for gleaning from it constantly. Thank You for breath in my lungs that I can speak of You today. Thank You for helping my brain to grasp and hang on to Your Word in a more efficient way. I am so grateful for how You do help me, lead me and guide me. Thank You for my obedience and more and more of a desire to speak YOU!! in Jesus name amen

  3. It seems for weeks God has reminded me the importance of being humble when being bold for Christ. Through our bible study in 1 Peter 2 & 3, (living as God’s chosen people humbly, and suffering for doing good) and listening to Tim Keller’s series over Jonah (who was greatly humbled and didn’t want the Ninevites forgiven).
    Nate mentioned yesterday to pay attention to repetitive thoughts and back them up with the truth of scripture. Thoughts can be warnings from the Spirit to check yourself. In reading this passage today, it’s confirmation from God for me to live humbly and love gently.

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