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Isaiah Chapter 56 Notes

Posted by lehunt on February 22, 2015

Isaiah Ch 56 Commentary //

Chapter Fifty-six:

v. 5:  The eunuch is described as being sad and feeling inferior because he can have no children.  Having children means, in some sense, having a name that will outlive you.  In fact, I believe God gave us the ability to have children as a compensation for our loss of eternal life.[1]  Here, however, God comforts the eunuch by assuring him that he will have something much better than children; he will obtain the eternal life lost by Adam and Eve.  He will receive an everlasting name.  I wonder if John had this passage in mind when he wrote Revelation 2:17.

v. 7:  This is a clear prophecy that the Gentiles would be included in the Messiah’s kingdom as completely equal citizens.[2]

Vs. 9-12:  These rebuking verses seem out of place here.  They do not fit the theme of reconciliation and reassurance, which has characterized the past few chapters (as far back as chapter fifty-one).  Still, one has to suspect that the writing style of a culture so far removed in time and place from one’s own would be different at times.  The rebuke is specifically for the Jewish leaders, whether secular (governors) or religious (priests, prophets), but the people they are supposed to guard and lead are described as suffering with them, hence the metaphor of the wild animals that are called in to eat the sheep.

[1] See note on Genesis 3:16,20.

[2] See also 55:5.


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