So, You Have Eyelashes, Eyes and Ears Introduction Yes, you do have eyelashes, don’t you?



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So, You Have Eyelashes, Eyes and Ears
Introduction


  1. Yes, you do have eyelashes, don’t you?

  2. Eyelashes are an interesting part of our anatomy.

  3. Some may think they have no purpose other than beauty.

  4. They probably serve to help filter out dust, dirt and dust mites from our eyes.

  5. Admittedly, eyes and ears are of much greater value to us.

  6. Isaiah is often quoted in the New Testament, and there are several quotations of the Lord’s statement to him about eyes and ears.

  7. In our lesson today we shall concentrate on the thoughts in Isaiah and applications to our own lives, but first let us consider the background of Isaiah’s prophecy.


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  1. Isaiah was called to be a prophet at a time of great prosperity in Judah and Israel, but at a time when both nations were headed for captivity.

  2. The two countries were experiencing the greatest prosperity since the days of Solomon.

  3. In 782-753 B.C., Jeroboam II had brought about the restoration of Israel’s borders.

  4. In 767-740 B.C., Uzziah had largely restored the borders of Judah.

  5. In their prosperity, the two nations came to be more corrupt.

  6. They attributed their prosperity to the idols which had become prevalent in their lands.

  7. Jeroboam I had provided worship at Dan and Bethel by setting up the golden calves.

  1. This idolatrous worship of God was compounded by the worship of Baal, a national cult, because of the influence of Jezebel, Ahab’s wife.

  1. Israel was to be destroyed, but God first raised up the prophets Amos and Hosea to plead with the people to forsake their sins and return to Jehovah.

  1. Amos, a shepherd from south of Jerusalem, was sent to Israel in 755 B.C. Amos 1:1.

  1. He warned of the enemy that would destroy the palaces (3:11), the luxury loving people would be destroyed (3:12-15), the wives of the lords of Israel are described as kine (cattle), and they would be carried away “with hooks” (4:1-3), and their luxury and extravagance would be taken from them, and they would be taken away into captivity (6:1-11).

  2. Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel; and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.” (4:12).

  1. Hosea was from Israel and began to prophecy against its wickedness in 750 B.C.

  2. Hosea described Israel’s idolatry as adultery (Hosea 2:2-13), told of Jehovah’s controversy with Israel (4:1-2), that the land would mourn (4:3), their idols would be cut off (8:1-6) because “they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” (8:7), Israel would be “swallowed up” because “Israel hath forgotten his Maker, and builded palaces; and Judah hath multiplied fortified cities: but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour the castles thereof.” (8:8, 14).


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  1. Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, like the peoples; for thou hast played the harlot, departing from thy God; thou hast loved hire upon every grain floor.” (9:1).

  2. Samaria shall bear her guilt; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword; their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.” (13:16).

  3. Israel, the ten northern tribes, were carried into Assyrian captivity in 721 B.C.




  1. Isaiah was contemporary with Amos and Hosea, but he prophesied along with Micah to Judah.

  2. Isaiah begins his prophecy about 740 B.C., the year king Uzziah died. Isa. 6:1.

  3. He sees the Lord on His throne and recognizes his sinfulness. (6:1-5).

  4. He is cleansed and forgiven. (6:6-7).

  5. He heard the voice of the Lord say, “Whom shall I send and who will go for us?” (6:8a).

  6. He answered, “Here am I, send me.” (6:8b.)

  7. As he preached he was to make the hearts of the people fat, make their ears heavy and shut their eyes. (6:9-10).

  8. This was because the people refused to believe the truth which he preached.

  9. They heard his words, but they did not understand his message.

  1. Isaiah was to preach until the people were driven out of their land and the land became waste. (6:11-12).

  1. This was in harmony with the prophecy of Moses. Lev. 26; Deut. 28.

  2. Isaiah had said the same in Isa. 1:7-8.

  3. Only a remnant would be saved. Isa. 1:9.

  1. Amidst all the darkness, a glimmer of hope is given. Isa. 6:13

  1. A remant of the remnant would be saved.

  2. Paul refers to the remnant to the Romans. Rom. 11:5; 9:27-29.




  1. We must be careful lest we, too, close our eyes and ears to truth.

  1. Jesus warned of this attitude toward truth. Matt. 13:10-23; Mark 4:10-13; Luke 8:9-10; John 12:31-43.

  2. Paul warned the Jews in Rome. Acts 28:23-28.

  3. Paul taught the Roman saints the same message. Rom. 11:7-8.

  4. We must make this application to the purity, worship and work of the church.


Conclusion

  1. Israel and Judah were destroyed because they refused to hear and obey God.

  2. We cannot expect things will be different with us.

  3. Don’t stop your ears or close your eyes to the truth, but obey it. Heb. 5:9.

  4. Let those who have not obeyed the Lord do so now. Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:26-27.


Prepared by:

David Arnold

August 22, 1999




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