What blessing will happen to those who believe in Jesus and, after they die, will be living with Him?
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1. God “announces that His salvation will go to the Gentiles, even though they did not seek the Lord or experience the blessing that He gave to Israel.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002], 69)
“If people then or today do not call on god, it is not surprising that they feel distant from God.” (Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. [Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009], 701)
2. “God describes the sins of His people that kept Him from answering their prayers (Isaiah 65:2-7). They resisted His grace and His loving appeals, though He held out His arms to them and spoke to them through His Word (Romans 10:21).” (Wiersbe, 69
3. “This is the reason that blessings were withheld from Israel: they were continually going into idolatry and rebelling against God.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 346)
4. “Verse 4 describes four more practices: (a) sitting among the graves, (b) spending the night in hidden places and (c) eating the flesh of pigs, (d) eating unclean meat.” (Smith, 703)
5. “These rebellious people considered themselves to be better than others! ‘I am holier than thou!’” (Wiersbe, 70)
6. “Although the earlier lament claimed that God was silent (64:12) and has not intervened on their behalf (63:15, 19), God now announces that they will soon see him in action for he will no longer be silent.” (Smith, 704)
7. “Israel walked in pride. They practiced the externalities of a God-given religion, but their hearts were far from God. They practiced iniquity as easily as they practiced the rituals of religion. In so doing, they blasphemed God.” (McGee, 346)
8. “In spite of their sins, God would not totally exterminate them because of the believing remnant. The remnant is compared to a cluster of wonderful grapes that has been passed over in the vineyard.” (McGee, 346)
9. “Since these words are spoke primarily to those who forsake God, they function as a persuasive argument for all people to change their ways if they want to experience the rich blessings and fulfilled promises that God’s ‘servants’ will enjoy.” (Smith, 710)
10. “Verse 10 refers to specific areas in the land of Israel where people will live.” (Smith, 710)
The Sharon Plain and the valley of Achor will be “lush areas for people to pasture their herds in the future. People and fertility probably should not be limited to just these two locations; these two places represent what will happen to the whole land.” (Smith, 710)
11. “In Isaiah 65:11-16, God sees two kinds of people in the land: those who forsake the Lord and those who serve the Lord.” (Wiersbe, 70)
12. “But for the remainder of the natation that went headlong without heeding the Word of God there remains nothing but punishment.” (McGee, 346)
“Salvation was promised the servants who still produced blessing, while judgment was brought down on those who rebelled against God.” [Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
13. “The reception of this new message demonstrates to the audience that God is not silent, that he does answer prayers, and that he can be found by those who call on him. (65:1).” (Smith 712)
14. “All the hopes and dreams of God’s servants will be wonderfully fulfilled as they experience the presence of God and the glorious kingdom he has prepared for his people (chaps. 60-62). Those who forsake God will be painfully aware of their utterly hopeless condition without God.” (Smith, 713)
15. “The name of those who forsake God (‘you’ in v 15a) will be used in an oath of cursing when ‘my chosen ones’ are casting a curse on some evil person.” (Smith, 713)
16. “When God transforms his people in that future kingdom, people will confidently invoke a blessing using the name of the ‘God of truth’ because they trust him completely.” (Smith, 714)
17. “God saves the best for the last: His description of ‘the new heavens and new earth’ (the millennial kingdom in 65:17-66:24).” (Wiersbe, 70)
18. “Here Isaiah is definitely speaking of the millennial blessings as well as the eternal blessings. The millennial kingdom is a phase of the eternal kingdom, but it is also a time of judgment.” (McGee, 347)
19. “The theme of rejoicing dominates both v. 18 and v. 19. People are exhorted to be glad and rejoice because of what God will do in v. 18a.” (Smith, 720)
“All sickness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, rejection, military defeat, financial loss, and every other possible source of crying will cease to exist.” (Smith, 721)
20. “As far as we know, in the eternal state people will not get old or die, nor will there be any danger of loosing anything to invaders (vv. 21-23.)” (Wiersbe, 70)
21. “Prosperity is another feature of the kingdom. It will be a time of real blessing.” (McGee, 347)
22. “There will be permanence and stability.” (McGee, 347)
23. “The fact that the children will also experience these blessings implies that this period will last for many generations.” (Smith, 723)
24. “The next blessing promises God’s care and close personal attention to the needs of his people.” (Smith 723)
25. “God explains this new setting by describing a state of complete harmony and oneness among animals that formally were enemies.” (Smith, 724)
“The mentioning of the snake that will eat dust is completely different from what 11:8 says about snakes, and it does not describe a state of peace between the snake and another animal. If this refers back to the curse on the snake in Gen 3:14, it appears that the curse on the snake is not lifted.” (Smith,
“So many things are possible when God’s people get rid of their gripes and turn to the Lord in honest prayer!” [Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
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Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002