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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Isaiah 59



Verses 1-21

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the LORD"S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

Isaiah 59:1Comments- Joyce Meyer said that God has a long arm. He can reach down into the deepest pit of a person's life and pull them out. 86]

86] Joyce Meyer, Praise the Lord (Santa Ana, California: Trinity Broadcasting Network), 17 February 2006, television program.

Isaiah 59:1Scripture References- Note other uses of the Lord"s hand and arms. There are many such examples in Scripture:

Psalm 77:15, "Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah."

Psalm 89:10, "Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain; thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm."

Psalm 89:13, "Thou hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand."

Isaiah 40:10, "Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him."

Isaiah 53:1, "Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?"

Isaiah 59:16 And he saw that there was no Prayer of Manasseh , and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

Isaiah 59:16Word Study on "intercessor" - Gesenius says the Hebrew word "intercessor" ( פָּגַע) (H 6293) means, "to assail one with petitions, to urge someone."

Isaiah 59:16 — "therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him" - Scripture References- Note a similar verse:

Psalm 98:1, "O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory."

Isaiah 59:16Comments- God saw no one who was righteous enough to deliver His people from their sins. Therefore, Go will provide His own salvation. This prophecy is fulfilled in Jesus Christ ( Isaiah 59:17). Jesus triumphed over the enemy at Calvary and His resurrection ( Isaiah 59:18), so that the Lord"s name will be glorified throughout the world ( Isaiah 59:19). Jesus will come and rescue those who will repent ( Isaiah 59:20) and God will pour His spirit into His redeemed people and He will give them a new heart, wherein dwells God"s Word ( Isaiah 59:21).

Scripture References- Note a similar verse:

Isaiah 63:5, "And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me."

Isaiah 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

Isaiah 59:18Comments- The phrase "to the islands" in Isaiah 59:18 simply means that His judgment will be complete and thorough. He will not leave any nations out.

Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Isaiah 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 59:20Comments- The Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53has now become the Redeemer, for He has conquered sin and death.

Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed"s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

Isaiah 59:21This is a new covenant, never before made between God and man.

Verses 1-22

The Sin of Zion ( Isaiah 59:1-21

The Confession of Zion ( Isaiah 59:9-15 b)

The Redemption of Zion ( Isaiah 59:15 c-21)

The Glory of Zion ( Isaiah 60:1-22)


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Bibliography Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Isaiah 59:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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