Summary: God has had enough of people who do not listen to His word & despise those who do. God will one day judge those who are depending on externals to establish their relationship with Him, who delight in their way instead of the Lord’s way.
ISAIAH 66: 1-6
GOD’S HUMBLE SERVANTS HONORED
As the climax to the book, this chapter describes the Lord fulfilling some of the promises He has made. The Lord had promise to distinguish between His true people and those who honor Him with their lips but whose hearts are far from Him (especially in chs. 60-62).
In the new era a new place of worship will be built for the Lord. The Lord though is not so concerned with the beauty of the earthy house man would build for Him. He is concerned though about the people who worship Him. Without the proper spirit all else in life and worship, no matter how religious or how it follows the letter of the law, is an abomination to Him.
God has had enough of people who do not listen to His word and despise those who do. God will one day judge those who are depending on externals to establish their relationship with Him, who delight in their way instead of the Lord’s way.
I. THE LORD’S HOUSE, 1-2.
II. THE RELIGIOUS WAYS OF MAN, 3-4.
III. ASSURANCES TO THE HUMBLE, 5-6.
God’s sovereignty over heavens and the earth is found again in verse 1. Thus says the Lord, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?
The sovereign LORD is figuratively pictured as sitting on a throne with the earth as His footstool (Acts 7:49). The earth is His footstool, on which He now rests ready to over-ruling all its affairs according to His will. If God has so lustrous a throne and so prominent a footstool, where then could an appropriate house be build for Him? What is sufficient to be a residence of His glory, or a place for Him to rest? What satisfaction can the Eternal Spirit take in a house made with men’s hands? Because of His majesty no one can build a house for Him to dwell in-- as Solomon recognized (in 1 Kings 8:27). [In reality the very idea is preposterous and used only to imply that God wants to dwell in another house that He, not man, builds.]
Verses 2 and 3 summarize Isaiah’s message. In them God contrasts two ways of living. In verse 2 is seen the way of humble persons who have a profound reverence for God’s word which is then distinguished with those in verse 3 who choose their own way. “For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.
The Lord declares that He is not moved by their structures or their sacrifices. He is the Creator. What can man offer to Him that He does not already own? Yet what He values above His Creation and the works of His creation are people who are humble and contrite (Isa. 57:15; crushed in 53:5) and who follow His word. He wants us to humble our self before Him and obey His word.
In one way or another, this has been Isaiah’s message throughout this book. God wants His people to follow the truth He has revealed to them. For Israel that was primarily the Mosaic Covenant. Pointing people back to the Word of God, Isaiah was indicating that they needed to humbly obey it if they were to enjoy God’s blessings.