Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000646
00:15 Hello, and welcome to "His Words Are Life."
00:17 I'm Kelly Mowrer, and today we're going to
00:19 continue reading together in the Book of Isaiah,
00:22 but let's pray before we start.
00:25 Dear, Heavenly Father,
00:26 thank you for this opportunity to come
00:29 and to listen to You speaking to each one of us,
00:32 may we hear these words
00:34 not as a collection of thoughts
00:37 that are broadly and generally applied,
00:40 but maybe hear them personally as You talking to us,
00:44 telling us of Your love and Your will,
00:47 and Your plans for our life.
00:49 Please, send Your Holy Spirit now as we read,
00:51 thank you, amen.
00:53 I'm reading in Isaiah Chapter 57 beginning with verse 3,
00:57 and this is the King James Version.
01:01 "But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress,
01:04 the seed of the adulterer and the whore.
01:07 Against whom do ye sport yourselves?
01:09 Against whom make ye a wide mouth,
01:12 and draw out the tongue?
01:14 Are ye not children of transgression,
01:16 a seed of falsehood?
01:17 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree,
01:21 slaying the children in the valleys
01:23 under the clefts of the rocks.
01:24 Among the smooth stones of the stream
01:26 is thy portion, they are thy lot.
01:28 Even to them hast thou poured a drink offering,
01:31 thou hast offered a meat offering?
01:33 Should I receive comfort in these?
01:35 Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed.
01:39 Even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.
01:42 Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou
01:44 set up thy remembrance for thou hast discovered
01:47 thyself to another than me, and art gone up,
01:50 thou hast enlarged thy bed,
01:52 and made thee a covenant with them,
01:54 thou lovest their bed where thou sawest it.
01:57 And thou wentest to the king with ointment,
01:58 and didst increase thy perfumes,
02:00 and didst send thy messengers far off,
02:03 and didst debase thyself even unto hell.
02:06 Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way,
02:08 yet saidst thou not, There is no hope.
02:12 Thou hast found the life of thine hand,
02:13 therefore thou wast not grieved.
02:16 And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared,
02:19 that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me,
02:21 nor laid it to thy heart?
02:24 Have not I held my peace, even of old,
02:27 and thou fearest me not?
02:30 I will declare thy righteousness,
02:32 and thy works, for they shall not profit thee.
02:36 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee,
02:38 but the wind shall carry them all away,
02:40 vanity shall take them.
02:43 But he that putteth his trust in me,
02:45 shall possess the land, and shall inherit
02:48 my holy mountain, and shall say, Cast ye up,
02:51 cast ye up, prepare the way,
02:52 take up the stumbling-block out of the way of my people.
02:56 For thus saith the high and lofty
02:58 One that inhabited eternity, whose name is Holy,
03:02 I dwell in the high and holy place,
03:05 with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,
03:11 to revive the spirit of the humble,
03:13 and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
03:16 For I will not contend for ever,
03:19 neither will I be always wroth for the spirit
03:23 should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
03:26 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth,
03:29 and smote him. I hid me, and was wroth,
03:31 and he went on forwardly in the way of his heart.
03:34 I have seen his ways, and will heal him.
03:37 I will lead him also, and restore comforts
03:40 unto him and to his mourners.
03:43 I create the fruit of the lips.
03:45 Peace, peace to hi that is far off,
03:48 and to him that is near, saith the Lord,
03:51 and I will heal him.
03:54 But the wicked are like the troubled sea,
03:56 when it cannot rest,
03:58 whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
04:01 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked."
04:06 Continuing with Isaiah Chapter 58
04:09 and this is the King James Version.
04:12 "Cry aloud, spare not,
04:14 lift up thy voice like a trumpet,
04:17 and show my people their transgression,
04:19 and the house of Jacob their sins.
04:22 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways,
04:25 as a nation that did righteousness,
04:27 and forsook not the ordinance of their God.
04:29 They ask of me the ordinances of justice,
04:32 they take delight in approaching to God.
04:36 Wherefore have we fasted, say they,
04:38 and thou seest not?
04:39 Wherefore have we afflicted our soul,
04:41 and thou takest no knowledge?
04:44 Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure,
04:46 and exact all your labors.
04:48 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate,
04:52 and to smite with the fist of wickedness.
04:55 Ye shall not fast as ye do this day,
04:58 to make your voice to be heard on high.
05:01 Is it such a fast that I have chosen?
05:03 A day for a man to afflict his soul?
05:06 Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush,
05:09 and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him?
05:12 Wilt thou call this a fast and acceptable day to the Lord?
05:18 Is not this the fast that I have chosen?
05:22 To loose the bands of wickedness,
05:25 to undo the heavy burdens,
05:27 and to let the oppressed go free,
05:29 and that ye break every yoke?
05:32 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry,
05:35 and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
05:39 When thou seest the naked,
05:40 that thou cover Him, and that thou hide
05:43 not thyself from thine own flesh?
05:46 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning,
05:50 and thine health shall spring forth speedily.
05:52 And thy righteousness shall go before thee.
05:55 The glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward.
06:00 Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer,
06:03 thou shalt cry, and he shall say,
06:05 "Here I am." If thou take away
06:08 from the midst of thee the yoke,
06:10 the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity.
06:14 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry,
06:17 and satisfy the afflicted soul,
06:19 then shall thy light rise in obscurity,
06:21 and thy darkness be as the noonday.
06:24 And the Lord shall guide thee continually,
06:27 and satisfy thy soul in drought,
06:30 and make fat thy bones.
06:32 And thou shalt be like a watered garden,
06:34 and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
06:39 And they that shall be of thee
06:40 shall build the old waste places.
06:43 Thou shalt raise up the foundations
06:44 of many generations, and thou shalt be called,
06:46 The repairer of the breach,
06:49 The restorer of paths to dwell in.
06:52 If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath,
06:55 from doing thy pleasure on my holy day.
06:59 And call the Sabbath a delight,
07:01 the holy of the Lord, honorable,
07:05 and shalt honor him, not doing thine own ways,
07:08 nor finding thine own pleasure,
07:09 nor speaking thine own words.
07:12 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord,
07:15 and I will cause thee to ride upon
07:17 the high places of the earth, and feed thee
07:20 with the heritage of Jacob thy father,
07:23 the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."
07:27 Continuing to read in Isaiah Chapter 59
07:30 and this is the King James Version.
07:33 "Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened,
07:36 that it cannot save, neither his ear heavy,
07:40 that it cannot hear.
07:41 But your iniquities have separated
07:43 between you and your God, and your sins have hid,
07:47 his face from you, that he will not hear.
07:51 For your hands are defiled with blood,
07:52 and your fingers with iniquity,
07:54 your lips have spoken lies,
07:57 your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
08:00 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth.
08:06 They trust in vanity, and speak lies,
08:09 they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
08:13 They hatch cockatrice' eggs,
08:15 and weave the spider's web.
08:18 He that eateth of their eggs dieth,
08:20 and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
08:24 Their webs shall not become garments,
08:27 neither shall they cover themselves with their works.
08:29 Their works are works of iniquity,
08:31 and the act of violence is in their hands.
08:35 Their feet run to evil,
08:36 and they make haste to shed innocent blood.
08:39 Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity,
08:41 wasting and destruction are in their paths.
08:45 The way of peace they know not,
08:46 and there is no judgment in their goings.
08:49 They have made them crooked paths.
08:51 Whosoever goeth there in shall not know peace.
08:55 Therefore is judgment far from us,
08:57 neither doth justice overtake us.
09:00 We wait for light, but behold obscurity,
09:03 for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
09:07 We grope for the wall like the blind,
09:10 and we grope as if we had no eyes.
09:12 We stumble at noonday as in the night,
09:15 we are in desolate places as dead men.
09:18 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves.
09:21 We look for judgment, but there is none,
09:24 for salvation, but it is far off from us.
09:29 For our transgressions are multiplied before thee,
09:32 and our sins testify against us.
09:35 For our transgressions are with us,
09:38 and as for our iniquities, we know them.
09:41 In transgressing and lying against the Lord,
09:44 and departing away from our God,
09:47 speaking oppression and revolt,
09:50 conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
09:54 And judgment is turned away backward,
09:56 and justice standeth afar off.
09:59 For truth is fallen in the street,
10:01 and equity cannot enter.
10:04 Yea, truth faileth, and he that departeth
10:07 from evil maketh himself a prey,
10:09 and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him
10:13 and there was no judgment.
10:16 And he saw that there was no man,
10:17 and wondered that there was no intercessor.
10:21 Therefore his arm brought salvation unto him,
10:23 and his righteousness, it sustained him.
10:27 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate,
10:29 and an helmet of salvation upon his head,
10:32 and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,
10:34 and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
10:38 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay,
10:42 fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies,
10:47 to the islands he will repay recompence.
10:50 So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west,
10:53 and his glory from the rising of the sun.
10:57 When the enemy shall come in
10:58 like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord
11:00 shall lift up a standard against him.
11:02 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion,
11:05 and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob,
11:08 saith the Lord. As for me,
11:11 this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord.
11:14 My spirit that is upon thee,
11:16 and my words which I have put in thy mouth,
11:19 shall not depart out of thy mouth,
11:22 nor out of the mouth of thy seed,
11:24 nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed,
11:27 saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever."
11:32 Continuing in Isaiah Chapter 60
11:34 and this is the King James Version.
11:37 "Arise, shine, for thy light is come,
11:42 and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
11:45 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
11:48 and gross darkness the people.
11:50 But the Lord shall arise upon thee,
11:53 and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
11:56 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light,
11:59 and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
12:02 Lift up thine eyes round about, and see.
12:06 All they gather themselves together,
12:08 they come to thee, thy sons shall come from far,
12:12 and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
12:15 Then thou shalt see, and flow together,
12:17 and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged,
12:20 because the abundance of the sea
12:21 shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles
12:25 shall come unto thee.
12:27 The multitude of camels shall cover thee,
12:29 the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah,
12:32 all they from Sheba shall come.
12:34 They shall bring gold and incense,
12:35 and they shall show forth the praises of the Lord.
12:38 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered
12:40 together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth
12:43 shall minister unto thee.
12:44 They shall come up with acceptance on mine altar,
12:47 and I will glorify the house of my glory.
12:50 Who are these that fly as a cloud,
12:52 and as the doves to their windows?
12:54 Surely the isles shall wait for me,
12:57 and the ships of Tarshish first,
12:58 to bring thy sons from far,
13:01 their silver and their gold with them,
13:02 unto the name of the Lord thy God,
13:04 and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
13:09 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls,
13:12 and their kings shall minister unto thee.
13:15 For in my wrath I smote thee,
13:17 but in my favor have I had mercy on thee.
13:21 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually,
13:24 they shall not be shut day nor night,
13:26 that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles,
13:30 and that their kings may be brought.
13:32 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve
13:34 thee shall perish,
13:36 yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
13:39 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee,
13:42 the fir tree, the pine tree,
13:44 and the box together, to beautify the place
13:47 of my sanctuary, and I will make the place
13:50 of my feet glorious.
13:52 Thy sons also of them that afflicted thee
13:55 shall come bending unto thee,
13:57 and all they that despised thee shall bow
14:00 themselves down at the soles of thy feet.
14:03 And they shall call thee, The city of the Lord,
14:07 The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
14:10 Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated,
14:12 so that no man went through thee,
14:14 I will make thee an eternal excellency,
14:17 a joy of many generations.
14:20 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles,
14:22 and shalt suck the breast of kings.
14:24 And thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Savior
14:28 and thy Redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob."
14:33 Thank you for joining me today, and please join me next time
14:36 to read the Book of God together. Goodbye.