Isaiah 32 A Reign Of Righteousness And Peace.

Isaiah spoke of the hope he had in a king who would reign in righteousness. There were precious few in Israel’s history who would qualify, much less princes who would rule with justice. This was a Messianic hope to be sure, echoing the words of Psalm 45. There was this hope in a King who would be addressed as God, who would rule with a scepter of righteousness (Ps. 45:6-7, Heb. 1:8-9). Under this king there would also be princes, that is godly rulers subject to this King. The people would find refuge in this rule (v. 2 Cf. 4:6). There would be clarity with this rule-eyes seeing, and ears hearing clearly. Thus the rash would gain understanding, and even stammerers would also speak plainly (vv. 3-4 Cf. 29:18, 24; 35:5).

Truth clear and right, would reverse false assessments of people – fools, misers, the wicked, and blasphemers. Those who lied to oppress the poor and needy would be exposed (vv. 5-7 Cf. Prov. 24:7-9; Jer. 5:26-28; Mic. 7:3). “But a generous man devises generous things, and by generosity he shall stand” (v. 8). So the contrast is simple-the wicked deceivers will not stand, but the generous righteous will. Isaiah puts particular focus on complacent women, who were at ease with their wine (vv. 9-10 Cf. 47:8; Amos 6:1; Zeph. 2:15). They ought rather to tremble and gird themselves with sackcloth (v. 11). It would be a time of mourning in place of happiness.

It the place of the vine there would be thorns and briers (vv. 12-13 Cf. 7:23-25; 22:2; Hos. 9:6). Places would be deserted (v. 14 Cf. 27:10). This would all take place until the Spirit is poured out from “on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field as a forest” (v. 15 Cf. 11:2; 29:17; Ps. 107:35; Ezek. 39:29; Joel 2:28). Mourning always precedes revival, an acknowledgement of sin as the first signs of God’s Spirit moving upon his people, and the fruits of blessing follow. “Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever” (vv. 16-17).

The promise of Messiah is one of peace, but one that comes through the gospel of repentance and faith (Cf. 2:4; Ps. 119:165; Rom. 14:17). “Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (Js. 3:18). The LORD’s people will “dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places” (v. 18 Cf. 11:10; 14:3; 30:15; Hos. 2:18-23; Zech. 2:5; 3:10). Humiliation will give way to blessing. Those will be blessed who sow righteousness where water flows, and this seed can grow in fields plowed deep (vv. 19-20). “The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard” (30:30a Cf. vv. 23-24). “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Eccl. 11:1).

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