It would be easy for us
to rush through Isaiah and jump from one majestic
snowcapped mountain peak to another and miss some
important truths hidden away in short verses that
tell about our Savior and the salvation He provides.
There are many passages that reinforce the overall
message of hope in the coming of the Messiah when
brought together as a whole. They may not "stand on
their own," but when seen in the context of the
whole they are significant and very profound.
Waters of Salvation
After presenting the
great work of salvation in chapter eleven, Isaiah
breaks forth in thanksgiving and praise to Yahweh.
The prophet can contain himself no longer. In 12:2-3
Isaiah admonishes his listeners to draw from the
springs of salvation God has provided.
"Behold, God is my
I will trust and not be
For the LORD God is my
strength and song,
And He has become my
Therefore you will
joyously draw water
From the springs of
"Waters" is plural in the
original and indicates the fullness and
all-sufficiency of the blessings that Yahweh gives
to His people. The waters flow from the springs of
We enjoy the sweet waters
of salvation because of what God accomplished for us
on the cross through Jesus' death and resurrection
from the dead. Our Lord Jesus spoke of the water of
life in His conversation with the woman of Samaria
who came to draw water from Jacob's well. "If you
knew the gift of God," Jesus told her, "and who it
is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would
have asked Him, and He would have given you living
water" (John 4:10). As the conversation progressed
Jesus said, "Everyone who drinks of this water [from
Jacob's well] shall thirst again; but whoever drinks
of the water that I shall give him shall never
thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall
become in him a well of water springing up to
eternal life" (vv. 13-14). Later in His ministry, on
the last day of the feast of the Tabernacles Jesus
stood in the Temple and cried out,
If any man is thirsty,
let him come to Me, and drink. He who believes in
Me, as the Scripture said, "From his innermost being
shall flow rivers of living water." But this He
spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him
were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given,
because Jesus was not yet glorified (John 7:37-39).
Compare these words of
Jesus with Isaiah 44:3; 55:1; 1 Corinthians 10:4;
Rev. 7:16; 21:6; 22:17.
Do you thirst for the
waters that only Jesus can give? All other fountains
leave you thirsting for more. Only Jesus satisfies!
Learn to draw daily, moment by moment from His
refreshing waters of salvation.
A Faithful Judge
Judgment came swift on
the descendents of Moab who created more havoc to
Israel than her bitterest enemies did (Isaiah
16:6-7). Isaiah draws from the context of God's
judgment upon the descendents of Lot to remind his
people of a faithful judge. "A throne will even be
established in lovingkindness, and a judge will sit
on it in faithfulness in the tent of David;
Moreover, he will seek justice and be prompt in
righteousness" (v. 5). These words reinforce 9:6, 7;
11:1-10; 32:1; 55:4; Amos 9:11; 2 Samuel 7:12-16
etc. The throne of David is superior to a Moabitic
dynasty. The "Son of the Most High" will sit on the
"throne of His father David and reign over the house
of Jacob forever, and His kingdom shall have no end"
(Luke 1:32-33). The ancient Jewish Targum represents
this passage as Messianic. The throne in the tent of
David belongs to Christ. Israel has a throne with a
future (Jeremiah 33:15-17). When the Lord Jesus
returns He will dispense righteousness and justice
as "the LORD our righteousness." He will do that
which is right. How refreshing this thought is in
our evil day of injustice. He is faithful and true.
The whole book of Revelation is a reminder of how He
will dispense justice on the nations of the world.
A Savior and
Champion in Egypt
The Egyptian religion was
a complex polytheism. However, in Isaiah chapter
nineteen Isaiah sees Egyptians worshipping Yahweh.
It is interesting that by the first century A.D.
there were over a million Jews living in Egypt, and
Onias IV built a Jewish Temple in Egypt in 160 B.C.
The Roman emperor Vespasian closed it in A.D. 71.
Before the coming of Christ there were Jewish
synagogues covering the land of Egypt, and the Old
Testament was translated into Greek at Alexandria.
However, the passage as a
whole is not talking about Jews worshiping in Egypt,
but the Egyptians worshiping Yahweh. "In that day,"
says Isaiah, "there will be an altar to the LORD in
the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the
LORD near its border" (Isa. 19:19). "And it will
become a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in
the land of Egypt; for they will cry to the LORD
because of oppressors, and He will send them a
Savior and a Champion, and He will deliver them.
Thus the LORD will make Himself known to Egypt, and
the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day. They
will even worship with sacrifice and offering, and
will make a vow to the LORD and perform it" (vv.
This "Savior and
Champion," literally "Mighty One," is the Lord Jesus
Christ. Isaiah knows only one Deliverer. This
passage is Messianic. Men have carried the message
of salvation to Egypt and the people have believed.
The good news has been preached there and men have
believed on the Lord. The LORD God has made Himself
known to the Egyptians. At Pentecost the knowledge
of the Lord went out to the land and people believed
on the Deliverer, the Mighty One. Before Egypt fell
prey to Islam in 640 A.D. there was a flourishing
church in Egypt. Will there also be a time in the
future when it will again flourish? Let's pray to
A Key for the House
Perhaps Isaiah 22:22 may
be considered more of a messianic application than a
specific messianic prophecy. However, the
description of the key to the house or dynasty of
David is applied to the risen Christ in Revelation
3:7. Just as the master of the house has a key and
complete authority over it, Eliakim has been
entrusted with the key to the house of David. The
responsibility of the government, security and
safety rests on his shoulders. Jesus Christ, as the
Anointed of Yahweh, bears the complete
responsibility for the Kingdom of God. Christ
exercises complete sovereign authority over the
Kingdom. He alone is the Head of the house of David.
A Costly Foundation
In chapter twenty Isaiah
says the nation has misplaced its confidence in the
false security of Egypt. The Lord declares that He
will provide His chosen foundation for Israel as
opposed to the proud drunken kings of Ephraim and
the fading flower of her glory.
"Therefore thus says the
Behold, I am laying in
Zion a stone, a tested stone,
A costly cornerstone for
the foundation, firmly placed.
He who believes in it
will not be disturbed."
The leadership staggers
under the influence of existentialism and
relativism, which believes in its falsehood and
deception. God, however, provides a measuring-line
for a sure foundation. In "His counsel wonderful and
His wisdom great" the Lord cancels Jerusalem's
covenant with death and warns her of coming
The very names God uses
of Himself indicates the seriousness of the
situation. The "Lord" (Adonay) LORD (Yahweh)
is the one who is speaking.
The costly, tested stone
is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the "costly
cornerstone for the foundation." The Lord God is the
one who has "firmly placed" this foundation stone.
"He who believes in it
will not be disturbed." We could replace the
italicized words with Him referring to the Lord
Jesus. He is the only sure foundation in life. Peter
resolutely declared to the religious leaders, "Jesus
Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God
raised from the dead . . . He is the STONE WHICH WAS
REJECTED by you, THE BUILDER, but WHICH BECAME THE
VERY CORNER stone. And there is salvation in no one
else; for there is no other name under heaven that
has been given among men, by which we must be saved"
The apostle Paul borrowed
Isaiah's idea and declared, "For no man can lay a
foundation other than the one which is laid, which
is Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 3:11). In Ephesians
2:20-22 he reminds the Ephesian church, "Christ
Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the
whole building, being fitted together is growing
into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are
being built together into a dwelling of God in the
Spirit." Peter uses the same allegory when writing
about the church as a living stone. "BEHOLD I LAY IN
ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE
WHO BELIEVES IN HIM SHALL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED" (1
Peter 2:6). Cf. Romans 9:33; 10:11; with Psalm
118:22; Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17).
Neither will you be
disappointed when you put your faith in Jesus
Christ. You can receive Him as your personal Savior
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Title: Isaiah 12–40
One Liners in Isaiah
Christ in the Old Testament