Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 24

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Isaiah
Date Penned: (700-681 BC)
Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)
Theme: Words of Judgment (c 1-39)
Message: God's Judgment on the Land (v 1-23)

Isaiah 24 Commentary 

(24:1) Isaiah's Apocalypse - These four chapters are often called "Isaiah's Apocalypse." They show God's coming judgment on the entire world for its sin. Isaiah's prophecies were first directed to Judah, then to Israel, then to the surrounding nations, and finally to the whole world. These chapters describe the last days, when God will judge the whole world. At that time he will finally and permanently remove evil. 

(24:4-5) Sin's Consequences - Not only did the people suffer from their sins, but even the land suffered the effects of evil and lawbreaking. Today we see the results of sin in our own land--pollution, crime, addiction, poverty. Sin affects every aspect of society so extensively that even those faithful to God suffer. We cannot blame God for these conditions, because human sin has brought them about. The more we who are believers renounce sin, speak against immoral practices, and share God's Word with others, the more we fight our society's deterioration. We must not give up: Sin is rampant, but we can make a difference. 

(24:6-11) Our Sin - The people would pay a price for their sin. The party would be over: no celebration, no joy, no music. What a contrast to the scene of the Lord's future feast that will be celebrated when the Messiah comes to save his people (25:6-8)! If we assume that our bad experiences today will define the future, we have underestimated God. He has the last word, and he will prepare a great feast for us. 

(24:14-16) Evil All Around Us - The believers left behind after God's judgment of Judah would sing to the glory of God's righteousness. Even so, Isaiah grieved because of his world's condition. We, too, can become distressed and overwhelmed by the evil all around us. At those times we need to hold on to God's promises for the future and look forward to singing praises to him when he restores heaven and earth. 

(24:21) The Host of the High Ones - "The host of the high ones" are the spiritual forces opposed to God. Nobody, not even the so-called high ones, will escape due punishment.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

God Must Judge Sin

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 24. Today's text shows the beginning of God's judgment in the land. Not only did the people suffer for their sins, but we also saw the land suffering. In making application, we see that God hates sins because the result of sin is separation, heartache, and death. God must judge sin because sin hurts others. How about you? Do you see that God Judges sin? Let us learn from our text today and the warning of Isaiah to share the Word of God with others so they will repent and miss the judgment of our Lord.


Isaiah 24

Isaiah 24

 1Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof.

 2And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.

 3The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

 4The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish.

 5The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

 6Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

 7The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.

 8The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.

 9They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.

 10The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.

 11There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.

 12In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.

 13When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done.

 14They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.

 15Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

 16From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

 17Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth.

 18And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake.

 19The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly.

 20The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

 21And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

 22And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.

 23Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.