Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 32

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: Prophecy of Peace for Israel (v 1-20)

Isaiah 32 Commentary 

(32:1) Our King - Having suffered much injustice from evil rulers, many in Judah were hungry for a strong king who would rule with complete justice. It wouldn't happen. This desire will only be fulfilled when Christ reigns. Evil will be banished, and the King will reign in righteousness and rule with justice. In the immediate future of Isaiah's prophecy, Judah would be destroyed and taken into captivity. But one day, God's Son, a King unlike any other king, will reign. 

(32:5-6) Transparent Motives - When the righteous King comes, people's motives will become transparent. Fools will not be regarded as noble heroes. Those who have opposed God's standards of living will be unable to maintain their deception. In the blazing light of the holy Savior, sin cannot disguise itself and appear good. Christ's revealing light shines into the darkest corners of our hearts, showing sin clearly for what it is. When King Jesus reigns in your heart, he leaves no room for sin, no matter how well you think you have hidden it. 

(32:9-13) Abandoning God -The people turned their backs on God and concentrated on their own pleasures. This warning is given not just to the women of Jerusalem (see 3:16-4:1) but to all who sit back in thoughtless complacency, enjoying crops, clothes, land, and cities while an enemy approaches. Wealth and luxury bring false security, lulling us into thinking all is well when disaster is around the corner. By abandoning God's purpose for our lives, we also abandon his help. 

(32:15-17) God's Spirit - God acts from above to change people's conditions here on earth. Only when God pours his Spirit on us can we find true peace and fruitfulness (Ezekiel 36:22-38; Galatians 5:22-23). This will happen completely in the end times. But we can also have God's Spirit with us now, for he is available to all believers through Jesus Christ (John 15:26; Romans 5:5). The outpouring mentioned here would happen when God would establish his worldwide kingdom for all eternity (see Joel 2:28-29).

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Peace of God

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 32. In our text today, we see the prophecy for Israel's peace. What catches my eye is verses 9-13, where the people turned their backs on God and concentrated on their pleasures. Wealth and Luxury bring false security and lull us into thinking all is well when disaster is around the corner. In applying, we see how poverty is not always an enemy in our dependence on trusting God but how prosperity can allow us to forget God. How about you? Do you forget God when He will enable blessings in your life? Let us learn from our text today, and the prophecy of Isaiah reminds us that the peace of God comes from a believer who trusts and depends on the Lord in all circumstances of life.


Isaiah 32

Isaiah 32

 1Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment.

 2And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.

 3And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

 4The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.

 5The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.

 6For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.

 7The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.

 8But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand.

 9Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech.

 10Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come.

 11Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.

 12They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

 13Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city:

 14Because the palaces shall be forsaken; the multitude of the city shall be left; the forts and towers shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks;

 15Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.

 16Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.

 17And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

 18And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places;

 19When it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

 20Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth thither the feet of the ox and the ass.