Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 57

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 Comfort (c 40-66)
Message: The Godly Shall Rest in Peace (v 1-21)

Isaiah 57 Commentary 

(57:1-2) Trusting in God - When good people die before they have lived full lives, we may wonder, Why? Does God even care? Those who trust in God through faith in Jesus the Messiah have assurance of eternal life with him. They are the ones who can rest in peace. God knows every person by name and every life situation. Sometimes he allows death to come as a protection from something worse; sometimes he asks the faithful to walk through great adversity before they die. But no death is meaningless in his eyes. 

(57:7-8) Loving the Lord - God intends for marriage to be an exclusive relationship in which a man and a woman become one. Adultery breaks this beautiful bond of unity. When the people turned from God and gave their love to idols, God said they were committing spiritual adultery--breaking their exclusive commitment to God. How could people give their love to worthless wood and stone idols instead of to the God who made them and loved them? 

(57:9) Molech - "The king" may be a reference to Molech, an Ammonite god whose worship included child sacrifice. 

(57:12) Good Deeds - God said he would expose the people's good deeds for what they really were--mere pretensions of doing good. Isaiah warned these people that all their righteousness and works would not save them any more than their weak, worthless idols would. We cannot gain our salvation through good deeds, because even our best deeds are not good enough to outweigh our sins. Salvation is a gift from God, received only through faith in Christ--not good works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

(57:14-21) God's Restoration - Isaiah 57:1-13 speaks of pride and lust; 57:14-21 tells how God restores people who are humble and repentant (contrite). When we come to him to repent, we may feel shame or embarrassment, and our spirits may be crushed. God starts the restoration at exactly the point when we return to him. He gives us new courage and removes our shame. The high and holy God has come down to our level to save us because it is impossible for us to go up to his level to save ourselves (see 2 Chronicles 6:18; Psalm 51:1-7; Philippians 2)- 

(57:21) No Peace for the Wicked - This is the second time in Isaiah that the Lord says that the wicked can have no peace (see also 48:22). Both instances are about those who have refused God's mercy. Those who reject God will not find peace in this life. Without a relationship with God, they will search their whole lives to find inner peace but will not achieve it. How do we find true peace? By giving all our worries to God in prayer and trusting him to care for us (Philippians 4:6-7).


Dave Burnette's Life Application

No Peace for the Wicked

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 57. Our text today shows that the Godly shall rest in peace, but the wicked are like a troubled sea. In making an application, we see that living Godly has its benefits as it brings peace to our lives. Our motivation for Godly living should be obedience. Still, as we serve the Lord, we see Him responding to us in a blessing of peace. How about you? Do you have peace in your life? Let us learn from our text today and the prophecy of Isaiah that the Godly shall live in peace, but there is no peace for the wicked.

 

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Isaiah 57

Isaiah 57

 1The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

 2He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.

 3But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.

 4Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood.

 5Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the children in the valleys under the clifts of the rocks?

 6Among the smooth stones of the stream is thy portion; they, they are thy lot: even to them hast thou poured a drink offering, thou hast offered a meat offering. Should I receive comfort in these?

 7Upon a lofty and high mountain hast thou set thy bed: even thither wentest thou up to offer sacrifice.

 8Behind the doors also and the posts hast thou set up thy remembrance: for thou hast discovered thyself to another than me, and art gone up; thou hast enlarged thy bed, and made thee a covenant with them; thou lovedst their bed where thou sawest it.

 9And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase thyself even unto hell.

 10Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.

 11And of whom hast thou been afraid or feared, that thou hast lied, and hast not remembered me, nor laid it to thy heart? have not I held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not?

 12I will declare thy righteousness, and thy works; for they shall not profit thee.

 13When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;

 14And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.

 15For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

 16For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.

 17For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.

 18I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.

 19I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him.

 20But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

 21There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.