Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 65

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 New Heavens and the New Earth (v 1-25)

Isaiah 65 Commentary 

(65:1) A Gospel for All - The Israelites considered themselves to be the only people of God, but the time would come when other nations would seek him. Paul mentions Isaiah's statement in Romans 10:20 and points out that these other nations were the Gentiles. God's people today are those who accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. The gospel is for every person. Do not ignore or reject anyone when it comes to sharing the gospel. You may be surprised at how many people who are different from you are sincerely searching for God. 

(65:3:5) Hypocrites - God said these people directly disobeyed his laws when they worshiped and sacrificed to idols (Exodus 20:1-6), consulted the dead and evil spirits (Leviticus 19:31), and ate forbidden foods (Leviticus 11). But they were so perverse that they still thought they were spiritually superior to everyone else. Jesus called such people hypocrites (Matthew 23:13-39). 

(65:6) Judgement - God said he would pay back the people for their sins. Judgment is not our job but God's because he alone is just. Who else knows our hearts and minds? Who else knows what is a completely fair reward or punishment? Leave judgment of others up to God. If he were to give us what we deserve, he would wipe us out. Instead, pray for his mercy. 

(65:8-9) A Faithful Remnant - God will always preserve a faithful remnant of his people. No matter how bad the world is, there will always be some who remain loyal to him and call him Father. Jesus made this point in Matthew 13:36-43- 

(65:10) The Valley of Achor - Sharon is a plain in the western part of Israel. The valley of Achor is in the east, near Jericho. The valley of Achor was also called the Valley of Trouble because Achan was executed there for hiding goods he had taken during battle, which had been set apart for the Lord (Joshua 7:10-26). Even in this troubled valley, peace will come. Restoration will be complete. 

(65:11-12) Fortune and Destiny - Some people today seem to be worshiping these same gods of Troop and Number (Fortune and Destiny). They deny that God deeply cares for all people, wants to have a relationship with each of them, and wants to guide their lives. These people believe their futures are controlled by some capricious, impersonal force. Often, they have given up on leading moral lives because they believe doing so doesn't matter. When you talk to someone like this, show the personal, loving way Jesus worked with people and the rich plan he offers (John 10:10). 

(65:17-25) A New Heaven and New Earth - Here is a pictorial description of the new heavens and new earth. They are eternal, and in them safety, peace, and plenty will be available to all (see also 66:22-23; 2 Peter 313; Revelation 21:1). The peaceful descriptions in Isaiah 65:25 show us that animals will no longer fear predators. The reference to snakes eating dust represents the final destruction of all evil. This passage is about the future reign of Jesus on earth, when sin and death will have finally been destroyed. Eternal life in this place is the great reward for all who believe in him.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Just Passing Through

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 65. In our text today, we see the new heavens and earth, reminding us that we are just passing through this world where we live. Our lives are a vapor as we are here today and gone tomorrow. In applying, we see the importance of doing His Work and His Will by sharing the Gospel with those we come in contact with daily. How about you? Do you Share the Gospel? Let us learn from our text today and the words of Isaiah to remember that life is just a vapor. We must take advantage of the time we are given to share the Gospel with all we come in contact with.


Isaiah 65

Isaiah 65

 1I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

 2I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

 3A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

 4Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

 5Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

 6Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,

 7Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.

 8Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all.

 9And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.

 10And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.

 11But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.

 12Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.

 13Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:

 14Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

 15And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:

 16That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

 17For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

 18But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

 19And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

 20There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

 21And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

 22They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

 23They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

 24And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

 25The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.