Why Did God Give Israel to Spoil and Robbers?

Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’S servant? Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not. The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable. But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come? Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. (Isa 42:19-24 KJV)

Are we like the blind and deaf servants?

This is a question that every believer should ask themselves; Are we the blind and deaf servants that God Almighty (YHVH) sent?  Are we blindly following the “traditions of the elders” that our Lord and master clearly taught against?  These are tough questions that must be asked in these tough times.

We know that Jesus (Yeshua) taught against those church leaders who added to the burden of the Word and removed jots and tittles from the Word.  This is the same Word that became flesh and tabernacle (dwelt) among us being subject to these same false requirements.  Today, while we are following our Messiah’s example, the leaders are still doing the same things that were done in the presence of Yeshua (Jesus).  They add to and take away from the commands of God (YHVH), thus destroying the Word made flesh.

Disobedience to what Jesus (Yeshua) taught leads us to being blind and deaf servants.  When Yeshua clearly taught us that not one jot or tittle would by any means pass away, He made it perfectly clear to the church leaders of his day what the requirement of His Father in heaven was for us.  Changing the very Word made flesh makes us blind and deaf servants and worthy of the same punishment of those others who did the same thing.

What happened to Israel for disobedience?

History is full of the stories of Israel being punished for their disobedience to the instructions of God (YHVH).  In verse 24 of Isaiah 42 we see what happened to those who are disobedient.  The LORD (YHVH) gave Israel over to robbers and delivered up as spoil to pagan people.  Why would a loving God give His people up for destruction?  “for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.” What has the loving God of all creation promised for those who are seeing and hearing servants?

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (Rev 22:14 KJV)

YHVH to magnify the law for His righteousness sake

Reading now in verse 21 we see that YHVH (The LORD), the creator of everything, magnifies the law for His righteousness sake.  Why?  Could it be that in order for the LORD (YHVH) to remain truthful and righteous that he could not go against His Word?  With the understanding of just who the Word made flesh is, it would make sense that YHVH (The LORD) would magnify his commands as the spoken Word and thus honoring His only begotten son.

I like how the NASB translates this verse as it gives an even deeper understanding to this magnification:

The LORD was pleased for His righteousness’ sake To make the law great and glorious. (Isa 42:21 NAS)

So we could say that YHVH (The LORD) is pleased for his own righteousness sake to make his Son Yeshua (Jesus) as His spoken Word made flesh, GREAT and GLORIOUS!

How can we claim God does not change yet we will be treated differently?

We claim that God does not change.  If this is so and we do follow what many church leaders are asking us to swallow, then how can we expect a different result for our disobedience?  Wouldn’t that make us hypocrites?

Now we get an understanding that to be seeing and hearing servants we should follow the teachings of Jesus (Yeshua) and not the ‘traditions of the elders.’  Being not just hearers of the Word but Doers of the Word makes is eligible for the promises and righteousness.  Amen.

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