Yet Isaiah 57:21 makes a startling statement
"There is no peace,
saith my God, to the wicked."
What a fact!
The Hebrew word for "no" here is spelled "ayin."
It means nothing. (Not to exist!) The "first use" of the word
is found in Genesis 2:5 --- "... And
there was not a man to till the ground." In the
beginning ... no man! Then, because of sin ... no peace!
"Peace" is a noun and is translated from the
Hebrew word "shalom." It's found 236 times in the Bible and is
rendered mostly in ways that center around some aspect of
tranquility. ("Peace" = 175 times! "Peaceably" = 9 times!
"Peaceable" = 2 times!) Otherwise it is translated "well" (14
times) and "welfare" (5 times) and "prosperity" (4 times) and
"safe" (3 times) and "health" (2 times). Its root verb ("shalam")
means to be safe!
Our little English preposition "to" (in
Hebrew when placed as a prefix = "l") means to, for, towards, in
regard to, belonging to, or even in!
And the word "wicked" again is based on the
noun "rasha," who is the ungodly man of Scripture. He is a
rebel. He is involved in active harmful sin! (As are all
sinners.) The root word has the idea of disturbing or violating
something or someone.
No matter how big a "front" the wicked erect
... they have no real peace deep down in their hearts and souls!
Isaiah has already said nearly these very
words in Isaiah 48:22 --- "There is
no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked."
Jeremiah twice talked about the soft
compromising preachers of his day who promised peace ... when
there was NO PEACE! (Jeremiah 6:14 and 8:11)
And with all this lack of peace in the hearts
of the ungodly ... Believers in Jesus Christ the Lord have such
We have peace with God! Romans 5:1
--- "Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
We are no longer "at war" with the Almighty!
And we have the Peace of God too!
Colossians 3:15 --- "And let the peace
of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called
in one body; and be ye thankful."
Little wonder! That is ... since we know
"The God of Peace!" That's according to Romans 15:33 ---
"Now the God of peace be with you
all. Amen." He is called by that Name ("God of Peace") 5
times in the New Testament!
What a blessing!
Enjoy it today!
(And pray for those who have no peace! They
just need to be saved by the Grace of our dear Lord through His
shed Blood on Calvary!)
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
LESSON 5 ...
JUNE 15, 2004:
Isaiah 57:19 has captured my heart this
morning! There God says:
"I 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."
Here is the Lord God Almighty telling us that
He has created something (again)! The verb for "create" is "bara"
and is the same one used in Genesis 1:1. It means "to make
something out of nothing."
The noun "fruit" translates the Hebrew term "nob,"
which means that which germinates! (To bud! To cause to
flourish!) Once in the King James Version our word has the idea
of "increase!" (Psalm 62:10)
And "lips" of course refer (at least
metaphorically) to our words.
This part of our verse is used by Paul in
Hebrews 13:15 --- "By him therefore let us
offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the
fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." The
great Apostle here associates the expression with praise to God!
"Peace" is our old friend "shalom!" (Used
twice here! For emphasis!) It means (in addition to the absence
of conflict) welfare, prosperity or safety!
But to whom is God extending such peace?
Two groups are mentioned.
One is "far off!í The word is "rachoq" and
means remote (in place or time). The verb behind this noun means
"to widen." How very unlikely some have been for Godís Peace,
His saving Grace! Yet He reached them! He has reached far back
in time also! All the way to Eden ... and all the way into the
future as well! To that very last soul who will be saved ...
just prior to the Rapture! How many of us fit into that very
category --- "far off?"
The other is "near." In Hebrew "qarob" means
near (in place, kindred or time). Paul uses this verse in
Ephesians 2:17 --- "And (Jesus) came and
preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were
nigh." I think there he has Gentiles (far off) and Jews
(near) in mind! (Near of kin!) I sure am glad God saves old
Gentiles too! We who are "far off!" Again read Ephesians 2:13
--- "But now in Christ Jesus ye who
sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."
If you want to consider "near" in time,
someone very likely just got saved (somewhere around the world)
since you've been reading this article!
Next God promises healing! Heal is "rapha" in
Hebrew and means literally "to mend!" (To mend by stitching!)
This word is also the Jewish term for "physician!" Our God is
the Great Physician then!
Iím so glad he has touched and healed us old
sin-sick pilgrims! He has given us a home (in heaven) and a song
to sing on the way!
How unlike the wicked of the next two verses
... who have no peace!
Someone today use your lips ... to praise our
To thank Him for all Heís done in your
Glory to His Name!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
LESSON 6 ...
JUNE 16, 2004:
For several days now weíve been noticing
Each key word has been analyzed as weíve
tried to understand the message of the text.
Today Iíd like to summarize and conclude the
The "heart" of the Passage is this: God
declares the restless sea to be a picture of the wicked man (in
"I 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. But
the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot
rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no
peace, saith my God, to the wicked." Isaiah 57:19-21
Maybe the overall theme of the paragraph is
peace ... or the lack of it!
The sea spits filth ... so do the ungodly!
Yet each of us has seen the sea when it was
calm. In fact there are times when certain oceans are absolute
placid! (The Pacific Ocean is so named because of its
"peacefulness" ... at least at times!)
BUT ... WHEN THE STORMS COME ... THEN COMES
THE MIRE AND DIRT IN ABUNDANCE!
This is what I mean: on "good" days the
oceans may vomit up little dirt and mire. BUT when "hard" times
come ... the "storms" of life ... get ready! It can no longer
contain the garbage! Whatís in it ... will come out!
Yet with the Christian
... things are so different! When "hard" times come his or her
way ... God just gives "extra" grace to bear the burdens! A
Believer in Christ can even have "peace" in the storm ... so
unlike the lost man! (And no "filth" is expelled ... because no
filth remains within the Believer! He or she has been cleansed!)
BUT I got to thinking about something else
too. While the sea certainly DOES belch forth garbage ("mire and
dirt") ... I know one thing that can extract ... even from the
most vile ocean ... pure clean drinkable water! That one thing
is the sun! It "draws" water into
the heavens ... to be returned on the earth as fresh life-giving
rain (not salty or putrid or filthy showers)! If sea water goes
OUT horizontally it will be dirty ... BUT if it is evaporated
vertically (toward heaven and the sun) ... it is cleansed!
Hereís my point: Jesus
(The SON of Righteousness) also draws the wicked and lost
sinners of earth ... to be washed in His Blood and saved by His
Grace! It's nearly a miracle of creation right before our very
eyes! (A "parable" of nature!)
Then I thought this also. If the sea is a
picture of wickedness (and it is) ... then real believers would
not want to live right at its "dirty" shores, would they? (Of
course I am not preaching against oneís literal physical
address. God has people in seacoast towns just as He does in
mountain towns, praise His Name!) But
SPIRITUALLY speaking, we need to stay away from the filthy
emissions of the ungodly. We need to SEPARATE ourselves from the
vomit of this world! Live apart from its mire and dirt! Donít
wade around in that stuff!
Whatís the difference between a restless sea
and its mire and dirt and Peterís analogy about dogs and hogs? 2
Peter 2:22 --- "But it is happened unto
them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to
his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her
wallowing in the mire." Sounds a lot alike to me.
Lastly, Iíve learned that the sea comprises
71% of planet earthís surface area! Our world is (in the vast
majority) sea ... ocean ... restless water spitting forth dirt
and mire! We Believers are in the minority
for sure! We must be careful!
One preacher says we are IN the world but not
OF the world. (Like a ship going home ... to the other shore!)
IF SO ... be AWARE! There are pirates today (indeed, a
resurgence of them in 2004) roaming the oceans, seeking whom
they may destroy! Be vigilant on the
Iíll close with this verse:
"Wherefore come out from among them, and
be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto
you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord
Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:17-18
I pray that the next time you see the ocean
... Isaiah 57 will immediately pop into your mind! (As well as
its spiritual lessons!)
As usual. Iíve enjoyed studying this text
with you! Visit us anytime! You are a welcome guest here! Just
remember to come ... with a Bible in your hand!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell