Interpret Correctly In The Spirit’s Guidance

May 5, 2014

As we study God’s Word, it is important and profitable for our spiritual understanding that we compare the translations as often as we can. One verse that is rendered quite differently in several versions is Isa. 45:11. Here is the interlinear:

Here are numerous parallel interpretations of the verse:

In studying these renderings, as well as some of the commentaries that can be read by clicking the above link, here is what I believe God is saying through this verse: “Ask Me of the things to come concerning My sons; and concerning the work of My hands, leave Me in charge.” Or, actually: “Ask Me about My plans concerning My people, then prophesy what I tell you, but leave Me in charge.”

If someone believes God is saying in this verse that we are to command Him concerning His sons, His children, and His plans, that is a plausible interpretation, as we who eat and obey the Word and walk in the Spirit have been invited to petition God and to even speak out with authority those things which He has commanded us, His servants, to speak out, and for the purpose of His plan going forth. (Isa. 48:16 & 51:16 & 59:21 // Jer. 1:4-10 // Ezek. 37:4-10 // Mark 11:24 // John 14:12-14 & 15:7,10,16 & 16:23,24 // 1 Peter 4:11)

However, in this particular verse (Isa. 45:11) I do believe we should be wary about an interpretation that instructs us to make commands of God, first, because not everyone who claims to walk in God’s Spirit is actually doing so. They are not in continuous submission to His orders, but instead delight in using God’s Word in their own authority –thus improperly. Secondly, through the context surrounding Isa. 45:11, it appears that God is warning us not to dictate orders to Him who not only created the earth, the heavens, and mankind, but who is also the only true and holy God, all-knowing and all-powerful. If we believe this verse gives us allowance to interrogate God, criticize Him, or give Him orders, we would have a verse that contradicts the whole of Scripture. But if we take this verse as an invitation to speak forth God’s will by His Spirit who uses His Word, then that would be in line with the whole of Scripture.

I encourage everyone to make use of the links I’ve inserted above. But more than that, let’s remember that it is only by abiding in Christ (in the anointing of His Spirit) that we can do anything right, including making a right interpretation of God’s Word. (John 14:26 & 15:5 & 16:13 // 1 John 2:26,27)

with love,

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