O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of Yahuah.Isaiah 2:5
Throughout this series of writings, we are examining what Scripture says about the light of Yahuah. Isaiah 2:5 brings us to Part 7. However, verses 1 through 4 are important to understanding the implications of Isaiah 2:5.
For our purpose though, we will not do a deep dive into these surrounding verses. We will only ask and answer a few basic questions in order to understand the context of our focus verse.
The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.Isaiah 2:1
The prophet begins by clearly defining who he is writing to and what he writes about. Judah is his audience and Jerusalem the place of His concern.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of Yahuah’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.Isaiah 2:2
We see in verse 2 that Isaiah writes about the last days. Some say that the last days began after the death and resurrection of Yahusha and that we are now living in the last of the last days.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahuah, to the house of the Elohim of Jacob…Isaiah 2:3a
Notice the word, “many” in verse 3. This means that not “all” will hear and obey the Word of Yahuah. However, this should not be a surprise nor a cause of consternation when others cannot or will not receive plain truth. This is the way of separation.
Throughout time and continuing today, there are many that do indeed desire the ways of Yahuah. Yet, even today as we see rapid and overt implementation of end time agendas, there are many more who are filled with the things of this world and therefore have no hunger for the ways of the Creator. This includes those of kin to us. This is not pleasant to think about, but this is reality.
Bowing Out of Babylon
However, not all choose the ways of Babylon. Remember Yahuah’s words to Elijah in 1 Kings 19?
Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.1 Kings 19:18
Yahuah always has a remnant on earth who seek to walk in Truth. Verse 3a also reveals that there will be many who will seek Yahuah in these last days.
…and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of Yahuah from Jerusalem.Isaiah 2:3b
Thanks be to the Most High Elohim, that we have turned from crooked ways to the Way of Yahuah! Verse 3b says that He will teach us his ways (Messiah) and we will walk in His paths. Which means that we obey Him.
What Do We Obey?
Verse 3b also tells what we are to obey—Yahuah’s law. Yahusha said that he came to do the will of the Father (John 5:30). Yahuah’s will is His Word. His Word is infused with His law. Therefore, all laws that Yahusha taught and lived agree with the law of Yahuah. Which means that the law is not done away at the first coming of Messiah as he stated in Matthew 5:17-19.
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (18) For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (19) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Verse 3b tells us that His law will go forth for us to obey and walk in. Notice the colon (:). The latter part of the sentence (after the colon) clarifies the first part of the sentence (before the colon). Isaiah tells us exactly what is taught and what we should walk in.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.Isaiah 2:4
No Law? Really?
Verse 4 says that Yahuah will judge among the nations. By what standard will he judge? In the natural, a judge uses the standard of the law of the land in which he sits as judge.
Let’s think about this verse for a moment. We know that Yahuah is a loving Elohim (1 John 4:8). He does not desire that anyone should perish, but that all should come to have everlasting life (2 Peter 3:9). He is not a cruel Elohim.
Yet, He is commonly portrayed as such. How? Say you. Would it not be just plain mean for a judge to tell a citizen that they have freewill to break the law of the land as often as they like. Then when the person takes the judge up on their offer, the judge turns around and judges them by the standard of the law that they, the judge, told them they were completely free to break?
Yahuah is Not Cruel
Is this not how we portray Yahuah as quite cruel when we say the same thing of His righteous Torah, His law? To say that we don’t have to guard, do, obey Yah’s law does not agree with the character of the Almighty Elohim.
Many say that we don’t have to keep the law, because the Messiah kept the law so that we don’t have to. Where did this doctrine come from?
Witnesses of Yah’s Law
Well, no one can say that Yahuah said in His Word that we don’t have to obey His laws. Isaiah (among many other witnesses of Scripture) explicitly says that we will be judged by the law of Yahuah. We, therefore, must conclude that we do have to keep, obey His law, because we are judged by Him out of His law.
For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;Romans 2:12
O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of Yahuah.Isaiah 2:5
Can you see the noticeable shift in verse 5? The prophet begins verse 5 with a word that is filled with feelings of lamentation. He says “O…” Through his use of this short word, we hear Isaiah’s tone of urgency as he exhorts Judah.
If you have been following this series on the light of Yahuah, you know that the light that Isaiah speaks of is Yah’s commandments, His Word.
Obedience Is Urgent
The urgency is to walk in Yah’s light now and not later. I am reminded of Yahusha’s words in John 9.
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.John 9:4
Since we will be judged by the light that is Yahuah’s Word, we should walk now in the light of His Word.
I am thinking of the practices of athletes as they prepare for competition. Successful athletes know that their practices should be more rigorous and even grueling than the actual game. When game or match time comes around, they are fit and ready.
Walk In Yah’s Light NOW
End times, game time is fast approaching and even knocks upon the door of our age. Now is the time to walk in the Light of Yahuah, before the great and terrible Day of Yahuah comes upon the inhabitants of the earth. There are great promises from the Father for those who choose His Ways now while it is still day. The opposite is true for those who do not. Calling upon Yahuah later during that day will be too late. Now is the time to turn to Him.
I end this 7th Part in the series on the light of Yahuah with all of the Scriptural references to the Day of Yahuah in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. When we read the following verses, we gain more understanding as to why Isaiah had such an urgency in writing of Isaiah 2:5. May we all heed the prophet’s admonition.
For the day of Yahuah of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:Isaiah 2:12
Howl ye; for the day of Yahuah is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.Isaiah 13:6
Behold, the day of Yahuah cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.Isaiah 13:9
For it is the day of Yahuah’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.Isaiah 34:8
For this is the day of Yahuah Elohim of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for Yahuah Elohim of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.Jeremiah 46:10
Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of Yahuah’s anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.Lamentations 2:22
Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of Yahuah.Ezekiel 13:5
The word of Yahuah came again unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith Yahuah Elohim; Howl ye, Woe worth the day! 3 For the day is near, even the day of the Yahuah is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen. 4 And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down.Ezekiel 30:1-4
Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of Yahuah your Elohim, and cry unto Yahuah, 15 Alas for the day! for the day of Yahuah is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.Joel 1:14-15
And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of Yahuah come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahuah shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as Yahuah hath said, and in the remnant whom Yahuah shall call.Joel 2:30-32
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of Yahuah is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16 Yahuah also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but Yahuah will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.Joel 3:14-16
Woe unto you that desire the day of Yahuah! to what end is it for you? the day of Yahuah is darkness, and not light.Amos 5:18
Shall not the day of Yahuah be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?Amos 5:20
For the day of Yahuah is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.Obadiah 1:15
Hold thy peace at the presence of Yahuah ELOHIM: for the day of Yahuah is at hand: for Yahuah hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.Zephaniah 1:7
And it shall come to pass in the day of Yahuah’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.Zephaniah 1:8
The great day of Yahuah is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of Yahuah: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.Zephaniah 1:14
Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of Yahuah’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.Zephaniah 1:18
Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of Yahuah come upon you, before the day of Yahuah’s anger come upon you.Zephaniah 2:2
Seek ye Yahuah, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of Yahuah’s anger.Zephaniah 2:3
Behold, the day of Yahuah cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.Zechariah 14:1
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Yahuah:Malachi 4:5
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of Yahuah come:Acts 2:20
To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of Master Yahusha.1 Corinthians 5:5
As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Master Yahusha.2 Corinthians 1:14
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of Yahuah so cometh as a thief in the night.1 Thessalonians 5:2
But the day of Yahuah will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.2 Peter 3:10