Isaiah 48:17, 18 - Follow God And Enjoy Peace Like A River.

Isa.48:17, 18; Follow God And Enjoy Peace Like A River.

CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word 

Isaiah 48:17 (NIV)  This is what the LORD says--your Redeemer, 
the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you 
what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. 
Isa 48:18 (NIV)  If only you had paid attention to my commands, 
your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the 
waves of the sea. 

Isaiah 48:17 (NLT)  "The LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of 
Israel, says: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good and 
leads you along the paths you should follow.  
Isaiah 48:18 (NLT)  Oh, that you had listened to my commands! 
Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and 
righteousness rolling like waves. 

Isaiah 48:17 (CWR)  This is what the Lord, the Holy One of 
Israel said, "I am the Lord your God, the One who teaches you what is 
right, who directs you in the way you should go. 
Isaiah 48:18 (CWR)  If you had only listened to me and paid 
attention to what I told you, your peace would have been like the gentle 
flow of still waters and your righteousness as powerful as the waves 
of the sea. 

CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:

Judah's sovereign LORD intends good for His people (40:1-31). 
God, not the idols worshiped by the nations, controls the future 
(41:1-29). Though Israel failed its national calling as God's servant, One 
from the nation will fulfill God's purpose (42:1-25) when the Creator 
acts to redeem His chosen people (43:1-44:25). As evidence, God will 
appoint one named Cyrus to restore Jerusalem (v. 26-45:25). Oppressive 
Babylon will be crushed, and God's word of blessing for Israel will be 
fulfilled (46:1-48:22).  
[The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]

The Lord's Call to Israel  (48:12-22)
Freedom from Babylon

CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.

Job 22:21-22 (KJV)  Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at 
peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. [22] Receive, I pray thee, 
the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.  

Psalm 25:8-10 (KJV)  Good and upright is the Lord: therefore 
will he teach sinners in the way. [9] The meek will he guide in 
judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. [10] All the paths of the 
Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his 

Psalm 25:12 (KJV)  What man is he that feareth the Lord? him 
shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.  

Psalm 32:8 (KJV)  I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way 
which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.  

Isaiah 2:3 (KJV)  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and 
let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of 
Jacob; 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 the Lord 
from Jerusalem.  

Micah 4:2 (KJV)  And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and 
let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the 
God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in 
his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the 
Lord from Jerusalem.  

Isaiah 30:20 (KJV)  And though the Lord give you the bread of 
adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be 
removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:  

Isaiah 43:16 (KJV)  Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in 
the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;  

Isaiah 49:9-10 (KJV)  That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go 
forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves. They shall feed 
in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. [10] 
They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun 
smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by 
the springs of water shall he guide them.  

Isaiah 54:13 (KJV)  And all thy children shall be taught of the 
Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.  

Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV)  Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, 
and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk 
therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will 
not walk therein.  

Jeremiah 31:33-34 (KJV)  But this shall be the covenant that I 
will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, 
I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their 
hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. [34] And 
they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his 
brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the 
least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord; for I will 
forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.  

John 6:45 (KJV)  It is written in the prophets, And they shall 
be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath 
learned of the Father, cometh unto me.  

Psalm 119:165 (KJV)  Great peace have they which love thy law: 
and nothing shall offend them.  

Isaiah 32:15-18 (KJV)  Until the spirit be poured upon us from 
on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful 
field be counted for a forest. [16] Then judgment shall dwell in the 
wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field. [17] And the 
work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness 
quietness and assurance for ever. [18] And my people shall dwell in a 
peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; 

Amos 5:24 (KJV)  But let judgment run down as waters, and 
righteousness as a mighty stream.  

Romans 14:17 (KJV)  For the kingdom of God is not meat and 
drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  

COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?

The Lord teaches and leads through His servants (Deut. 5:27), 
His prophets, and His Son. [Nelson SB] 

Like a loving parent, God teaches and directs us. We should 
listen to him because peace and righteousness come to us as we obey his 
Word. Refusing to pay attention to God's commands invites punishment 
and threatens that peace and righteousness. [Life Application SB] 

The person who fails to trust God's Word completely forfeits 
more than comfort. He or she forfeits peace. God said through Isaiah, 
"I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who 
directs you in the way you should go." He added, "If only you had paid 
attention" then "your peace would have been like a river." The person who 
abandons confidence in the Word of God will soon abandon God's commands 
as well. When that happens, he or she will discover that "there is 
no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked." Trust in God's Word is 
not simply an intellectual issue. It is one of the pivotal issues of 
faith and life. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

The source of Christ's victory, the secret of His power, and of 
ours, lies in obedience .... In an obedient heart there is a way 
prepared for God.  There are many Christians who always seek pleasure and 
satisfaction for themselves.  These have not yet learned that only obedient 
children are happy children.  That which in truth brings abiding 
happiness is nothing else than obedience toward God.  For a healthy soul 
there is only one thing that counts - to be obedient.  Why have so 
many of God's lambs so little assurance of salvation?  Why are their 
souls not satisfied with the peace of God?  God gives us the answer in 
Isa.48:18: "Oh, that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments!  Then had thy 
peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea." 
 People say, "I lack faith.  I have too little faith; therefore I 
have no assurance of salvation, no peace."  But in most instances it 
is not faith which is lacking, for even with a trembling hand one 
can receive costly gifts.  It is rather obedience which is lacking.  
There is something in their lives which they will not let go, and 
which hinders the Holy Spirit from giving them the assurance that they 
are God's children ... No one who is disobedient to God can have 
confidence in Him.  Confidence is a result of obedience. by G. Steomberger 
[Time With God SB] 

The yoke is placed upon the oxen to aid them in drawing the 
load, to lighten the burden. So with the yoke of Christ. When our will 
is swallowed up in the will of God, and we use His gifts to bless 
others, we shall find life's burden light. He who walks in the way of 
God's commandments is walking in company with Christ, and in His love 
the heart is at rest. When Moses prayed, "Show me now Thy way, that 
I may know Thee," the Lord answered him, "My presence shall go 
with thee, and I will give thee rest." And through the prophets the 
message was given, "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, 
and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, 
and ye shall find rest for your souls." Ex. 33:13, 14; Jer. 6:16. 
And He says, "O that thou hadst hearkened to My commandments! then 
had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of 
the sea." Isa. 48:18.  {DA 331.1} 
Those who take Christ at His word, and surrender their souls to 
His keeping, their lives to His ordering, will find peace and 
quietude. Nothing of the world can make them sad when Jesus makes them 
glad by His presence. In perfect acquiescence there is perfect rest. 
The Lord says, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is 
stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." Isa. 26:3. Our lives may 
seem a tangle; but as we commit ourselves to the wise Master Worker, 
He will bring out the pattern of life and character that will be to 
His own glory. And that character which expresses the 
glory--character--of Christ will be received into the Paradise 
of God. A renovated 
 race shall walk with Him in white, for they are worthy.  {DA 331.2} 
As through Jesus we enter into rest, heaven begins here. We 
respond to His invitation, Come, learn of Me, and in thus coming we 
begin the life eternal. Heaven is a ceaseless approaching to God 
through Christ. The longer we are in the heaven of bliss, the more and 
still more of glory will be opened to us; and the more we know of God, 
the more intense will be our happiness. As we walk with Jesus in 
this life, we may be filled with His love, satisfied with His 
presence. All that human nature can bear, we may receive here. But what is 
this compared with the hereafter? {DA 331.3} 

To leave Him is to lose the way. To follow Him is to find true 
peace and just living. [Disciple SB]