One of the problems with trying to cover so much ground in so little time is that you fail to stress things that need to be stressed. So it was in our study of Isaiah 7-12. Today we will seek to rectify that by calling your attention to one section in the notes. Here we see Isaiah expressing the Reformation principle of “Sola Scriptura”. Don’t let that great truth slip through your fingers. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Isaiah 8:20Isaiah 8:20 English Standard Version (ESV)
20 To the teaching and to the testimony! If they will not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn.
Deuteronomy 18:9-19Deuteronomy 18:9-19 English Standard Version (ESV)
9 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering,[a] anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer 11 or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, 12 for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God, 14 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the Lord your God has not allowed you to do this.
A New Prophet like Moses
15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.
Isaiah 8:20; Deuteronomy 18:9-19
“Perhaps there is no more remarkable prophecy in the Bible…. The prophet had been speaking of a thick darkness which should settle upon the land. Men in their perplexity, instead of seeking counsel of God and His Word (viii.19, 20) were seeking to necromancers and to ‘wizards that chirp’ (E.V. peep, i.e. pipe like birds, the Latin pipiare), and that mutter. The inevitable result was a yet more terrible hopelessness.”
[J. J. Stewart Perowne, The Book of Psalms I, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1878), p. xxiii]
“Their enthusiasm for fortune-tellers and spiritists evidences both their withdrawal, foolishly and treacherously, from their God and his withdrawal, justly and judgmentally, from them.”
[Motyer, p. 97]
“…A crowd of waiters are waiting for dreams and visions…. They have been reading in somebody’s biography that he saw something in the air, or heard a voice, or had a text of Scripture ‘laid home to him’ (as it is called); they are waiting, I say, till the like signs and wonders shall happen to them…. as though they could not believe God, but they could believe in a dream — they could not confide in the teaching of Holy Scripture, but they could believe in a voice which they imagined to be sounding in their ears, though it might be the chirp of a bird, or might be nothing at all. They could trust their imagination, but they cannot trust the word of God as it is written in the inspired volume. They want something over and above the sure word of testimony; the witness of God is not enough for them. They demand the witness of fancy, or the witness of feeling… What is this but an insulting unbelief? Is not the Lord to be believed until a sign or a wonder shall corroborate his testimony?”
[Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XXI, (1875), p. 15]
“The Bible and the Bible only is the religion of Protestants.”
[William Chillingworth (1602-1644), English theologian, The Doubleday Christian Quotation Collection compiled by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild, (New York: Doubleday, 1997) 17.32.1, p. 115]