Isaiah 28:16-20 Therefore
thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, Ilay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a preciouscorner
, a sure foundation:
he that believeth shall not makehaste.17
Judgment also will I lay to the line
and righteousness to the plummet:
and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies
, and thewaters shall overflow the hiding place.18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourgeshall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night:
and it shall bea vexation only to understand the report.
20 For the bed is shorter than that
can stretch himself
:and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself
.This setting of scripture is a prophecy of the coming Messiah andthe judgment that comes with him. This prophecy was given abouteight-hundred years before its fulfillment. Verse sixteen (16) tellsus of a stone a precious corner stone a sure foundation which is a prophecy of Jesus Christ the promised Messiah. Verse seventeen(17) tells us that this ‘stone’ will bring judgment and righteousnessthat will sweep away the ‘refuge of lies’. Interestingly lies can be arefuge. Often people lie to themselves because to face the truth of their short comings is to painful. Even the most murderous mencan convince themselves that they are good guys. Verse eighteen(18) tells of ‘the disannulment with death’ which means everyonewill be judged and give account to God for their lives whether good or bad. Verse nineteen (19) the gospel ‘it goeth forth it shalltake you’ it confronts us and ‘and it shall be a vexation tounderstand the report’, vexation means that we are always under obligation to obey the words of the LORD.