Isa 2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
word – speech, word, matter, utterance
As the previous chapter, this matter is concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
Isa 2:2-3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’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. 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.
flow – flow, assemble
This matter is concerning the last days. In the time of this ‘word’ nations will exalt and flow into Zion/Jerusalem for instruction and Truth and Light(Christ, the Word of the LORD). The LORD’s house will be set up at the head of all of the mountains(nations) of the world. During the thousand year period of peace after Christ’s return, all nations will honor our Father and His law and Word (Rev. 20).
Isa 2:4 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.
The days of warring nations will come to a permanent end. Nations war when they intend to impose or defend their will upon other people. When a righteous will is recognized, what use is there for warring and armies? The efforts of men toward their fellow man will be aimed at fruitful ends instead of destructive self serving ends.
Isa 2:5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.
Knowing that this is the destiny of the house of Jacob, why delay seeking out the LORD. Is there something to be missed by not seeking the Truth right away?
Isa 2:6 Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
Yet Israel adopted the ways of the nations and looked to them for leadership and pleasure. They are not ashamed of their illegitimate works and behavior. Therefore have they been forsaken by God.
Isa 2:7-8 Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots: Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:
They don’t value the creator of all creation and provider of all things. Instead, they worship the corruption (rearrangement) of God’s creation into something vain/self-serving.
Isa 2:9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.
They bow their heads to vanities and created objects. How ironic when they have our Father’s favor if only they will seek it.
Isa 2:10-11 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
They waste their efforts elevating themselves above things which have no future, things which do not represent anything eternal. They play king of the hill, but a hill which has no future.
Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD 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:
For what good/selfless purpose will a one man promote himself above his neighbor?
Isa 2:13-17 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up, And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
haughtiness – self elevation, self promotion
All of those things which man elevates and secures himself with will be of no help in the day of the LORD. The haughty self-reliance of men will stripped away revealing their weakness/helplessness.
Isa 2:18-21 And the idols he shall utterly abolish. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
You have to wonder what they must be seeing/feeling/experiencing that would cause them to cast off everything they once considered of great value. They actually prefer refuge in the most deadly places to be during an earthquake trying to flee in fear of the LORD.
This is similar to Revelation 6:15 when after the opening of the sixth seal there is a great earthquake and just before the sealing of the 144,000 from the tribes of Israel.
Isa 2:22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?
Would you run to the safety of the president of the United States, or to a senator for protection from the wrath of God during such a time? Why then would anyone assign authority to any man when they could rely on Truth and place their Faith in the Word of God?
You really should ask yourself where you place your trust and your reliance at this moment and in the future. The lesson of this chapter is valid for all those who would seek to live in a just world and not just for Judah and Jerusalem. Nearly everyone is relying on established social constructs; governments of men, money and other material things, even their own ingenuity. All of which are subject to failure at some point. Following the laws and rules of your country is not necessarily evil but eventually all establishments of men turn evil, it is the nature of men when they withdraw themselves from God’s will. Don’t believe that? Then why does your government legislate hundreds of thousands of laws and maintain countless angry Africanized/weaponized police forces that patrol the sheep today? This isn’t necessary when people love the Lord with all their hearts and their neighbors as themselves. Two simple rules are sufficient.
You have a covenant with your Father if you choose to accept it. It doesn’t fail. We had that at one point but decided to place our trust and reliance on men and materials. All nations have been founded on these things and all will fall, just like every other nation before them.
How welcome you will be in the day that God returns His kingdom to the earth if you have placed your reliance and trust upon His Word. He is Truth and Light and stands forever.