Bible Question:

I am trying to find an explanation to Isaiah 28:13.

Bible Answer:

The passage you are asking about is a very interesting one.

So the word of the LORD to them will be, “Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there,” That they may go and stumble backward, be broken, snared, and taken captive. (NASB) Isaiah 28:13

Isaiah had been preaching to the nation of Israel, but they would not listen. We will start with Isaiah 28:9 in order to get a picture of the situation. Then we can answer the question.

Religion Is For Babies

Isaiah 28:1 starts with a message of woe to the descendants of Ephraim (Ephraimites). When we arrive at Isaiah 28:9, we discover that they rejected Isaiah’s message. So Isaiah recorded their reaction. It is a sarcastic reaction.

To whom would He teach knowledge? And to whom would He interpret the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just taken from the breast? (NASB) Isaiah 28:9

They did not believe they needed to listen to the prophet. They said, “He should teach babies. We do not need it.” Next they ridiculed him saying that he sounded like a child making up one rule after another.

For He says, “Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there.” Indeed, He will speak to this people Through stammering lips and a foreign tongue, He who said to them, “Here is rest, give rest to the weary,” And, “Here is repose,” but they would not listen. (NASB) Isaiah 28:10-12

He seemed confusing to them and they would not listen. The sound of the Hebrew words that they used to describe him, sound like those of a babbling child.

God Rejects Them

So God responded and told them that He will send them into captivity because they would not listen.

So the word of the LORD to them will be, “Order on order, order on order, Line on line, line on line, A little here, a little there,” That they may go and stumble backward, be broken, snared, and taken captive. (NASB) Isaiah 28:13

God will repeat the message. It will not change. It will be order on order, line on line, and line on line. They will stumble and be broken because they ignore Him.

Conclusion:

This is a serious warning to anyone who does not like what God says and so rejects His message. His Word is pure and truthful. May the desire of your heart be to meditate on it.

Thy word is very pure, therefore Thy servant loves it. (NASB) Ps. 119:140

The sum of Thy word is truth . . . (NASB) Ps. 119:160

My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Thy word. (NASB) Ps 119:148