1. God laments about the spiritual condition of His people

Prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s lament about human failure to follow His  Precepts or commands. Error was the order of the day. The Priests and Prophets had become drunken with wine or intoxicated with the world. They lacked true  vision and were prophesying what was popular and what tickled the people’s fancy.  They were also unable to judge righteously.

God lamented that the rulers and the people had rejected the Precepts of God. As Lord God searched for willing recipients of His doctrine or Word, He wondered if babes were the only ones who would learn it:

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble [in] judgment.

Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? [them that are] weaned from the milk, [and] drawn from the breasts.

For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.  

To whom he said, This [is] the rest [wherewith] ye may cause the weary to rest; and this [is] the refreshing: yet they would not hear.  

For precept [must be] upon preceptprecept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little:   

But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon preceptprecept  upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, [and] there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.


2. Spiritual babies cannot understand and teach strong doctrine

I asked the Lord to help me to understand the sequencing of  Isaiah 28. Why did the Prophet suddenly (apparently) begin to emphasize through repetition that “precept must be upon precept”? As I reread the text, I saw that the lament immediately followed God’s concern that the Priests and Prophets were unavailable to hear His revelation. Apparently, only babes were available – but were these the people who God should select to teach His Doctrine?

Apostle Paul further explained to us that babies were “unskilled” in the word of righteousness and could only understand foundation doctrines such as repentance, resurrection from the dead, baptism and the laying on of hands. As the Apostle tried to teach deeper truths, they had a struggle:

 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need [someone] to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

For everyone who partakes [only] of milk [is] unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, [that is], those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews 5: 12 – 14).

However, God told Prophet Isaiah to ask who will teach deeper doctrines when those of “full age” are intoxicated?


3. Stop scattering shots – a word here and a word there

The problem becomes further compounded when babes, who are unskilled in the Word, fail to teach “precept upon precept”.

The word UPON means ON. Therefore, we can rephrase the text to explain that precept must be ON precept.

The word ON is a preposition which expresses a relationship between precept and precept.

Enough English! God is painting a picture of:

  • stacking truth upon truth
  • teaching a doctrine in its entirety
  • beginning with simple truths then progressing to more complex truth in the doctrine

However, the trend then, as it is today, was for people to teach a word here, a word there, scattering shots about the place without teaching the entire word that would bring illumination and refreshing.

As a result, there is a lot of here say and confusion in the Body of Christ about THE TRUTH. The members of the Lord’s body are being taught “in part”.


4. The vision of the Prophet and Priest must be clear in order to receive and teach truth in its entirety

Prophet Isaiah lamented that there was error in the vision of the Prophet and Priest. I began to discover that vision (ra’ah /H7200) referred to:

  • seeing something in the natural realm that had not previously been there until you had spoken it into being – God saw everything that He had made – Gen 1:31
  • commanding the invisible to become visible – God commanded land to appear (ra’ah/H7200) – Gen 1: 9
  • discerning the condition of the human spirit – whether or not it is wicked or righteous – Gen 6: 5 & 7:1
  • seeing  God appear  live and direct – Genesis 12: 7; 16: 13; 17: 1 & 18: 1; 1

These are just four examples or benchmarks of the vision of which Isaiah spoke. Can you see how the Prophet and Priest can err in vision?  Having no true revelation, they invent dream and visions and spin the Word of God like roulette in order to maintain popularity.

Vision results from relationship with God. The carnal mind cannot receive from the supernatural realm and so we must receive and become transformed with the Mind of Christ in order to receive and teach spiritual truth.