Today Isaiah gives warnings to 4 nations, starting with Babylon.
1) Currently Assyria is the most powerful nation but soon the Babylonians will rule the ancient world. God is going to use Babylon to bring judgement against Judah for a set period of time, but then the Lord will restore His people and judge wicked Babylon. Isaiah tells us that the Lord will raise up the Medes to destroy Babylon and compares the destruction to that of Sodom and Gomorrah. “For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land.” God is still working His plan of salvation through His people. Isaiah says when Israel is home and has rest they will sing a taunt against Babylon where Babylon is likened to Lucifer, Satan. They will sing, “Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming”. 😳
2) The Lord uses the Assyrians to bring judgment against Israel but then the Lord will judge the wicked Assyrians to accomplish His purposes. “This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth…For the Lord of hosts has purposes…His hand is stretched out, and who would turn it back?” See, God does have the whole world in His hand and He is accomplishing His purposes, even today!
3) The Philistines rejoiced when Ahaz, king of Judah, died but Isaiah says that their destruction is coming and that the Lord is still for His people.
4) Isaiah declares the destruction of Moab, Lot’s descendants, bc “Of his haughtiness and his pride and his wrath”. Isaiah predicts a King to come from the line of King David out of the tribe of Judah. “In mercy the throne will be established; and One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness.“ 🙌
Tomorrow the temple is reopened. Keep reading.
(2 Kings 16:19-20, 2 Chronicles 28:26-27, Isaiah 13:1-16:14)