July 16: Isaiah 13-17
1 The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
22 “I will rise up against them,” declares the Lord of hosts, “and will cut off from Babylon name and remnant, descendants and posterity,” declares the Lord. 23 “And I will make it a possession of the hedgehog, and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,” declares the Lord of hosts.
24 The Lord of hosts has sworn:
“As I have planned,
so shall it be,
and as I have purposed,
so shall it stand,
25 that I will break the Assyrian in my land,
and on my mountains trample him underfoot;
and his yoke shall depart from them,
and his burden from their shoulder.”
29 Rejoice not, O Philistia, all of you,
that the rod that struck you is broken,
for from the serpent's root will come forth an adder,
and its fruit will be a flying fiery serpent.
32 What will one answer the messengers of the nation?
“The Lord has founded Zion,
and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge.”
Isaiah 14:22-25, 29 & 32
1 An oracle concerning Moab.
Because Ar of Moab is laid waste in a night,
Moab is undone;
because Kir of Moab is laid waste in a night,
Moab is undone.
12 And when Moab presents himself, when he wearies himself on the high place, when he comes to his sanctuary to pray, he will not prevail.
13 This is the word that the Lord spoke concerning Moab in the past. 14 But now the Lord has spoken, saying, “In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be very few and feeble.”
Isaiah 16:1 & 12-14
1 An oracle concerning Damascus.
Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city
and will become a heap of ruins.
7 In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel. 8 He will not look to the altars, the work of his hands, and he will not look on what his own fingers have made, either the Asherim or the altars of incense.
9 In that day their strong cities will be like the deserted places of the wooded heights and the hilltops, which they deserted because of the children of Israel, and there will be desolation.
Isaiah 16:1 & 7-9
Does God See?
How many times have you asked yourself that question? How many times do we look at the evil all around us and the oppression of the righteous and say, "Does God See?"
For centuries the nations surrounding Israel and Judah plundered the people of God, killing and capturing them as slaves. To the Jewish people it seemed as though God had forgotten them. Remember that even in the darkest of hours, when the Israelites turned their back on God, He always reserved some faithful people who had not bowed their knees to the gods of the nations around them. Yet, how must these people have cried out to God in their distress?
Today's Bible reading should be an encouragement to all Christians. Yes, God does see! God gave to Isaiah oracles against the surrounding nations announcing their coming doom. He also gave to Isaiah this declaration of the restoration of His people.
1 For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob. 2 And the peoples will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them in the Lord's land as male and female slaves. They will take captive those who were their captors, and rule over those who oppressed them.
Pray that you will not live each day as one who has no hope! Pray that when the times come that you say, "Does God See?", God will grant to you the assurance of His continued presence with you. But for a time, God is longsuffering to the world walking in sin and living against His holy laws, but the time will come when the oracles of God will come to pass and time shall be no more!
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.