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September 15, 2018

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Reading along with us in Isaiah & 2 Kings? Here’s today’s reading:

Isaiah 14 (ESV)

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. 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.

When the Lord has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve, you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:

“How the oppressor has ceased,
    the insolent fury ceased!
The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked,
    the scepter of rulers,
that struck the peoples in wrath
    with unceasing blows,
that ruled the nations in anger
    with unrelenting persecution.
The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
    they break forth into singing...Continue Reading

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  1. 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.”
    26 This is the purpose that is purposed
    concerning the whole earth,
    and this is the hand that is stretched out
    over all the nations.
    27 For the Lord of hosts has purposed,
    and who will annul it?
    His hand is stretched out,
    and who will turn it back?

  2. 3 On the day the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and turmoil and from the harsh labor forced on you, 4 you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon” Isa 14

    I chuckle a little that our innate nature to taunt in the face of evil men getting what they deserve is from the Lord.

    “1 Why do the nations conspire[a]
    and the peoples plot in vain?
    2 The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
    3 “Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”
    4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.
    5 He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
    6 “I have installed my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.”” -Psalms 2:1-6

    again from King David as a young man:
    “45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.””-II Sam 17

    In sports and other spiritually-neutral competition, we’re taught to be graceful in winning and graceful in losing. Even in wartime, when there are moral implications towards our position, we’re still fighting against people for whom Christ died. It’s only because of this that we know it’s right to love and/or respect our enemies, ones we’ve conquered or ones who’ve conquered us, because God made them in His image. God doesn’t want us to be graceful in victory over our real enemy.

    “10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” -Ephesians 6:10-13

    Jesus came like this to us:
    2 He will not shout or cry out,
    or raise his voice in the streets.
    3 A bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.

    …but one day He will reveal His power and glory to exercise justice in a manner totally contrast to His gentle ministry ministry.
    -He will shout and cry out- raising His voice in the streets (21 times in Revelation alone)
    – He will bruise the earth and consume the world by fire.

    The battle lines are drawn and the Lord gives us eyes that see (II Kings 6:17, Ps 119:18, Prov 20:12, Matt 13:15,16, John 4:35, Rom 11:8).

    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – II Cor 4:18

  3. It becomes clear as this chapter unfolds that God is describing his thoughts and actions towards the nations that surrounded Israel, most of whom were enemies at various times. As He continues addressing the king of Babylon from chapter 13, He seems to address a heavenly being starting in verse 14. Many think that Isaiah has switched from talking about the king of Babylon and started talking about Lucifer, the son of the morning. The words seem more fitting for satan than an earthly king. I wonder if it could be a both/and situation here. But whatever, the beings pride is clear and we know what God does with that. He humbles it by His strength and justice. The mighty, rich and beautiful Babylon will be desolate. He will do the same to the Assyrians and the Philistines as well, as Isaiah prophesies as he closes this chapter

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