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September 24, 2018

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

Isaiah 21 (ESV)

The oracle concerning the wilderness of the sea.

As whirlwinds in the Negeb sweep on,
    it comes from the wilderness,
    from a terrible land.
A stern vision is told to me;
    the traitor betrays,
    and the destroyer destroys.
Go up, O Elam;
    lay siege, O Media;
all the sighing she has caused
    I bring to an end.
Therefore my loins are filled with anguish;
    pangs have seized me,
    like the pangs of a woman in labor;
I am bowed down so that I cannot hear;
    I am dismayed so that I cannot see.
My heart staggers; horror has appalled me;
    the twilight I longed for
    has been turned for me into trembling.
They prepare the table,
    they spread the rugs,
    they eat, they drink.
Arise, O princes;
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  1. And he answered,
    “Fallen, fallen is Babylon;
    and all the carved images of her gods
    he has shattered to the ground.”
    10 O my threshed and winnowed one,
    what I have heard from the Lord of hosts,
    the God of Israel, I announce to you.

  2. The destiny of Babylon has been discussed in scripture over and over- it seems the Lord has a lot in store for them-
    Isa 13,14
    Jeremiah 50,51
    Revelation 17,18

    Prophetic vision across thousands of years all using the same language- bringing the idols of Babylon to ruin- towards the humiliation of its wicked and idolatrous people.

  3. Babylon was indeed a real kingdom which seems to have always been at odds with God. More than any other nation or kingdom He disciplined, it seems to me that Babylon is symbolic of the “kingdom of this world”. Isaiah’s prophecies i believe not only speak to real events such as the fall of Babylon in 539 B.C. but also give a warning to all people about idolatry, pride, and Godless living. There is no kingdom beyond God’s power or authority. When Babylon thought they were too big to fall, they fell. God is in control. And if God sees even the sparrow fall, how much more so our own “little kingdoms”? verse 12 makes me think of Christs words, “all of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end.” John 9:4

  4. There is something unique about the God of Israel as compared to the gods of other nations. He controls all and has a plan for all. He is able to both predict the future of nations as well as cause events that make them rise or fall. That is what much of Isaiah is about, and as the people of Israel understand this and see it unfold, they should be drawn to their God in wonder and obedience. Babylon will be a nation that God uses to discipline Judah. They will see the hand of God on the people of God through the likes of Daniel, but they too will fall. The same will happen to Edom and Arabia. It is the fulfillment of prophecies like this that reinforce the validity fo the Scriptures being Gods’ Word. Because it is only an all knowing and eternal God who could speak these things and have them come true with such consistency.

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