Read Isaiah 14
14 The Lord will have compassion on Jacob;
once again he will choose Israel
and will settle them in their own land.
Foreigners will join them
and unite with the descendants of Jacob.
2 Nations will take them
and bring them to their own place.
And Israel will take possession of the nations
and make them male and female servants in the Lord’s land.
They will make captives of their captors
and rule over their oppressors.
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:
How the oppressor has come to an end!
How his fury has ended!
5 The Lord has broken the rod of the wicked,
the scepter of the rulers,
6 which in anger struck down peoples
with unceasing blows,
and in fury subdued nations
with relentless aggression.
7 All the lands are at rest and at peace;
they break into singing.
8 Even the junipers and the cedars of Lebanon
gloat over you and say,
“Now that you have been laid low,
no one comes to cut us down.”
9 The realm of the dead below is all astir
to meet you at your coming;
it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you—
all those who were leaders in the world;
it makes them rise from their thrones—
all those who were kings over the nations.
10 They will all respond,
they will say to you,
“You also have become weak, as we are;
you have become like us.”
11 All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,
along with the noise of your harps;
maggots are spread out beneath you
and worms cover you.
12 How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
to the depths of the pit.
16 Those who see you stare at you,
they ponder your fate:
“Is this the man who shook the earth
and made kingdoms tremble,
17 the man who made the world a wilderness,
who overthrew its cities
and would not let his captives go home?”
18 All the kings of the nations lie in state,
each in his own tomb.
19 But you are cast out of your tomb
like a rejected branch;
you are covered with the slain,
with those pierced by the sword,
those who descend to the stones of the pit.
Like a corpse trampled underfoot,
20 you will not join them in burial,
for you have destroyed your land
and killed your people.
Let the offspring of the wicked
never be mentioned again.
21 Prepare a place to slaughter his children
for the sins of their ancestors;
they are not to rise to inherit the land
and cover the earth with their cities.
22 “I will rise up against them,”
declares the Lord Almighty.
“I will wipe out Babylon’s name and survivors,
her offspring and descendants,”
declares the Lord.
23 “I will turn her into a place for owls
and into swampland;
I will sweep her with the broom of destruction,”
declares the Lord Almighty.
24 The Lord Almighty has sworn,
“Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,
and as I have purposed, so it will happen.
25 I will crush the Assyrian in my land;
on my mountains I will trample him down.
His yoke will be taken from my people,
and his burden removed from their shoulders.”
26 This is the plan determined for the whole world;
this is the hand stretched out over all nations.
27 For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?
His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?
A Prophecy Against the Philistines
28 This prophecy came in the year King Ahaz died:
29 Do not rejoice, all you Philistines,
that the rod that struck you is broken;
from the root of that snake will spring up a viper,
its fruit will be a darting, venomous serpent.
30 The poorest of the poor will find pasture,
and the needy will lie down in safety.
But your root I will destroy by famine;
it will slay your survivors.
31 Wail, you gate! Howl, you city!
Melt away, all you Philistines!
A cloud of smoke comes from the north,
and there is not a straggler in its ranks.
32 What answer shall be given
to the envoys of that nation?
“The Lord has established Zion,
and in her his afflicted people will find refuge.”
Reading through this passage, we see a full picture of God’s character on display. Sometimes we shy away from passages like this because it shows how just God the Father is. This was before Jesus came to pay for the evil and sin in the world so, like the rest of the Old Testament, it is full of God judging evil and can be quite off-putting to us. However, it is a good reminder that He is completely and totally good. and therefore He cannot tolerate evil. Digging into the beginning of Isaiah 14 also shows us a few different things:
- God is compassionate towards his people (v. 1): “For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will choose Israel again.”
- God loves a redemption story (v. 1). He will choose Israel again!
- He is a God of peace; He wants us to feel rested and settled (v. 1). He will settle them on their own land.
- He enjoys giving His people nice things and His way is something to be desired (v. 1). The resident aliens or strangers will see what God’s people have and want it
- He is an avenger (not the Marvel kind, the perfect kind). God turns the people into slaves that once had His people as slaves (v. 2)
And that is just in the first two verses of this chapter! If we continued to put a magnifying glass up to each sentence of this chapter, we could see dozens of instances of God’s character in this chapter alone. As we see throughout Isaiah (and all throughout scripture), justice is important to God. Imagine if we not only read our Bibles looking for God’s character, but we lived our lives like that. What if we were on the lookout for Him everywhere? We can see Him in the sunset, in the trees, in His beautiful people, in how He wired each of us, and so much more!
- What resonated most with you in today’s reading?
- Where else in the chapter can you see God’s character or attitude towards his people?
- Where can you look for God’s character in your life today?
Help me to read your words with eyes to see your character. Give me appreciation for how you created each person uniquely. Show me your goodness in a personal way today. Thank you for being a perfectly good and just God. Thank you for your Holy Spirit so I can pray directly to you. Thank you for listening to my prayers. Amen.
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3 thoughts on “Isaiah 14”
What resonated most with me today is that we are given freedom to choose whom or what we serve, but are not free to choose the consequences of those choices. Whether we choose good or evil will have huge ramifications. Opposing God will result in eternal punishment. Aligning with God will provide refuge and eternal life. The opening & closing verses of this chapter declare God’s mercy for those who put their trust in Him. He loves the whole world and all people and nations, and so should we. As we open a new day, let’s be intentional about taking and proclaiming Jesus where we are. Let’s lay aside pride, excuses and hindrances and share the hope found in Christ alone. Let’s be the church!
In Passion Of God the guest speaker Kevin talked about the parable of sower Matthew 13. What resonated with me was how he showed us the picture of Galilee and where all Jesus had been. I love seeing more visual about where and what took place verses what my imagination comes up with. Realizing Galilee is like a county and has so many villages may not be new to yall but it was to me. So Jesus was the sower in the parable, and went to these villages where in Matthew 13:18-23 He tells what happens when the Word is sowed. You, me, us as the Church should be sowing daily and it will be as in Matthew 13 but there will be that one who hears and takes God to the uttermost parts of the world. That is part of our JOB or work that Dale did such a good job of speaking to us about yesterday. This is my hearts desire Deuteronomy 6:7 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. We start at home. We declare it to others.
God Thank You for boldness. Thank You for Loving us so much, making the way for me to be Your daughter. Thank You for declaring You goodness and gentleness. Your grace and mercy are so amazing, I will rejoice and be glad in all You have and do give in Jesus name Amen
If you’re not laboring for God, you’re laboring for the oppressor. V1-27 I read good vs evil in this passage. God starts out with His promises: settle them in their own land, they will rule over their oppressors, their suffering will come to an end, they will have rest and peace and be singing. Or you can chose to labor for the oppressor—the morning star—the sun of the dawn (v12)—Satan.
Do not love the world 1 John 2:15-16. Whoever is not with me is against me..Matt 12:30. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. Rev 3:15-16
Dale’s message puts this passage in perspective for today in how we labor. If you’re laboring for the evil spirit of Babylon, destruction is coming.
Great commentary and thoughts today!