Summary: Exposition of Isaiah
Death Swallowed Up
Judgment on 11 Countries 15-23
Judgment on The World Is 24
Death Swallowed Up Is 25
Intro: End of the World
Hollywood is fascinated with the end of the world
They love to produce movies that predict and show the demise of planet earth
Often times they will choose to use a child to be the one who saves the earth
Somehow, someway this kid is smarter than all of the scientists in the world and comes us with a solution
I always like the movies that have to do with a comet racing towards earth
The thought that somehow someway we have the means to alter nature and divert a huge rock hurtling towards us gives us some comfort
It also takes our minds off the thought that God will someday judge us
The fact is that the world is going to end someday
Not in the way that hollywood depicts it but with the coming of a king
Death will be swallowed up and we will live forever
The question is how are you going to live in eternity?
Will you be in paradise or in perpetual torture
Interestingly enough that became a possibility because God sent a child, his son, to save us from His judgment
One day God will sit on the throne judging the world
Those who are covered by the blood of Jesus will enter into paradise
Those who rejected Jesus and thought another path would lead to heaven will in a for a big surprise
But in the End death will be swallowed up and God will reign forever
Read Isaiah 24:1-6
God’s record of his judgment on 11 nations around Judah
God is sovereignty is
Assyria was a major military power bearing down to bring judgment
They will inflict a lot of damage but will pull back
This will bring on the Babylonians who will capture Judah and destroy Jerusalem
After that is done God will start to judge the nations around Judah
We saw Babylon last week
Today we are going to look at the rest
We will focus three primary countries; Moab, Syria, & Judah
Yeah God throws them in there because they are no different than the others
Then we will see God’s judgment on the rest of the world, known as the tribulation
Finally we will see God’s plan of restoration
Judgment on Judah’s Neighbors Isaiah 15-23
The burden against Moab.
Isaiah spends two chapters on the country of Moab
The founder of the people of Moab was the son born of the incestuous relationship between Lot and one of his daughters, when his daughters made Lot drunk, after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:30-38).
The Moabites settled in the plains to the south-east of Israel, in what is modern-day Jordan.
At times, the Moabites were great enemies of Israel.
It was the Balak, king of Moab, who hired Balaam the prophet, hoping that he could curse Israel (Numbers 22-25).
During the time of Saul and David, Israel established a firm control over Moab, but later kings of Israel were not always able to keep them under Israeli dominance.
At the same time, there was a Moabite connection with Israel.
First, they were related to Israel because Lot was Abraham’s nephew.
Because of this, God told Israel in Deuteronomy 2:9 that they were not to destroy Moab and take their land.
As well, David, Israel’s greatest king, was one-quarter Moabite.
His paternal grandmother Ruth was from Moab, and David entrusted his father and mother to the protection of the king of Moab when he was a fugitive from Saul (1 Samuel 22:3-4).
For these reasons, there is a great deal of sadness and empathy on Isaiah’s part as he describes the coming judgment on Moab.
Syria & Israel
Next we see in chapter 17 an oracle against Damascus
Damascus is one of the great cities of the ancient world, and the capital of the nation of Syria.
Syria is positioned to the immediate north-east of Israel, and the northern tribes, around the Sea of Galilee, had constant contact and interaction with Syria.
Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be an ruinous heap: Damascus was one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world, but the coming Assyrian judgment would reduce it to a heap of ruins.
The fortress will also cease from Ephraim: As is often the case, the northern kingdom of Israel is referred to by its dominate tribe, Ephraim.
At this time, Israel and Syria were closely aligned against Judah. Since they are such close friends, God will announce His judgment against Ephraim, against Israel, at the same time He speaks to Syria!
Why did the LORD bring this judgment on Israel?