Thursday, March 13, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 57 Saturday

Isaiah chapter 14

In this chapter the rulers of Babylon and Lucifer are tightly interwoven.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God commanded that slaughter be prepared for the rulers of Babylon. Again it is mentioned that Babylon would be desolate. 14:21-23
  • In the year that King Ahaz of Judah died God told Isaiah to command Palestina not to rejoice because the rod that smote them was broken because out of the serpent's root would come a cockatrice. 14:29-32

Does God make any promises?
  • God promised that Jacob (Israel) would return to the land and that strangers would join them and "cleave" to them. (This was fulfilled after the Babylonian captivity but it was also fulfilled in 1948 when Israel achieved statehood once more.) 14:1-2
  • God promised that Israel would rule over those who had formerly held them captive. In some ways this prophecy was fulfilled by Daniel when he was a high-ranking official in the court of several kings of Babylon and Persia. 14:2
  • God promised that one day they would have rest and would take up a proverb against the king of Babylon. 14:3-4
  • God promised the destruction of Lucifer. 14:15
  • God promised that everything He said would come to pass. 14:24
  • God promised that Assyria would also be broken. 14:25-27

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?
  • Jesus is the LORD who has broken the staff of the wicked and the scepter of the rulers, including the one that ruled the nations in anger. 14:5-6

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?
  • Israel has yet to totally turn the tables on those who have held them captive in the past. Someday she will. 14:2
  • One day Satan's domination over the earth will end. Then the earth will be at rest. The inhabitants will break out in singing! 14:6-8
  • Death, hell, and the grave shall give up the unrighteous kings of the nations for judgment. They shall be as weak as any other man standing before the Righteous Judge. 14:9-11
  • Lucifer will be seen by all and they will consider him carefully as the one that troubled the earth. 14:12-20

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