Friday, May 2, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 64 Thursday

Isaiah chapter 47

Babylon was just a little too sure of herself in God's opinion.

Does God issue any commands?

  • In a prophetic message through Isaiah God tells the royal virgins of Babylon and the Chaldeans to sit in the dust to work and to grind their grain at the mill just as common people do because their royal rulers will be dethroned and these maidens would be humbled and degraded.

Does God make any promises?

  • Even though God gave the Israelites into the hands of Babylon as punishment for their idolatry, yet the Babylonians would be punished for their cruel treatment of the old men and women of Israel and for trusting in their astrologers. The nation  is described by God as a widow bereaved of her spouse and children. The calamity will come swiftly from an unknown source. (This prophecy was fulfilled in the book of Daniel. One night the Babylonian king is partying when a hand suddenly appears on the wall. That night the king is killed and the Medes and Persians are in control!)

Does this chapter teach anything about Jesus?

  • Jesus is the LORD of hosts, the Holy One of Israel. (verse 4)

Does this chapter teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The ultimate destruction of Babylon is prophesied in the book of Revelation.

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