We are in the Prophetic Stream reading in the book of Isaiah. There is some hope in the midst of the judgments. We are using the New Century Version this week.
29 – Jerusalem is going to be surrounded and beseiged. The Assyrians are coming and they are about the most savage army the world has ever known. Killing for them is more than a task. It is a vicious artform, a sadistic joy that they leave no one alive; everyone suffers. The Assyrians will surround Jerusalem. They will decimate the north and much of the south and they will encircle Jerusalem. This is a memo from God that couldn’t be more severe. Jerusalem and the whole land must cease the idolatry. They have been warned for well over two centuries. Perhaps this will “scare them straight” …? Maybe it won’t work though. God has been overly patient with them. He WILL destroy this army before they sack Jerusalem but he will use another army; the Babylonians to clean His house 138 years later. Jeremiah 25:9 and 43:10 calls this army that comes later and their leader his servant. Strange but true. They are beyond evil and yet God uses them to punish His disobedient children who are not listening to Him anymore. What is the problem? How did it to needing such extreme measures? – 29:13 & 16 reveal the problem: They talk honor to God but their hearts are elsewhere. Isaiah likens them to the absurdity of a lump of clay thinking IT should be shaping the potter! Their arrogance is unreal. The punishment is on it’s way.