January 18, 2019

ISAIAH 12-17   


Focus Verse for Today: Isaiah 17:6-8


Chapter 12 is a song of praise from the restored people of God just as the people of Israel did when delivered from Egypt.   


Chapter 13 and 14 prophesies the devastating destruction of Babylon.  It is gruesome.  It is total.  No one was left alive.  


Chapter 14 prophesies the total destruction of the Assyrian army.  The army which God used to destroy Babylon.  Chapter 14:12 tells of Lucifer being thrown out of heaven.  Chapter 14 also prophesies the defeat of the Philistines by King Hezekiah.


Chapter 15 prophesies the destruction of the Moabites.  


Chapter 16 concludes the prophecy of the destruction of the Moabites.  


Chapter 17 tells of the coming destruction of the strong cities of Syria and Israel.  This chapter also contains our focus verses for today Isaiah 17:6-8:


Yet some gleanings will remain,

as when an olive tree is beaten,

leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches,

four or five on the fruitful boughs,”

declares the Lord, the God of Israel.

7In that day people will look to their Maker

and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.

8They will not look to the altars,

the work of their hands,

and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles[a]

and the incense altars their fingers have made.  (NIV)


It is obvious that God cannot tolerate sin.  It is also obvious that anyone who takes pleasure in sin shall die.  God makes to exceptions.  Todays focus verse shares his deliverance of the people who forsook sin and followed Him.  


Isaiah 14:12 contains the story of Lucifer being thrown out of heaven.  Lucifer capitalized is a proper name - as used in the King James translation of the Bible.  The Hebrew meaning of the word lucifer, uncapitalized, is morning star.  


Lucifer was thrown out of Heaven for his sin.  The sin of the Babylonians, the Philistines, the Assyrian army, and the Moabites brought their death at the hand of God.  Lucifer had the most incredible position in heaven and he sinned.  Adam and Eve had a perfect life and they sinned.  Cain’s sin of murdering his brother Abel brought forth a people, the Canaanites, that reveled in (Babylon) their sin.  What is our fascination with sin? Is it related to free will? What does sin have to do with separation from God? Pray, meditate, and reflect on todays lesson and the questions posed here.  


When sin entered the world our journey began.  Sin is a worthy topic to undertake; take out your journal and consider the impact of sin on all mankind.  As you considered the ramifications of sin reflect on Isaiah 17:6-8 to know hope is never lost for those who follow the Lord whole heartedly.