Week #88; Wed, Sep 04: Isaiah 11:1-21:17

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. The fall of Lucifer in chapter 14 is significant. The war in heaven originated when Lucifer said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (14:12-14)

2. Satan thrown down to earth is described by John in Revelation 12, “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.” (Revelation 12:7-9)

  • Inference: It appears that kairos and chronos concepts of time impact our understanding of both Isaiah and Revelation.

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Isaiah 11, The Righteous Reign of the Branch
1. “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” (11:1)

  • Inference: “And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” (11:2)
  • Inference: “And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.” (11:3-5)
  • Inference: “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (11:6-9)

2. “In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.” (11:11)

  • Inference: “He will raise a signal for the nations and will assemble the banished of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” (11:12)

Isaiah 12, The Lord Is My Strength and My Song
1. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” (12:2)

2. “Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” (12:6)

Isaiah 13, The Judgment of Babylon
1. “The Lord of hosts is mustering a host for battle. They come from a distant land, from the end of the heavens, the Lord and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.” (13:4-5)

  • Inference: “Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.” (13:9)
  • Inference: “For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light. I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.” (13:10-11)
  • Inference: “And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the splendor and pomp of the Chaldeans, will be like Sodom and Gomorrah when God overthrew them. (13:19)
  • Inference: “Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify her strong height, yet destroyers would come from me against her, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 51:53)

Isaiah 14, The Restoration of Jacob and The Fall of Lucifer
1. The fall of Lucifer . . . “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.'” (14:12-14)

  • Inference: “On that day the Lord will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth.” (24:21)
  • Inference: “Their slain shall be cast out, and the stench of their corpses shall rise; the mountains shall flow with their blood.” (34:3)
  • Inference: “If they dig into Sheol, from there shall my hand take them; if they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down. If they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, from there I will search them out and take them; and if they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them. And if they go into captivity before their enemies, there I will command the sword, and it shall kill them; and I will fix my eyes upon them for evil and not for good.” (Amos 9:2)
  • Inference: “And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.” (Matthew 11:23; Luke 10:15, Daniel 5:22-23, and Revelation 12:7-9 pertain)

2. “I will rise up against them,” declares the Lord of hosts, “and will cut off from Babylon name and remnant, descendants and posterity,” declares the Lord. (14:22)

3. On Assyria: “I will break the Assyrian in my land, and on my mountains trample him underfoot; and his yoke shall depart from them, and his burden from their shoulder.” (14:25)

4. On Philistia: “. . . I will kill your root with famine, and your remnant it will slay.” (14:30)

5. “The Lord has founded Zion, and in her the afflicted of his people find refuge.” (14:32)

Isaiah 15, An Oracle Concerning Moab
1. “Moab is undone.” (see 15:1, and 16:13 below)

Isaiah 16, Send the Lamb
1. “This is the word that the Lord spoke concerning Moab in the past. But now the Lord has spoken, saying, ‘In three years, like the years of a hired worker, the glory of Moab will be brought into contempt, in spite of all his great multitude, and those who remain will be very few and feeble'” (16:13)

Isaiah 17, An Oracle Concerning Damascus
1. “Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins.” (17:1)

2. “And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grain and his arm harvests the ears, and as when one gleans the ears of grain in the Valley of Rephaim.” (17:5)

  • Inference: “In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel.” (17:7)

Isaiah 18, An Oracle Concerning Cush
1. “All you inhabitants of the world, you who dwell on the earth, when a signal is raised on the mountains, look! When a trumpet is blown, hear!” (18:3)

2. “At that time tribute will be brought to the Lord of hosts from a people tall and smooth, from a people feared near and far, a nation mighty and conquering, whose land the rivers divide, to Mount Zion, the place of the name of the Lord of hosts.” (18:7)

Isaiah 19, An Oracle Concerning Egypt
1. “Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt; and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence, and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.” (19:1)

  • Inference: “And there will be nothing for Egypt that head or tail, palm branch or reed, may do.” (19:15)

2. Egypt, Assyria, Israel Blessed. “In that day the Egyptians will be like women, and tremble with fear before the hand that the Lord of hosts shakes over them. And the land of Judah will become a terror to the Egyptians. Everyone to whom it is mentioned will fear because of the purpose that the Lord of hosts has purposed against them.” (19:16-17)

  • Inference: “In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the Lord at its border.” (19:19)
  • Inference: “When they cry to the Lord because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. (19:20)
  • Inference: “And the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the Lord and perform them.” (19:20)

Isaiah 20, A Sign Against Egypt and Cush

1. “As my servant Isaiah has walked naked and barefoot for three years as a sign and a portent against Egypt and Cush, so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, both the young and the old . . . ” (20:3)

2. “And the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, ‘Behold, this is what has happened to those in whom we hoped and to whom we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria! And we, how shall we escape?'” (20:6)

Isaiah 21, Fallen, Fallen Is Babylon
1. “For thus the Lord said to me, ‘Within a year, according to the years of a hired worker, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end. And the remainder of the archers of the mighty men of the sons of Kedar will be few, for theLord, the God of Israel, has spoken.” (21:16)

 

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