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“May you and I pray God will heal our land.” <>< Dona (09/18/20)

Please read Isaiah 13 through 15.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Isaiah 13 Theme

The destruction of Babylon (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Babylon has never been rebuilt (v. 19-20).

Something to think about

Isaiah prophesied Babylon’s time was at hand and her days wouldn’t be prolonged (v. 22b).  Babylon, in present day Iraq, still lies in ruins. 

Something to experience

What about America? Does God have a time that is near for America’s destruction?

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

Isaiah 13:19-20 19 Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be like when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. 20 It will never be inhabited, neither will it be lived in from generation to generation. The Arabian will not pitch a tent there, neither will shepherds make their flocks lie down there. 

Isaiah 13:22b …  Her (Babylon’s) time is near to come, and her days will not be prolonged.

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Isaiah 14 Theme

Babylon (see v.1-23), Assyria (see v. 24-27), the Philistines (see v. 28-32).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, will sinful nations ever get their act together.

Something to think about

God allowed Babylon to have temporary power for a purpose – to punish His wayward people (v. 3-6).  Isaiah prophesied God would crush Assyria (v. 24-25). God’s plans can’t be stopped (v.26-27).  Isaiah prophesied God would melt away the Philistines (v. 29-31).

Something to experience

We believers can make the same mistake as other nations – thinking more highly of our self and depending on our own abilities rather than depending on the Lord who reigns on High (v. 12-16). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

BABYLON

Isaiah 14:3-6 It will happen in the day that the Lord will give you rest from your sorrow, from your trouble, and from the hard service in which you were made to serve, that you will take up this parable against the king of Babylon, and say, “How the oppressor has ceased! The golden city has ceased!” the Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers, who struck the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, who ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that no one restrained. 

Isaiah 14:12-16 12 How you have fallen from heaven, shining one, son of the dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, who laid the nations low! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend into heaven! I will exalt my throne above the stars of God! I will sit on the mountain of assembly, in the far north! 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds! I will make myself like the Most High!” 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,[c] to the depths of the pit. 16 Those who see you will stare at you. …

ASSYRIAN

Isaiah 14:24-25 24 The Lord of Armies has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so shall it happen; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: 25 that I will break the Assyrian in My land, and tread him under foot on My mountains. Then his yoke will leave them, and his burden leave their shoulders. 

Isaiah 14:26-27 26 This is the plan that is determined for the whole earth. This is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. 27 For the Lord of Armies has planned, and who can stop it? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?”

Isaiah 14:29-31 29 Don’t rejoice, O Philistia, all of you, because the rod that struck you is broken; for out of the serpent’s root an adder will emerge, and his fruit will be a fiery flying serpent. 30 The firstborn of the poor will eat, and the needy will lie down in safety; and I will kill your root with famine, and your remnant will be killed.  31 Howl, gate! Cry, city! You are melted away, Philistia, all of you; for smoke comes out of the north, and there is no straggler in his ranks.

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Isaiah 15 Theme

Moab (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, there is weeping, wailing and crying (v.2-4).  

Something to think about

Moab would be punished for her harsh treatment of Israel.

Something to experience

Are there people we’ve mistreated?  If so, seek God’s forgiveness.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Isaiah 15:1 The burden of Moab.  For in a night, Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to nothing. For in a night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to nothing. 

Isaiah 15:2-4 They have gone up to Bayith, and to Dibon, to the high places, to weep. Moab wails over Nebo and over Medeba. Baldness is on all of their heads. Every beard is cut off. In their streets, they clothe themselves in sackcloth. In their streets and on their housetops, everyone wails, weeping abundantly. Heshbon cries out with Elealeh. Their voice is heard even to Jahaz. Therefore the armed men of Moab cry aloud. Their souls tremble within them. 

Prayer

Lord, I pray we will humble ourselves, pray, seek Your face and turn from our wickd ways then You will hear from heaven, forgive our sins and heal our land (II Chronicles 7:14).  Lord, I pray we will seek Your forgiveness as soon as we realize we’ve mistreated someone. And if we can, I pray we will ask for their forgiveness too. In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I seek the Lord’s forgiveness when we realize we’ve sinned.” <>< Dona