I Travail Not, Nor Bring Forth Children

Isaiah 23 Here is another chapter steep in historical context, a prophecy against Tyre. Tyre is a port city and strategically placed along key trade routes connecting Egypt and all the Mediterranean to the lands of Assyria, Babylon, and also Jerusalem. The concluding verses are curious. Though Tyre is referred to as a harlot in …

As a Nail in a Sure Place

Isaiah 22, Additional Insights “Thine slain men are not slain with the sword…” What does it mean to have a host of people living dead lives? Not that I would cast a sweeping judgment across the bulk of humanity, but the question begs consideration. What does come of a nation that has utterly discounted their …

Watchman, What of the Night?

Isaiah 20, 21 Prophets are what make this thing real. It is what connects humanity to the heavens. It should be noted the that nakedness (see vs 2) spoken of in Isaiah 20 is generally assumed to be a debasing of garments, not utter nakedness. In chapter 21, the destruction of so many countries and …

Blessed Be Egypt My People

Isaiah 19, Additional Contexts As I revisit this chapter for a second morning, the first thought that impresses me is this final thought of the chapter: Israel is not alone in the Lord’s eyes. Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance. Vs. 25 The Lord refers …

An Ensign on the Mountains

Isaiah 18 This chapter deals with the gathering of a nation “scattered and peeled” throughout all the earth. The description of Israel includes “a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden down.” Isaiah uses almost the same wording at the beginning and the end of the chapter to describe Israel. …

Shall a Man Look to His Maker

Isaiah 17 This chapter is an indictment against Israel. But it also is a warning against anyone that would oppress Israel. Hands off says the Lord! Israel is not to be punished to the benefit of other nations. These garden analogies are very poignant in my situation. I understand both the analogy and the real …

The Burden of Moab

Isaiah 15, 16 This is my first time considering this chapter. (In Spanish, the word “burden” is replaced with “prophecy”.) This is a prophecy against the people of Moab, herein referred to simply as Moab. There is not much here except for a detailed analysis of their destruction. The people of Moab are descendants of …

The Lord… Will Yet Choose Israel

Isaiah 14 The great difference between the two sides is this: Christ acts for the benefit of others, and as such is made a king to rule over the nations. This is just. Satan acts only for the benefit of himself, and consequently will be consigned at the end of time to the sides of …

Babylon… Shall Never Be Inhabited

Isaiah 13 The introduction of this chapter (verses 2-5) to me has much to do with temple worship and work. Though this talks of the Lord’s preparations against the world at the last and final battle, the wording in verses 2 and 3 draws a parallel to temple rites and ordinances. This is one of …

Great is the Holy One of Israel

Isaiah 12 I read these verses about the Millennial Day, and the Spirit of the Lord pours over me in abundance this morning. This is a great reminder of things to come: a time when the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord; of the things that He accomplished and His doings …