Isaiah’s vision continued, and I’m assuming this is another premonition about Jesus and the end times. In the vision, “the Root of Jesse” has received the spirit from God to have great wisdom and understanding, and this man becomes a judge over the people. Isaiah predicts that the nations will flock to this man and there will be a time of peace where, “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.”
Isaiah says that when that day comes, everyone will praise God and sing to him, proclaiming his name to the world.
Isaiah has a vision of the “day of the LORD” in which God returns to earth with an army to “make the land desolate” and to “destroy the sinners.” When this occurs, everyone will be deathly afraid, and the stars, sun, and moon won’t shine any light. God says that he will cause an enemy nation to have “no mercy on infants nor will they look with compassion on children.” Why would God want that?
Chapter 14 features the only appearance of the word (or name) “Lucifer” in the Bible. Although Isaiah was talking about a human king in this passage, I can see why later Christian tradition would start calling Satan “Lucifer.” The passage reads, “You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.”
Isaiah sees a vision concerning the nation of Moab, that some of its cities will be destroyed in one night, and that its inhabitants will go out in public weeping and mourning for their loss.
Is this another prophecy concerning Jesus, “In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it— one from the house of David— one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness”?
Okay, these are starting to get a little dull.
Isaiah is hard to follow in the sense that every chapter seems to be about a different ancient place or culture, and about the complicated relationships between those ancient places or cultures, and on top of that, there is cryptic prophecy that’s hard to understand. Take this passage from this chapter for example. “At that time gifts will be brought to the LORD Almighty from a people tall and smooth-skinned, from a people feared far and wide, an aggressive nation of strange speech, whose land is divided by rivers— the gifts will be brought to Mount Zion, the place of the Name of the LORD Almighty.” Who are those “tall and smooth-skinned” people and why are they significant? Why are they bringing gifts to God and why is that important? I feel lost.
Isaiah has another vision, this time concerning Egypt. It essentially says that God will damage Egypt so much that the Egyptians will know God and for some reason want to then start worshipping him.
God commanded Isaiah to walk around completely naked for three years to protest the nations of Egypt and Cush. How would walking around naked get anything accomplished and why would God want Isaiah to do that?
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