I apologize for this post taking so long for me to get it out to you. I went on vacation, and when I got back, went through some personal stuff. On top of those things, Isaiah is getting pretty difficult to follow. When exactly do the events described here (that aren’t prophecy about the future) fit into the overall timeline of the Bible? Isaiah also jumps around constantly to different ancient localities and his prophecies are very cryptic. I typically have to break everything down into bullet points in order to try and understand what’s going on.
Isaiah has a vision concerning the “Desert by the Sea.” An invader comes in from the desert, but the city’s officers are just idling when they should be getting ready to defend. God tells Isaiah to set up a lookout, which Isaiah does. Eventually, a rider pulls up to the lookout and tells him that Babylon has been defeated.
Isaiah has another vision concerning a place called “Dumah.” All that is really said about this vision is this cryptic passage, “Someone calls to me from Seir, ‘Watchman, what is left of the night? Watchman, what is left of the night?’ The watchman replies, ‘Morning is coming, but also the night. If you would ask, then ask; and come back yet again.’”
Finally, he has another vision concerning “Arabia.” In the vision, Isaiah calls on the Dedanites to bring water for the fugitives who are fleeing from battle. Later, God tells Isaiah that within the year, “all the pomp of Kedar will come to an end.”
This one is a vision concerning the “Valley of Vision.” In this vision, Isaiah’s people are captured in war, as the nation’s leaders just fled from a battle without putting up a fight. Isaiah credits this defeat to the fact that the city did not spend enough time looking to God for protection. Next, God sends Isaiah to chastise a man named Shebna who is in charge of the palace. God says that he will remove Shebna from office and will place a man named Eliakim in his place.
Here we have a vision concerning “Tyre.” In this vision, God destroys a place called Tyre in order to “bring low the pride of all glory and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.” It says that Tyre will be forgotten for 70 years, but then God will allow the place to be rebuilt, although the profits from it will all be set aside for “…those who live before the LORD, for abundant food and fine clothes.” (I found it kind of odd that the profits would be used for “fine clothes” for the believers. What about the poor etc.?)
This vision is pretty grim. In this one, God devastates the world and scatters its inhabitants, killing most everyone. He will do this because human being have disobeyed his laws, violated his statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant.
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