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About-Him.Com Devotional 09-07-2013

Thoughts on Isaiah 2- The Day of the Lord
Isaiah 2:1 ¶  The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2  And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
4  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5  O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD.

What a day that will be when our eternal God sits upon the throne of David, during the millennial reign of Christ Jesus.  All the nations of the world will go to Jerusalem to learn of Him. There'll be no more war. Swords will be beaten into plowshares, Tanks and guns will be melted down and turned into farm equipment. No more genocide and mass starvation.  

Psalms 132:11 ¶ The LORD hath sworn [in] truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.  

Speaking of war: We are living in the day where Jesus said, “there would be distress of nations with perplexity (Lu. 21:35).”  We need to keep our president and congressional leaders in prayer, that they will keep God in the equation as they figure out how to respond  to the civil war in Syria. Their track record in this regard hasn’t been so good lately.  

The Russian bear is raising it’s head and threatening retaliation for any action taken against the Syrian government. We know that the ultimate goal of Russia and it’s allies is to move against the land of Israel. It’s not a matter of if but when this will happen (Ez. 38:12).    

The subject changes in vs. 6 and speaks doom to Judah during the approaching Babylonian invasion and resulting captivity. We see many parallels between the conditions of ancient Judah that led to God’s judgment and our society today. Prophecies that applied to Judah and Israel in Isaiah’s time can have a dual application to us today.  

Isaiah 2:6 ¶  Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.
7  Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:

Judah had forsaken the Lord and was entangled with the sins of the Philistines. Silver and gold was abundant, the land was full of horses and chariots. Speaking of chariots: When I started working in an automobile factory, way back in 1953, I marveled at the endless parts coming down the conveyor belts and assembly lines. In my amazement, I figured that the world would soon be filled with cars. At 18 years of age, little did I know.  

Isaiah 2:8  Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:
9  And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.

Their land was full of idols. The poor and the mighty both humbled themselves and bowed in the dust to honor dumb idols.  It’s not hard to find a parallel here, is it? Most of us don’t bow to man made replicas of so called gods, but we still have our idols. Anything that we place between God and ourselves is just as damming as these ancient idols of stone. Should I note that the NFL season just got started?  Probably not.  

Isaiah 2:10 ¶  Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.
11  The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
12  For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

The day of the Lord is simply the time in which God’s judgment is poured our. The Babylonian captivity was a direct fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophesy. The rich and mighty along with the impoverished were brought low. Their finery was stripped from them and they marched naked to Babylon. You can’t get much lower than that.  

Isaiah 2:13  And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,
14  And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,
15  And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,
16  And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

In the day of the Lord, man will have absolutely nothing to glory about. The cedars of Lebanon still exist as a symbol of Lebanon’s Phoenician heritage. The  oaks of Bashan are still in the Golan Heights in the north of Israel, which is a cattle raising area now, just as it was then. Perhaps this is speaking that God isn’t moved by our national symbols and He certainly has control of the world’s food supply.  

And upon every high tower and fortified wall.: I see where China is about to enter the derby to have the tallest building in the world.  At present, the tallest is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. All of these structures will probably be but a memory at the day of the Lord. This reminds me of the Tower of Babel where men were determined to reach the heavens and be as God (Ge. 11:4). Saudi Arabia is building a Kingdom Tower which originally was planned to reach a height of one mile. It was praised as a culturally significant icon of that nations wealth and power. I wonder if it will stand up when God’s judgment is unleashed?  

Isaiah 2:17  And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.
18  And the idols he shall utterly abolish.

The Lord alone will be exalted in that day. The idols will be utterly abolished. God’s judgment will be exercised against anything and everything  that is exalted above Himself. We live in Las Vegas, Nevada which prides in using the moniker Sin City. I counted about 45 business entries in the white pages of the phone book. We even have our own ladies football team in the Women’s Lingerie League named The Las Vegas Sin. An obvious affront to the Lord God who hates sin in any form. He is taking note and He will have His day.  

Isaiah 2:19  And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.
20  In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;
21  To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

We have a vivid description of this in Revelation 6:15-17.  

Revelation 6:15  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?  

Isaiah 2:22  Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

We are admonished to not place our trust in mortal man. Our total and absolute trust is to be in the eternal God.  

When God pours out His wrath upon an unbelieving world, believers can be assured that although we may face the wrath of man, we are appointed to escape the wrath of God and obtain salvation (1 Th. 5:9).  

Can you name other areas of our modern world that may be affected by God’s judgment?

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Make no judgments where you have no compassion. - --Anne McCaffrey

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