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Numbers 23; Psalms 64 — 65; Isaiah 13; 1 Peter 1
THE SECOND MAJOR SECTION OF Isaiah, chapters 13 — 27, focuses on the nations. This word of the Lord through Isaiah is not actually delivered to the nations; it is pronounced against the nations but in the ears of the people of Judah and Jerusalem. In a general sense the message is similar to that in the first part of Isaiah (chaps. 1 — 12): salvation belongs only to the Lord, so he alone is the One to be trusted. The denunciation of the nations therefore includes comforting asides to Judah (e.g., 14:1 - 2) and ends with the deliverance of the people of God (chaps. 26 — 27).
Isaiah 13 is an oracle against Babylon. Because in Isaiah’s time the primary military threat was Assyria and not Babylon, many critics think that this chapter is a later interpolation, written a century and a half later (about 550 B. C.) when Babylon had not only risen to supremacy but was already in decline, threatened by the rising Medo - Persian Empire (see 13:17). But that view is too skeptical.
The introduction to the oracle unambiguously affirms that Isaiah, son of Amoz, saw this vision (13:1). Moreover, Isaiah 39 shows that even in Isaiah’s day, though Babylon was not an immediate threat like Assyria, it was already a rising power. Perhaps more important yet, Babylon’s history went back all the way to the Tower of Babel (Gen. 10:9 - 10; 11:1 - 9) and thus could serve as a symbol of all nations that defy the God of Israel — a symbolism that persists even in the New Testament (e.g., Rev. 17 — 18), long after historic Babylon is in eclipse. The ultimate collapse of “Babylon” takes place when “Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes and of the Abominations of the Earth,” who is “drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus” (Rev. 17:5 - 6), is obliterated in the triumphant dawning of the reign of the Lord God Almighty (Rev. 19:6), the rule of him who is called &ldquo ;Faithful and True” and whose name is “the Word of God” (Rev. 19:11, 13).
Note three features of this oracle. (a) Once again the “day of the LORD” (Isa. 13:6) is bound up not only with the Lord’s coming, but with his coming in judgment. For those opposed to the living God, it is “a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger” (13:9). (b) Typical of Hebrew poetry, this day is associated with celestial signs; it is as if all nature has to join in with these events, for their significance is no less than cosmic (13:10; cf. Acts 2:20). (c) The heart of the sin that must be overthrown is arrogance (13:11, 19).
Copyright 2008 D.A. Carson
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
what is that hymn I hear in there?
Hiatt ID'd it quickly
O Come O come Immanuel, aka Veni emmanuel
I have yet to cancel an appointment or not take/make a phone call b/c I couldn't stop listening... but if i'm doing email... this thing is streaming
from my friends at srpc who say this is one of their best times of the year:
You're invited to join us for an Ash Wednesday Service
- February 25
- 6:30 p.m.
- Seven Rivers Sanctuary
- Nursery for children ages 0-4
- Program for children grades K-2
Ash Wednesday begins the season of the Church Year known as Lent, which begins forty days prior to Easter and is characterized by a focus on repentance, fasting, prayer, and the needs of others. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ—His suffering and His sacrifice, His life, death, burial and resurrection. This first day of Lent reminds Christians of the words of Jesus in Matthew 16:24, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." The way to Easter is the way of the cross. As the first step in the Lenten journey the Ash Wednesday service invites us to acknowledge our mortality, our sinfulness and our dependence upon the grace of God.
We encourage all that are able to fast on Ash Wednesday leading up to the Ash Wednesday service as the Lord's Supper is served.
A unique feature of this service is the marking of the forehead with ashes in the sign of the cross (imposition of ashes). Since the 10th century this practice has been used to symbolize the frailty of our human existence and the 'dust and debris' in our lives (thus the name Ash Wednesday).
We hope you'll join us as we begin the Lenten season looking forward to its culmination on Easter Sunday morning as we worship our risen Savior.