“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 16, “A Prophecy Against Moab,” VII

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“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“Jesus At The Center,” Israel Houghton & New Breed 

“A Prophecy Against Moab,” Vll, Isaiah 16:10) And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting:  the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I Have Made their Vintage Shouting To Cease.  11) Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.  12) And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail (it is to no avail).  13) This Is The Word That The Lord Hath Spoken Concerning Moab Since That Time.  14) But Now The Lord Hath Spoken, Saying, Within Three Years, As The years Of An Hireling, And The Glory Of Moab Shall Be Contemned (or, Despised), With All That Great Multitude; And The Remnant Shall Be Very Small And Feeble.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v10, Contrast the lack of gladness with the ecstatic joy of 9:3.  v11, Isaiah the Prophet expresses his determination to one day rejoice over Moab.  This is a promise of its future restoration.  v12, high place … sanctuary:  As long as the people worshiped false gods, they would be doomed to pain, judgment, and recurring trouble (15:2).  v13, 14, A former prophecy against Moab (see 15:1) would be realized within three years, perhaps referring to a quelling of a rebellion against Sargon in 750 B C.  However, a Remnant would remain (15:9).  Moab had far more Hope for Salvation than did either Babylon or Philistia.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-14, Those That Will Not Be Counselled, Cannot Be Helped.  More souls are ruined by pride than by any other sin.  Also, the very proud are commonly very passionate.  With lies many seek to gain the gratification of pride and passion, but they shall not compass (go around) proud and angry projects.  Moab was famous for fields and vineyards; but they shall be laid waste by the invading army.  God Can Soon Turn Laughter Into Mourning And Joy Into Heaviness.  In God Let Us Always Rejoice With Holy Triumph; in earthly things let us always rejoice with Holy Trembling.  The Prophet looks with concern on the desolation’s of such a pleasant country; it causes inward grief.  The false gods of Moab are unable to help and The God Of Israel, The Only True God, Can And Will Make Good What He Has Spoken.  Let Moab know her ruin is very near and prepare.  The Most Awful Declarations Of Divine Wrath, discover the way of escape to those who take warning.  There Is No Escape, But By Submission To The Son Of David, And Devoting Ourselves To Him.  And at length, when the appointed time comes, all the glory, prosperity, and multitude of The Wicked Shall Perish.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 16, “A Prophecy Against Moab,” VI

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“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“A Prophecy Against Moab,” Vl, Isaiah 16:6) We have heard of the pride of Moab, he is very proud:  even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath:  but his lies shall not be so.  Jeremiah 48:29.  7) Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl:  for the foundations of Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.  2 Kings 3:25.  8) For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah:  the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, they wandered through the wilderness:  her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.  9) Therefore I (The Prophet Isaiah) will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah:  I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh:  for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v6, Pride Is A Regular Target Of The Lord’s Judgment (2:5-22; 13:11).  v7, Kir Hareseth is another name for Kir (15:1).  v8, Vine Is a figure of speech for Moab (compare Israel’s description as a vine in 5:1-7).  Sea may refer to the Dead Sea because it is the nearest large body of water to Moab.  v9, Heshbon and Elealeh were among the principal settlements in ancient Moab (15:4).

Quest Study Bible – v6, “What did Moab have to boast about?”  This insignificant nation was only a whimper compared to the roaring of other nations such as Assyria.  Moab’s pride was based on its own feelings of self-importance, not reality.  Inflated opinions of oneself, particularly when set alongside shriveled resources and abilities, demonstrate how ridiculous human boasting is.  v8, “How was Moab trampled down?”  The Assyrian king, Sargon ll, put down a rebellion along its western border states (716 B. C.) and probably squelched Moab in the process.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v6-14, Those That Will Not Be Counselled, Cannot Be Helped.  More souls are ruined by pride than by any other sin.  Also, the very proud are commonly very passionate.  With lies many seek to gain the gratification of pride and passion, but they shall not compass (go around) proud and angry projects.  Moab was famous for fields and vineyards; but they shall be laid waste by the invading army.  God Can Soon Turn Laughter Into Mourning And Joy Into Heaviness.  In God Let Us Always Rejoice With Holy Triumph; in earthly things let us always rejoice with Holy Trembling.  The Prophet looks with concern on the desolation’s of such a pleasant country; it causes inward grief.  The false gods of Moab are unable to help and The God Of Israel, The Only True God, Can And Will Make Good What He Has Spoken.  Let Moab know her ruin is very near and prepare.  The Most Awful Declarations Of Divine Wrath, discover the way of escape to those who take warning.  There Is No Escape, But By Submission To The Son Of David, And Devoting Ourselves To Him.  And at length, when the appointed time comes, all the glory, prosperity, and multitude of The Wicked Shall Perish.     

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 16, “A Prophecy Against Moab,” V

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“Hosanna,” Isaiah Houghton

“A Prophecy Against Moab,” V, Isaiah 16:2) For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords (shallow place) of Arnon.  3) Take counsel, execute Judgment, make thy shallow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray (betray) not him that wandereth.  4) Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler:  for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.  5) And in Mercy shall The Throne Be Established:  And He Shall Sit Upon It In Truth And In The Tabernacle Of David, Judging, And Seeking Judgment, And Hasting Righteousness.  Daniel 7:14.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2, Wandering bird is a sad description of the hopeless condition of the daughters of Moab, the women of the nation.  v3, Take counsel may also be translated “make plans.”  Moab would find Salvation In The Shadow Of Zion (2:2-4).  v4, 5, Moab’s Salvation Ultimately Lies In The One Coming, Jesus The Messiah, Whose Throne Will Be Established (9:1-7; 11:1-5; Amos 9:11, 12; Acts 15:16, 17).

Quest Study Bible – v3-5, “Why aid Moabites under God’s Judgment?”  Moab’s fugitives wanted to escape Judgment by submitting to The Lord’s Rule (v. 1).  Called to be a Light to the nations, in this case Israel fulfilled its role as an agent of God’s Mercy.  Like Israel, Moab—in contrast to Babylon, Assyria and Philistia—had a remnant (14:30), a small group of Faithful Believers.  v5, “How could Moabites belong to Israel’s Messiah?”  Moab, having come to Zion and suffered injustice at the hands of a tyrannical oppressor, would find Justice through Israel’s Messiah.  This Passage Promises That The Messiah Will Bring Salvation To All The Earth—including the fugitives from Moab.  In fact, The Hope Of The World Lies In Israel’s God (9:2-7; 11:1-9).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-5, God Tells Sinners What They May Do To Prevent Ruin, So He Does To Moab.  Let them send the tribute they formerly engaged to pay to Judah.  Take it as good advice.  Break off thy sins by Righteousness, It may lengthen thy quiet.  And This May Be Applied To The Great Gospel Duty Of Submission To Christ.  Send him the lamb, the best you have, Yourselves A Living Sacrifice.  When you come to God, The Great Ruler, Come In The Name Of The Lamb, The Lamb Of God.  Those who will not submit to Christ, shall be as a bird that wanders from her nest, which shall be snatched up by the next bird of prey.  Those who will not yield To The Fear Of God Shall Be Made To Yield to the fear of every thing else.  He advises them to be kind to The Seed of Israel.  Those that expect to find favor when in trouble themselves, must show favor to those in trouble.  What is here said concerning the throne of Hezekiah, also belongs, in a Much Higher Sense, To The The Kingdom Of Jesus Christ.  Though By Subjection To Him We May Not Enjoy Worldly Riches Or Honors, But May Be Exposed To Poverty And Contempt, We Shall Have Peace Of Conscience And Eternal Life.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 16, “A Prophecy Against Moab,” IV

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“Hosanna,” Israel Houghton

“A Prophecy Against Moab,” lV, Isaiah 16:1) Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, 2, Wandering bird is a sad description of the hopeless condition of the daughters of Moab, the women of the nation.

John Gill’s Exposition of The Bible – v1, Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land  Or tribute.   The Moabites, being conquered by David, paid tribute to him, ( 2 Samuel 8:2 ) and when the kingdom was divided in Rehoboam’s time, the tribute was paid to the kings of Israel, which continued till the times of Ahab, when the Moabites rebelled, and refused to pay it, ( 2 Kings 3:42 Kings 3:5 ) and this tribute, as appears from the passage now referred to, was paid in lambs and rams; which now they are bid to pay to the king of Judah, David’s lawful heir and successor in his kingdom; who is supposed to be meant by the ruler of the land, that is, of the land of Judah, whose reigning king at this time was Hezekiah; but rather by “the ruler of the land” is meant the king of Moab, for the words may be rendered, more agreeably to the language and the accents, “send ye the lamb” (or lambs, the singular for the plural), “O ruler of the land” F20; though others, “send ye the lamb of the ruler of the land” F21; that is either, O king of Moab send the tribute that is due; or ye people of the land send the tribute which your ruler owes to the king of Judah; so Jarchi understands it of the king of Moab: some indeed expound the ruler of the land of God himself, who is the Governor of the world; and take the sense to be, that the Moabites are bid to send a lamb, or lambs, for sacrifice, to the God of the whole earth, in order to appease Him, and atone for their sins; which is said either seriously, as some think, this being to answer a good purpose, or ironically, as other’s, it being now too late; but the sense given is the best:  (It is interpreted to be Christ, The Lamb of God, The Ruler of the world, or Who Was To Be Sacrificed to the ruler of the world; Who Descended from Ruth, the Moabitess, who he supposes is meant by The Rock of the wilderness, as he renders the next clause: from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount the daughter of Zion:  according to (some) Sela was the chief city of the kingdom of Moab. The word signifies a rock; it is the same with Petra F24, the chief city of Arabia, and from whence Arabia Petraea had its name. Some take it to be Selah, the chief city of Edom, afterwards called Joktheel, ( 2 Kings 14:7 ) it was a frontier city, and lay upon the borders of Moab and Edom to the south; as the wilderness of Jordan was on the border of Moab to the north, and is thought to be here meant; the plains of Jericho, the same with the wilderness of Judea, where John the Baptist came preaching; which lay in the way from Sela or Petra, the chief city in Moab, unto Jerusalem.  Of Petra, the metropolis of the Nabataeans, that it lies in a plain, surrounded with rocks and precipices, and within it fountains and gardens, and without it a large country, for the most part desert, especially towards Judea, and from hence it is a journey of three or four days to Jericho; and so the sense is, send the lambs, or the tribute, from Sela or Petra, the chief city of Moab; send them, I say, to the wilderness of Judea, or by the way of that, even to Mount Zion or Jerusalem, the metropolis of Judea, and the seat of the king of it.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-5, God Tells Sinners What They May Do To Prevent Ruin, So He Does To Moab.  Let them send the tribute they formerly engaged to pay to Judah.  Take it as good advice.  Break off thy sins by Righteousness, It may lengthen thy quiet.  And This May Be Applied To The Great Gospel Duty Of Submission To Christ.  Send him the lamb, the best you have, Yourselves A Living Sacrifice.  When you come to God, The Great Ruler, Come In The Name Of The Lamb, The Lamb Of God.  Those who will not submit to Christ, shall be as a bird that wanders from her nest, which shall be snatched up by the next bird of prey.  Those who will not yield To The Fear Of God Shall Be Made To Yield to the fear of every thing else.  He advises them to be kind to The Seed of Israel.  Those that expect to find favor when in trouble themselves, must show favor to those in trouble.  What is here said concerning the throne of Hezekiah, also belongs, in a Much Higher Sense, To The The Kingdom Of Jesus Christ.  Though By Subjection To Him We May Not Enjoy Worldly Riches Or Honors, But May Be Exposed To Poverty And Contempt, We Shall Have Peace Of Conscience And Eternal Life.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/ “THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S”, “God’s Promises For Your Daily Battles,” by Peter Popoff

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THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S

God’s Promises For Your Daily Battles

The NAMES OF THE LORD are (our) (S)ecret (W)eapon to unleash the unlimited MIRACLE POWER OF GOD and experience COMPLETE VICTORY and SUPERNATURAL BLESSING!  (Don’t worry about pronouncing them correctly).  (*He Will Give Them To You). 

1, JEHOVAH-RAPHA – THE LORD IS MY HEALRER

The Battle of Sickness – God Will Release HIS HEALING VIRTUE!

But He Was Wounded For Our Transgressions, He Was Bruised For Our Iniquities, The Chastisement For Our Peace Was Upon Him, And By His Stripes We Are healed.  Isaiah 53:5. 

 

2, JEHOVAH-JIREH:  THE LORD IS MY PROVIDER

The Battle of Poverty – God Will Release SUPERNATURAL PROVISION!

And my God Shall Supply All Your Need According To His Riches In Glory By Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19.  

 

3, JEHOVAH-MACHSI:  THE LORD IS MY REFUGE

The Battle of Hopelessness – God Will RESTORE YOUR HOPE!

God Is our Refuge And Strength, A Very Present Help In Trouble.  Psalm 46:1.

 

4, JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU:  THE LORD IS MY RIGHTEOUSNESS

The Battle of Addiction – God Will SET YOU FREE!

Therefore, If The Son Makes you Free, you Shall Be Free Indeed.  John 8:36.

 

5, JEHOVAH-SABAOTH:  THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH

The Battle of Fear – God Will Fill You With HIS LIMITLESS LOVE!

For God Has Not Given us a spirit of fear, but of Power and of Love and of A Sound Mind.  2 Timothy 1:7.

 

6, JEHOVAH-SHALOM: THE LORD IS MY PEACE

The Battle of A Troubled Spirit – God Will Fill You With HIS PEACE!

You Will Keep him In Perfect Peace, whose mind is Stayed On You, because he Trusts In You.  Isaiah 26:3.

 

7, JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH:  THE LORD IS PRESENT AND READY TO SAVE

The Battle of Loneliness – God Will Surround you With HIS PRESENCE!

The Lord Is Near to those who Have A Broken Heart, And Saves Such As Have A Contrite (Repentant) Spirit.  Psalm 34:18.  

 

Our Help Is In THE NAME OF THE LORD, Who Made Heaven And Earth.  Psalm 124:8.

Yet In All These Things we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS Through Him That Loved Us.  Romans 8:37.   Amen.

  • This person’s Belief.  

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 15, “A Prophecy Against Moab,” III

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“No Greater Love,” Smokie Norful

Oracle – A person through whom God Speaks.

Oracles – The Words Of God

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“A Prophecy Against Moab,” lll, Isaiah 15:6) For the waters of Nimrim shall be desolate:  for the hay is withered away, the grass faileth, there is no green thing.  7) Therefore the abundance they have gotten, and that which they have laid up, shall they carry away to the brook of the willows (or, the valley of the Arabians).  8) For the cry is gone round about the borders of Moab; the howling thereof unto Eglaim, and the howling thereof unto Beerelim.  9) For the waters of Dimon shall be full of blood:  For I Will Bring More Upon Dimon, lions upon him that escapeth of Moab, and upon the remnant of the land.

Quest Study Bible – “What do ancient oracles have to do with us today?  v1-9, Isaiah’s Oracles (Words Given To Him By God) teach several important truths, still relevant centuries later.  First, God Rules Over All Nations; He’s Not A Local deity Or A Territorial god.  Despite Appearances To The Contrary, God Has His Hand In The Intricate Details Of Our Lives As Well As The Broad Strokes Of Human History.  God’s Message Of Hope Is For People Of All Nations And Ethnic Backgrounds.  Second, God Rules By His Prophetic Word, Which Is Sharp And Powerful (Hebrews 12:13-14).  Through Obedience To God’s Word, We Can Promote God’s Will In Our Lives And Bring Justice To Our Neighborhoods.  Third, God Has The Last Word.  The pretenses and rebellion of modern society will burst like a soap bubble.  Those Who Ignore God’s Word Will Be Judged At The End Of The Age.  All Evil Will Have Its Day In Court.  Finally, those who have Trusted Christ, Living In Obedience To His Word, Are Not Under Judgment.  If we Personally and Intimately Know The One Who Gives Prophetic Words, And We Live By His Mercy, We Can Rest Securely In His Unconditional Love.  Also see article:  “What do ancient Visions mean today?”  (Zechariah 1:8).

v6-8, The waters and green grass of the oasis could not survive the numerous refugees.  v9, The term Dimon sounds like blood in Hebrew.  Lions:  Fleeing from one tragedy after another in their flight southward, the refugees turn to Judah in the west for asylum (16:1-5).  As would be the case with Israel a remnant would survive in Moab.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1 – 9, This Prophecy coming to pass within three years, would confirm the Prophet’s Mission, and the Belief in all his other Prophecies.  Concerning Moab it is foretold,  1. That their chief cities should be surprised by the enemy.  Great changes, and very dismal ones, may be made in a very little time.  2. The Moabites would have recourse to their idols for relief.  Ungodly men, when in trouble, have no comforter.  But they are seldom brought by their terrors to approach Our Forgiving God with True Sorrow and Believing Prayer.  3. There should be the cities of grief through the land.  It is poor relief to have many fellow sufferers, fellow mourners.  4. The courage of their soldiers should fail.  God Can Easily deprive a nation of that on which it most depended for strength and defense.  5. These calamities should cause grief in the neighboring parts.  Though enemies to Israel, yet as our fellow-creatures, it should be grievous to see them in such distress.  In ver. 6-9, the Prophet describes the woeful lamentations heard through the country of Moab, where it became a prey to the Assyrian army.  The country should be plundered.  And famine is usually the sad effect of war.  Those who are eager to get abundance of this world, and to lay up what they have gotten, little consider how soon it may be all taken from them.  While we warn our enemies to escape from ruin, Let Us Pray For Them, That They May Seek And Find Forgiveness For Their Sins.  Amen.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 15, “A Prophecy Against Moab,” cont’d

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“No Greater Love,”  Smokie Norful

Oracle – A person through whom God Speaks, or Message From God.

Oracles – The Words Of God

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“A Prophecy Against Moab,” cont’d, Isaiah 15:5) My heart shall cry out for Moab; his fugitives shall flee unto Zoar, an heifer of three years old:  for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go it up; for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction.  Jeremiah 48:5.  

Quest Study Bible – “Why did Isaiah feel so bad about Moab’s plight?”  v5, Several reason’s may have softened Isaiah’s heart to Moab’s pain.  Israel and Moab shared the same ancestral father, Terah (Genesis 11:27; 18:37; Deuteronomy 2:9), and King David’s great grandmother, Ruth, had come from Moab (1 Samuel 22:3-4).  Furthermore, unlike Edom, The Bible never mentions Moab rejoicing over Israel’s misfortunes.

Quest Study Bible – “What do ancient oracles have to do with us today?  v1-9, Isaiah’s Oracles (Words Given To Him By God) teach several important truths, still relevant centuries later.  First, God Rules Over All Nations; He’s Not A Local deity Or A Territorial god.  Despite Appearances To The Contrary, God Has His Hand In The Intricate Details Of Our Lives As Well As The Broad Strokes Of Human History.  God’s Message Of Hope Is For People Of All Nations And Ethnic Backgrounds.  Second, God Rules By His Prophetic Word, Which Is Sharp And Powerful (Hebrews 12:13-14).  Through Obedience To God’s Word, We Can Promote God’s Will In Our Lives And Bring Justice To Our Neighborhoods.  Third, God Has The Last Word.  The pretenses and rebellion of modern society will burst like a soap bubble.  Those Who Ignore God’s Word Will Be Judged At The End Of The Age.  All Evil Will Have Its Day In Court.  Finally, those who have Trusted Christ, Living In Obedience To His Word, Are Not Under Judgment.  If we Personally and Intimately Know The One Who Gives Prophetic Words, And We Live By His Mercy, We Can Rest Securely In His Unconditional Love.  Also see article:  “What do ancient Visions mean today?”  (Zechariah 1:8).

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary –  v5, My heart refers to Isaiah, who felt sympathy for Moab (16:9-11).  Zoar was a southwestern border city of Moab on the south end of the Dead Sea.

John Gill’s Exposition of The Bible – v5,  My heart shall cry out for Moab  These seem to be the words of the prophet, pitying them as they were fellow creatures, though enemies; which shows humanity in him, and signifies that their calamities were very great, that a stranger should be concerned for them, and such to whom they had been troublesome;  his fugitives [shall flee] unto Zoar;  a city where Lot fled to, when he came out of Sodom, to which it is thought, see ( Genesis 19:20 Genesis 19:22 ) the meaning seems to be, that those that escaped out of the above cities, when taken and destroyed, should flee hither for safety: that is, those that flee from other places shall cry so loud as they go along, that their cry shall be heard unto Zoar, ( Jeremiah 48:34 ) : an heifer of three years old;  which is not to be understood of Zoar in particular, or of the country of Moab in general, comparable to such an heifer for fatness, strength, beauty, and lasciviousness; but of the cry of the fugitives, that should be very loud and clamorous, like the lowing of an ox, or an heifer in its full strength, which is heard a great way; see ( 1 Samuel 6:9 1 Samuel 6:12 ) ( Jeremiah 48:34 ) . ( Ezekiel 47:10 )  for by the mounting up of Luhith with weeping shall they go it up;  which seems to have been a very high place, and the ascent to it very great; and as the Moabites went up it, whither they might go for safety, they should weep greatly, thinking of their houses and riches they had left to the plunder of the enemy, and the danger of their lives they were still in.  ( Jeremiah 48:5 ) : for in the way of Horonaim they shall raise up a cry of destruction;  of Moab, and the several cities of it; or “of breaking”, of breaking down of walls and of houses.  A “broken cry”, such as is made when there is a multitude of people together, and in great distress. The word Horonaim is of the dual number, and signifies two Horons, the upper and the lower; which is true of Bethhoron, if that was the same place with this, ( Joshua 16:3Joshua 16:5 ) . It is taken by some to be the Avara of Ptolemy F11; it seems, that as Luhith was a very high place, this lay low, since it renders it,  “in the descent of Horonaim;”  to which its name agrees, which signifies caverns; and mention is made of Bethhoron in the valley, along with Bethnimrah F12.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1 – 9, This Prophecy coming to pass within three years, would confirm the Prophet’s Mission, and the Belief in all his other Prophecies.  Concerning Moab it is foretold,  1. That their chief cities should be surprised by the enemy.  Great changes, and very dismal ones, may be made in a very little time.  2. The Moabites would have recourse to their idols for relief.  Ungodly men, when in trouble, have no comforter.  But they are seldom brought by their terrors to approach Our Forgiving God with True Sorrow and Believing Prayer.  3. There should be the cities of grief through the land.  It is poor relief to have many fellow sufferers, fellow mourners.  4. The courage of their soldiers should fail.  God Can Easily deprive a nation of that on which it most depended for strength and defense.  5. These calamities should cause grief in the neighboring parts.  Though enemies to Israel, yet as our fellow-creatures, it should be grievous to see them in such distress.  In ver. 6-9, the Prophet describes the woeful lamentations heard through the country of Moab, where it became a prey to the Assyrian army.  The country should be plundered.  And famine is usually the sad effect of war.  Those who are eager to get abundance of this world, and to lay up what they have gotten, little consider how soon it may be all taken from them.  While we warn our enemies to escape from ruin, Let Us Pray For Them, That They May Seek And Find Forgiveness For Their Sins.  Amen.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 15, “A Prophecy Against Moab”

Christian Living

“No Greater Love,”  Smokie Norful

Oracle – A person through whom God Speaks, or Message From God.

Oracles – The Words Of God

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“A Prophecy Against Moab,” Isaiah 15:1) The Burden of Moab.  Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid wast, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silende;  Jeremiah 9:26; Numbers 21:28.  2) He is gone up to Bajith, and to Dibon, the high places, to weep:  Moab shall howl over Nebo, and over Medeba:  on all their heads shall be baldness, and every beard cut off.  3) In their streets they shall gird themselves with sackcloth:  on the tops of their houses, and in their streets, every one shall howl, weeping abundantly.  4) And Heshbon shall cry, and Elealeh:  their voice shall be heard even unto Jahaz:  therefore the armed soldiers of Moab shall cry out; his life shall be grievous unto him.  Numbers 32;3.

Quest Study Bible – “Why detail Moab’s destruction?”  v1-4, See “Why describe the destruction of these nation’s?” (14:3-27).   “Why did Isaiah feel so bad about Moab’s plight?” 

Quest Study Bible – “What do ancient oracles have to do with us today?  v1-9, Isaiah’s Oracles (Words Given To Him By God) teach several important truths, still relevant centuries later.  First, God Rules Over All Nations; He’s Not A Local deity Or A Territorial god.  Despite Appearances To The Contrary, God Has His Hand In The Intricate Details Of Our Lives As Well As The Broad Strokes Of Human History.  God’s Message Of Hope Is For People Of All Nations And Ethnic Backgrounds.  Second, God Rules By His Prophetic Word, Which Is Sharp And Powerful (Hebrews 12:13-14).  Through Obedience To God’s Word, We Can Promote God’s Will In Our Lives And Bring Justice To Our Neighborhoods.  Third, God Has The Last Word.  The pretenses and rebellion of modern society will burst like a soap bubble.  Those Who Ignore God’s Word Will Be Judged At The End Of The Age.  All Evil Will Have Its Day In Court.  Finally, those who have Trusted Christ, Living In Obedience To His Word, Are Not Under Judgment.  If we Personally and Intimately Know The One Who Gives Prophetic Words, And We Live By His Mercy, We Can Rest Securely In His Unconditional Love.  Also see article:  “What do ancient Visions mean today?”  (Zechariah 1:8).

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, burden:  for similar phrasing, see, 13:1.  Ar and Kir were cities of Moab (16:7, 11; Deuteronomy 2:9; 2 Kings 3:25).  v2, High places were sites of pagan worship (16:12).  weep … wail:  The refers to the mourning over the destruction of the cities of Moab.  Baldness and having one’s beard cut off were aspects of mourning rituals.  v3, Sackcloth and weeping were part Middle Eastern mourning rites (Genesis 23:2; 37:34; 2 Samuel 1:11, 12).  v4, Heshbon, Elealeh, and Jahaz were cities in Moab.  armed soldiers:  The weeping would extend even to hardened fighting men.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1 – 9, This Prophecy coming to pass within three years, would confirm the Prophet’s Mission, and the Belief in all his other Prophecies.  Concerning Moab it is foretold,  1. That their chief cities should be surprised by the enemy.  Great changes, and very dismal ones, may be made in a very little time.  2. The Moabites would have recourse to their idols for relief.  Ungodly men, when in trouble, have no comforter.  But they are seldom brought by their terrors to approach Our Forgiving God with True Sorrow and Believing Prayer.  3. There should be the cities of grief through the land.  It is poor relief to have many fellow sufferers, fellow mourners.  4. The courage of their soldiers should fail.  God Can Easily deprive a nation of that on which it most depended for strength and defense.  5. These calamities should cause grief in the neighboring parts.  Though enemies to Israel, yet as our fellow-creatures, it should be grievous to see them in such distress.  In ver. 6-9, the Prophet describes the woeful lamentations heard through the country of Moab, where it became a prey to the Assyrian army.  The country should be plundered.  And famine is usually the sad effect of war.  Those who are eager to get abundance of this world, and to lay up what they have gotten, little consider how soon it may be all taken from them.  While we warn our enemies to escape from ruin, Let Us Pray For Them, That They May Seek And Find Forgiveness For Their Sins.  Amen.   

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 14, “A Prophecy Against the Philistines”

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“A Prophecy Against the Philistines,” Isaiah 14:28) In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.  29) Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken:  for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatice (or, snake), and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.  30) And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety:  And I Will Kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant (or, survivors).  31) Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved:  for there shall come from the north a Smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times (or, assemblies).  32) What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation?  That The Lord Hath Founded Zion, and the poor of His People Shall Trust In It. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v26-28, King Ahaz died in 720 B. C.  v29, Rod is probably a metaphor for the Assyrian king (10:5).  it’s offspring will be … serpent:  More trouble would come upon Philistia; it would have nothing for which to rejoice.  v30, Like Babylon (v. 22) —but unlike Israel—Philistia would have no future, because it would have no remnant.  v31, The gate of a walled city was its weakest point.  When the gate fell, the city could be taken.  No one will be alone, speaks of the close ranks of the Assyrian army.  v32, founded Zion:  The destruction of Philistia would leave no refuge for the Philistines.  The only place they could go to be saved would be Jerusalem, The City Built By God.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v28 – v32, Assurance is given of the destruction of the Philistines and their power, by famine and war.  Hezekiah would be more terrible to them than Uzziah had been.  Instead of rejoicing, there would be lamentation (wailing, crying), for the whole land would be ruined.  Such destruction will come upon the proud and rebellious, but The Lord Founded Zion For A Refuge To Poor Sinners, Who Flee From The Wrath To Come, (by turning from their sinfulness)  and Trust(ing) In His Mercy Through Christ Jesus.  Let us tell all around, of our comfort and security, And Exhort Them To Seek The Same Refuge and Salvation.

“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 14, “A Prophecy Against Assyria”

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“A Prophecy Against Assyria,” Isaiah 14:24) The Lord Of Hosts Hath Sworn, Saying, Surely As I Have Thought, So Shall It Come To Pass; And As I Have Purposed, So Shall It Stand:  25) That I Will Break The Assyrian In My Land, And Upon My Mountains Tread Him Under Foot:  then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.  26) This is the Purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth:  And This Is The Hand That Is Stretched Out Upon All The Nations.  27) For The Lord Of Hosts Hath Purposed, and who shall disannul it?  And His Hand Is Stretched Out, and who shall turn It back?  

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v23, 24, porcupine … marshes:  The former beautiful city of Babylon (13:19 would become a wild, inhospitable place.  v25, My Land … My Mountains:  The Lord Asserts His Sovereignty.  yoke … his burden:  In 9:4, these same terms are used of the Assyrian menace.  v26-28, King Ahaz died in 720 B. C.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v24 – v27, Let those that make themselves a yoke and burden to God”s People, see what they are to expect.  Let those that are The Called According to God’s Purpose, comfort themselves, that Whatever God Has Purposed to break the Assyrian’s yoke, His Hand Is Stretched Out To Execute This Purpose; who has power to turn it back?  By such Dispensations (Orders) of Providence, The Almighty Shows In The Most Convincing Manner, That Sin Is Hateful In His Sight.