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

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,” 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.   

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