“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.   

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