“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.


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