“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 21, “A Prophecy Against Babylon”

Christian Living

John 4:24

“I Worship You,” (Mary, Mary), Trey McLaughlin and SOZ

“Let Praises Rise,” ORU Worship Center 

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 Babylon,” Isaiah 21:1) The Burden (Oracle) of the desert of the sea.  As whirlwinds in the south pass through so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.  2) A grievous vision is declared unto me; the treacherously, and the spoiler spoileth.  Go up, O Elam:  besiege, O Media; all the sighing thereof Have I Made To Cease.  1 Samuel 24:13.  3) Therefore are my loins filled with pain:  pangs have taken hold upon me, as the pangs of a woman that travaileth:  I was bowed down at the hearing of it;  I was dismayed at the seeing of it.  4) My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me:  the night of my pleasure hath he turned into fear unto me.  5) Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink:  arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.

Quest Study Bible – “What can we learn from ancient Prophecies?”  v1, Prophecy teaches us lessons, much as history does.  When we see the parallels between our times and the Israelites’, we can benefit from the things they learned.  For instance, Prophecy offers a glimpse of how seriously God Takes Sin.  A Holy God Cannot Leave Sin Unpunished Indefinitely.  Sinners must either be Forgiven or face a Day of Judgment.  Prophecy also reveals the image of specific sins.  Israel, for example, desiring to be self-sufficient, Often Was Reluctant To Trust In God.  If their crops didn’t grow or their wives didn’t conceive, they would turn to fertility gods for solutions.  If neighboring armies strapped on body armor, the Israelites would make treaties with pagan allies instead of Trusting In God (Leviticus 26:7-8; Isaiah 31:1).  Prophecies sometimes show us examples of God’s Patience and Mercy.  He Often Used Prophecy To Call Israel Back To Him–His Last Attempt To Avoid Punishing Them For Their Failure To Follow Him.   

“Desert by the sea,” v1, This mysterious description could be a reference to Babylon, a desert empire just north of the Persian Gulf (see Map 7 at the back of this Bible).  v3-4, “What caused Isaiah to tremble?”  These words might symbolize the horrors Babylon would suffer when foreign armies would invade it.  More likely they describe Isaiah’s reaction to his Vision of seeing the Babylonians die.  He showed great compassion for the enemy, Though God Had Said Babylon Would Utterly Destroy Jerusalem.  Like other prophets, Isaiah waited anxiously for the twilight–the fall of Babylon.  But he was unprepared for the gruesome images of Babylon’s dying human beings.  v5, Scripture Link, “They set the tables,” Read about a feast in the royal courts of Babylon the night before it fell (Daniel 5:1-4).  v5, “Oil the shields,”  Most shields in Old Testament times were made of wood or wicker frames covered in hides.  Some were reinforced with metal in the center and around the edges.  Left unoiled, the leather covering became brittle and easier to pierce in combat.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Wilderness means “desert.”  The phrase Wilderness of the sea may be a sarcastic parody of Babylon, whose southern region on the Persian Gulf was called “The Land of the Sea.”  v2, Its sighing may refer to the sighing Babylon inflicted on others, or to its own sighing under Assyrian oppression.   v3, Perhaps Isaiah was distressed in the report of Babylon’s fall because it meant that Babylon could not save Judah from the Assyrians.  v4, Although Isaiah longed for the fall of Babylon, he feared its consequences to Judah.  v5, Having  summoned Babylon’s princes to eat and drink, Isaiah summoned them again to anoint the shield in preparation for battle (Daniel 5).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-10, Babylon was a flat country, abundantly watered.  The destruction of Babylon, so often Prophesied of by Isaiah, was typical of the destruction of the great foe of the New Testament Church, foretold in The Revelation.  To the poor oppressed captives it would be grievous.  Let this check vain mirth and sensual pleasures, that we know not in what heaviness the mirth may end.  Here is the alarm given to Babylon, when forced by Cyrus.  An ass and a camel seem to be the symbols of the Medes and Persians.  Babylon’s idols shall be so far from protecting her, that they shall be broken down.  True Believers Are The Corn Of God’s Floor; hypocrites are but as chaff and straw with which the wheat is now mixed, but from which it shall be separated.  The Corn Of God’s Floor Must Expect To Be Threshed By Afflictions and Persecutions.  God’s Israel of old was afflicted.  Even then God Owns it is His Still.  In All Events Concerning The Church, Past, Present, And To Come, We Must Look To God, Who Has Power To Do Any Thing For His Church, And Grace To Do Every Thing That Is For Her Good.  

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