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

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“Withholding Nothing,” William McDowell

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 Arabia,” Isaiah 21:13) The Burden (Oracle) upon Arabia.  In the forest In Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.  14) The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled (or, bring food for the fugitives).  15) For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.  16) For Thus Hath The Lord Said Unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:  Genesis 25:13.  17) And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, Shall Be Diminished For The Lord God Of Israel Hath Spoken it.

Quest Study Bible – v16, “Why were the people of Kedar so pompous?”  Kedar, in northwestern Arabia not far from Judah, was known as a land of Arabian princes, prosperous caravan merchants and wealthy herdsmen (Ezekiel 27:21).  But Kedar’s glory days were about to end.  Assyria and Babylon each led campaigns into northern Arabia with Nebuchadnezzar’s army finally defeating Kedar (Jeremiah 49:28-29).

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v13, Dedanites (Dedanim) may be the refugees described in v. 15.  v14, Tema was about two hundred miles southeast of Dumah (v. 11).  v15, The drawn sword are those of the Assyrians and Babylonians.  v16, 17, Kedar was a fertile region in the northwestern part of the Assyrian desert in which Dedan and Tema were located (60:7).  Its refugees would be driven deeper into the desert.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – The Arabians lived in tents, and kept cattle.  A destroying army shall be brought upon them, and make them an easy pray.  We know not what straits we may be brought into before we die.  Those may know the want of necessary food who now eat bread to the full.  Neither the skill of archers, nor the courage of mighty men, Can Protect From The Judgments of God.  That is poor glory, which will thus quickly come to nothing.  Thus Hath The Lord Said To Me; And No Word Of His Shall Fall To The Ground.  We May Be Sure The Strength of Israel Will Not Lie.  Happy are those only whose Riches and Glory (*Christ And His Salvation) are out of the reach of invaders; all other prosperity will speedily pass away.  

* This person’s belief.

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