“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 22, “A Prophecy About Jerusalem”

Christian Living

“Because Of Who You Are,” Vicki Yohe

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 About Jerusalem,” Isaiah 22:1) The Burden (Oracle) of The Valley of Vision.  What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the house tops?  2) Thou that art full of stirs (commotion), a tumultuous city, a joyous city:  thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.  3) All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers:  all that are found in thee are bound together, which have fled from far.  4) Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.  5) For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, And Of Perplexity By The Lord God Of Hosts in The Valley of Vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.  Lamentations 1:5.

Quest Study Bible – v1, “Valley of Vision,”  A surprising way to introduce a Prophecy about Jerusalem, Often referred to as a Mountain (10:32).  A mountain provides a commanding view, but little can be seen from a valley.  This could be sarcasm — Isaiah saying the people have no vision.  They celebrate a temporary victory and fail to see the coming destruction.  The phrase could also mean a specific valley in which Isaiah had this Vision.  v1, “Why did the people go to the roof?” It was not uncommon for flat roofs to be used as multi-purpose family rooms — sometimes for work, sometimes for relaxing in the cool evening breezes.  In this case, however, the people simply wanted a good look at the distant hills.  They may have watched in alarm as foreign soldiers surrounded the city, or they may have been celebrating the invaders’ retreat, perhaps after the unsuccessful Assyrian attack in 701 B. C. (2 Chronicles 32).  v2-3, “How did they die?”  In 588 B. C. Babylon surrounded Jerusalem in a blockade that lasted about two years.  The city ran out of food causing many to starve or die of disease.  The night Babylon finally broke through the wall, Jerusalem’s rulers tried to escape, but the king was chased down and captured 16 miles away in Jericho (v. 3; 2 Kings 25:3-5).

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Valley of Vision, sarcastically describes Jerusalem.  Mount Zion is ironically personified in Its valleys from which It could see nothing.  Instead of partying on housetops, the ailing city should have been in its Prayer Closets.   v2, 3, In the Prophets Vision, the rulers are not slain with the sword while heroically defending the city, but are captured while fleeing to save their own skins (2 Kings 25:4-6).  v4, 5, daughter of my people:  For a similar reference, see 1:8.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-7, Why is Jerusalem in such terror?  Her slain men are not slain with the sword, but with famine; or, slain with fear, disheartened.  Their rulers fled, but were overtaken.  The servants of God, who foresee and warn sinners of coming miseries, are affected by the prospect.  But all the horrors of a city taken by storm, (have a shadow of the terrors coming on The Day Of Wrath).


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