“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 29, “Woe To David’s City”

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“Woe To David’s City,” Isaiah 29:1) Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt!  add ye year to year; let them kill Sacrifices;  2) Yet I Will Distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow:  And It Shall Be Unto Me As Ariel.  3) And I Will Camp Against Thee Round About, And Will Lay Siege Against Thee With A Mount, And I Will Raise Forts Against Thee.  4) And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust.  5) Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away:  yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly.  6) Thou Shalt Be Visited Of The Lord Of Hosts With Thunder, And With Earthquake, And Great Noise, With Storm And Tempest, And The Flame Of Devouring Fire.  7) And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision.  8) It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty:  or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite:  so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against Mount Zion.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v1, Ariel  probably means “altar hearth” (Ezekiel 43:15, 16).  The destruction and bloodshed in Jerusalem would make the city appear like an Altar.  where David dwelt:  David made Jerusalem his capitol and planned The Temple that Solomon would later build in that city.   v2, Heaviness and sorrow may be rephrased as “grievous sorrow.”  v3, Siege refers to the Assyrian siege of the city in 701 B. C.  v4, 5, Voice … like a medium’s, refers to the forbidden, deceptive “voices” for which the medium supposedly served as a channel.  v6, thunder and earthquake and great noise … storm and tempest … fire:  The Lord’s Coming To His People Is Described using the imagery of The Elements That Accompanied Him At Sinai.   v7, 8,  As a dream means “quickly passing,” almost “unreal.”

Quest Study Bible – v1, Ariel.  A nickname for Jerusalem.  In Hebrew it sounds like the word altar hearth and originally may have meant that.  Since people came to Jerusalem to Worship at The Temple Altar, the word became synonymous with the city.  Ariel also sounds similar to Lion of God and that meaning may be suggested as well.  Other Scriptures describe Israel as a Lion (Genesis 49:9).   v3, Siege works.  Military equipment used to capture a walled city.  Assyrian art shows wheeled battering rams and huge, wheeled towers packed with archers.  Soldiers pushed these towers against the wall and used them as protected ladders.  v6, “Are natural disasters Signs of God’s Judgment?”  See Is God Responsible For Disasters?  (Jeremiah 36:3) and article: ” Why Does God Send Calamity? (Lamentations 3:38).”

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-8, Ariel may signify The Altar of Burnt-Offerings.  Let Jerusalem know that Outward Religious services will not make men free from Judgements.  Hypocrites never can please God, nor make their peach with Him.  God Had Often And Long, By A Host Of Angels, Encamped Round About Jerusalem For protection And Deliverance; But Now He Fought Against It.   Proud looks and proud language shall be brought down By Humbling Providences.  The destruction of Jerusalem’s enemies is foretold.  The army of Sennacherib went as a dream; and thus the multitudes, that through successive ages fight against God’s Altar and Worship, Shall Fall.  Speedily will sinners awake from their soothing dreams in the pains of hell.  

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