2157.) Isaiah 47

I47 my salvation

Isaiah 47   (ESV)

The Humiliation of Babylon

Come down and sit in the dust,
O virgin daughter of Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
O daughter of the Chaldeans!
For you shall no more be called
tender and delicate.
Take the millstones and grind flour,
put off your veil,
strip off your robe, uncover your legs,
pass through the rivers.

What a contrast! The bold image is of Babylon as a beautiful, rich, frivolous, and sensual young woman who, now a prisoner, is doomed to the despicable state of a slave. She will be punished for three sins.

Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
and your disgrace shall be seen.
I will take vengeance,
and I will spare no one.
4 Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name—
is the Holy One of Israel.

Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
O daughter of the Chaldeans;
for you shall no more be called
the mistress of kingdoms.
6 I was angry with my people;
I profaned my heritage;
I gave them into your hand;

Babylon thought that she conquered Judah and Jerusalem through her own power. But Babylon didn’t see that she really conquered them because God was angry with His people, and therefore used Babylon as an instrument of His work. God says, “You didn’t know that I had given them into your hand.”

–David Guzik

you showed them no mercy;

I47 Exile

Sin #1.  Yes, God appointed Babylon to carry his people into exile. But he did not order Babylon to do it with such merciless cruelty.

on the aged you made your yoke exceedingly heavy.
You said, “I shall be mistress forever,”
so that you did not lay these things to heart
or remember their end.

Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures,
who sit securely,
who say in your heart,
“I am, and there is no one besides me;
I shall not sit as a widow
or know the loss of children”:
These two things shall come to you
in a moment, in one day;
the loss of children and widowhood
shall come upon you in full measure,
in spite of your many sorceries
and the great power of your enchantments.

10 You felt secure in your wickedness,
you said, “No one sees me”;
your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray,
and you said in your heart,
“I am, and there is no one besides me.”

I47 Prosperity

Sin #2.  In her arrogance, Babylon thought nothing could destroy her prosperity. But her pride will fall overnight.

11 But evil shall come upon you,
which you will not know how to charm away;
disaster shall fall upon you,
for which you will not be able to atone;
and ruin shall come upon you suddenly,
of which you know nothing.

12 Stand fast in your enchantments
and your many sorceries,
with which you have labored from your youth;
perhaps you may be able to succeed;
perhaps you may inspire terror.
13 You are wearied with your many counsels;
let them stand forth and save you,
those who divide the heavens,
who gaze at the stars,
who at the new moons make known
what shall come upon you.

14 Behold, they are like stubble;
the fire consumes them;
they cannot deliver themselves
from the power of the flame.

I47 astrology

Sin #3.  Babylon trusted in sorcerers and astrologers. All their idolatry, superstitions, and witchcraft will prove worthless; nothing will be able to save Babylon from God’s judgment.

No coal for warming oneself is this,
no fire to sit before!
15 Such to you are those with whom you have labored,
who have done business with you from your youth;
they wander about, each in his own direction;
there is no one to save you.

Jonah 2:8-9 (NLT)

“Those who worship false gods
    turn their backs on all God’s mercies.
But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise,
    and I will fulfill all my vows.
    For my salvation comes from the Lord alone.”

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Music:

God is my salvation, my refuge, my joy, my strength, my hope.  Click  HERE  for the Tommy Coomes Band and “My Hope Is in the Lord.” This is a lovely chorus to carry around in your head all day, reminding you of the fullness of Christ.

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English Standard Version (ESV)   The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Images courtesy of:
My salvation.    http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6117/7022515323_0f45d95ba3_z.jpg
Jews forced to go to Persia.    http://modiya.nyu.edu/bitstream/1964/740/2/Hirszenberg_Golus_Exile_v3.jpg
prosperity.   http://www.yourdictionary.com/images/articles/lg/2858.Prosperity.jpg
astrology.    http://d4nations.com/webpubl/images/zodiac-astrology.jpg
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