Day 182

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2 Kings 16:19-20, 2 Chronicles 28:26-27, Isaiah 13:1 – 16:14 (NLT)

Carole Yurewicz, Executive Assistant to the Executive Pastor

So these four chapters of Isaiah are definitely frightening! Isaiah 13:6 – “Scream in terror, for the day of the Lord has arrived – the time for the Almighty to destroy.” In my NLT Study Bible, Isaiah chapter 13 is entitled “The Day of the Lord,” and the subtitle is “A Message about Babylon.” So the first question that came to my mind was “exactly where was/is Babylon?” When I want to find out about something, as I do multiple times a day, I just “Google” it. I was surprised to realize that Babylon is in Iraq located about 53 miles south of Baghdad. All that remains is a large mound of broken mud-brick buildings and debris. I also came across a picture of the ruins taken from the summer palace of Sadaam Hussein which overlooks the ruins. I find it so interesting to put the verses in the Bible into today’s perspective. Isaiah chapter 13 is talking about the fall of Babylon, but it is also referring to the final judgment. Babylon is a representation of all the wicked and arrogant nations and any power independent of God

“The Day of the Lord” when God will have rule over all creation. As described in my Bible notes, “The ungodly receive the punishment they deserve, while the righteous enter in their full salvation.” As much as I cringe to read these chapters full of God’s wrath and destruction, I am glad to be reminded and assured that God is sovereign in his judging, and that all my wickedness and sin have been covered by Jesus. What a peace to know that I am secure, and that each person who chooses to follow the Lord is safe and secure as well. Believing that gives me a new enthusiasm to share that news with others.

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4 responses »

  1. Thanks Carole,

    I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to be a believe amongst these doomed people. The following plea / prayer comes to mind. I know it was written for very different circumstances but in my heart it somehow seems fitting.

    Psalm 71:1-8 (NLT)
    O Lord, I have come to you for protection;
    don’t let me be disgraced.
    Save me and rescue me,
    for you do what is right.
    Turn your ear to listen to me,
    and set me free.
    Be my rock of safety
    where I can always hide.
    Give the order to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.
    My God, rescue me from the power of the wicked,
    from the clutches of cruel oppressors.
    O Lord, you alone are my hope.
    I’ve trusted you, O Lord, from childhood.
    Yes, you have been with me from birth;
    from my mother’s womb you have cared for me.
    No wonder I am always praising you!
    My life is an example to many,
    because you have been my strength and protection.
    That is why I can never stop praising you;
    I declare your glory all day long.

    Lord, I know that all You ever wanted was my heart and You have that. I may not always do what is pleasing in Your eyes but I will always love you and do my best to follow You and You alone.

  2. What’s even more surprising about Isaiah’s prophecies against Babylon is the fact that during Isaiah’s lifetime Babylon had not yet risen to be a world power. I’m sure the people at the time were scratching their heads: “Babylon? Who are they?” Isaiah himself probably wondered why God was so worked up about some town over on the Euphrates. Here is more evidence that God is outside of time. Fulfillment of detailed prophecy gives us a more solid foundation for our faith.

  3. Is 15:32 What answer shall be given to the envoys of that nation?
    “The Lord has established Zion, and in her his afflicted people will find refuge.”
    Lord, thank You that You are my Refuge. Not only for me but for anyone who chooses to run to You and be saved from the sure destruction around us and in us.

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