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Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Monday, 11 December 2017

Isaiah Day 142 - Wait... What? The God of Judah Speaks to Babylon?



47:1   “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.
2 Take the millstones and grind meal.
Remove your veil,
Take off the skirt,
Uncover the thigh,
Pass through the rivers.
3 Your nakedness shall be uncovered,
Yes, your shame will be seen;
I will take vengeance,
And I will not arbitrate with a man.”

4 As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
The Holy One of Israel.

5 “Sit in silence, and go into darkness,
O daughter of the Chaldeans;
For you shall no longer be called
The Lady of Kingdoms.
6 I was angry with My people;
I have profaned My inheritance,
And given them into your hand.
You showed them no mercy;
On the elderly you laid your yoke very heavily.
7 And you said, ‘I shall be a lady forever,’
So that you did not take these things to heart,
Nor remember the latter end of them.

8 “Therefore hear this now, you who are given to pleasures,
Who dwell securely,
Who say in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one else besides me;
I shall not sit as a widow,
Nor shall I know the loss of children’;
9 But these two things shall come to you
In a moment, in one day:
The loss of children, and widowhood.
They shall come upon you in their fullness
Because of the multitude of your sorceries,
For the great abundance of your enchantments.

10 “For you have trusted in your wickedness;
You have said, ‘No one sees me’;
Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you;
And you have said in your heart,
‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’
11 Therefore evil shall come upon you;
You shall not know from where it arises.
And trouble shall fall upon you;
You will not be able to put it off.
And desolation shall come upon you suddenly,
Which you shall not know.

12 “Stand now with your enchantments
And the multitude of your sorceries,
In which you have labored from your youth—
Perhaps you will be able to profit,
Perhaps you will prevail.
13 You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels;
Let now the astrologers, the stargazers,
And the monthly prognosticators
Stand up and save you
From what shall come upon you.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble,
The fire shall burn them;
They shall not deliver themselves
From the power of the flame;
It shall not be a coal to be warmed by,
Nor a fire to sit before!
15 Thus shall they be to you
With whom you have labored,
Your merchants from your youth;
They shall wander each one to his quarter.
No one shall save you.

So if you have been following along you know Isaiah was a prophet raised up by God to warn Judah of their impending trouble brought on by their sin and rebellion. You also know Babylon was the nation that would destroy them and take some of them captive to Babylon.

In our human way of computing we may assume that God is happier with Babylon than Judah because He let them defeat "His people" but that isn't the case. Babylon has her own serious issues and her turn is coming. That's what this chapter is all about - the impending destruction of Babylon, a destruction from which they would never recover. A destruction that parallels the complete and utter end of evil when God mercifully brings this planet to an end.

The history is absolutely accurate. Babylon sits in ruins today in Iraq. It was never rebuilt. It never will be.

However it would be a mistake to leave all this in the dusty pages of antiquity as if we have nothing to learn from it. Consider in particular verse 10:

“For you have trusted in your wickedness;
You have said, ‘No one sees me’;
Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you;
And you have said in your heart,
‘I am, and there is no one else besides me.’

Atheism is on the rise but it's not just atheism. I actually have a lot of respect for some atheists. They see the brokenness of religion and drop it but still hold to the values of Jesus. I truly believe such people will find Him in the end in spite of all the garbage religion has done and is yet to do. After all man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart.

The theme of Babylon runs through the Bible right to the end and at the end God calls "Come out of her My people." She is going to be fully and finally destroyed. This spirit of self-obsession and self-worship that took out Judah and then Babylon and so many other nations and people is going to meet her end. Injustice will be stopped forever. Oppression will never rise up again. The attitude of having to be at the top and stopping at nothing to get there will be wiped away forever.

The teaching that we are a cosmic accident and alone on this planet without a Father or a history that stretches beyond us both backward and forward is only a ruse to justify our actions. If we are alone we are our own god and we can define our own morality and in essence our own reality. Dig down at the issues that we are grappling with and that is the baseline. I determine my own destiny. I define who I am. I do what I want and no one can stop me, question me, or interfere.

All the while we depend on His sun, His rain, His breath, and His mercy.

Many times I have tried to get Him to listen to me. I have prayed for Him to follow my directions. I have tried to form Him into my image. In it all He patiently and mercifully brought me back to the reality that He loves me more than I love myself. His wisdom is infinitely greater, and when I get to see the journey from His vantage point I will agree that He did all things well.

Every time we fight Him, resist Him, run from Him, we are slipping deeper and deeper into the delusional abyss of Babylon where we are god. It's an almost comfortable place when all is well...

Let's just remember this truth. He loves us more than we love ourselves. Why would we take His throne?

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