Day 181 (June 30): Isaiah predicts destruction of many cities: Babylon, Assyria, Philistine, Moab, Ahaz dies, Israel raiders to be servants

Isaiah predicts destruction of many cities. Isaiah foretells destruction of many cities.
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Welcome to Livin’ Light’s Bible-In-A-Year challenge of discovering God’s love for us and His purpose for our lives. Here is the format for this great adventure: The daily reading assignment is posted at 5 a.m. After each day’s reading, Leigh An Coplin, the blog host, shares observations and poses questions about difficult passages to Rob Fields, who studied Christian Education at Asbury Seminary and currently teaches Biology in the Orlando area. To start from the beginning, click on 365 Bible Readings and scroll down to Day 1. The reading schedule is taken from The One Year Chronological Bible NLT. 

Today’s Reading
2 Kings 16:19-20
2 Chronicles 28:26-27
Isaiah 13-16
(725 BC) Click here for a timeline of the entire Bible.

Questions & Observations

Q. (Isaiah 13:4): Who are these armies?  Those who still believe in God?

A. Though the title of the section refers to the Babylonian army, it is actually referring to what we have been calling the Assyrians.  Babylon was their most important city, and so this section (13:1-14:27) all pertains to the Assyrian people, army, and king.  But there will be another Babylon that will come onto the scene and be a very important player in future events for Judah.

Q. (13:16,18): OK, it doesn’t look like these people are followers of God if they are raping women and killing children.  I guess God just mobilized these wicked soldiers so Babylon could look evil in the eye?

A. Isaiah is talking about the same armies we have already been seeing in the story.  The Assyrian army routed the nation of Israel and pretty much everything in their path, and did so with bloodthirsty gusto.

Q. (14:1-23): We haven’t heard much about Babylon, right?  We have mostly heard of Samaria and Jerusalem.  Why Babylon now?  What was the city known for … not counting the evil?

A. For the moment, it is known for being the capital of Assyria.  Hold onto this question, and let’s revisit it later.

Q. (15:1-16:14): And why is destroying Moab important?  What is its relationship to Israel?  It seems like I remember battles between the two ever since the Israelites arrived in Canaan.

A. This section of Isaiah contains prophecy against many other nations — i.e., he’s going to talk about Damascus and Egypt next, for example.  So in that sense, there’s nothing special about Moab, other than it was a nation that God told Isaiah to prophesy to.  This section of Isaiah is all about God calling the nations in this part of the world to account for their sins — like Jonah was called to — while keeping the long-term focus unto the people of God.

For further study
— All about Isaiah?
— Have Bible prophecies been realized?

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Tomorrow’s reading: 2 Chronicles 29:3-31:21

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