October 5th Isaiah, 24 The whole earth emptied
1: Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. 2: And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. 3: The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word. 4: The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. 5: The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. 6: Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. 7: The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. 8: The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. 9: They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. 10: The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. 11: There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. 12: In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction. 13: When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done. 14: They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea. 15: Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea. 16: From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, even glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously. 17: Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. 18: And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. 19: The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. 20: The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. 21: And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. 22: And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. 23: Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
Praise to the Lord
1: O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. 2: For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. 3: Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. 4: For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. 5: Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. 6: And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. 7: And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. 8: He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. 9: And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. 10: For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill. 11: And he shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them, as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to swim: and he shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their hands. 12: And the fortress of the high fort of thy walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the ground, even to the dust.
Today we are reading in Isaiah 24 & 25. Isaiah chapter 24 begins a new section which continues right on to ch 27v13 in which Isaiah declares judgment and mercy on Israel. Ch 24v1-23 is the judgment and Ch 25v1-27v13 is the mercy. We begin in v1 were Isaiah declares that the judgment of God will fall on the land. It will come on v2 the people, priests, masters, maids, mistresses, buyer, seller, lender, borrowers, taker of usury, and the giver of usury. The land will be depopulated. Then Isaiah says that the Lord will be glorified in his judgments in the whole earth v13-16. Fear of death will come on the inhabitants of the earth. The very foundations of the earth will shake. There will be great things going on in the earth itself. It will roll and shake very much v19-20. This will be the judgments of the kings of the earth. They will be gathered and imprisoned and visited by God after a long time v21-22. The moon and sun will cease to shine on the earth. This will all occur in the Day of the LORD of hosts when Christ reigns in Mount Zion and Jerusalem and all his OT saints are raised in glory. In Ch 25 Isaiah begins his section describing the Mercy of the LORD and he begins with praise. In that day men will praise the LORD for all his wonderful acts and counsels. The enemies of God will be totally destroyed. Their cities will be levelled never to be built again. All nations will fear the LORD, because he will emulate righteousness toward the poor and needy v2-5. The Lord will restore Israel bringing them into fatness and joy. He will remove the veil that lies over their eyes. He will conquer death. He will wipe away all tears from off all faces and he will remove the rebuke of the nations from Israel v6-8. In that they will say This is our God we have been waiting for him, he will save us. This is the LORD that we waited for, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation v9. People ask how were the Old Testament saints saved? Well they weren’t. Their salvation was future and bound up into the Day of the LORD. In v10 he speaks of the mountain of the LORD brought to rest and of the destruction of Moab. The Lord will totally humble Moab v11-12.