7.7.09, Isaiah 2:8-22

The Day of the Lord

6 You have abandoned your people,
the house of Jacob.
They are full of superstitions from the East;
they practice divination like the Philistines
and clasp hands with pagans.

7 Their land is full of silver and gold;
there is no end to their treasures.
Their land is full of horses;
there is no end to their chariots.

8 Their land is full of idols;
they bow down to the work of their hands,
to what their fingers have made.

9 So man will be brought low
and mankind humbled—
do not forgive them.

10 Go into the rocks,
hide in the ground
from dread of the LORD
and the splendor of his majesty!

11 The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled
and the pride of men brought low;
the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.

12 The LORD Almighty has a day in store
for all the proud and lofty,
for all that is exalted
(and they will be humbled),

13 for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty,
and all the oaks of Bashan,

14 for all the towering mountains
and all the high hills,

15 for every lofty tower
and every fortified wall,

16 for every trading ship
and every stately vessel.

17 The arrogance of man will be brought low
and the pride of men humbled;
the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,

18 and the idols will totally disappear.

19 Men will flee to caves in the rocks
and to holes in the ground
from dread of the LORD
and the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to shake the earth.

20 In that day men will throw away
to the rodents and bats
their idols of silver and idols of gold,
which they made to worship.

21 They will flee to caverns in the rocks
and to the overhanging crags
from dread of the LORD
and the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to shake the earth.

22 Stop trusting in man,
who has but a breath in his nostrils.
Of what account is he?

Are You Talking To Me?

Again, we are confronted with a harsh prophecy given by Isaiah.  And as before, we have to be careful when we read about prophecy and its meaning.  There is the immediate meaning to the Israelites at that time, that they would be completely overrun and placed into captivity, and Isaiah could be alluding to that event.  But at the same time, this prophecy also seems to about the end of times, as many of the circumstances are similar to what John describes in Revelation.  So Isaiah seems to be talking about the immediate future, and the distant future at the same time.

But again, it would be a disservice if we just thought this passage applied to these two context, because it also applies to us.  We are not so different from Israel – it’s just that our idols are more modern, and we need to take some time to contextualize what Isaiah talks about.  Take some time to reflect on these symbols in your own context and life:

1. Superstitions, Divinations – are there things that you believe about luck, or fate?  Wisdom or habits that we pick up from our culture (like movies or TV) rather than from Scripture?  The power of romantic True Love?

2. Silver, Gold, and Treasures – what makes you “rich”?  Your money, or possessions?

3. Horses and Chariots – horses and chariots were machines of war for that time, symbols of military power – what makes you feel powerful and dominant?  Your position?  Your degree?

4. Work of their Hands – what do you take pride in?  Who gets glory out of that task or job, you or God?

When we take some time to look at these symbols, we realize that we are not much different, that we have these exact same idols in our midst.And if this is true, that we are living in idolatry, we should be very careful of the consequences, that it will be a day of catastrophe…

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7.7.09, Isaiah 2:8-22

The Day of the Lord

6 You have abandoned your people,
the house of Jacob.
They are full of superstitions from the East;
they practice divination like the Philistines
and clasp hands with pagans.

7 Their land is full of silver and gold;
there is no end to their treasures.
Their land is full of horses;
there is no end to their chariots.

8 Their land is full of idols;
they bow down to the work of their hands,
to what their fingers have made.

9 So man will be brought low
and mankind humbled—
do not forgive them.

10 Go into the rocks,
hide in the ground
from dread of the LORD
and the splendor of his majesty!

11 The eyes of the arrogant man will be humbled
and the pride of men brought low;
the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.

12 The LORD Almighty has a day in store
for all the proud and lofty,
for all that is exalted
(and they will be humbled),

13 for all the cedars of Lebanon, tall and lofty,
and all the oaks of Bashan,

14 for all the towering mountains
and all the high hills,

15 for every lofty tower
and every fortified wall,

16 for every trading ship
and every stately vessel.

17 The arrogance of man will be brought low
and the pride of men humbled;
the LORD alone will be exalted in that day,

18 and the idols will totally disappear.

19 Men will flee to caves in the rocks
and to holes in the ground
from dread of the LORD
and the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to shake the earth.

20 In that day men will throw away
to the rodents and bats
their idols of silver and idols of gold,
which they made to worship.

21 They will flee to caverns in the rocks
and to the overhanging crags
from dread of the LORD
and the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to shake the earth.

22 Stop trusting in man,
who has but a breath in his nostrils.
Of what account is he?

Are You Talking To Me?

Again, we are confronted with a harsh prophecy given by Isaiah.  And as before, we have to be careful when we read about prophecy and its meaning.  There is the immediate meaning to the Israelites at that time, that they would be completely overrun and placed into captivity, and Isaiah could be alluding to that event.  But at the same time, this prophecy also seems to about the end of times, as many of the circumstances are similar to what John describes in Revelation.  So Isaiah seems to be talking about the immediate future, and the distant future at the same time.

But again, it would be a disservice if we just thought this passage applied to these two context, because it also applies to us.  We are not so different from Israel – it’s just that our idols are more modern, and we need to take some time to contextualize what Isaiah talks about.  Take some time to reflect on these symbols in your own context and life:

1. Superstitions, Divinations – are there things that you believe about luck, or fate?  Wisdom or habits that we pick up from our culture (like movies or TV) rather than from Scripture?  The power of romantic True Love?

2. Silver, Gold, and Treasures – what makes you “rich”?  Your money, or possessions?

3. Horses and Chariots – horses and chariots were machines of war for that time, symbols of military power – what makes you feel powerful and dominant?  Your position?  Your degree?

4. Work of their Hands – what do you take pride in?  Who gets glory out of that task or job, you or God?

When we take some time to look at these symbols, we realize that we are not much different, that we have these exact same idols in our midst.And if this is true, that we are living in idolatry, we should be very careful of the consequences, that it will be a day of catastrophe…