Today’s reading is: Isa. 30-33
Isaiah Chapter Thirty
- The fourth woe is issued to rebellious children, who pursue the plans of the forces of darkness (Isa. 30:1a).
- They are called “rebellious children” (Isa. 30:1), and “false sons” (Isa. 30:9).
- Isaiah elsewhere calls them “children of rebellion, offspring of deceit” (Isa. 57:4).
- In the Gospels they are known as a “brood of vipers” (Matt. 3:7; 12:34; 23:33).
- These unbelievers are following a plan, but not God the Father’s plan (Isa. 30:1b). They are spirit empowered, but not God the Holy Spirit (Isa. 30:1c). They are seeking a savior, but not the Lord Jesus Christ (Isa. 30:2).
- These sons of rebellion intend to endure the wilderness once again to return to Egypt (Isa. 30:6-7). In their hearts, they have already returned to Rahab, because they have turned away from the Lord (Isa. 30:8-11).
- The Lord GOD appeals to them to trust in Him, and not turn to idols (Isa. 30:12-26).
- The passage concludes with a promise of God’s victory over the adversaries that Judah fears so much (Isa. 30:27-33).
Isaiah Chapter Thirty-One
- The fifth woe is issued to trust human effort rather than the Lord for their provision and protection (Isa. 31:1).
- Judah is placing their confidence in an object that is not worthy of confidence.
- Judah is failing to rely upon the God Who delivered them from the very same Egypt to whom they are now relying.
Isaiah Chapter Thirty-Two
- The Lord describes the coming kingdom in which a King will reign righteously (Isa. 32:1).
- The King and His Princes will be a source of provision and protection to their subjects (Isa. 32:2-4).
- The previous kosmos arrangement will no longer apply, but fools and rogues will continue to arise within the kingdom (Isa. 32:5-8).
- The time comes now to be humbled and prayerful as the suffering (Isa. 32:9-14) precedes the glory (Isa. 32:15-20).
Isaiah Chapter Thirty-Three
- The sixth woe is issued to the Destroyer (Isa. 33:1).
- שָׁדַד shādad #7703: to deal violently with, despoil, devastate, ruin, destroy.
- Although designated by the Lord to be the destroyer of Israel, the Destroyer himself will be destroyed (Isa. 33:1).
- Historically, the Destroyer of Israel was Assyria (2nd Kgs. 17:6), and the Destroyer of Judah was Babylon (2nd Kgs. 25:21).
- Prophetically, the Destroyer of Israel will be the Coming Roman Prince (Dan. 9:26), Seed of the Serpent (Gen. 3:15; 2nd Thess. 2:3).
- Isaiah 33 tells the Tribulation (Isa. 33:2-16) and Millennium (Isa. 33:17-24) story.