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FRAMEWORKS: Isaiah 29: Woe to Jerusalem

 

For Context see chapter 28

  

v.1-4 Jerusalem will come under siege

v.5-8 Yet the Lord will sweep the enemy away

v.9-12 Yet you will be oblivious to what is coming

v.13-15 God will upturn their meaningless religion and do something great

v.16-21 Whereas they reverse the truth He will reverse all their lives

v.22-24 God IS coming to redeem and transform His people

    

 

[Introductory Comment: The prophecy in this present chapter, steers our thinking towards the chapters [36 to 39] that are soon coming that show us Jerusalem under siege from Assyria. It is a warning chapter [v.1] of this coming siege [v.2,3] and they will call on God [v.4]. That is the first phase, but the second soon follows, of the Lord stepping up on Jerusalem's behalf [v.5-8] to quickly remove the invaders. Although He speaks of these things now, they will not be really takin in by this people [v.9-12] but God will allow this to happen to shake them up, this people whose hearts are not all-out for God [v.13-15], a people who distort the truth who the Lord is going to change [v.16-21], when He comes and redeems them [v.22-24]. So yes, it is a warning but also an explanation of how the Lord is coming to bring change to His people.]

  

 

v.1-4 Jerusalem will come under siege

 

v.1 (Jerusalem be warned, years may pass but…) Woe to you, Ariel, Ariel, [Ariel means hearth place or altar of God]
    the city where David settled!
Add year to year
    and let your cycle of festivals go on.
v.2 (God will lay siege to you) Yet I will besiege Ariel;
    she will mourn and lament,
    she will be to me like an altar hearth.
v.3 (Long term attack will be mounted against you) I will encamp against you on all sides;
    I will encircle you with towers
    and set up my siege works against you.
v.4  (You will be brought down into the dust) Brought low, you will speak from the ground;
    your speech will mumble out of the dust.
Your voice will come ghostlike from the earth;
    out of the dust your speech will whisper.

    

 

v.5-8 Yet the Lord will sweep the enemy away

 

v.5 (Yet these enemies will be blown again in an instant) But your many enemies will become like fine dust,
    the ruthless hordes like blown chaff.
Suddenly, in an instant,
v.6  (God will bear down on them) the Lord Almighty will come
with thunder and earthquake and great noise,
    with whirlwind and tempest and flames of a devouring fire.
v.7 (And suddenly they will be gone as in a dream) Then the hordes of all the nations that fight against Ariel,
    that attack her and her fortress and besiege her,
will be as it is with a dream,
    with a vision in the night –
v.8  as when a hungry person dreams of eating,
    but awakens hungry still;
as when a thirsty person dreams of drinking,
    but awakens faint and thirsty still.
So will it be with the hordes of all the nations
    that fight against Mount Zion.

   

   

v.9-12 Yet you will be oblivious to what is coming

 

v.9 (Stagger in amazement when you see it happen) Be stunned and amazed,
    blind yourselves and be sightless;
be drunk, but not from wine,
    stagger, but not from beer.
v.10 (God has rendered you unconscious to all this) The Lord has brought over you a deep sleep:
    he has sealed your eyes (the prophets);
    he has covered your heads (the seers).

v.11 (Your see or hear these words and they mean nothing to you) For you this whole vision is nothing but words sealed in a scroll. And if you give the scroll to someone who can read, and say, ‘Read this, please,' they will answer, ‘I can't; it is sealed.'

v.12  Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, ‘Read this, please,' they will answer, ‘I don't know how to read.'

   

   

v.13-15 God will upturn their meaningless religion and do something great

 

v.13 (God says you have a heartless religion) The Lord says:

‘These people come near to me with their mouth
    and honour me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
    is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
v.14 (So He will astound you with what He will do) Therefore once more I will astound these people
    with wonder upon wonder;
the wisdom of the wise will perish,
    the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.'
v.15 (You are foolish to pretend God doesn't see) Woe to those who go to great depths
    to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their work in darkness and think,
    ‘Who sees us? Who will know?'
    

   

v.16-21 Whereas they reverse the truth He will reverse all their lives

 

v.16 (You reverse reality, you can't deny your Creator) You turn things upside down,
    as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
    ‘You did not make me'?
Can the pot say to the potter,
    ‘You know nothing'?

v.17 (God will come and reverse life in the land) In a very short time, will not Lebanon be turned into a fertile field
    and the fertile field seem like a forest?
v.18 (Suddenly they will ‘see' and understand) In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll,
    and out of gloom and darkness
    the eyes of the blind will see.
v.19 (Then the humble will rejoice in God) Once more the humble will rejoice in the Lord;
    the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
v.20 (Bad people will be gone) The ruthless will vanish,
    the mockers will disappear,
    and all who have an eye for evil will be cut down –
v.21  those who with a word make someone out to be guilty,
    who ensnare the defender in court
    and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.

  

  

v.22-24 God IS coming to redeem and transform His people

 

v.22 (God says He's coming to change it all) Therefore this is what the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, says to the descendants of Jacob:

‘No longer will Jacob be ashamed;
    no longer will their faces grow pale.
v.23 (As their families flourish and be secure, they will rejoice) When they see among them their children,
    the work of my hands,
they will keep my name holy;
    they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob,
    and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
v.24 (Even the foolish will be turned around) Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding;
    those who complain will accept instruction.'

    

     

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