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FRAMEWORKS: Isaiah 30: Woe to Israel for obstinate rejection of God

    

For Context see chapter 28

    

PART ONE: v.1-7: Chiding Relying on Egypt & not God

PART TWO: v.8-17: Obstinate Refusal will bring destructive judgment

v.8-11 Their refusal to listen to God

v.12-14 Rejecting God has destructive consequences

v.15-17 Refusal to repent means judgment

PART THREE: v.18-26: Repentance will bring blessing to Israel

v.18,19 But God wants to bless them if only they will turn to Him….

v.20-22 … so that He may teach them and guide them when they abandon their idols…

v.23,24 …. and He will bless their land and their economy…

v.25,26 … and utterly transform their lives when the enemy falls

PART FOUR: v.27-33: Judgments against the world, joy in Israel

v.27-29 He will come in power on the nations of the world & Israel will rejoice

v.30-32 He will come in power on them and Assyria will fall and Israel rejoice

v.33 … and the land will be purged of idolatry and child sacrifice

  

[Introductory Comment: The chapter is an onward flowing pathway: Israel being chided for relying on Egypt and not the Lord [v.1-7], them being chastised for not listening to God [v.8-11], but then being warned by the Lord of the consequences that will follow [v.12-14], all because they refused to repent [v.15-17]. However that is not the end for the Lord reaches out to them with an offer of blessing if they will cry to Him for help [v.18,19] when He will teach them and speak so clearly they will throw their idols away [v.20-22]. When that happens He will pour out His blessings on the land [v.23,24] and bring down their enemies bringing total transformation [v.25,26]. The concluding Part reveals the Lord bringing judgment on the world and joy to Israel [v.25-33] in terms not dissimilar to that found in Ezekiel 38 & 39.]

 

 

PART ONE: v.1-7: Chiding Israel for Relying on Egypt & not God

 

v.1 (This people act independently of God)  ‘Woe to the obstinate children,'
    declares the Lord,
‘to those who carry out plans that are not mine,
    forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit,
    heaping sin upon sin;
v.2 (They go to and rely on Egypt…)  who go down to Egypt
    without consulting me;
who look for help to Pharaoh's protection,
    to Egypt's shade for refuge.
v.3 (…but it will only bring shame on them)  But Pharaoh's protection will be to your shame,
    Egypt's shade will bring you disgrace.
v.4 (You send envoys to Egypt but they won't help)  Though they have officials in Zoan [on the Nile delta]
    and their envoys have arrived in Hanes,
[also in Egypt]
v.5
 everyone will be put to shame
    because of a people useless to them,
who bring neither help nor advantage,
    but only shame and disgrace.'

v.6  (The envoys have to travel through the dangerous south to get to Egypt)  A prophecy concerning the animals of the Negev:

Through a land of hardship and distress,
    of lions and lionesses,
    of adders and darting snakes,
the envoys carry their riches on donkeys' backs,
    their treasures on the humps of camels,
to that unprofitable nation,
v.7  to Egypt, whose help is utterly useless.
Therefore I call her
    Rahab the Do-Nothing.
[i.e. powerless dragon]

 

   

PART TWO: v.8-17: Obstinate Refusal will bring destruction

  

v.8-11 Their refusal to listen to God

   

v.8 (Write down God's warning as a long lasting reminder)  Go now, write it on a tablet for them,
    inscribe it on a scroll,
that for the days to come
    it may be an everlasting witness.
v.9 (For these foolish people don't listen to God)  For these are rebellious people, deceitful children,
    children unwilling to listen to the Lord's instruction.
v.10 (They refuse God's messengers)  They say to the seers,
    ‘See no more visions!'
and to the prophets,
    ‘Give us no more visions of what is right!
Tell us pleasant things,
    prophesy illusions.
v.11  Leave this way,
    get off this path,
and stop confronting us
    with the Holy One of Israel!'

 

   

v.12-14 Rejecting God has destructive consequences

  

v.12 (Refusing to listen has consequences…)  Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says:

‘Because you have rejected this message,
    relied on oppression
    and depended on deceit,
v.13 (You rebellion will come crashing down on you…)  this sin will become for you
    like a high wall, cracked and bulging,
    that collapses suddenly, in an instant.
v.14 (…and will break you to pieces)  It will break in pieces like pottery,
    shattered so mercilessly
that among its pieces not a fragment will be found
    for taking coals from a hearth
    or scooping water out of a cistern.'

 

   

v.15-17 Refusal to repent means judgment

   

v.15 (You rejected your only hope - repentance)  This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:

‘In repentance and rest is your salvation,
    in quietness and trust is your strength,
    but you would have none of it.
v.16 (You thought you could escape my judgment)  You said, “No, we will flee on horses.”
    Therefore you will flee!
You said, “We will ride off on swift horses.”
    Therefore your pursuers will be swift!
v.17  You will be left with only a tiny remnant)  A thousand will flee
    at the threat of one;
at the threat of five
    you will all flee away,
till you are left
    like a flagstaff on a mountaintop,
    like a banner on a hill.'

   

    

PART THREE: v.18-26: Repentance will bring blessing to Israel

 

v.18,19 But God wants to bless them if only they will turn to Him….

    

v.18 (But still God wants to be there for you)  Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you;
    therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice.
    Blessed are all who wait for him!

v.19 (Cry for help & God will be there for you)  People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.

 

  

v.20-22 … so that He may teach them and guide them when they abandon their idols…

   

v.20 (His disciplining also comes with His grace)  Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them.

v.21 (You will hear His guidance)  Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.'

v.22 (Then you will abandon your idols)  Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, ‘Away with you!'

 

v.23,24 …. and He will bless their land and their economy…

    

v.23 (Then He will also bless your crops and herds)  He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows.

v.24 (Food for your work beasts will be plentiful)  The oxen and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder and mash, spread out with fork and shovel.

 

 

v.25,26 … and utterly transform their lives when the enemy falls

  

v.25 (When God fights your enemies, water will be abundant)  In the day of great slaughter, when the towers fall, streams of water will flow on every high mountain and every lofty hill.

v.26 (When God blesses, His glory will transform everything)  The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of his people and heals the wounds he inflicted.

 

   

PART FOUR: v.27-33: Judgments against the world, joy in Israel

 

v.27-29 He will come in power on the nations of the world & Israel will rejoice

    

v.27 (God's power and authority is coming…)  See, the Name of the Lord comes from afar,
    with burning anger and dense clouds of smoke;
his lips are full of wrath,
    and his tongue is a consuming fire.
v.28 (…to bring destruction on the nations…)  His breath is like a rushing torrent,
    rising up to the neck.
He shakes the nations in the sieve of destruction;
    he places in the jaws of the peoples
    a bit that leads them astray.
v.29 (…but for Israel it will be a time of rejoicing)  And you will sing
    as on the night you celebrate a holy festival;
your hearts will rejoice
    as when people playing pipes go up
to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the Rock of Israel.
     

v.30-32 He will come in power on them and Assyria will fall and Israel rejoice

   

v.30 (His people will hear and see His coming deliverance)  The Lord will cause people to hear his majestic voice
    and will make them see his arm coming down
with raging anger and consuming fire,
    with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail.
v.31 (He will just speak and Assyria will be brought down)  The voice of the Lord will shatter Assyria;
    with his rod he will strike them down.
v.32 (All they fall, Israel will be rejoicing)  Every stroke the Lord lays on them
    with his punishing club
will be to the music of tambourines and harps,
    as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm.
     

    

v.33 … and the land will be purged of idolatry and child sacrifice

   

v.33 (The place of evil sacrifice – see 2 Kings 23:10 - will be purged clean)  Topheth has long been prepared;
    it has been made ready for the king.
Its fire pit has been made deep and wide,
    with an abundance of fire and wood;
the breath of the Lord,
    like a stream of burning sulphur,
    sets it ablaze.

           

    

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