The focus of those whom the Lord uses

Isaiah Bible Background

09.28.2016 Old Testament: Isa 13.17–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 13–15 on September 28, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord raised up the Babylonians to punish the nations, including Judah. Later He raised up the Medes to punish the Babylonians,

“Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them,
Who will not regard silver;
And as for gold, they will not delight in it.
Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces,
And they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb;
Their eye will not spare children.”
(Isaiah 13.17–18) 

Babylon felt secure in destroying other nations, but they did not realize they had sins of their own for which the Lord would punish them. Babylon was a mighty nation and the superpower of the world. Therefore, the Lord had to raise up an enemy whose focus was so fierce, they could not be bought off for any price. When they, the Medes, attacked Babylon, they would be so fierce, they would not even spare children.

Therefore, may the nations know that simply because they have been allowed to defeat another nation, does not mean the conquering nation is without sin. The same holds true for any organization. Let us all repent of our sin.

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