Damascus would fade in glory

Isaiah Bible Background

09.29.2017 – Old Testament: Isa 17.4–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 16–18 on September 29, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Damascus had fought against the people of God, but He would bring the glory of Syria and Damascus down, making it like the glory of Israel, which had faded, as the Lord described below,

“In that day it shall come to pass
That the glory of Jacob will wane,
And the fatness of his flesh grow lean.
It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain,
And reaps the heads with his arm;
It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain
In the Valley of Rephaim.
Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it,
Like the shaking of an olive tree,
Two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough,
Four or five in its most fruitful branches,”
Says the LORD God of Israel.
(Isaiah 17.4–6) 

Think of what you read of Israel’s glory during the days of David and Solomon, but also see that it faded. When Damascus turned from the Lord and when Israel turned from the Lord, they all paid a heavy price.

Questions:

  • Shall nations today pay a heavy price for turning away from the Lord?
  • Have you ever turned away from the Lord?
  • If so, what brought you back?

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