Old Testament: Isa 14.5–8
To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 13–15 on September 28, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020
By Don Ruhl
Isaiah 14 pictures the fall of the king of Babylon, hence of Babylon too. It is not about the devil, as is commonly believed, but in verse 5 the Lord made it plain that he spoke of the king of Babylon.
The Lord used Babylon to punish many nations, including his own nation of Judah, but Babylon had its own sins, and for those sins, it would fall:
The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked,
The scepter of the rulers;
He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke,
He who ruled the nations in anger,
Is persecuted and no one hinders.
The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
They break forth into singing.
Indeed the cypress trees rejoice over you,
And the cedars of Lebanon,
Saying, “Since you were cut down,
No woodsman has come up against us.”
– Isaiah 14.5–8
The surrounding nations rejoiced at the fall of Babylon, for then they could have peace and safety, and it was the Lord who broke Babylon, for only the Lord could do so because of their great strength, but no one, not even Babylon, is stronger than the holy Lord.
- What nation exists that can stand up to the Lord?
- Of what sins do you need to repent?
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