Daily Devotional Monday 25th July 2022

by William Moody

Isaiah 24

Judgment on the Whole Earth

24:1   Behold, the LORD will empty the earth1 and make it desolate,
    and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
  And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
    as with the slave, so with his master;
    as with the maid, so with her mistress;
  as with the buyer, so with the seller;
    as with the lender, so with the borrower;
    as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
  The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered;
    for the LORD has spoken this word.
  The earth mourns and withers;
    the world languishes and withers;
    the highest people of the earth languish.
  The earth lies defiled
    under its inhabitants;
  for they have transgressed the laws,
    violated the statutes,
    broken the everlasting covenant.
  Therefore a curse devours the earth,
    and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
  therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
    and few men are left.
  The wine mourns,
    the vine languishes,
    all the merry-hearted sigh.
  The mirth of the tambourines is stilled,
    the noise of the jubilant has ceased,
    the mirth of the lyre is stilled.
  No more do they drink wine with singing;
    strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
10   The wasted city is broken down;
    every house is shut up so that none can enter.
11   There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine;
    all joy has grown dark;
    the gladness of the earth is banished.
12   Desolation is left in the city;
    the gates are battered into ruins.
13   For thus it shall be in the midst of the earth
    among the nations,
  as when an olive tree is beaten,
    as at the gleaning when the grape harvest is done.
14   They lift up their voices, they sing for joy;
    over the majesty of the LORD they shout from the west.2
15   Therefore in the east3 give glory to the LORD;
    in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
16   From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise,
    of glory to the Righteous One.
  But I say, “I waste away,
    I waste away. Woe is me!
  For the traitors have betrayed,
    with betrayal the traitors have betrayed.”
17   Terror and the pit and the snare4
    are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!
18   He who flees at the sound of the terror
    shall fall into the pit,
  and he who climbs out of the pit
    shall be caught in the snare.
  For the windows of heaven are opened,
    and the foundations of the earth tremble.
19   The earth is utterly broken,
    the earth is split apart,
    the earth is violently shaken.
20   The earth staggers like a drunken man;
    it sways like a hut;
  its transgression lies heavy upon it,
    and it falls, and will not rise again.
21   On that day the LORD will punish
    the host of heaven, in heaven,
    and the kings of the earth, on the earth.
22   They will be gathered together
    as prisoners in a pit;
  they will be shut up in a prison,
    and after many days they will be punished.
23   Then the moon will be confounded
    and the sun ashamed,
  for the LORD of hosts reigns
    on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
  and his glory will be before his elders.

Footnotes

[1] 24:1 Or land; also throughout this chapter
[2] 24:14 Hebrew from the sea
[3] 24:15 Hebrew in the realm of light, or with the fires
[4] 24:17 The Hebrew words for terror, pit, and snare sound alike

(ESV)

Having spoken on judgment on Israel and on different nations, this chapter to focus on the whole world. This judgment will bring desolation (v1), will escape, both the high and low will be greatly impacted (v2).

This judgment comes from the voice of God (v3). People will be brought to mourn due to their sin and because God has cursed them (v4-6). People often today ask why bad things happen, the answer is the same it is because of man’s sin and how as a result of this we live in a world that is under God’s curse. This isn’t nice to focus on, but we’ll only understand this world and what is happening in it when we grasp this truth about sin and cursing.

The picture speaks of people’s joy being taken away and being replaced with mourning and despair (v7-13). This reminds us that if we live for the pleasures of this world, they will soon pass away.

Yet in the midst of this message of judgment there is also singing of praise for the Lord and His glory to be heard (v14-16). This speaks of how the world is divided between those who have no hope and those who rejoice in the Lord.

God’s judgement brings great terror as people are brought down to the pit and there is n0 escape (v17-23). The pit of hell is real and there is no escape, except in Christ and what He has done on the cross.

-~ saa oe 2 ii

 

 

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