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Living Life

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  • October 2017
2017. 10. 10 | A Portrait of Judgment (Isaiah 34:1~17)         Speakers Jacob Jeon

1 Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples! Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, the world, and all that comes out of it!
2 The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is upon all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter.
3 Their slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will send up a stench; the mountains will be soaked with their blood.
4 All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.
5 My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; see, it descends in judgment on Edom, the people I have totally destroyed.
6 The sword of the LORD is bathed in blood, it is covered with fat -- the blood of lambs and goats, fat from the kidneys of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in Edom.
7 And the wild oxen will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls. Their land will be drenched with blood, and the dust will be soaked with fat.
8 For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion's cause.
9 Edom's streams will be turned into pitch, her dust into burning sulfur; her land will become blazing pitch!
10 It will not be quenched night and day; its smoke will rise forever. From generation to generation it will lie desolate; no one will ever pass through it again.
11 The desert owl and screech owl will possess it; the great owl and the raven will nest there. God will stretch out over Edom the measuring line of chaos and the plumb line of desolation.
12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom, all her princes will vanish away.
13 Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. She will become a haunt for jackals, a home for owls.
14 Desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and wild goats will bleat to each other; there the night creatures will also repose and find for themselves places of rest.
15 The owl will nest there and lay eggs, she will hatch them, and care for her young under the shadow of her wings; there also the falcons will gather, each with its mate.
16 Look in the scroll of the LORD and read: None of these will be missing, not one will lack her mate. For it is his mouth that has given the order, and his Spirit will gather them together.
17 He allots their portions; his hand distributes them by measure. They will possess it forever and dwell there from generation to generation.

 

Reflection

The Judge Has Arrived (34:1–8)

In our day and age, it is easy to look at the state of the world and think evil is winning. The Israelites likely felt the same as they experienced the hostility of their enemies. God therefore gives a word of comfort through the prophet Isaiah, who delivers a revelation of coming judgment. The all-seeing Judge has not overlooked the antagonism of those who have oppressed His people, and God will cause the nations to feel the weight of His righteous anger at the proper time. When it seems that people today are getting away with their wicked deeds, we can be comforted knowing that a day of reckoning is coming. God remembers the suffering of His people and will ensure that justice is served.

 

How does God’s remembrance of His people’s suffering bring you comfort? How will your knowledge of God’s judgment affect your response to hostility, whether directed at you or at other believers?

 

The Fall of a Nation (34:9–17)

Imagine a thriving metropolis turning into a barren wasteland. Neighborhoods are silent, stores are abandoned, and highways are empty. It is difficult to conceive a prosperous, influential city today coming to such a dramatic and pitiable end. But that is exactly what happens to Edom in this passage. Isaiah prophesies that this powerful nation will be utterly destroyed—it will become a wasteland overrun by wild animals. Only divine judgment can account for such a drastic downfall. No matter the size, wealth, or power of a nation, we need not fear its might or envy its prosperity, for God is capable of reducing it all to nothing.

 

How does the knowledge that all nations will be judged affect your attitude toward missions? What nation can you intercede for today?

 

A letter to God 

God, You are Judge of all, and I acknowledge the perfect wisdom and righteousness of Your judgment. You will not allow evil to go unpunished forever. I rest in Your commitment to Your people and hold fast to Your promises. In Christ’s name. Amen.

 

 

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