Isaiah 23-27

Tyre (and Sidon)-You can find Tyre on the coast just above Israel.  Tyre was a trading city that was very wealthy and very evil.  They controlled much of the trading through the port of the Mediterranean Sea.  It was wealthy, corrupt, and filled with prostitutes.

On the great waters
    came the grain of the Shihor;
the harvest of the Nile was the revenue of Tyre,
    and she became the marketplace of the nations.

Be ashamed, Sidon, and you fortress of the sea,
    for the sea has spoken:

Bible Map | Tyre and Sidon | Bible mapping, Bible, Daily bible studyakg-images -Great Sieges of the Ancient World: Tyre

These cities will fall and the event will devastate the other world powers who depend on their ports for profit.  Their evil ways will be disciplined and Isaiah warns them to flee!  Get on your boat and go to Tarshish!

Who planned this against Tyre,
    the bestower of crowns,
whose merchants are princes,
    whose traders are renowned in the earth?
The Lord Almighty planned it, (Yes He did!!)
    to bring down her pride in all her splendor
    and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.

Tyre will be restored as an image of how wealth should properly be managed by God’s people.

18 Yet her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the Lord; they will not be stored up or hoarded.


The Next 4 chapters might be titled “The Apocolypse of Isaiah” or “God’s Purpose in Judgement”.

Think of it like a movie camera focused in and slowly pulled back.  It is focused on Judah, then Israel, then surrounding nations, and finally the whole world.  There is NO DOUBT you will see End Time Prophecies as you read this.  God’s universal judgment on sin and his victory over evil in the end.

I am going to pull out a few verses BUT the whole read (worth hitting “listen” at the top too) is worth hanging on every word.. God will not show favoritism.

The earth is defiled by its people;
    they have disobeyed the laws,
violated the statutes
    and broken the everlasting covenant.

True story BUT…

The floodgates of the heavens are opened,
    the foundations of the earth shake.
19 The earth is broken up,
    the earth is split asunder,
    the earth is violently shaken.
20 The earth reels like a drunkard,
    it sways like a hut in the wind;
so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion
    that it falls—never to rise again.

When God conquers he will open the New Heaven and the defiled earth will be gone!  (I can’t wait for Revelation!)24 Project Sandman Concept ideas | sandman, wasteland, apocalypse aesthetic25:2 You have made the city a heap of rubble,
    the fortified town a ruin,
the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more;
    it will never be rebuilt.

BUT… WHERE WILL YOU BE???

The Lord's Table” – Daily Encouragement

On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
    a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
    the best of meats and the finest of wines.

    he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
    from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
    from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.


I basically underlined the rest of the read, but here are a few: (maybe one, is the one you need today)

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Chapter 26 reminds us that there will be a resurrection of the dead.  Jesus conquers death and we will rise up and be in the presence of the Lord!

But your dead will live, Lord;
    their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
    wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
    the earth will give birth to her dead.

 

Chapter 27 ends with a Double Reference both “near’ and “far” prophecy.  The judgment of the lost and the restoration of his people from the Babylonian Captivity, and the gathering of HIs people after the apocalypse:

12 In that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, Israel, will be gathered up one by one. 13 And in that day a great trumpet will sound. (do you remember us talking about the significance of the trumpet…The Lord will fight for you) Those who were perishing in Assyria and those who were exiled in Egypt will come and worship the Lord on the holy mountain in Jerusalem.

Precious Seed

Isaiah 18-22

Chapter 18.  OK, so I read it and it was like reading Japanese.  Let’s look at it:

Woe to the land of whirring wings
    along the rivers of Cush,
which sends envoys by sea
    in papyrus boats over the water.

Go, swift messengers,
to a people tall and smooth-skinned,
to a people feared far and wide,
an aggressive nation of strange speech,
whose land is divided by rivers.

OK, Cush is modern-day Ethiopia….referred to as the smooth-skinned people (what product are they using, I want it)

Land is divided by rivers?

Ancient Egypt Map

Ohhh it is the Egyptians!!!  That makes sense…In my head, Cleopatra had great skin too!

Cush had actually conquered Egypt so we know this is another world power.  The Promised Land is surrounded by them (just like today).  Cush is now seeking an alliance with Judah to overcome Assyria.  But it is in God’s timing that any nation is destroyed…

THIS CHAPTER IS HARD.  The lesson is…God doesn’t need Cush to ally with Judah to take Assyria…this is not HIS first Rodeo.


Chapter 19- Egypt- very interesting chapter:

  • v1-4 it the collapse of the Egyptian religion and they turn on each other.  Chaos erupts. Is this about Egypt of America?
  • v5-10 the Nile stops providing for food as well as exporting goods.  The economy crashes.  Ummmm
  • v 11-15 The “intellects’  can’t fix this disaster.  Ha! No kidding!
  • 16-25 we see a repeated phrase: “In that day”- this is the time that terror will overtake the county.  (Lord I hope that’s not 2021)
  • 5 cities are mentioned.  One of them is the city they would worship the Sun.  Always look for Hope.  God’s Love.  Not just for His chosen nation but for the Gentiles too.

19 In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the heart of Egypt, and a monument to the Lord at its border. 20 It will be a sign and witness to the Lord Almighty in the land of Egypt. When they cry out to the Lord because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. ❤️❤️❤️21 So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them. 22 The Lord will strike Egypt with a plague; he will strike them and heal them. They will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them.


Chapter 20- Look at the Map.  Ashdod is on the coast near Israel (and Judah).  It is in the Philistine nation.    You will see the world powers in a triangle around it.  Egypt (and Cush), Babylon, Assyria, Phoenicians. Well as they fight each other, they use Israel as the travel route.  We know this is going to scare the bejeebees out of them so they try to make alliances.  (That was SPECIFICALLY told by in the law, that they should NOT do that).

Map of Middle East at 3500BC | TimeMaps

So if I honed in on the map you can now see the city that Assyria is coming to attack.  Ashdod. (LOL, are you ready to kill me with all these maps…at least they are not genealogies)

The Ancient Levant With Map

So what should God’s people do?  TRUST HIM!  Nope…they make the alliances as usual.  God asks Isaiah to walk naked for 3 years as a symbol of what he is going to do in Egypt and Cush.   He will strip them of their world power.


Isaiah 21-

In all this, I forget how hard a task Isaiah has been called to.  (I was LITERALLY just thinking in my head…how hard it is to read Isaiah when we are on a tight schedule, as I have my feet on a coffee table with my coffee….so suck it up buttercup)

At this my body is racked with pain,
    pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;
I am staggered by what I hear,
    I am bewildered by what I see.
My heart falters,
    fear makes me tremble;
the twilight I longed for
    has become a horror to me.

 

Look, here comes a man in a chariot
    with a team of horses.
And he gives back the answer:
    ‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen!
All the images of its gods
    lie shattered on the ground!’”

In the Double reference, who/what is Babylon??  Revelation 18:

After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted:

“‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!’
    She has become a dwelling for demons
and a haunt for every impure spirit,
    a haunt for every unclean bird,
    a haunt for every unclean and detestable animal.
For all the nations have drunk
    the maddening wine of her adulteries.
The kings of the earth committed adultery with her,
    and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.”


Chapter 21- Look at the map again.  It makes sense that Edom and Arabia are in distress since they also fall into the category of fighting for land and trade routes.  (or robbing and looting on those trade routes).  BUT they too get their answer:

16 This is what the Lord says to me: “Within one year, as a servant bound by contract would count it, all the splendor of Kedar will come to an end. 17 The survivors of the archers, the warriors of Kedar, will be few.” The Lord, the God of Israel, has spoken.

(Mic Drop!)


Chapter 22– read or re-read this chapter and stop at verse 11.  Jerusalem is under attack.  They have their horses, chariots, water, bows and arrows but what is the ONE thing they are not relying on?

but you did not look to the One who made it,
    or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.

 

The end of the chapter- I read a ton of stuff and I am going to leave it blank.  Is it a Messianic passage or is it not a Messianic passage?  Much debate.  I am going to say it is not.  It is just that Eliakim (the finance manager for king Hezekiah) will be put in a place of royalty…but he too will eventually fall with Jerusalem.

I could be totally wrong..a lot of info out there that supports me being wrong, but I really am ok with not figuring it all out.

Isaiah 13-17

Chapters 13-23 are oracles against the nations.   The message was given to Israel ABOUT the fall of the surrounding nations. Today we will read 13-17.

  • Babylon
  • Assyria
  • Philistia
  • Moab
  • Damascus

Then

  • Cush
  • Egypt
  • Edom
  • Arabia

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Babylon- These prophecies are both a short-term fulfillment and a long-term fullfillment.  Basically, we are looking at a news show with a split-screen (Like Fox News or CNN)

Babylon is the up and coming “superpower” as a nation (one view-current in OT)  However, Babylon is also symbolic of all evil, pride, oppression, or power that exalts itself against the Lord.  ( second view-Revelation 18).  This is a prophecy that we will see mixed both near and far prophecies.

Isaiah 13

(far prophecy)

See, the day of the Lord is coming
    —a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger—
to make the land desolate
    and destroy the sinners within it.

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(Near prophecy)

Babylon, the jewel of kingdoms,
    the pride and glory of the Babylonians,
will be overthrown by God
    like Sodom and Gomorrah.


Chapter 14

Always look for Hope.  God is compassionate for “His People” (us)  There is a return of His people

The Lord will have compassion on Jacob;
    once again he will choose Israel
    and will settle them in their own land.
Foreigners will join them
    and unite with the descendants of Jacob.

(Foreigners will join….that is referring to Gentiles…you and I are included in His Mercy!)


So if Jesus is the King of Kings.  Who is the King of Babylon??

HUGE double reference.  As we see the historical context of the fall of the Babylonian King “near reference”.  The King of Evil is Satan himself when we look at the “far” prophecy.

ARE YOU READY FOR IT!!!! THIS IS THE HISTORY OF SATAN- “Morning Star” translation is Lucifer!

12 How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
to the depths of the pit.

Only Scripture interprets scripture: so where can we cross-reference this? Glad you asked:

Ezekiel 28:14.  The “near” reference is the King of Tyre.  The “far” reference is the destruction of Satan.

‘You were the seal of perfection, (Lucifer as an angel)

    full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden,
    the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
    carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
    topaz, onyx and jasper,
    lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
    on the day you were created they were prepared.
14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
    for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
    you walked among the fiery stones.
15 You were blameless in your ways
    from the day you were created
    till wickedness was found in you.
16 Through your widespread trade
    you were filled with violence,
    and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
    and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
    from among the fiery stones.
17 Your heart became proud
    on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
    because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth;
    I made a spectacle of you before kings.
18 By your many sins and dishonest trade
    you have desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I made a fire come out from you,
    and it consumed you,
and I reduced you to ashes on the ground
    in the sight of all who were watching.
19 All the nations who knew you
    are appalled at you;
you have come to a horrible end
    and will be no more.’”

(His end will be at the last battle in Revelation)


Ch 15-16  Moab.  Who are the Moabites?  

The Moabites were a tribe descended from Moab, the son of Lot, born of an incestuous relationship with his oldest daughter (Genesis 19). From Zoar, on the southeastern border of the Dead Sea, they gradually spread over the region on the east of Jordan.  They have been a thorn in the Hebrews side ever since.

Map of Ancient Israel (Illustration) - Ancient History Encyclopedia

In short, an enemy will come from the North and free the refugees and push them towards Edom and around towards Judah.  To take the refugees or not to take the refugees…that is the question???

Yes- why you ask?  Think of Ruth…she was a Moab (and I like her).  She gave birth to the line of David (and I like him half the time)….So they bring lambs as a tribute (how symbolic)…and a VERY cool double prophecy…

The oppressor will come to an end,
    and destruction will cease;
    the aggressor will vanish from the land.
In love a throne will be established;
    in faithfulness a man will sit on it—
    one from the house  of David—
one who in judging seeks justice
    and speeds the cause of righteousness.

Well, the answer is NO-Their tribute was with empty hearts.  They were prideful and continued to worship false gods…So God’s verdict for Moab is:

But now the Lord says: “Within three years, as a servant bound by contract would count them, Moab’s splendor and all her many people will be despised, and her survivors will be very few and feeble.”


I TOLD YOU I STRUGGLE WITH ISAIAH!  THIS IS HARD.  BUT, my goal is to understand 1% more than I did last time.  So let’s keep moving forward!

Try reading this one.  When you see “In that Day” look for the double prophecy.  Historical and Future.  You can do it.  BUT the one thing I want to point out is the beauty of Repentance.  Regardless if you view it as the falling of Damascas or the final battle in Revelation…People are Saved!

In that day people will look to their Maker
    and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel.
They will not look to the altars,
    the work of their hands,
and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles
    and the incense altars their fingers have made.

 

2 Chronicles 28 and 2 Kings 16-17

Look closely at the King’s names for the Kingdom of Israel.  Today is the day we read about Hosea.  The last king In Israel.  

On the Judah side, we are still at Ahaz.

Ahaz (KIng od Judah)–😢

He’s awful! Let’s list a few things: Think about this for a minute.  He lived in the Southern nation, in Jerusalem- where the TEMPLE was located yet he…

  • offered pagan sacrifices including sacrificing his own son to foreign gods
    • 2 Chronicles the first 9 verses read like a ‘Cause/Effect’ document in my social studies class.
    • effect-Therefore the Lord his God delivered him into the hands of the king of Aram. The Arameans defeated him and took many of his people as prisoners and brought them to Damascus. He was also given into the hands of the king of Israel, who inflicted heavy casualties on him.
  • when the king of Aram came to fight Jerusalem who did Ahaz cry out to for help?  The Lord?  NO!!!  To the King of Assyria!
  • when Ahaz went to Damascus to pay the king of Aram (with the gold he took from the Temple) he told his priest to sketch their altar of worship so he could build a replica of it and make sacrifices to it
  • When he went back to Jerusalem he deconstructed the Temple to look like their temple! Removing parts and rebuilding other parts.  What??

“Listen Linda”, If I were a preacher…I would make a series out of this!  SO MUCH APPLICATION here…and I am guilty of all of it…so let’s move on 😕


Now let’s look at the Northern Tribe (Israel)

Chapter 17…HERE IT IS!  The last king of Israel.  The Israelites are taken captive and removed from the Promised Land!

 The king of Assyria invaded the entire land, marched against Samaria and laid siege to it for three years. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria.

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(Follow the purple lines)

In Deuteronomy 28 God told them if you obey me….if you disobey me.  HE WARNED THEM.  (over and over and over again)  So what did they do? (Basically, I am copying the whole chapter)

All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

  • They worshiped other gods and followed the practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced.
  • The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right.
  • 10 They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.  
  • 12 They worshiped idols, though the Lord had said, “You shall not do this.”

13 The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your ancestors to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.”

  • 14 But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God.
  • 15 They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep.
  • They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had ordered them, “Do not do as they do.”
  • 16 They forsook all the commands of the Lord their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole.
  • 17 They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.Remember When Child Sacrifice Was Not Okay? | A Church for Starving Artists

(they would put the baby on the statue.  There was a hole in the center that had a fire in it)

18 So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left…… So the people of Israel were taken from their homeland into exile in Assyria, and they are still there.


To make matters worse:

  • 24 The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Kuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites.

But they did not know how to worship our God….so Lions ate them.  Ha!  Well, that was freaking them out so they came up with a plan…have one of the captured priests go back and teach them how to worship God.

  • 33 They worshiped the Lord, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought.
  • 40 They would not listen, however, but persisted in their former practices. 41 Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols. To this day their children and grandchildren continue to do as their ancestors did.
    • Hashtag True Story!  Assyria is modern-day Iraq!!

Middle East Then n Now

If that post was confusing please let me know. 

The Book of Micah

It’s a 20-minute read (long). So I vow to keep this post short.

Samaria and Jerusalem:Kingdom of Israel (Samaria) - Wikipedia

The capitals should be the Holiest city!  Are they?

What is Jacob’s transgression?
    Is it not Samaria?
What is Judah’s high place?
    Is it not Jerusalem?

There are 3 trials:

Ch 1 and 2-The Trials of the capitals: Samaria and Jerusalem. The Covenant is a “contract”.  The people broke their contract.  So now God brings His case against them. God tells them the consequence for their sins: their land will be a heap of rubble!

Here is a picture of Samaria today-

Samaria (city) - BibleWalks.com

Micah is the first one to weep over the verdict.

v10-16 -Micah used puns and plays on words to talk about the judgment coming upon the cities of Judah.  Names of cities and people were often their destiny  (LIke our character is often ours)


Chapter 2- As I was reading Chapter 2 I thought about the horrible Kings that made their “own” plan instead of God’s Plan.

v6-False prophets say what people “want” to hear…not “need” to hear.  Look at verse 11:

If a liar and deceiver comes and says,
    ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’
    that would be just the prophet for this people!

(this is not a dig at drinking…this is sarcasm about “If a prophet  talked about beer and wine you would like him…they didn’t like Micah and his message)

BUT God’s “contract” is unconditional.  Regardless of this trial: v12

“I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
    I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,
    like a flock in its pasture;
    the place will throng with people.
13 The One who breaks open the way will go up before them;
    they will break through the gate and go out.
Their King will pass through before them,
    the Lord at their head.”

I am a sheep!!  Jesus is the King!


Chapter 3 Trial #2- Trial of the Leaders.

Her leaders judge for a bribe,
    her priests teach for a price,
    and her prophets tell fortunes for money.
Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say,
    “Is not the Lord among us?

WOW!


Chapter 4- (Hey I am doing good keeping it short!)  It’s killing me though!

“In the last days”:  We are split-screen…or watching 2 channels at once…we are looking at the 2nd Coming too….

In the last days

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
    and peoples will stream to it.


Chapter 5- Let’s do this!

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”

Let’s flip to Matthew Chapter 2

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

Well we know he was a big fat liar and was going to have the baby killed but that is beside the point.  Back to Micah…


Chapter 6- Trial #3- Trial of the People.  (Arg!  This is us)

The trial: oh my stars!  God states in concluding arguments recounting just a moment of His provision for the people.  And ends with…and what small task did I ask back? v8:

And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

v9-16 is the verdict.

Therefore I will give you over to ruin
    and your people to derision;
    you will bear the scorn of the nations


BUT God is Love, and we have Hope!

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
    I wait for God my Savior;
    my God will hear me.

 

How does it end.??? With a Savior:

1Who is a God like you,
    who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
    of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
    but delight to show mercy. ❤️
19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.❤️
20 You will be faithful to Jacob,
    and show love to Abraham,
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors
    in days long ago.

Micah Overview for tomorrow

The name Micah means “Who is like the Lord”.  He is from the town of Moresheth, about 25 miles outside Jerusalem.  He is speaking to the Southern Nation: Judah (his own nation).  Stop and think about that.  He is not talking to strangers or the other team.  He is giving the message to his OWN.   He spoke during the reign of 3 Judean Kings:

  1. Jotham,
  2. Ahaz,
  3. Hezekiah.

The period before his ministry both nations: Israel and Judah,  are experiencing economic prosperity but lack spiritual communion with God.  Micah’s prophecy predicts the destruction of Judah at the hands of the Babylonians (586 BC) and the restoration of Jerusalem after the 70-year captivity.

In summary, the nation of Judah has false security in the Lord (I think a lot of people do).  However, when we read these prophecy books we can’t help but look at only the judgment,  but we cannot overlook the message of Hope.  The book of Micah points us to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.  Micah’s message has 3 key points to it:

  1. Sin
  2. Destruction
  3. Restoration

Micah preached in the walls of Jerusalem (gutsy).  His political platform was the unfair treatment of the poor from the rich.  Micah wanted the people to know that every cruel act to our fellow people was an insult directly to the Lord. 

The sins of this time were no different from the sins of today, idolatry, coveting, oppression of the poor, violence, false prophets, corruption of government, corruption in churches, and dishonesty of the people.

Ouch!

2 Chron 27 and Isaiah 9-12

OK, I just read 2 Chronicles and I thought “what could I say that you already don’t know”.  If I had randomly opened 2 Chron 27 on January 1 and read this short chapter most of us would say “Ummm,  what”.  You got this! But I will give you this (again) just because I love you. Jotham.


Isaiah 9-12- Now Isaiah, maybe you read and said “Yup, got it”.  If you did-you are taking over this blog! I needed help.  Let’s do this!  Let me start off by saying if we stick with the TV/Remote analogy- today is definitely split screen and they are all talking at once!  We have:

  • current time (735 BC),
  • Messiah time,
  • and End Times

all talking at once.  I am going to try to keep this simple.

Chapter 9 (if you have not noticed I have a pattern of starting with verse 1)

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.

Ummm what?  Wait for it…we are about to have a “Drop Mic” moment.  When Jesus BEGINS his ministry this prophecy is fulfilled:

Matthew 4:12

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
    the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
    Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people living in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
    a light has dawned.”

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Naphtali and Zebulun are 2 of the 10 tribes that formed the North.  He begins his preaching in Galilee of the Gentiles. Galilee (starts with G) that is how you are going to remember that when we say Gallilee: Jesus is with the Gentiles.

Jesus came to bring Light to the Darkness!

Isaiah continues with….

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.

Ok Ok…I won’t’ break down EVERY scripture…but I want to.  The rest of the chapter is a description of the Lord’s anger against the Northern Kingdom Israel.  Note the “attitude” of Israel (or should I say the complacency)…

“The bricks have fallen down,
    but WE will rebuild with dressed stone;
the fig trees have been felled,
    but WE will replace them with cedars.”

Are they crazy…they said the same thing at the tower of Babel and we all know how that turned out!


Chapter 10- God uses Assyria as the instrument to discipline Israel (after 300 years of warning). But Assyria became prideful in the power God gave them.  When God is done with them, they too will witness God’s judgment on themselves. Verse 12:

12 When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes. 13 For he says:

“‘By the strength of my hand have done this,
    and by my wisdom, because I have understanding.
I removed the boundaries of nations,
    I plundered their treasures;
    like a mighty one subdued their kings.
14 As one reaches into a nest,
    so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations;
as people gather abandoned eggs,
    so I gathered all the countries;
not one flapped a wing,
    or opened its mouth to chirp.’”


The next section can be summed up v21:

A remnant will return, a remnant of Jacob
    will return to the Mighty God.

If you don’t know what the who, what, where, when, and why of the Remnant…let me know in the comments.  I will break it down.


Chapter 11: In Chapter 4 we talked about a Messianic Passage.  We can look at this with a split-screen of the Messiah Coming…or as the 2nd Coming (Millennial period).  Both are correct.  Remember, prophecy is both Near and Far messages.  You will read these scriptures and know it is Jesus in the prophecy BUT there are scriptures about Peace and Safety that will only occur during the Millennial period. (we will read about that in December)

If I start commenting on Chapter 11 we will be here all day.  Can you see the Messianic Prophecy?  For those who can, help those who cannot (in comments).  C’mon.  Be confident!

  • Shoot or Branch from Jesse?  Explain!
  • Give me an example of this being Near Prophecy (during OT time)
  • Give me an example of this being End Times Prophecy (Revelation)
  • Explain the animals lying with each other
  • Other?

The End.  You may Stop here.  I don’t want to make an assumption that everyone understands the Millenium (the time period following Christ’s return).  If you need a refresher course on that I posted it below.


Spoiler Alert: I am going to tell you how this Book Ends.  Chapter 11 will concentrate on the Millenial period.  For those who say “Revelation is confusing” it is not.  It actually might be one of the easiest books we read.  So here it is:

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Read Left to Right.

  • We are currently in the Church Age (since Acts 2)
  • Then we will have the Rapture of the Church (if you believe in a Rapture (I do)but if you don’t ignore that-all good)(Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  • Then we begin a 7 year period of Tribulation
  • Then Jesus will return to earth (called the 2nd coming)  This will be the Battle of Armageddon.  Satan will be tied up (literally) for 1,000 years.
  • The 1,000 years of Peace is called the Millennial Reign
  • After 1,000 years Satan will be released and there will be one final rebellion-he will quickly be defeated
  • The final judgment will occur and a New Heaven and New Earth are created and we enter into eternity!

Amos 6-9

(This is a good one to listen to)

Chapter 6 (hard chapter…at least I thought so)

Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
    and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,

Woe…Lookout! Beware! Those that are complacent. Remember, this message was brought during a time of prosperity.  All of chapter 6 is talking about those who had their own “house”. (wait…I have a house!)To summarize, the sins of the Israelites were excessive entertainment, relaxation, food, music, drinking, and cosmetics.  Interesting isn’t it!

You drink wine by the bowlful
    and use the finest lotions,
    but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.

I know we talked about this is Psalms: We ask the Lord to break our hearts for what breaks His.  In James 4:8 it says:Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  

We should be weeping over the sin of the nation, we should mourn for the lost that act lost…they are lost!  Instead, we throw stones or laugh when they fall.  (Gosh am I a Debbie Downer today).  We need to pray that our hearts soften to those around us and grieve over their ruin.  Not rejoice. Sorry…I watched the news last night…it’s a mess out there.

14 For the Lord God Almighty declares,
    “I will stir up a nation against you, Israel,
that will oppress you all the way
    from Lebo Hamath to the valley of the Arabah.”

Spoiler Alert: We know that nation will be Assyria.  Lebo Hammath and Arabah are the northern and southern boundaries of Israel.  God will raise up Assyria as an instrument to discipline the prideful nation-Israel. (Eventually, Judah will be disciplined too)


Chapter 7.

-Amos next recorded visions that he received from the Lord that described the results of the coming judgment of Israel.  Let’s put the remote back in our hand:

The first channel is a swarm of locusts that will devour the crops.  This is like a “movie trailer”.  Totally a split-screen (picture in picture).

  • We see Assyria could be the locusts that will devour the land
  • and we can also see the vision referring to the Second Coming of Christ and the Tribulation.
  • Amos prayed and God relented!  What?? Are you saying that if we pray as a nation we can actually make a difference?

Change the Channel.  Now we see a vision of fire.

  • We know that fire represents God’s judgment and He uses nature (drought) as an instrument (by the way can I share that I hate the term “Mother Nature”, I prefer “Father God”)  Next time you hear that phrase you are going to think “Ohhh that crazy Trish would roll her eyes right now”.  Anyway, God will usher in a drought/famine as a means to discipline.
  • again split screen-Near and Far prophecy at the same time.  (I CANNOT WAIT TO READ REVELATION WITH YOU!!  IT”S AWESOME AND NOT HARD!).
  • Amos prays…and God relents.  What??? God actually hears prayers and they matter??  News to many people.

Then the mic drops.  A plumbline.  Now, for you whippersnappers who don’t know what a plumbline is…back in my day, we hung wallpaper.  We tied a weight to the end of a string and hung it down the wall to give us a straight line…if you were fancy you dipped it in chalk and when you hung it, it left a mark on the wall.  Here is the deal: it was a perfect upright line.  Without it, everything was off-centered, crooked and eventually, when you got to the end it didn’t match at all!Plumb Line

What is the plumbline THEN and STILL is today?  God’s Word.  It is the straight line that everything should be measured from.  By comparing where Israel is to God’s plumbline there is only 1 thing left to do since they are so crooked now:

“‘Jeroboam will die by the sword,
    and Israel will surely go into exile,
    away from their native land.’”

Do you think a pagan priest from Bethel is going to take this message of doom sitting down?  NO!  He kicks Amos out but Amos get the last word:

“‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city,
    and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword.
Your land will be measured and divided up,
    and you yourself will die in a pagan country.
And Israel will surely go into exile,
    away from their native land.’”


Chapter 8-The Lord showed Amos a basket of summer fruit. The Lord asked him what he saw, he replied that he saw a basket of ripe summer fruit. Normally this would have been good associated with a harvest. Then God told him that Israel was also ripe, but ripe for judgment. The time would come to consume the fruit. Just as the final fruit of the summer signaled the end of the harvest season, so God’s ‘end’ for Israel was now at hand. God would judge the religious hypocrisy and greed of the people.

There is a lot of detail in this chapter and we can spend all day talking about it (but I am sure you are ready to move on with your day) but God does hone in on Dan: (memory recall: Who is Dan?)- put in comments.

14 Those who swear by the sin of Samaria—
    who say, ‘As surely as your god lives, Dan,’
    or, ‘As surely as the god of Beersheba lives’—
    they will fall, never to rise again.”

If you can’t remember what was in Dan click here if you are interested.


Chapter 9. If you are having a hard time picturing the captivity, Chapter 9 is a pretty good description.  As we read we need to always look for the Covenant.  Will there be a survivor from the Line of David to bring the promised Messiah???

“Surely the eyes of the Sovereign Lord
    are on the sinful kingdom.
I will destroy it
    from the face of the earth.
Yet I will not totally destroy
    the descendants of Jacob,”
declares the Lord.


I end on a triple split-screen.  (Like Fox news likes to do)

  • 1 message is the remnant people who will be released from captivity after 70 years to rebuild the Temple.
  • The second screen will be the restoration of the Jews at the time of the Tribulation in Revelation.
  • But what is the 3rd screen?  Could it be the restoration of Israel in the present day?  This is high-order thinking so if you get lost on this it is ok.  Israel was RESTORED and considered a nation not to be uprooted.

15 I will plant Israel in their own land,
    never again to be uprooted
    from the land I have given them,”

says the Lord your God.

The short story is: Israel was not a nation for 2000 years until May 14th, 1948.  We will definitely talk about this when we get to Ezekial.  BUT President Truman, a man that read his Bible was given an opportunity to recognize Israel as a state,  AND DID (against Roosevelt’s recommendation not to get involved (not sure he has a Bible).  However, I find it ironic that our county’s prosperity has grown ever since Truman signed this:

Pretty cool huh!!

Amos 1-5

Amos was from Judah (southern)  and he goes to Israel (northern) to give them a message from the Lord.   At this time Israel was very prosperous.  He was sent to bring a message regarding their social, political, and spiritual corruption. Why would they listen, they were feeling “blessed”.  Everything was GREAT!  He is smart and begins his message with the judgment of the surrounding nations.  Smart!  I can literally see the crowds gathering as they get excited about this news. “Nothing draws a crowd like a crowd”. (extra credit if you can tell me the movie) 😁  He even tells them why they will be judged:

  • Damascus (capital of Aram), attacked Israel
  • Gaza, Ashdod, Ashkelon, and Ekron are major cities in the Philistia, thus the verse about the Philistines
  • Tyre (Phoenicia) several treaties were made there, as allies, and they broke their word.
  • Edom (Edomites, Esau’s descendants) need I say more
  • Ammon and Moab.  (Lot’s children with his daughter)  These wicked nations have been the center of idol worship and idolatry.  Even though Israel has followed their culture, they never missed an opportunity to attack them
  • Judah (south) for rejecting the Lord and neglecting God’s law.  I bet they were most excited about hearing this!

So now that he has their attention, he tells them a message regarding their own judgment. Ouch. Chapter 2:6 the message turns on a dime: He will judge Israel for their greed, unjust ways, and their fake worship to the Lord.  God reminds them:

10 I brought you up out of Egypt
    and led you forty years in the wilderness
    to give you the land of the Amorites.

11 “I also raised up prophets from among your children
    and Nazirites from among your youths.
Is this not true, people of Israel?”

He continues with how they will be crushed.


Chapter 3:

Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:

“You only have I chosen
    of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
    for all your sins.”

They were the only nation that was chosen.  God was with them the whole way providing for them and winning their battles for them, yet they ignored God.  Therefore, they will be taken into captivity!

11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“An enemy will overrun your land,
    pull down your strongholds
    and plunder your fortresses.”


Sarcasm is my love language so when God speaks it I laugh…

“Go to Bethel and sin;
    go to Gilgal and sin yet more.
Bring your sacrifices every morning,
    your tithes every three years.
Burn leavened bread as a thank offering
    and brag about your freewill offerings—
boast about them, you Israelites,
    for this is what you love to do,”
declares the Sovereign Lord.

v6-13 is a great summary of how God provided and protected them and ends with a reminder to the people that HE IS THE LORD ALMIGHTY.

One verse that stood out (and I would love to put it on Facebook every time I see people weave scripture into their opinionated hateful message….but I won’t throw a stone)

Seek good, not evil,
    that you may live.
Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you,
    just as you say he is.


THEN chapter 5.  Hear this Word!  Seek me and Live!!!  He begs us to return to Him!

Let’s go back to the TV analogy.  Split-screen for sure. Then, Future, and I believe very much today.  If you skimmed Ch 5 because the reading was long. Take a minute to read it (IN Green after this). When God looks down upon his people does He see the people like this today?


“I hate, I despise your religious festivals;

    your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
    I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
    I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
    I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
    righteousness like a never-failing stream!

25 “Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
    forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
26 You have lifted up the shrine of your king,
    the pedestal of your idols,
    the star of your god[b]
    which you made for yourselves.
27 Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,”
    says the Lord, whose name is God Almighty.

Amos Overview for tomorrow

The Book of Amos addresses:

  •  the excessive pursuit of luxury,
  • self-indulgence
  • oppression of the poor which characterized the period of prosperity and success in the Northern Kingdom of Israel under Jeroboam II.Picture

This book is basically a message of judgment: prophecies of judgment on the nations AND  against Israel. Amos begins with a series of indictments against the seven neighbors of Israel, then Israel itself. The rich are condemned because of their oppression of the poor and for their religious hypocrisy.

True religion demands righteous living, and the way people treat others reveals their relationship with God.  (re-read that)

Amos was a prophet from Judah (southern) with a message to Israel (northern) during the reign of Uzziah (south) and Jeroboam (north). Imagine giving a message of doom to the other team? Ugg. Amos was not a prophet before this, a son of a prophet, or even a priest like Samuel. He was just a sheepherder, however, from his writing, we can assume he was educated.

The two kingdoms during this time are at an all-time high. Peace with neighbors, Assyria was not as powerful, and prosperity was growing. Listen, God is not against prosperity, God is against sin. Unfortunately usually with increased prosperity comes increased sin. Amos goes to Bethel because Bethel was the capital of the Northern Kingdom. Idolatry was everywhere. As you may recall from reading 2 Kings they were worshipping a golden calf and going through the ‘religious motions’. Since the division of the nation into North and South 200 years has passed. God has already sent Elijah, Elisha, and Jonah. With not a single degree of the nation turning from their sinful ways, God now sends people like Amos and Hosea at the same time to warn them. This time the Lord wants the message delivered courageously and directly, and Amos will do just that.

People who think that God is all about wrath and punishment need to dig into the Prophecy books. He loves His people so much that He is giving them opportunity after opportunity of warning to repent! And He is IGNORED.

I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. (Jonah 4:2)

I sat in a canoe today in the foothills of South Carolina with my earbuds in and did a “listen through” of the book of Amos.  It was an easy read but I will tell you it rocked my world!  I can’t wait for you to read it. (Honestly, I don’t think you will need to read the blog the next 2 days….you got this!)