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July 30 - Evening

"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!

The Lord is angry with all nations;
his wrath is on all their armies.
He will totally destroy them,
he will give them over to slaughter.
Their slain will be thrown out,
their dead bodies will stink;
the mountains will be soaked with their blood.

All the stars in the sky will be dissolved
and the heavens rolled up like a scroll;
all the starry host will fall
like withered leaves from the vine,
like shriveled figs from the fig tree.

My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens;
see, it descends in judgment on Edom,
the people I have totally destroyed.
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 the land of Edom.
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.

For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.

Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch,
her dust into burning sulfur;
her land will become blazing pitch!
It will not be quenched night or day;
its smoke will rise forever.
From generation to generation it will lie desolate;
no one will ever pass through it again."

- Isaiah 34:1-10

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Lord's Judgment of the Nations    

Isaiah chapter 34 and 35 serve as a summary of the first half of the book of Isaiah. These chapters sum up the previous chapters before the historical narrative of chapters 36, 37, 38, and 39 begin.
Contrast between:

  • fruitful land turned into a desert (man’s kingdom, nations)
  • desert turned into a fruitful land (God’s kingdom, those who wait on God)

God will share his glory and his blessing with those who trust in him.
The self-willed are going to be destroyed by God.
Some of the language of chapter 34 may be offensive to the reader, but the point is that sin is offensive to God. A sacrifice for sin is required.  Here the nations are seen as being the sacrifice for their own sins. The judgment is not just upon man and the earth. The judgment extends to the universe
The nations are called together in Isaiah 1:2 to serve as witnesses for God against his people Israel.
Here in Isaiah 34:1 the nations are called to again, but this time it is for judgment.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
- Psalm 24:1

Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.’ - 1 Corinthians 10:25,26

“Totally destroy” is herem in Hebrew and is the word used for totally dedicating something to God by destroying it.

  • this was the word used for the destruction of Jericho where the total destruction indicated that God alone was the victory.  No one else got to take any of the spoils.  Why?  Because only God won this battle.
  • This was also used in reference to the Amalekites in 1 Samuel 15:3, 8, 9, 15, 18, 20,  They were the people who tried to stop God’s movement of Israel into the promised land where Israel could be a blessing to the world.  Those who oppose God’s plan to bless the world become herem

Exposed “slain”, “dead bodies”, “stench”, “blood soaked mountains” are all a picture of disgust and disrespect.  The exact way God feels towards the nations in rebellion to him. There is no dignity apart from God.  Any honor we gain without God ends up as contempt.
This is an image similar to Armageddon.

Edom: An Example to all the other nations. This is not speaking only to Edom otherwise it
would have been included in the previous chapters when God individually addressed the nations
in Isaiah chapters 13-23
Edom is an antithesis to Israel:

Esau’s character is described in Hebrews 12:15-16:

See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.  See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.Hebrews 12:15-16 (See Genesis 36:1-9

The point:  You can choose God’s way or Edom’s way.
God has fought in the heavens and descends on Edom. After God has attacked the powers in the heavens he descends to finish his work on the earth. The powers in the heavens that control the earthly powers of the nations.
“totally destroyed” is used again in reference to the people dedicated to God for destruction (herem)

The destruction of the nations is seen as a sacrifice.  A sacrifice for their own rebellion.  All sin must end in a sacrifice either of the sinner or of one in place of the sinner. Isaiah 53 anticipates this.   Salvation of the people of God is only possible because of Isaiah 53.
Isaiah 2:1-4 sees a day when the nations will learn the ways of God. But, if they do not learn his ways (such as the sacrifice of Christ) then they will be slaughter as their own sacrifice.
“wild oxen. . .bull calves. ..great bulls” may refer to animals or to the political leaders of Edom.
 Some translations read this as “men as strong as wild oxen . . .young men. . .veterans”
Bozrah is 25 miles southeast of the Dead Sea.
The Lord is seen coming from Edom in Isaiah 63.
This is the picture of the trampling of the winepress of Revelation 14:17-20
The nations have rebelled against God.
And in their rebellion they have attacked God’s people.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"If you want to change
the future you have to
trouble the present."
- Willam Booth

Something to Ponder??
In Mark 3:21 Jesus’ family thought Jesus was insane. The religious leaders who had come from Jerusalem to investigate agreed and in their diagnosis of Jesus they said,
“He is possessed by Beelzebub!”
(Mark 3:21-34)
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Neos (Gr) – new (Eng) – the Greek word neos means “new” and is found in Greek such as these:

Neoles meaning “youth” in Mark 10:20; Acts 26:4; 1 Timothy 4:12.

Neoteros which means “younger widows” when it is in the feminine in 1 Timothy 5:11, 14; 1 Peter 5:5.

Neoteros which means “younger” and “younger man” in Luke 15:12 and 1 Timothy 5:1

Neos in the feminine means “young woman in Titus 2:4.

Sargon II, the Assyrian king from 722-705 BC, is mentioned one time in the Bible. Isaiah refers to Sargon in a historical accurate situation with a precise chronological mention in Isaiah 20:1. In fact, Isaiah reference to Sargon was the only known reference to this otherwise unknown historical figure until 1843. (Details HERE.) (Sargon details are HERE, HERE, HERE, etc. Images are HERE and HERE.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do distinguish between the ways of the world and the ways of God?
Can I discern people and nations that are antagonistic to God's plan?
I will choose to follow the Lord in my values, attitudes and actions.

  "Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those
who are in anguish;
let them drink and forget
their poverty and remember their misery no more."

- Proverbs 31:6-7
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Lamentations 1 Isaiah 57-58
Prayer for Today
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An elderly person

Leading of the
Holy Spirit

Gun Control Issues

Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
excavation in the City of David A diagram detailing how God's Word in our soul renews our mind and helps us to avoid the chaos of our fallen nature, the fallen kosmos and Satan's will. This image is from from Galyn's book: The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal & Maturity
Excavation under David's Palace near the Jebusite Wall,
or the Large Stone Structure.
A diagram detailing how God's Word in our soul renews our mind and helps us to avoid the chaos of our fallen nature, the fallen kosmos and Satan's will.
This image is from from Galyn's book:
The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal & Maturity
(Book details here. Download book here.)
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