12/03/2010

God Establishes a Throne in Love (Isaiah 15,16)

After prophesying against Babylon (Isa 13:1ff) and against Philistia (Isa 14:28-32), this 3rd prophesy is against Moab (Isa 15:1-16:14). This oracle of judgment was probably delivered by Sargon's (king of Assyria) defeat of Moab in 715 B.C. This oracle concerns Moab's distress (Isa 15) and the response to Moab's distress (Isa 16). The lesson for God's people Israel is that Moab's demise should teach her not to depend on man, but to depend on God.

My Heart Cries for Moab (Isa 15:1-9)

Isa 15:1-9 describes how Moab is devastated by a sudden attack on its villages. Even God moans for them (Isa 15:4-9; Ezek 33:11).

In Love a Throne will be Established (Isa 16:1-13)

In Isa 16:1-5, fugitive Moab begs Zion for asylum. God's reply to Moab's plea for safety from Assyrian oppression is the messianic throne of David, full of divine integrity, but also demanding submission (Isa 9:7; 11:4,5,10; 55:3). Isa 16:5 says, "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." Ultimately, only in Jesus, the Son of David, the nations find shelter (Acts 15:16,17). But Moab's proud rejection of the Davidic throne (Jer 48:42) is their doom (Isa 16:6-12). God will break her pride in 3 years (Isa 16:13,14) through Sargon, who overran the country.

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