July 3, Reading 2 – Isaiah 13

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SAA Notes

Babylon was the Washington or Moscow of its day. Babylon was just then becoming the world power. She was like the US at the end of World War I – great potential but still subdued. That was soon to pass. Isaiah reminds us that the great nations and powers cannot oppose God’s judgment on their actions. (verse 11)

SJA Notes

While this passage speaks temporally of the destruction of great Babylon by the Assyrian hordes, we also read of the day to come when God’s judgement will be meted out.

“Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.”

And then, “I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity;”

These verses (and lots of others!) put to rest the idea of universal salvation, that everyone will be saved.

God’s final judgement is coming.

This is part of our message to the world (and to one another).

“Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the LORD of hosts in the day of his fierce anger.”

Pray that we would be given opportunity to remind people of this truth. That God is patient, but that His judgement is coming, and that the ONLY way to escape that just and holy punishment is to find refuge in Jesus!

* Father God, thank You that in Jesus we find refuge, now and the promise of being brought into Your presence on that final day.

Thank You for Your word. Please give us opportunity to spread Your word throughout our lives, to those around us. Give us the words to say, the courage to say them, and the perseverance for the tribulation that comes.

Amen.

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