Isaiah 29–33: Rogues & Rest

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 6: Friday

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help
And rely on horses,
And trust in chariots because they are many
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But they do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
nor seek the LORD!

Isaiah 31:1

Today’s Bible reading is Isaiah 29–33. Derek Kidner labels chapter 28–31, “The Assyrian Crisis: God’s Help or Man’s?” and comments:

“The setting is the restless period of intrigue with Egypt which led to Hezekiah’s revolt against Assyria and the reprisals of 701 BC described in chs. 36, 37; but the prophecies frequently break out of these narrow confines.”1

Chapter 32 contains references to the kingdom of Messiah, while in 32 and 33 the problems of Jerusalem with Assyria continue.2

I think the main point of application for me as I read through these chapters is the question posed in Kidner’s title: who do I trust in crisis? When things fall apart or I’m threatened where do I turn for help? The Messianic prophecies within Isaiah help me to turn to God. They help me do as Paul commands in Colossians 3:2, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” How? Well, let me give you one example. When I read in Isaiah of a king who reigns righteously, and I see this verse—

“No longer will the fool be called noble,
Or the rogue be spoken of as generous.”
Isaiah 32:5

—it helps me endure. I see injustice in the way I’m treated or I see the kind of rogues Isaiah speaks of, “who destroy the afflicted with slander,” and I need God’s promises that He will make wrongs right and the wicked will be judged. It helps me to be able to wait for His help in this time I live in right now.

God told Israel,

“In repentance and rest you will be saved,
In quietness and trust is your strength,”
Isaiah 30:15b

They weren’t listening. May God enable us to listen and heed His Word—and rest and trust in Him.

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1, 2Derek Kidner, “Isaiah,” The New Bible Commentary: Revised, D. Guthrie, J. A. Motyer, eds.,
A. M. Stibbs, D. J. Wiseman, contributing eds., pp. 606.
2Ray Ortlund, Jr., Isaiah: God Saves Sinners, pp. 184–185, 187–188.
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Original content: Copyright ©2011 Iwana Carpenter

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