Isaiah 15-16 Moab Judged-Hope For A Remnant.
Isaiah once again receives a ‘burden’, this time concerning Moab. Moab would also suffer judgment (v. 1). Their response was to go to their places of worship, to weep before Chemosh (v. 2 Cf. 16:12). But Chemosh would not be able to help them. Instead they would be clothed in sackcloth, and everyone would weep and wail (v. 3), including the armed soldiers (v. 4). Isaiah’s heart indeed goes out to Ruth’s former homeland, and one time vassal to Israel (II Kgs. 3), but their judgment was deserved (vv. 5-7 Cf. 16:11; Nu. 21:28-29; Amos 2:1-3). Utter destruction was in their future (15:8-16:14). Few would be spared (15:9). Moab would be destroyed from one end to the other (vv. 8-9). Joy and gladness would cease (vv. 10-11).
“The glory of Moab will be despised.” (v. 14). All of Moab’s power, wealth, and prestige would come to nothing. However, a remnant would flee to the south and would eventually find refuge from Assyria, in Judah to the west. To Judah they send a lamb as a token of their submission (16:1-2), where they sought protection (vv. 3-4). Only a remnant would survive, and that under the shadow of the Davidic covenant of grace (v. 14). Mercy would be found in the covenant the LORD continued with David (v. 5 Cf. 54:8; 55:3; II Sam. 22:51; Ps. 89:28). This also speaks to Messiah. In Jesus the nations will find true peace (Cf. Acts 15:16-17 [Amos 9:11-12]). Mercy is only for the humble. The proud are destined for judgment (vv. 6-7).