Isaiah

Isaiah 22:1-14 A Burden Against The Valley Of Vision-Jerusalem.

The fall of Jerusalem was also coming from Elam, and this caused the prophet grief (vv. 1-7 Cf. 32:13; 37:3). Whatever protection Jerusalem had would be gone (vv. 8-10). They had looked at the physical manmade protections they had built for the city, but they did not look to their Maker, nor respect Him who “fashioned it long ago” (v. 11 Cf. Neh. 3:16). Where there should have been weeping and mourning in sackcloth and ashes (v. 12 Cf. 32:11; Ezra 9:3; Mic. 1:16; Joel 1:13; 2:17), there was partying, a nihilistic capitulation to what they regarded as their fate. Their pagan confession was simple and to the point-“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (v. 13 Cf. I Cor. 15:32; 5:11, 22; 28:7-8; 56:12)! These very same circumstances occurred with the coming of the Messiah, Jesus our Lord, a repeat also of the days of Noah and Lot (Cf. Lk. 17:26-30). This is the confession of those who lack atonement from the LORD (v. 14). “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). This is the Christian’s resurrection-ascension hope. It is the counter-confession against a nihilistic death loving culture.

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