Who has planned this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns,
Whose merchants were princes, whose traders were the honored of the earth?
The LORD of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty,
To despise all the honored of the earth.
Isaiah 23:8, 9
God planned the death of Tyre because they the were the proud and honored of the earth. They thought so much of themselves, they left God out of the picture. But here's the thing. They were just little men. God is the One who is exalted and honored not people. It’s good to remember that human glory is fleeting. Live to exalt HIM!
For GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD,
BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you at the proper time,
casting all your anxiety on Him,
because He cares for you.
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert.
Your adversary, the devil,
prowls around like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:6-8
But you did not depend on Him who made it,
Nor did you take into consideration Him who planned it long ago.
Who can you depend on? We moan and cry over people or things we can’t count on, all the while forgetting the ONE whom we should depend on! We have the same problem that these people had. We forget that God is the One who sits on the throne. He rules. He is the one on whom we are to depend. We must put our trust in Him. What an important reminder today. I love it! Depend on Him!
One keeps calling to me from Seir,
"Watchman, how far gone is the night?
Watchman, how far gone is the night?"
The watchman says, "Morning comes but also night.
If you would inquire, inquire; Come back again."
Isaiah 21:11, 12
A person on the alert keeps his eyes open. He is watching and looking for what is coming.
Believer’s Bible Commentary
We too can be watchmen for God's kingdom:
The watchman is one who stands in God's counsels, knows what is coming and looks out for the event. So now, he who learns from the completed Scriptures what God has foretold, discerning His purposes, not by speculative interpretation, but by comparing Scripture with Scripture, and accepting what is therein made plain, is able to warn and exhort others. He stands upon the watch-tower (verse 7) in fellowship with God.
God gave Isaiah a message and he himself was the object lesson.
At that time the LORD spoke through Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying,
"Go and loosen the sackcloth from your hips and take your shoes off your feet."
And he did so, going naked and barefoot.
So many things impressed me here. The first is Isaiah’s obedience. He did what God asked and did it immediately. Was it easy? I wouldn’t think so. Was it comfy? I don’t think so. But God had a message and He would use Isaiah. It was a 3 year object lesson!
What was the point?
"So the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day,
'Behold, such is our hope,
where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria;
and we, how shall we escape?'"
Your trust has failed. Trust in the Lord! That’s the point. A pretty simple point.
A very obedient prophet. God’s message delivered.
And all we have to do today is relate the gospel! And we can do it with our clothes on.
It’s a lot easier. Then do it!
Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved! Acts 16:31
…because of the purpose of the LORD of hosts which He is purposing against them.
This jumped out at me. God has purposes that He is working out in history. One of His purposes then and now is to save people.
It will become a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt;
for they will cry to the LORD because of oppressors,
and He will send them a Savior and a Champion,
and He will deliver them.
Did you know God sent you a Savior and a Champion? His name is Jesus Christ. He loves you. He died for you. He is alive to save you! Maybe the reason your life is a mess is so that you cry out for a Champion!
At that time a gift of homage will be brought to the LORD of hosts
From a people tall and smooth,
Even from a people feared far and wide,
A powerful and oppressive nation,
Whose land the rivers divide--
To the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, even Mount Zion.
This verse is talking about a future time in history when everyone on the face of this earth will bring tribute to the Lord Jesus. It is, frankly, hard to imagine. People who hate Jesus have such loud, powerful objections today. But they will be silenced.
I’m looking forward. These coming days will be so different and so exciting. It made me think of these verses.
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him,
and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW,
of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
So what should we do? This is real. This is coming. Live for eternity!
So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed,
not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence,
work out your salvation with fear and trembling;
For you have forgotten the God of your salvation
And have not remembered the rock of your refuge.
Therefore you plant delightful plants
And set them with vine slips of a strange god.
In the day that you plant it you carefully fence it in,
And in the morning you bring your seed to blossom;
But the harvest will be a heap
In a day of sickliness and incurable pain.
Isaiah 17:10, 11
What happens when you stop taking pleasure in the Lord? Sin in pleasurable but only for a moment. Then it leaves you empty. Then your reap horrible consequences. Did you read it?
True pleasure is only found in Him. If you are a believer living for sinful pleasures, turn around! Go to the God of your salvation! Return to your Refuge. Be like Moses…
By faith Moses, when he had grown up,
refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,
choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God
than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
considering the reproach of Christ greater riches
than the treasures of Egypt;
for he was looking to the reward.
Friends all around us are trying to find
What the heart yearns for, by sin undermined;
I have the secret, I know where 'tis found:
Only in Jesus true pleasures abound.
All that I want is in Jesus;
He satisfies, joy He supplies;
Life would be worthless without Him,
All things in Jesus I find.
My heart cries out for Moab…
This chapter is prophecy about God punishing Moab. Yet right in the middle this jumped out at me. Even in judgment, God was moved for Moab. What a God!
Holy, Just…yes. And Compassionate. How Grateful I am for this!
Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed,
"The LORD, the LORD God,
compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger,
and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;
who keeps lovingkindness for thousands,
who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin;
yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished,
visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children
and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations."
Exodus 34:6. 7
The LORD of hosts has sworn saying,
"Surely, just as I have intended so it has happened,
and just as I have planned so it will stand
"For the LORD of hosts has planned,
and who can frustrate it?
And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?"
I love these assurances. This is in reference to God’s judgment. He will judge. It is His plan. No one will stop him. Why do I love this? God is in charge. He rules. The world may look out of control. But God reigns. Hallelujah! Right now He is patiently waiting for people to believe in the Lord Jesus.
Then you will say on that day,
"I will give thanks to You, O LORD;
For although You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away,
And You comfort me.
"Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the LORD GOD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation."
Isaiah 12:1, 2
This chapter is one of rejoicing in a future day because God’s kingdom has come! What a day! Right now we can start the song because we know what lies ahead!
And in that day you will say,
"Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted."
Praise the LORD in song,
for He has done excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.
Isaiah 12:4, 5
What a song of rejoicing! He has done excellent things! Let it be known through the whold earth. Sing!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!