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Isaiah 31-35


A Devotional Journey 
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year

        The 5th condemnation or woe, in Isaiah 28-35, is towards those who place their trust in the wrong things B particularly those who look to Egypt to resolve their national security instead of God, who originally brought them out of Egyptian slavery to the land in which they now live.  They trust in chariots (the human symbols of military power), and horses (the symbol of sophisticated wealth) in stead of acknowledging that the same chariots (in the case of Egypt) and horses were easily destroyed by God at the Red Sea, without their participation (see Exodus 14-15, particularly 15:1).
        Only God is totally reliable (31:2) in contrast to human limitations (31:4).  Even an enemy as powerful and deadly as Assyria (which was evidently in the process of attacking Jerusalem) cannot withstand God's might (31:8-9).
        Chapter 32 leads into the theme of the coming MessiahIn the era of His coming, everyone will finally become aware of the power of God.  Those who have ignored God in the past and rejected His ways out of hand will no longer be able to do so.  In that age, human relationships will flourish and everyone will be secure.  In the meantime, those who believe they are safe because of where they live or the religious trappings they display will, like the women of Jerusalem, be surprised by God's judgment.
        Yet God's judgment will be followed by the sending of God's Spirit on His people.  They a new era of peaceful coexistence with God will begin.
        Chapter 33 presents the 6th woe, this condemnation apparently aimed again at Assyria.  After a terrible judgment, God will restore His people to their home in Jerusalem where the former things: illness, discord, pride, will disappear and be replace with peace.
        Chapters 34 & 35 comprise a conclusion to this section of condemnations, first summarizing God's judgment on the nations, and then rejoicing in His coming redemption of Israel.
        In what/whom are you placing your trust today?  If we trust in man-made and sustained security, we will be as disappointed as men and women are imperfect.  If we trust in other people to protect us from life's problems, they will fail B they are no better at life's problems than we are.
        As Isaiah careful and continuously points only God is worthy of our trust.  So we should trust in Him and not be afraid.  Do you trust God?  Do you trust Him with your future?  As we realize God's power and determination to use it on our behalf, the words of an ancient cartoon character come to mind: What!  Me Worry! 
        In our lives there are mountains to clear, but none to fear.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010