Monday, December 15, 2014

Isaiah 14, Part Two: Submission in Service

Isaiah 14, Part Two: Submission in Service

The broken nations of Syria, Assyria and Babylon would join themselves with Israel, content to be servants.

Isaiah 14:1-2 (ESV) For the LORD will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and sojourners will join them and will attach themselves to the house of Jacob. And the peoples will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them in the LORD's land as male and female slaves. They will take captive those who were their captors, and rule over those who oppressed them.

Isaiah later adds more description of these servants:

Isaiah 61:5 (ESV) Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks; foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers.

This enslavement will be voluntary, motivated by submission to God:

Isaiah 60:14 (ESV) The sons of those who afflicted you shall come bending low to you, and all who despised you shall bow down at your feet; they shall call you the City of the LORD, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

What do you think?

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