GOD ALLOWED Assyria and Babylon to oppress His people because they had turned away from Him. In our study this week, we discuss Isaiah’s prophecy of a day when the world will come to Israel to bring tribute to the Lord.
We discuss the legal language as Isaiah recounts the sins of Israel, the difference between legalism and righteousness, more divine council references, especially to the deities known in the ancient world as Salem (Peace) and Tsedeq (Righteousness), and the ultimate restoration of Israel and Jerusalem, “A City Not Forsaken.”
GOD CAN deliver us in the face of overwhelming odds. We discuss two examples of this from the book of Isaiah this week–the miraculous healing of Hezekiah, marked by the backwards movement of the sundial’s shadow, and the deliverance of Jerusalem from the unstoppable might of the Assyrian army.
We didn’t discuss this, but you might be interested in Chuck Missler’s article “The Long Night of Sennacherib.” Chuck speculates that a near pass-by of the planet Mars might have been responsible for the sun’s regression.