ISAIAH PROPHESIED the fall of Babylon before it had risen. At the time of the prophesies we read this week, Assyria was still the dominant power in the ancient Near East, but the phrase, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon,” was revealed to the prophet anyway.
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PARALLEL ACCOUNTS of Peter’s declaration of faith at Caesarea Philippi, a site sacred to Pan at the base of Mount Hermon, are featured in our New Testament study this week.
We also see another feeding of a multitude, Jesus’ rebuke of the Pharisees and Sadducees who demanded a sign, and the healing of the demon-possessed daughter of a Gentile woman in the region of Tyre.