God’s people, the Jews, were held captive in Babylon where they were mistreated. Learn what God’s response is.
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1. “‘Come down’ is the command of God to Babylon. God is going to talk to the great world power Babylon when the time comes for it to be brought low.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 299)
2. “This depicts the indescribable humiliation to which Babylon was finally subjected. She had mistreated the people of Israel, and the day came when she was brought low.” (McGee, 299)
3. “Suddenly the text identifies the voice of God speaking about his plans for Babylon. The changes will not take place in a vacuum; God is the sovereign one who will bring all these things to pass on Babylon.” (Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. [Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009], 302)
4. “The prophet assures his Hebrew audience that God is ‘our Redeemer’; thus the establishment of justice against Babylon is carried out by the same God that defeated the Egyptians many years earlier.” (Smith, 302)
5. “Babylon will have no hope but will go through a dark time of her history.” (Smith 303)
6. God “would use Cyrus to punish Babylonia and rescue his people.: [Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
7. “He would take away Babylonia’s claim to be queen of kingdoms. The queen would be banished to the silence of a dark dungeon. Secure in her power and glory, Babylonia thought they would continue forever—the eternal queen.” [Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]
8. “In a moment, the judgment for her sins caught up with her [Babylon]; and she became a widow.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002], 53)
9. “Babylon did not decay slowly, but went from being the wealthy lady, the unconquered virgin, the proud, invincible mother of many, to a degraded slave woman in the dust who lost her throne, her children, and her life.” (MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. [Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005], 817)
10. “She acted as if God did not exist and no one cold judge her. Babylon was irresponsible, became a law to herself, and believed the adage that ‘might makes right.’” (Smith, 307)
11. “God will execute his justice against Babylon by repaying ‘disaster, evil’ in response to Babylon’s ‘evil’ (47:10).” (Smith, 307)
12. “Neither her idols nor her occult practices (vv. 12-14) were able to warn her or prepare her for her destruction.” (53)
13. “Confusion characterizes Babylon at this time. The city lives up to its name—Babylon means ‘confusion,’ and confusion besets them.” (McGee, 300)
14. “The consequences of trusting in astrology and magical spells will result in these officials being like dry stubble that fire can quickly consume.” (Smith, 310)
15. “Verse 15 concludes this message with the reminder that in spite of the Daughter of Babylon wearing herself out (47:11) by doing everything that these religious officials wanted her to do, there will be no deliverance (contrast 46:13).” (Smith, 310)
“Babylon showed no mercy to the Jews, and God judge them accordingly.” (Wiersbe, 53)
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MacArthur, John, The MacArthur Bible Commentary. Nashville, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2005
Max Anders and Trent C. Butler (2012). HOTC Vol. 15: Isaiah. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume III. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
Smith, Gary V., The New American Commentary, Volume 15B, Isaiah 40-66. Nashville, B & H Publishing Group, 2009
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary: Old Testament Prophets. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2002