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Bye Bye, Babylon (4 of 12)
We are going to look this evening at the thirteenth and fourteenth chapter, not all of the verses, but we are going to look at the highlights of the verses.
We need to locate ourselves again in the book of Isaiah to understand what's taking place here. The first 40 chapters of the book of Isaiah are chapters of judgment. They are messages of God concerning His judgment. The first 13 chapters of Isaiah are sermons Isaiah delivered to the nation of Judah. It's not pleasant reading. It's God's message of judgment to His chosen people, Judah.
Then beginning in chapter 13 and going through chapter 24, we have a series of what are called "burdens." In chapter 13, verse 1, it says, "The burden of Babylon." Then in chapter 15, verse 1, it says, "The burden of Moab." Then look in chapter 17, verse 1, "The burden of Damascus." Look at chapter 19, verse 1, "The burden of Egypt." Chapter 21, verse 1, says, "The burden of the desert of the sea." Verse 11 in that chapter says, "The burden of Dumah." Verse 13 says, "The burden upon Arabia." Chapter 22, verse 1, says, "The burden of the valley of vision." Chapter 23, verse 1, says, "The burden of Tyre."
So what you have here in this section is a series of what Isaiah calls "burdens." The idea there is a message which is heavy. This is a heavy passage of scripture. This is a heavy section in God's Word.
When you read the Bible, you will find some sections with joy. You will find other sections with judgment. This is one of the judgment sections. As you go through these, you will find that these are a series of burdens which Isaiah declares from the Lord against the nations.
This says to us that the Bible presents a very specific view of history. One writer, Edmond Gibbons, the historian, said, "History is little more than the register of crimes, failings, and misfortunes of mankind."
But the Bible takes ...
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