Tuesday, 10th May 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-10 To Observe, to be Alert
When the Israelites became slaves to the people of Babylon, they lost hope, but God was reminding them not to give up. Even though the lives may not be what we expected but we must observe the works of God and be alert in our spirit. God did not create us to accept our status quo, to give up when things don’t turn up as what we desired, what we prayed for or what we expected. Do not try to find an easy way out, but believe God’s promise will be revealed. How do we have this faith? We must know the Name of God: Jehovah Rapha, He is our Healer, Jehovah Jireh, He is our Provider; Jehovah Shalom, He is our Peace…
Passover was to commemorate how God led the Israelites out of Egypt, how God struck all the firstborn in Egypt and spared the lives of the Israelites so they could leave the country of slavery. But in the times of Isaiah, the Israelites were enslaved by Babylon, and they lost the hope to fight. Often when times go by, when we do not see hope, we lost the motivation to fight, and we give up. V1-2 ‘The burden against the Wilderness of the Sea. As whirlwinds in the South pass through, so it comes from the desert, from a terrible land. A distressing vision is declared to me; the treacherous dealer deals treacherously, and the plunderer plunders. Go up, O Elam! Besiege, O Media! All its sighing I have made to cease.’ God was telling His people to stop hiding, and stop running away from problems.
V6-7 ‘For thus has the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he sees.” And he saw a chariot with a pair of horsemen, a chariot of donkeys, and a chariot of camels, and he listened earnestly with great care.’ God wants us to be alert, to watch, to pray and to listen! During difficult times, we must set ourselves apart as holy, do not conform to this world, and do not give up!
V8-9 ‘Then he cried, “A lion, my Lord! I stand continually on the watchtower in the daytime; I have sat at my post every night. And look, here comes a chariot of men with a pair of horsemen!” Then he answered and said, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen! And all the carved images of her gods He has broken to the ground.”’ Day and night we must cry out to God, do not see Babylon bigger than God. It’s easy for us to focus on our problems and challenges and forget that God will provide, He is the God, who can turn defeat into victory. God wants us to be still and observe His Work at hand.
Section Two V11-12 To Know the Danger
V11 ‘The burden against Dumah. He calls to me out of Seir, “Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?”’ Dumah are the people of Edom, who are the decedents of Esau, but they looked up to Babylon and disrespect God. Psalm 137:7 says, ‘Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom the day of Jerusalem, who said, “Raze it, raze it, to its very foundation!”’ Edom did not grieve for Jerusalem but spoke against it. They came from the chosen one of God, but they did not support the people of God, instead, they sided with the world.
V12 ‘The watchman said, “The morning comes, and also the night. If you will inquire, inquire; return! Come back!”’ We must keep watch and be alert, because the darkness will come if we continue to follow the way of the world. Do not think the peace will last, because only in eternality we can have true peace.
Section Three V13-17 Do Not Rely on Wealth
V13 ‘The burden against Arabia. In the forest in Arabia you will lodge, o you traveling companies of Dedanites.’ The people of Arabia are businesspeople, they relied on their wealth, but money cannot buy everything. Through Isaiah, God said to the people that even Arabia would fail, no matter how glamorous and rich they are!
V16-17 ‘For thus the Lord has said to me: “Within a year, according to the year of a hired man, all the glory of Kedar will fail; and the remainder of the number of archers, the mighty men of the people of Kedar, will be diminished; for the Lord God of Israel has spoken it.”’ All the riches may disappear within one year, nothing in this world is for sure, and nothing is certain, but if we focus on God, wait upon Him, then He will provide for us until the end!
以赛亚书 21 – 在困难的日子要如何活下去
一、v.1-10 要观看 要警醒
V1-5 “海旁”是以色列、犹大人在海边能够打鱼过活、苟且偷安的地方，“旷野”是人躲避巴比伦攻击的沙漠之地。我们现代的人是否也有这样想要躲到另一个自以为安全的地方的想法？遇到有问题，我们就尝试躲起来，甚至躲到自己的山洞。 巴比伦曾经不可一世，但神会借着波斯、玛代这样遥远的、令人想不到的国度来摧毁他们。那场面之浩大，令先知都慌张(v.3-4). “叹息”的时候就是我们在用尽一切力气都不成功之后叹气。面对仇敌灭亡，百姓本该高兴，但先知惊慌，因为这毁灭是无比残酷的。