- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Isaiah 14
Isaiah prophesizes that Babylonia will be destroyed, and looks forward to the fall of Assyria. And the people of Israel will return home from exile, a post-exilic prophecy.
Babylonia will be destroyed by their arrogance. “How the oppressor has come to an end?” (v4) is a dirge against a tyrant, the tyrant of Babylonian king, the tyrant of Babylonia, the tyrant of Assyria, and the tyrant of all power, whose fall precede Israel’s restoration. No power on earth can prevent God from accomplishing God’s purpose. In the Old Testament, word Babylonia become a symbol of all, people and nations, who are against God.
The purpose of God’s judgement against the wicked nations is to restore God’s people and nation. The oracle and poetic songs in chapter 14 is that God has a plan for all history and that all nations act as God wills.
1. What does God speak to you today in this chapter.
2. Reflect on God’s sovereignty over all nations.
3. Close with silent prayer for two minutes.