- 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 22
An oracle addressed to Judah. The people of Judah exalted themselves thinking they could defend themselves from Assyria. But prophet Isaiah warmed them that their exultation over some deliverance was premature. Their doom to destruction was coming, which was in 717BC when King Sannacherib invaded Judah.
“House of the Forest,” was the royal palace in Jerusalem that served as Judah’s armory. Jerusalem prepared for the Assyrian invasion by fortifying the walls of the city of David, the southeastern district of Jerusalem, and by securing the city’s water system. But they failed to look to God. “You did not look to the One who made it, or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.” (v11)
Isaiah warned especially against Shebna, the leader of royal palace, that his corruption would lead Judah to destruction. His warning admonished all people of Judah, royal and common people to look to God.
Valley of Vision
1. What does this chapter speak about God?
2. What does this chapter speak about human being?
3. What does God speak to you today in this chapter?