- 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 34
Prophet Isaiah describes what God’s judgement would be like, exampling the fate of Edom. Edomite are descendants of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother. Edom was always Israel’s sweet enemy. Bozrah was the capital city of Edom. The destruction of Edom pictured here to show the ultimate end of all who oppose God and God’s people. “Totally destroy,” (v2) in Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them. The rest if verses in chapter 34 describe it.
God summons all nations and the nations’ punishment will be so extensive that the entire cosmos will collapse on the “day of vengeance” (8). The enemy of God will be totally destroyed. God, almighty, brings all his creatures, the land, the animal, natural order, to complete judgement. (v.8-15)
“The book of the Lord,” (v16) decrees that the Lord has previously articulated regarding the nations’ fates. “Allots their portions,” (v17) is an ancient method of casting lot to determining divinely decreed destinies.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?