And in verse 3, we see a snapshot of the ultimate future battle when Yeshua went to His execution:
At the noise of the tumult the people shall flee;
When You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered
The LORD lifted HIMSELF up. This is confirmed in John 10:17-18, when Yeshua says,
“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”
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In verse 8, we see a warning to a certain traveling man who has broken the covenant. What covenant? The Abrahamic covenant. Sennacherib was coming against the land, and it will not go well for him.
Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts;
Your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet home,
A tabernacle that will not be taken down;
Not one of its stakes will ever be removed,
Nor will any of its cords be broken.
The chapter wraps up with forgiven iniquities for the inhabitants of Zion. How glorious!
Chapter 34 shifts gears once again. We see a warning to the nations to come, hear, and heed the word! The fury of the Lord is against the nations.
So why is this warning given? Verse 8 tells us that it is the LORD's vengeance, recompense for the cause of
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Verse 10 is a picture of Edom's total destruction by burning pitch.
It shall not be quenched night or day;
Its smoke shall ascend forever.
From generation to generation it shall lie waste;
No one shall pass through it forever and ever.
Can I just interject here? We see the same kind of language used in Jude 1:7, 2 Peter 2:6, and Revelation 14:11.
(Jude) as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
(2 Peter) and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly
(Revelation) And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.
Much of what the church believes about God’s judgment is rooted in Greek-Roman thought… constant burning fires that never go out. But in reality, this way of speaking is by Jewish idiom. We have a picture of complete and total destruction. The ascending smoke can be likened to an extinguished candle... we don't see the smoke until the flame is put out.
In 1867 Mark Twain called the holy land a vast wasteland in his book, Innocents Abroad. This was right before the waves of Jewish immigrants began returning to the land, at which time they began draining the swamps and planting trees and fields.
Strengthen the weak hands,
And make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.”
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For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
A highway shall be there, and a road,
And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.
The unclean shall not pass over it,
But it shall be for others.
Whoever walks the road, although a fool,
Shall not go astray.
No lion shall be there,
Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it;
It shall not be found there.
But the redeemed shall walk there,
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
And come to Zion with singing,
With everlasting joy on their heads.
They shall obtain joy and gladness,
And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
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