Prophecies Against Jerusalem
Verse 1 – The burden against the Valley of Vision. What ails you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops,
Verse 2 – you who are full of noise, a tumultuous city, a joyous city? Your slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.
The Valley of Vision refers to Jerusalem, where God revealed Himself. Jerusalem would be attacked unless the people returned to God. Isaiah saw the many who were slain, not by the sword, but perhaps by starvation or disease.
Verse 3 – All your rulers have fled together; they are captured by the archers. All who are found in you are bound together, who have fled from afar.
Verse 4 – Therefore I said, “Look away from me, I will weep bitterly; do not labor to comfort me because of the plundering of the daughter of my people.”
Isaiah had warned God’s people, but yet they still would not repent. Because of Isaiah’s love for them, he wept because so many were punished and died.
Sometimes the very people that we love and care about refuse our help. Then when disaster strikes, we still mourn because the very thing we tried to save them from destroys them.
Verse 5 – For it is a day of trouble and treading down perplexity by the Lord God of hosts in the Valley of Vision – breaking down the walls and of crying to the mountains.
Verse 6 – Elam bore the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.
Verse 7 – It shall come to pass that your choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.
Elam and Kir were under Assyrian rule. The entire Assyrian army joined in the attack against Jerusalem.
Verse 8 – He removed the protection of Judah. You looked in that day to the armor of the House of Forest;
Solomon had built a place within the city of Jerusalem where the arsenal was stored called the “House of Forest.” The people looked to their weapons for protection instead of looking to God and He removed their covering of protection.
Verse 9 – You also saw the damage to the city of David, that it was great; and you gathered together the waters of the lower pool.
Verse 10 – You numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses you broke down to fortify the wall.
Verse 11 – You also made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to its Maker, nor did you have respect for Him who fashioned it long ago.
Hezekiah had built tunnels under the walls to bring in water if and when the city was attacked. Do we give enough honor and respect to the One who gives us all things pertaining to life? Do people go about their daily lives not even considering the very water they have that is from our Creator? The people of Israel had forgotten how many times God had protected them from their enemies and now that protection had been removed. Our God is a good God, but when necessary He will get our attention with strong measures.
Verse 12 – And in that day the Lord God of hosts called for weeping and for mourning, for baldness and for girding with sackcloth.
Verse 13 – But instead, joy and gladness, slaying oxen and killing sheep, eating meat and drinking wine: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
The people had given up hope, when in realty, all they had to do was repent and come to God. When people lose hope, they have put their confidence in themselves or other people. When people don’t believe that we have a Mighty God that loves us enough, we look to other sources to fill that void and that’s exactly what Judah did.
Verse 14 – Then it was revealed in my hearing by the Lord of hosts, “Surely for this iniquity there will be no atonement for you, even to your death,” says the Lord God of hosts.
Verse 15 – Thus says the Lord God of hosts: “Go, proceed to this steward, to Shebna, who is over the house, and say:
Verse 16 – ‘What have you here, and whom have you here, that you have hewn a sepulcher here, as he who hews himself a sepulcher on high, who carves a tomb for himself in a rock?
Shebna was a high court official who was materialistic as the rest of the people were.
Verse 17 – Indeed, the Lord will throw you away violently, O mighty man, and will surely seize you.
Verse 18 – He will surely turn violently and toss you like a ball into a large country; there you shall die, and there your glorious chariots shall be the same of your masters house.
Verse 19 – So I will drive you out of office, and from your position he will pull you down.
Because of his vanity and self-promotion, God will replace him in his position as steward.
The same problem that Judah had then, we have today in our government. Our officials have forgotten, “We the people!” Instead they have kicked God to the curb in every area we Christians hold dear to our hearts. They have grown corrupt in the laws they force everyone but them to obey, and Christians who have compromised God’s moral standards for the world’s way of thinking, put them in office. If we as Christians think that God’s judgment is not coming on America, think again.
God doesn’t wink at the atrocities that are being done. If He brought Israel to their knees over what they were doing, “We the “people” are no different.
Verse 20 – Then it shall be in that day, that I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah;
Verse 21 – I will clothe him with your robe and strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. (He shall govern with fatherly care and affection.) He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
Verse 22 – The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and no one shall shut; and he shall shut, and no one shall open.
The key, whether literal or metaphorical, indicates the control the steward had over the distribution of resources.
Verse 23 – I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place, and he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house.
Eliakim will not be shaken like Shebna, but will be a firmly implanted peg driven into a firm place.
Verse 24 – ‘They will hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the cups to all the pitchers.
Verse 25 – ‘In that day; says the Lord of hosts, the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the Lord has spoken.’ ”
The nail-Shebna and all those wicked officers that were supported by his power, were cut off. Power leads to corruption when not achieved God’s way.