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Zion’s Sinners and Righteous Ones


31. An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 33

God’s cup for measuring evil
Throughout the book of Isaiah, we find the prophet taken up with the development and the advance of the Assyrian Empire and army. It was establishing its dominance on the world scene of that day. God informs His people concerning it and encourages them by referring to its ultimate destruction. His word reaches out to the Assyrian himself to warn him of the coming judgment. As I have mentioned previously, these prophecies stretch beyond the immediate situation to the rising Babylonian Empire and to other world powers, which will take their place in the future, and sometimes they reach to the end of the age.

Therefore in verse 1, the subject addressed is primarily Assyria, but takes in any oppressive human system that exerts its power over weaker nations. They are characterized as destructive and treacherous and they attack without provocation. They are not seeking to recover, what has been taken from them, or to take revenge on harm done to them. Those under their attack have not betrayed or hurt them in the past. That is not necessary to an army made up of fallen human beings. They are inherently evil.

God allows them to progress up to a certain point and carefully measures the level of their evil deeds. He makes a curious statement in the book of Genesis, stating that “the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete” (Gen.15:16), giving this as a reason why He would delay the beginning of His plan to use Abraham’s descendants to conquer the Amorites and Canaan, for four generations. On the other hand, Christ stated that the generation had come and the time was ripe for rebellious Jews to “fill up, then, the measure of your fathers” (Mt.23:32). The prophecy before us declares that the time will come, when all evildoers will be visited with the same treachery and destruction that they have dealt to others.

New Serbian Blog!


Belgrade, Serbia
Some friends of mine are working together in order to present a new Serbian blogspot. If you understand Serbian and know people who understand it, you will want to take advantage of something that will truly be beneficial in feeding the Lord´s sheep. I am sure that you will enjoy it! How pleased I am to see good literature available to serious Christians, who love truth and are hungry to receive something, with which to be spiritually enriched!

We are going to be cooperating with this effort and the following link will take you to the blog:

God and His People


30. An expository study of Isaiah, chapter 31-32

Chapter 31
The Egyptians have always been known for their horses.

Earlier in this book we learned much about God dealing with the enemies of Judah and now we are learning about their ally. We do not need much discernment to beware of our enemies, but the Lord wants to help us to see a greater danger in our would-be allies. Above all, we need to be aware of ourselves; the truth is that we are our own worst enemies.

Great precautions have to be taken against the one, who we see when we look in a mirror. An old preacher used to say, “My greatest enemy is the man, who married my wife!” In these days of common divorce and remarriage, he may have been misunderstood, so just in case something else comes to mind, I will clarify that he was referring to himself.