The Book of Isaiah-Is.16-Moab and Israel

“Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion./ For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon(vv.1-2)”.
In the second book of the Kings we have a reference to the lamb as a sign of submission. Moab paid tribute to Israel and it included ‘a hundred thousand lambs’ and as many rams with the wool(2 Ki.3:4-5). When King Ahab of Israel died Moab rebelled precipitating a joint action from Samaria and Judah against them. Humility of God the Son is symbolized by a lamb and the ram is also equally appropriate for Israel(cf.ram caught in a thicket(Ge.22:13)). Here we have the pride of Moab reflected by breaking oath. Prophet Isaiah while dealing with his burden is not merely touching the historical aspect of God’s judgment on these two groups of people who are blood related. Their fall and restoration shall go on till the end times and it shall be not however be in step at every turn. Here Moab is in a vulnerable position and Israel holds position of honor while the Messiah is dispensing justice in his Millennial Reign. Thereafter there shall a situation when their roles shall be reversed dramatically. It is what the vision of the woman clothed with the sun would signify(Re.12:6). So the next two verses make sense why Israel should show leniency when their rival has been brought to dust. When David fled from the presence of Saul he placed his parents under the protection of the king of Moab. It is relationship historically established. Compare this with Jesus on the cross entrusting his mother to his disciple John’Behold thy mother!’ (Jn.19:27) a mother-son relationship also equally valid on the basis Father-Son relationship eternally existing. When the nation of Israel is restored it is not merely historical but the selfsame spiritual basis that would be at work so their enmity with Moah or other Gentile nations would evaporate in a twinkling. ‘Thousand Years as one day'(2 Pe.3:8) is the Spirit’s way of setting the heavenly realities on our physical reality as well. Enmity and jealousy may have had a long period but when the Spirit of God is present it can be healed as though the finger of God did with a word. Moab merits fraternal help in their time of distress from Israel and like shadow as the night,-meaning the help must be without any dissimulation,” Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth (v.3)”.
Prophet Isaiah has this for Moab,”Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land(v.4).

And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.
Burden of Isaiah leapfrogs past the immediate circumstances to the period of the Messianic Rule. Such subtext coming to fore while speaking of divine Judgment is an integral part of the Scripture. From verse 6 to 13 is part of the main burden
dealing with Moab

6 We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.

7 Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of Kirhareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.

8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, they wandered through the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.

9 Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.

10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.

11 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kirharesh.

12 And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.

13 This is the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning Moab since that time.

14 But now the Lord hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble.


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I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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