Last Sunday morning (4/6) Liam Goligher continued his sermon series "The Gospel According to Isaiah" and preached on Isaiah chapters 13-14: "The Lord is King" (we hope to have streaming video of the sermon uploaded soon). He admitted right from the start that these are difficult passages. People are tempted to skip over reading them, and pastors are tempted to skip over preaching them.
These chapters identify nations that have been a thorn in the side of Israel: Assyria, Philistia, and Babylon. Interestingly Babylon was not a significant world power at this time and wouldn't be for another 150 years. Liam explains that these chapters demonstrate that the people of God are set in the midst of the peoples of the world. They show how the peoples of the world aren't free from the responsibility to obey God. Isaiah is bringing the Word of God to the world.
These two chapters, taken together, show us four things. The Lord is King over all earthly:
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