Humbling the Proud; Exalting the Lowly – Isaiah 14
Isaiah 14 is a mixture of hope and condemnation. There is hope for Israel that, after a time of chastening, the Lord will once again have mercy and choose them (v.1). He also tells them that they will be in their land again and that strangers will join them. This is referring to a future restoration for the nation of Israel that will ultimately come when Christ returns. Other signs of hope are in found in v.32 when the Lord lets Zion in Judah know that they will be protected even though Palestina (Philistines) will fall.
On the condemnation side, we see the Lord exalting His power over the prideful king of Babylon who is called Lucifer. Some
God says that He will soundly overpower their pride and bring them lower than those they oppress. This is a great source of hope
- Like Israel, God’s children may go through times of chastening where they feel that God has forgotten them, but God will keep His promises. He will bring them to pass. We will one day enter a time that is free from sorrow, fear and bondage (v.1-3).
- All oppressors will be humbled. For those who rise up and seek to be their own ‘god’, doing their own thing, being their own person and going their own way, God will humble them.
- Pride is a terrible sin. Where is there pride in our lives? Everywhere, most likely! Where do we say, ‘I will’, ‘I want’, ‘I deserve?’ May God show it to us and crush it in us, so that we can bring H
im honour and glory.