Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
An Overview Of The Old Testament
Part 232 – As He Purposed Through He Hath Founded Zion (Isaiah 14:24-32)
1. Does the Lord fulfill what He has purposed?
Yes: “The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand” (Isaiah 14:24).
Š If the Lord had sworn it, He would do it (Exodus 17:16, Psalms 110:4, Psalms 132:11, and Hebrews 6:16-18).
Š God doesn’t lie (Numbers 23:19 and Titus 1:2).
Š Once God’s purposed it, that’s it (Proverbs 19:21, Isaiah 46:10-11, Jeremiah 23:20, and Ephesians 1:9-11).
2. Was the Lord going to allow the Assyrians to dwell peaceably in His land?
No: “That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders” (Isaiah 14:25).
Š Assyria was not going to stay in Israel (Isaiah 10:5-19, Isaiah 30:31, and Isaiah 31:8-9).
Š We know this came true (Isaiah 37:36-38).
Š God just refused to allow, even His people in disobedience, to be abused by heathens (Nahum 1:1-3).
3. Was God’s hand limited to just the land of Israel?
No, all nations: “This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations” (Isaiah 14:26).
Š Psalms 72:11, Psalms 113:4, Isaiah 34:2, Isaiah 40:17, Jeremiah 25:15-31, Zephaniah 3:6-8, and II Peter 3:1-14.
4. Can man overturn what God has purposed?
No: “For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back” (Isaiah 14:27)?
Š Psalms 33:11, Isaiah 43:13, Isaiah 46:10, and Acts 5:39.
5. In what year was this burden?
The year king Ahaz died: “In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden” (Isaiah 14:28).
Š II Kings 16:20 and II Chronicles 28:27; cf. Isaiah 1:1, Isaiah 6:1, and Hosea 1:1.
6. Should Palestina have taken comfort that the rod that smote them was broken?
No, for out of them would come something else bad: “Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent's root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent” (Isaiah 14:29).
Š Who inhabited “Palestina”? This is not real clear. It might have be the Philistines, but might not have. The English word “Palestina” only appears three times in the KJV (Exodus 15:14, Isaiah 14:29, and Isaiah 14:31).
Š The Hebrew word (Strong’s # 6429) appears like this:
o Exodus 15:14 KJV - The people  shall hear  , [and] be afraid  : sorrow  shall take hold  on the inhabitants  of Palestina.
o Psalms 60:8 KJV - Moab  [is] my washpot  ; over Edom  will I cast out  my shoe : Philistia, triumph  thou because of me.
o Psalms 83:7 KJV - Gebal , and Ammon , and Amalek ; the Philistines with the inhabitants  of Tyre ;
o Psalms 87:4 KJV - I will make mention  of Rahab  and Babylon  to them that know  me: behold Philistia, and Tyre , with Ethiopia ; this [man] was born  there.
o Psalms 108:9 KJV - Moab  [is] my washpot  ; over Edom  will I cast out  my shoe ; over Philistia will I triumph  .
o Isaiah 14:29 KJV - Rejoice  not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod  of him that smote  thee is broken  : for out of the serpent's  root  shall come forth  a cockatrice , and his fruit  [shall be] a fiery   flying  serpent .
o Isaiah 14:31 KJV - Howl  , O gate ; cry  , O city ; thou, whole Palestina, [art] dissolved  : for there shall come  from the north  a smoke , and none [shall be] alone  in his appointed times .
o Joe 3:4 KJV - Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre , and Zidon , and all the coasts  of Palestine? will ye render  me a recompence ? and if ye recompense  me, swiftly  [and] speedily  will I return  your recompence  upon your own head ;
Š Thankfully, the “who” is not as important as the point of this verse. The point is – sometimes you think you’re in the clear that enemy is gone when you’re really not. This was especially true when God was your emeny (cf. Ezekiel 26:1-6).
7. How bad were things going to be for Palestina?
The poor and needy will be okay, but destruction to the root, including famine: “(30) And the firstborn of the poor shall feed, and the needy shall lie down in safety: and I will kill thy root with famine, and he shall slay thy remnant. (31) Howl, O gate; cry, O city; thou, whole Palestina, art dissolved: for there shall come from the north a smoke, and none shall be alone in his appointed times” (Isaiah 14:30-31).
Š God would bring these proud people to a point wherein their society was flipped on its head with the poor and needy eating while others suffered cf. Isaiah 5:13-17).
Š God can send famine for destruction of anyone left from an invasion, war, etc. (Ezekiel 5:16 and Ezekiel 14:13).
Š The people that came from the north was the Medo-Persian Empire (Jeremiah 50:9 and Jeremiah 51:11; cf. Daniel 5:28).
8. What place did the Lord establish for the poor of His people to trust in?
Zion: “What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it” (Isaiah 14:32).
Š Zion, in Jerusalem (Psalms 135:21), was the safe haven for the faithful (Psalms 125:1, Psalms 132:13-14, and Isaiah 12:6), when such existed (Isaiah 51:11).
Š At the same time, Zion was not to become a safety for the complacent (Amos 6:1).
Š Now, Zion is not a physical place (Hebrews 12:22-23).
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