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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Isaiah 14

The fallen star

Summary:
God's grace will allow Israel to return and have control over their land. Babylon will then be mocked. God has broken the stick which used to beat the world! Death has greeted the oppressors.

You wanted to be in God's seat, but you have now fallen. No-one now can believe that you used to be so powerful. You won't have a peaceful tomb like other kings.

Assyria will be destroyed. It has been planned.

The Jewish King is dead, but Philistia shouldn't be happy, because they will be destroyed anyway.

Key verse:
12. How you have fallen from heaven,
O morning star, son of the dawn!
24. Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,
and as I have purposed, so it will stand.

My thoughts:
I like the certainity this passage has about God's plan. It is sure that it will happen!

The morning star passage has often been interpreted to refer to Satan and him fall from heaven for trying to usurp God. This is not, of course, the most obvious interpretation. It seems to refer firstly to the King of Babylon, who made the common imperial claims to some sort of deity, who will then be humbled. This interpretation should come before any other interpretations. This does not mean, however, that a Satanic interpretation is invalid, but that it is not the original reading. The concept of the "King of Babylon" probably came to have quite Satanic overtones anyway, given the imagery attributed to Babylon in later Judaism and Christianity.

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