November 16: The nations

All our posts this week come from Isaiah 34. Even Jesus plainly told us of a coming time when sin would increase until God would have to judge the earth. Although sin would abound in all nations and all people, the judgment would start with Israel and the Jewish people (Jacob’s Trouble). Because of God’s unique relationship with Israel, He expected more from them.

But God’s judgment would extend to all people and all nations.

There are three important points to keep in mind:

  • God’s warnings and promises recorded in the Hebrew Bible are valid today because God never changes.
  • Israel is still God’s plumb line for judging all other nations.
  • God’s promise of salvation is to individuals not to nations.

The Edomites (today southern Jordan) were close neighbors to Israel and often bitter rivals. They rejoiced whenever the people of Judah or Israel were afflicted. Isaiah focuses on the judgment that will come against Edom, using them as a single example of the large judgment that will come upon all the nations.

Isaiah 34:1-5

Come near, you nations, to hear; and heed, you people! 
Let the earth hear, and all that is in it, 
 the world and all things that come forth from it.

For the indignation of the Lord is against all nations,
and His fury against all their armies; 
 He has utterly destroyed them, 
He has given them over to the slaughter.

Also their slain shall be thrown out; 
 their stench shall rise from their corpses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.

All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; all their host shall fall down
 as the leaf falls from the vine, 
and as fruit falling from a fig tree.

“For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; indeed it shall come down on Edom, 
 and on the people of My curse, for judgment.


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