Monday, March 7, 2011

Out with the old Jerusalem, in w/the New Jerusalem - Isaiah 22, Heb. 12,13

Isaiah 22
A Prophecy About Jerusalem
1 A prophecy against the Valley of Vision:
What troubles you now,
that you have all gone up on the roofs,
2 you town so full of commotion,
you city of tumult and revelry?
Your slain were not killed by the sword,
nor did they die in battle.
So the people of Jerusalem acted as if they were a conqoured nation, when in fact that did not happen.

3 All your leaders have fled together;
they have been captured without using the bow.
All you who were caught were taken prisoner together,
having fled while the enemy was still far away.
4 Therefore I said, “Turn away from me;
let me weep bitterly.
Do not try to console me
over the destruction of my people.”
Because they gave up before the battle even started. They surrendered their sovereignty over and did not even ask God what to do. This greatly upset the Lord.

5 The Lord, the LORD Almighty, has a day
of tumult and trampling and terror
in the Valley of Vision,
a day of battering down walls
and of crying out to the mountains.
6 Elam takes up the quiver,
with her charioteers and horses;
Kir uncovers the shield.
7 Your choicest valleys are full of chariots,
and horsemen are posted at the city gates.

8 The Lord stripped away the defenses of Judah,
and you looked in that day
to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest.
9 You saw that the walls of the City of David
were broken through in many places;
you stored up water
in the Lower Pool.
10 You counted the buildings in Jerusalem
and tore down houses to strengthen the wall.
11 You built a reservoir between the two walls
for the water of the Old Pool,
but you did not look to the One who made it,
or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.

Even when the Lord destroyed the enemy, the people of Jerusalem would still look to another enemy and quiver in fear. It's like they were saying God was never good enough. They had everything and yet were not greatful or thankful.

12 The Lord, the LORD Almighty,
called you on that day
to weep and to wail,
to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth.
13 But see, there is joy and revelry,
slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep,
eating of meat and drinking of wine!
“Let us eat and drink,” you say,
“for tomorrow we die!”

14 The LORD Almighty has revealed this in my hearing: “Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for,” says the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

The Lord in all His greatness even gave the people of Jerusalem a chance to repent for their actions, because He loved them, and they spat in His face when they surrendered over to fear.

15 This is what the Lord, the LORD Almighty, says:

“Go, say to this steward,
to Shebna the palace administrator:
16 What are you doing here and who gave you permission
to cut out a grave for yourself here,
hewing your grave on the height
and chiseling your resting place in the rock?
17 “Beware, the LORD is about to take firm hold of you
and hurl you away, you mighty man.
18 He will roll you up tightly like a ball
and throw you into a large country.
There you will die
and there the chariots you were so proud of
will become a disgrace to your master’s house.
19 I will depose you from your office,
and you will be ousted from your position.

The problem of the people of Jerusalem was obviously a weak leadership, who passed that weakness onto the people of Jerusalem. God was so angry, he said He would pick that King up and hurl him.

20 “In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah. 21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah. 22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat[a] of honor for the house of his father. 24 All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.

There is alot of speculation on who Eliakim is, but we know that Eliakim is a servant of no royal lineage who was made King in place of the one who failed at leading his nation.

25 “In that day,” declares the LORD Almighty, “the peg driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down.” The LORD has spoken.

Sounds like God is going to cut off Jerusalem. Wow. I heard the Lord say this to me. "The destruction of Jerusalem is at hand. Out with the old and in with the new."

The new Jerusalem is not a made up concept, there are many references to it in the Bible. The most blatent one is in Hebrews 12.

Hebrews 12
22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.
According to Hebrews 13, this city is yet to come. So, when you see these things happen, don't be distressed, because God said it would happen.

Hebrews 13
14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

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