Isaiah 13: Hands and Hearts Failing As The Lord’s Anger is Executed

(22 verses, 2:37 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • This reading begins the second main section in the book of Isaiah.  The first section dealt strictly with judgement upon Judah and Israel.  Now, the Lord reveals judgment on all the nations (revisiting Jerusalem in Ch. 22).  This reading focuses on Babylon, but also pictures “the day of the Lord” when Christ will judge the living and the dead.


  • 1-5: The Lord will gather for Himself a nation that will execute His anger against Babylon.
  • 6-16: Human hands and hearts will fail when the Lord’s destruction comes.  Creation itself will show forth a judgment in the stars, sun, moon, and shaking of the earth.
  • 17-22: A specific of this prophecy is revealed.  The Medes, also known as Chaldea, will be one the instruments of the Lord’s wrath against Assyria.  60-130 years after this prophecy (depending on the dating of the writing), Chaldea would destroy Nineveh, Assyria’s captital, for the final time.


  • Several parts of this reading picture the judgment of the living and the dead.  These include:
    • …God is commanding His “consecrated ones…to execute His anger” (vs. 3)
    • …The mention of “all nations gathering together” (vs. 4)
    • …The signs in the stars, sun, moon, and earth (vs. 10, 13)
    • …The finality of the destruction, “it will never be inhabited.” (vs. 20)


  • Prophecies of judgment from the Lord invite us to consider weakness: the weakness of our hands and hearts, the weakness of what seem to be rather strong political or military forces, and ultimately the weakness of the devil.
  • Lord Jesus, I humble myself under You as I consider my weakness.  I thank you that You have humbled Yourself under Your Father’s hand by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death upon a cross.  May this be my example.  Even more, may it be my peace.  I am not like a sheep with none to gather (vs. 14).  You are the Good Shepherd.  My heart does indeed fail (vs. 7), but you have promised that You are greater than my heart (1 John 3:20).  Take away all pride or despair that does not see Your commands or promises as the most important words in my life.  Amen

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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC


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