ISAIAH BIBLE STUDY
Isaiah 29:9-12 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“9 Be delayed and wait,
Blind yourselves and be blind;
They become drunk, but not with wine,
They stagger, but not with strong drink.
10 For the Lord has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep,
He has shut your eyes, the prophets;
And He has covered your heads, the seers.
11 The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, ‘Please read this,’ he will say, ‘I cannot, for it is sealed.’ 12 Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, ‘Please read this.’ And he will say, ‘I cannot read.”
(Verse 9) Blind to the will of God. A loss of control…
(Verse 10) God closed their spiritual eyes. (A time of understanding will come).
(Verses 11-12) God’s word, His message could not be understood.
Isaiah 29:5-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“5 But the multitude of your enemies will become like fine dust,
And the multitude of the ruthless ones like the chaff which blows away;
And it will happen instantly, suddenly.
6 From the Lord of hosts you will be punished with thunder and earthquake and loud noise,
With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire.
7 And the multitude of all the nations who wage war against Ariel,
Even all who wage war against her and her stronghold, and who distress her,
Will be like a dream, a vision of the night.
8 It will be as when a hungry man dreams—
And behold, he is eating;
But when he awakens, his hunger is not satisfied,
Or as when a thirsty man dreams—
And behold, he is drinking,
But when he awakens, behold, he is faint
And his thirst is not quenched.
Thus the multitude of all the nations will be
Who wage war against Mount Zion.”
Jerusalem will be under siege.
(Verse 7) Ariel is Mt. Zion, city of Jerusalem (Eerdman’s Handbook to the Bible). Ariel means ‘the Lion of God’ (Halley’s Bible Handbook).
Application: God frequently brings judgment to His people.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“1 Woe, O Ariel, Ariel the city where David once camped!
Add year to year, observe your feasts on schedule.
2 I will bring distress to Ariel,
And she will be a city of lamenting and mourning;
And she will be like an Ariel to me.
3 I will camp against you encircling you,
And I will set siegeworks against you,
And I will raise up battle towers against you.
4 Then you will be brought low;
From the earth you will speak,
And from the dust where you are prostrate
Your words will come.
Your voice will also be like that of a spirit from the ground,
And your speech will whisper from the dust.”
(VS 1) Ariel is a name for Jerusalem, meaning ‘The Lion of God’ [Halley Bible Handbook]
(VS 2-4) This is a message of God’s impending judgment. He humbles the proud.
Application: God’s people are prone to wander. He draws them back through judgment and circumstances.