The Burden of Moab 

The Book of Isaiah

Chapter 16

Bible Study-ISA-Chapter 16

     Chapter 16 is a continuance of chapter 15…..

     Isaiah 16:1 Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

      Send ye the lamb. This is a sacrificial lamb. The first record of a lamb used as a sacrifice is in Genesis 22:7…

     Genesis 22:7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? KJV

     Of course, in the spiritual sense, our Lord Jesus Christ is the sacrificial lamb, the lamb of God”. Sacrificed on that cross for the sins of all mankind.

     To the ruler of the land. The ruler was the King of Judah to whom they had paid a tribute of lambs, probably to King David before the separation of Israel and Judah. But King Amaziah now governed Idumea and Selah.

     The mount of the daughter of Zion. Who is this? Judah.

     Now, many of you may wonder where Petra is written in the Manuscripts. This word Sela is it.

  • Sela – OT:5554 Cela` (seh'-lah); the same as OT:5553; Sela, the rock-city of Idumaea: KJV - rock, Sela (-h).

  • Root Word -- OT:5553 cela` (seh'-lah); from an unused root meaning to be lofty; a craggy rock, literally or figuratively (a fortress): KJV - (ragged) rock, stone (-ny), strong hold.

     The Romans changed the name Sela to Petra and it’s located between Mount Seir and Mount Hor. Petra means rock and it was built into the side of a rock cliff and they had doors that were 18’ tall, it’s where the giants lived, those men of renown, the offspring of the fallen angels.

     Isaiah 16:2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

  • Arnon – Roaring.

     As a wandering bird cast out of the nest is a figure of speech that indicates helplessness and the daughters of Moab are the inhabitants of Moab. They will be helpless as they try to leave the country by crossing over the river.

     The end of days are here and those that are not knowledgeable in the Word of our Father will be as helpless before Satan/Antichrist as the fledgling bird cast out of the nest. Easy pickins’, as we like to say around here.

     Isaiah 16:3 Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.

     The pride of Moab will probably not let them go to Judah to hide them nor will it allow them to seek refuge in our Father.

     Isaiah 16:4 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

     Moab had refused the children to come through their land on their way out of Egypt and now it seems that Moab is asking Judah to shelter his people but he will not ask because of his pride.

     For the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth. A direct reference to Satan, as one of his names is the spoiler.

     Isaiah 16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness.

     This is a direct reference to the Messiah and His throne during the Millennium. In two verses we have Satan/Antichrist and our Lord brought to light. Judging and seeking judgment, forever faithful in His righteousness.

     Moab will pay and be brought to justice. Jeremiah speaks of it:

     Jeremiah 48:47 Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the Lord. Thus far is the judgment of Moab. KJV

     There’s the time element…in the latter days. That's where we are right now. Today. The latter days.

     Isaiah 16:6 We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.

     Who is we? Who is speaking now? It’s Judah, the Jews.

     The parallel from Jeremiah continues also…

     Jeremiah 48:29 We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.

     Jeremiah 48:30 I know his wrath, saith the Lord; but it shall not be so; his lies shall not so effect it. KJV

     What’s that old saying in the book of Proverbs?

     Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. KJV

     Pride is a terrible thing to deal with. It leads to bitterness and stubbornness, hurt feelings and loneliness. It’s often called “a hard pill to swallow”, pride is, but the moment that you put your pride aside is the moment that you’ll feel great relief.

     That’s pride on a personal level. On a spiritual level, it’s what brought Lucifer/Satan down in the first heaven/earth age; it’s the reason that we’re all walking around in earthly bodies today. Satan’s fall.

     Ezekiel 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: KJV

     The prince of Tyrus, tells us that this is Lucifer/Satan.

     Because thine heart is lifted up is the pride that brought him down. He wanted to sit on that Mercy Seat and be God.

     Isaiah 16:7 Therefore shall Moab howl for Moab, every one shall howl: for the foundations of Kir-hareseth shall ye mourn; surely they are stricken.

     You need to understand the meaning of this word foundations:

  • Foundations -- OT:808  'ashiysh (aw-sheesh'); from the same as OT:784 (in the sense of pressing down firmly; compare OT:803); a (ruined) foundation:

     Now, it’s important that you know something…because of the famine we’ve been talking about, for the lack of water, the word foundation being pressed down, it’s talking about raisin cakes.

     “The raisin cakes of the fortress are not.” And you’re not going to understand the rest of this chapter if you don’t understand that word foundation properly translated. Raisin cakes.

     Judah will not take Moab into their fold and harbor them. When the houses are destroyed, what is left? The foundation. All is going to be lost. The parallel from Jeremiah:

     Jeremiah 48:31 Therefore will I howl for Moab, and I will cry out for all Moab; mine heart shall mourn for the men of Kir-heres. KJV

     Of all the heartache and disappointment that we felt throughout this life it will be nothing compared to what some will feel when, through their own decisions, some will sit on the left side of the gulf in Paradise and see all the love and contentment on the other side, being with our Lord and our loved ones, knowing the surety that their journey into the eternity will never happen.

     Father understands our human emotions because He feels them as we do but He will only show us the way by what He has had written in the Scriptures. The rest is up to us. We have to read it, understand it, and live by it to get there.

     And if we let pride, disappointment and rejection by other people, keep us from ending up in the eternity, He will feel the sorrow every bit as much as we do. Hey, you still have time. Don’t waste it doing worldly things.

     Knuckle down. Your family, friends and the world will survive if you take a couple of hours each night to read and study the Scriptures. And you don’t have to become fluent in them, the very fact that you are TRYING is enough. Our Father counts that as perfect, as though you had memorized every verse in the bible.

     Our Father anticipated that there may be people that will try to keep you from studying the bible and getting closer to our Father and the Lord and here's what He had to say about that:

     2nd Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? KJV

     People may tell you that the bible is nothing more than the words of some men and not the inspired Word of our Father. Get away from them. Stay away from them. Don't let them influence you:

     2nd Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. KJV

     The words did not come by the will of man but as men were moved by the Holy Spirit.

     If you love Him then you will try to please Him and becoming familiar with His Word is the best way to start.

     Isaiah 16:8 For the fields of Heshbon languish, and the vine of Sibmah: the lords of the heathen have broken down the principal plants thereof, they are come even unto Jazer, they wandered through the wilderness: her branches are stretched out, they are gone over the sea.

     That’s the sea of deception. I want you to stop and think for a moment. Who is the Vine? Christ is. When it comes to worshipping you don’t go up to some house of false gods, and you don’t pray for some false god to overshadow you.

     When God begins to pull away His blessings and you run out of everything, which these people have, then certainly the vine and the branches and the pruner. Christ is the vine. He is the vine and we are the branches and every branch that will not produce…what happens to it? Who is the pruner? God is.

     What does He do to one that doesn’t produce fruit? Whack! Cut it off. It’s gone. Our Father is not stern, in the sense that it’s hard to please Him, but He is stern with those that come to an understanding and don’t follow it.

     And so the branches are, that they seek help and all they get is deception, false teachings, and if you don’t go somewhere where God’s Word is truly taught, a house that has God’s blessings, what are you going to get? Nothing. Nothing but heartache and trouble. Nothing but sackcloth and ashes.

     What a sad looking bunch of sacks this is.

  • Heshbon – Stronghold.

  • Sibmah – Fragrance.

  • Jazer – Yahaveh helps.

  • The vine of Sibmah. The vine that produces the grapes that make the raisins.

     They are gone over the sea. The sea of deception.

     Isaiah 16:9 Therefore I will bewail with the weeping of Jazer the vine of Sibmah: I will water thee with my tears, O Heshbon, and Elealeh: for the shouting for thy summer fruits and for thy harvest is fallen.

     You can cry all the tears you want to cry; it will not water your crops. There’s only one that can water them and that water comes from Him. Not crying out with tears and sackcloth and ashes but crying to Him for repentance and asking for His blessings and getting into His Word and being the plant of His planting, be a branch of the vine in His vineyard, to produce fruit whereby people have truth and leadership and knowledge and blessings from God rather than wearing sackcloth and ashes.

     Oh, it’s better to have God’s blessings than to have nothing. The blessings of the world….well, when the drought comes your tears won’t help a thing.

     Isaiah 16:10 And gladness is taken away, and joy out of the plentiful field; and in the vineyards there shall be no singing, neither shall there be shouting: the treaders shall tread out no wine in their presses; I have made their vintage shouting to cease.

     There’s no fruit from the harvest. The blessings have all been taken away. You know what? When you make that decision, and it can be made many times during a day, when you have to decide to go one of two ways: either the world or our Father, take the Father.

     The other path may look really exciting. Bright lights, loud music, drugs and alcohol to mention just a few of the avenues that Satan may open up to you, but in the end you have to choose our Father because the other way is the death of your soul.

     I know that that sounds superficial to some of you but it’s true. Loving the Father may be number 987 on your bucket list of 1000 and there’s a chance that you will someday make it there but are you willing to put your soul on the line for it? Is the world, your family, your job so much more important to you than Him?

     The thing is that you can have a good job and be successful, you can have a loving family waiting at home and you can participate in many of the things of this world and still receive His blessings. Just choose to participate in the things that He approves of.

     Don’t follow false teachings.

     Isaiah 16:11 Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab, and mine inward parts for Kir-haresh.

     There’s nothing there but tears and sorrow. That’s what life is like without our Father. It’s so easy to make the right choice, to go to the right and not the left.

     Isaiah 16:12 And it shall come to pass, when it is seen that Moab is weary on the high place, that he shall come to his sanctuary to pray; but he shall not prevail.

     Where is this high place of Moab? What does he have at this high place? The house of false gods is his high place. What good is it going to do him? None whatsoever.

     What's in your high place? Do they play church more than they study the Word of our Father? What a waste of your time. Read just one page on this web site and tell me if you have ever heard those verses in your church. Have you ever heard the verses on THIS page in your church? 

     Your soul is starving for spiritual food and you're not getting that in church.

     "But brother, you don't understand. We fellowship with each other, we have Easter egg hunts for the kiddies every Easter, sometimes we'll show a movie on Wednesday night or have a get-together at a local pizza parlor or a sing-in with some local religious group."

     What the heck is this? Is this a social club or a house of worship where the Word of God is taught? If you only get one or two verses once a week then it's a social club. And you expect Him to bless you for that?

     Isaiah 16:13 This is the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning Moab since that time.

     It’s our Father’s Word.

     Isaiah 16:14 But now the Lord hath spoken, saying, Within three years, as the years of an hireling, and the glory of Moab shall be contemned, with all that great multitude; and the remnant shall be very small and feeble. KJV

     Someone who is hired, a hireling, signs a contract for a specific amount of time of service. Nothing can be taken away nor anything added to it. The same applies here with our Father. He has stated that He put together a contract with Moab and within three years Moab will fall and there will be nothing left but a remnant.

     This was fulfilled about the time that Assyria led Israel into captivity.

     It doesn’t pay to go against our Father. You want to be a loser? Go against our Father. If you want to be a loser, be an unbeliever. If you want to be a loser, don’t accept our Father and I’ll guarantee you, you will be a loser in everything you touch.

 

 

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