Vengeance of God in Isaiah

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Vengeance of God in Isaiah

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1richardbsmith
Editado: Jul 19, 2009, 5:24pm

Mostly the theme of Isaiah is described with concepts of righteousness, justice, restoration. At least that is how I understand the larger message of Isaiah. A concept of the vengeance of God however is present to a large extent.

It seems only fair to consider how this theme is developed in Isaiah. I am looking into this question more closely because the idea of a divine call to imprecatory prayer has arisen from the public actions of a pastor who advocates imprecatory prayer against specific individuals as having a biblical mandate.

As we study Isaiah, I thought it would be helpful to consider specific verses that address God's vengeance, and possibly invoke imprecatory prayer. How is this theme treated in Isaiah? What can we take from this treatment?

ETA to add the direct link to the original topic in the Happy Heathen group, that first brought this question of imprecatory prayer to my attention.

2richardbsmith
Jul 19, 2009, 12:36pm

Chapter 1

vs 20 "But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."

vs 28 "But rebels and sinners shall be destroyed together, and those who forsake the LORD shall be consumed."

3richardbsmith
Ago 19, 2009, 9:01pm

Chapter 3 writes about a time when Judah has stumbled. The descriptions seem more to me just the consequences of words and deeds that run against the teaching of Yahweh. Not God's vengeance, only life's consequences that might have been avoided.

"The Lord Yahweh removing from Jerusalem support."

"People will oppress one another."

"Woe to the evil wicked because what was rendered of his hand will be done to him."

"Yahweh will litigate against the leaders: You ravaged the vineyard. The stolen goods of the poor in your houses."

4geneg
Ago 20, 2009, 9:53am

Two things: I tend to read these prophecies not as God's particular punishment, but God telling us, "When you do this, this will happen". Thus the prophecy not only has efficacy for the time in which it was written, but for all time. Second, "The stolen goods of the poor in your house" refers to the same sort of thievery that occurs today. Our civilization is organized in such a way that many organizations use the stolen goods of the poor to create wealth for themselves. Consider the average TV evangelist. He/She is like a vampire, sucking the life's blood out of the gullible poor. Banks, Health Insurance companies, Agri-business, all very large institutions that are virtually monopolistic in nature nickel and dime the poor and middle class into penury. Our nation is organized in such a way that all money flows upward. There is a massive redistribution of wealth going on from the bottom and the middle to the top. This is what God is speaking of here, organized theft. It behooves us to fight against this or what happened to Israel will happen to us. It nearly did last year.