The latter part of the book of Isaiah, chapters 40-66, talk mainly about what will happen when the Babylonian exile has ended and it’s time for God’s people to go back to Jerusalem. Isaiah is prophesying about future events. He says that at that time the Israelites would doubt the power of God and start to think that the Babylonian gods existed and were more powerful than the one true God. They would believe they’d been abandoned! Chapters 41-47 are God’s response to their doubts.
In chapter 47, God through Isaiah specifically talks about the future fall of Babylon, comparing the nation to a once great queen who has fallen to ruin. She is now a slave woman who has lost her royal attire and must now work for survival. In verse 2 it says she must “uncover her legs, pass through the rivers.” According to the ESV Study Bible, duties that required wading through the river depicted her being of the lowest rank, emphasizing Babylon’s humiliation.
In verse 9 Isaiah clearly states that this destruction will happen in a very short amount of time, just one day, no matter what magical practices they use to try and stop it. The Babylonians would turn to sorcerers and those who looked at the stars for answers. However, Scripture states they couldn’t even save themselves from the destruction, let alone their followers.
It may sound silly that the Babylonians would turn to astrologers and magicians when ruin came. But what do we turn to when our world is falling apart? Financial security? Career status? The approval of others? How about just ourselves? These things are just as ridiculous when you really think about it!
The Lord loves and cares for us and wants us to turn to Him when we face trials. The Lord is the only one who can deliver us from our sin. Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, took our sin upon Himself on the cross so that we could be saved and spend eternity with Him! Because of this we can freely come to God with our burdens and difficulties.
Today let us turn to Him in trust and humility.