Isaiah 24

Isaiah 24

Judgment on the Whole Earth

24   Behold, the LORD will empty the earth and make it desolate,
    and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
  And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
    as with the slave, so with his master;
    as with the maid, so with her mistress;
  as with the buyer, so with the seller;
    as with the lender, so with the borrower;
    as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
  The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered;
    for the LORD has spoken this word.
  The earth mourns and withers;
    the world languishes and withers;
    the highest people of the earth languish.
  The earth lies defiled
    under its inhabitants;
  for they have transgressed the laws,
    violated the statutes,
    broken the everlasting covenant.
  Therefore a curse devours the earth,
    and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
  therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
    and few men are left.
  The wine mourns,
    the vine languishes,
    all the merry-hearted sigh.
  The mirth of the tambourines is stilled,
    the noise of the jubilant has ceased,
    the mirth of the lyre is stilled.
  No more do they drink wine with singing;
    strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.
  The wasted city is broken down;
    every house is shut up so that none can enter.
  There is an outcry in the streets for lack of wine;
    all joy has grown dark;
    the gladness of the earth is banished.
  Desolation is left in the city;
    the gates are battered into ruins.
  For thus it shall be in the midst of the earth
    among the nations,
  as when an olive tree is beaten,
    as at the gleaning when the grape harvest is done.
  They lift up their voices, they sing for joy;
    over the majesty of the LORD they shout from the west.
  Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD;
    in the coastlands of the sea, give glory to the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
  From the ends of the earth we hear songs of praise,
    of glory to the Righteous One.
  But I say, “I waste away,
    I waste away. Woe is me!
  For the traitors have betrayed,
    with betrayal the traitors have betrayed.”
  Terror and the pit and the snare
    are upon you, O inhabitant of the earth!
  He who flees at the sound of the terror
    shall fall into the pit,
  and he who climbs out of the pit
    shall be caught in the snare.
  For the windows of heaven are opened,
    and the foundations of the earth tremble.
  The earth is utterly broken,
    the earth is split apart,
    the earth is violently shaken.
  The earth staggers like a drunken man;
    it sways like a hut;
  its transgression lies heavy upon it,
    and it falls, and will not rise again.
  On that day the LORD will punish
    the host of heaven, in heaven,
    and the kings of the earth, on the earth.
  They will be gathered together
    as prisoners in a pit;
  they will be shut up in a prison,
    and after many days they will be punished.
  Then the moon will be confounded
    and the sun ashamed,
  for the LORD of hosts reigns
    on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
  and his glory will be before his elders.


Isaiah 24 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

The somber truth is that our world is headed for judgment. In the end, God will reign. Although much of humanity believes we are self-sufficient and in control of our own destiny, reality tells a different story. Since the beginning of time, man has wrestled with himself. We are masters of deflection, pointing our finger at everything else as the root cause of our problems.

In this chapter, Isaiah makes it clear that God is the single and sovereign force that governs all humanity. God’s people should not place their hope in nations, they are to place their hope in Him alone. All of creation will wither away in a trumpet’s sound. In God is complete control of time, space, and matter. He created it!

This kind of somber reality leaves no room for hope. Like a ticking time bomb, we wait for everything to come caving in as we know it will. This is why the Gospel is good news. Thanks be to Jesus who makes all things new. I am reminded of Ephesians 2:4-10.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,  5  even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—  6  and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  7  so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  

8  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 2:4-10 ESV

Is it not amazing that Christians all over the world can read this chapter of Isaiah and not fear death and destruction because of what Jesus has done? In fact, for those of us in Christ, we rejoice at the coming judgment of the enemies of God, and we have compassion on those who do not know Jesus right now. Because of what Christ has done, we dedicate our lives to serving Him and serving others.

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