The Besom of Destruction

Isaiah 14:21-23.”Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers: that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.  For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the Lord. I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the Lord of hosts.”

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When God has finished with Babylon, it will be desolate. All the splendor, all the wealth, all the power, will vanish.

It is interesting to me that God rebukes the offspring of the leaders who are guilty of murder and destruction; He does so because none of them rose up against their fathers to protect the people and preserve the city.  God will cut off the “name and remnant, and son, and nephew.”

It is a mistake to believe that because we didn’t actively participate in  evil, we’re not to blame. If we stand by and do nothing while evil goes on all around us, we are guilty. We will answer to God for doing nothing  (Proverbs 3:27:Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.)

The bittern is verse 23 is a solitary bird with a tendency to frequent ruins in desert places.  It has long legs, a long neck, and a hoarse, loud call. 

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besom is a broom.  Babylon will be so utterly destroyed that it will look as if God took a mighty broom and swept the place clean.


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