Isaiah 22: 4-5. “Therefore said I, Look away from me: I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people. For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.”
Isaiah’s grief over the destruction of Jerusalem was inconsolable. I think it is hard for us in America to imagine being completely destroyed and taken over by some other country. We haven’t had to battle foreign armies on our own ground since the War for Independence. Perhaps the closest we can come to being horrified by an enemy attack is 9/11, when the Twin Towers fell. All of us were glued to our television sets that day, shocked and unbelieving as we watched, over and over again, the events that changed our perception of our own safety. Of course, my parents’ generation experienced the same horror at the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
What Isaiah saw was the destruction of an entire city, not just a little corner of the city. In this same chapter, he also will see future events that are just as frightening.
Sometimes I think it must have taken a lot of courage to be an Old Testament prophet!