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Quiet Time in Isaiah 15-16

Updated: Mar 16, 2022

Isaiah 15 (HCSB)

An Oracle against Moab

1 An oracle against Moab:

Ar in Moab is devastated, destroyed in a night. Kir in Moab is devastated, destroyed in a night. 2 Dibon went up to its temple to weep at its high places. Moab wails on Nebo and at Medeba. Every head is shaved; every beard is cut off. 3 In its streets they wear sackcloth; on its rooftops and in its public squares everyone wails, falling down and weeping. 4 Heshbon and Elealeh cry out; their voices are heard as far away as Jahaz. Therefore the soldiers of Moab cry out, and they tremble. 5 My heart cries out over Moab, whose fugitives flee as far as Zoar, to Eglath-shelishiyah; they go up the slope of Luhith weeping; they raise a cry of destruction on the road to Horonaim. 6 The waters of Nimrim are desolate; the grass is withered, the foliage is gone, and the vegetation has vanished. 7 So they carry their wealth and belongings over the Wadi of the Willows. 8 For their cry echoes throughout the territory of Moab. Their wailing reaches Eglaim; their wailing reaches Beer-elim. 9 The waters of Dibon are full of blood, but I will bring on Dibon even more than this—a lion for those who escape from Moab, and for the survivors in the land.

Isaiah 16 (HCSB)

1 Send lambs to the ruler of the land, from Sela in the desert to the mountain of Daughter Zion. 2 Like a bird fleeing, forced from the nest, the daughters of Moab will be at the fords of the Arnon.

3 Give us counsel and make a decision. Shelter us at noonday with shade that is as dark as night. Hide the refugees; do not betray the one who flees. 4 Let my refugees stay with you; be a refuge for Moab from the aggressor.

When the oppressor has gone, destruction has ended, and marauders have vanished from the land. 5 Then in the tent of David a throne will be established by faithful love. A judge who seeks what is right and is quick to execute justice will sit on the throne forever.

6 We have heard of Moab’s pride—how very proud he is—his haughtiness, his pride, his arrogance, and his empty boasting. 7 Therefore let Moab wail; let every one of them wail for Moab. Mourn, you who are completely devastated, for the raisin cakes of Kir-hareseth. 8 For Heshbon’s terraced vineyards and the grapevines of Sibmah have withered. The rulers of the nations have trampled its choice vines that reached as far as Jazer and spread to the desert. Their shoots spread out and reached the Dead Sea. 9 So I join with Jazer to weep for the vines of Sibmah; I drench Heshbon and Elealeh with my tears. Triumphant shouts have fallen silent over your summer fruit and your harvest. 10 Joy and rejoicing have been removed from the orchard; no one is singing or shouting for joy in the vineyards. No one tramples grapes in the winepresses. I have put an end to the shouting. 11 Therefore I moan like the sound of a lyre for Moab, as does my innermost being for Kir-heres. 12 When Moab appears on the high place, when he tires himself out and comes to his sanctuary to pray, it will do him no good.

13 This is the message that the Lord previously announced about Moab. 14 And now the Lord says, “In three years, as a hired worker counts years, Moab’s splendor will become an object of contempt, in spite of a very large population. And those who are left will be few and weak.”


SIN (verse 16:6): Father, please forgive me for being so much like Moab in my pride and arrogance. Help me to set aside these fleshly and worldly ways so that I may be more humble and loving like You, Jesus.

PROMISE (verse 16:5): You promise us that a throne will be established through faithful love for You, Jesus, who is righteous and just and will sit on the throne forever.

ATTITUDE (verse 16:6): Going back to my sin confession, Lord, please help me to change my Moab-like attitude that I often default to. Cleanse me of this pride, arrogance, and boasting. Teach me to be more like You and less like my flesh wants me to be.

COMMAND and EXAMPLE Combined (verse 16:7): This is something I too often struggle with. Through the oppression and wrath You inflict on Moab, You tell us to still mourn for Moab. I often struggle to mourn and pray for those that are suffering due to their own sin and flesh-driven decisions because I can see that You are upset with them. However, just as when a father is disciplining their child, they should be mournful and in prayer for their child throughout that discipline. They are still a flawed child of God in the flesh, regardless of their brokenness and flaws, so we should be mournful that they have lost their way, requiring punishment from You, Father. At the same time, we should be praying for them through this that they return to You to glorify You, Lord.

*DAILY NOTE: So much to take from this Scripture, but I focused heavily on three verses as that's where I felt the Spirit leading me. I also combined the Command and Example categories in this, because as I started to journal for Command, I found myself also writing for the Example, so I just opted to combine them into one for this day. Thank You, Father, for speaking to me about my lack of compassion for others most of the time. Help me to soften my heart more, so I will have more compassion for others while I'm in this life, Father.

*GENERAL NOTE: I always "sandwich" my quiet time with God in prayer and do it in a location that I will not have any distractions so that I can be focused on my quiet time with God. Do not worry about how short or long your journal entries are for that day's quiet time. Just focus on the actual quiet time and relational conversation with God through the Holy Spirit and His Word. The journaling is an enhancement to your quiet time conversation with God, but also to allow you to reflect on things later as you can look back on your journal entries later when you do the chapters again in the future to see how you have grown. See the FAQ for more detail on how I do my quiet time.

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