- May 7, 2020
The Babylonian Crisis for Judah
TheBabylonian Crisis for Judah
TheBabylonian Crisis for Judah
TheBible teaches humankind lessons using the events that happened in theancient times. The story of Babylon in Judah is one good example inwhich God guides people on what to do, and what happens when theinstructions In. The people of Babylon forgot about spiritual lifeand indulged themselves in ungodly acts that led to the destructionof Babylon. Being a city in Judah, it posed many challenges to theIsrael tribe of Judah (De Castro, 2014). The sins that took place inBabylon were a disgrace to the people of Israel, specifically thetribe of Judah because they amounted to serious taboos that triggeredGod to subject them to suffering in exile.
Manyreasons led to the oracles in the book of Isaiah. First, all thetribes strived to live by the laws of God. Yet, in Babylon thingswere different. People lived sinfully and never considered to beGodly. God, however, decided to send an oracle trough prophetIsaiah. The people of Babylon were to repent their sins and abandontheir sinful ways. They, however, chose to ignore the message andinstead decided to continue with their wicked ways. Secondly, Godwanted to show the other tribes what could happen if they broke thelaws. Therefore, he used the city of Babylon, which was sinful, toconquer the Israelites – the chosen people. He had to destroy itbut not after several warnings.
Third,the breaking of the Ten Commandments contributed to the oracle in thebook of Isaiah. The crisis of Babylon happened during the times ofprophet Isaiah. God used him to communicate to His people. Isaiahwas able to foresee the future through the intervention of God. Earlier, God gave humankind the Ten Commandments to guide their dailylife (Jones, 2013). The commandments were introduced when they weretraveling from Egypt under the guidance of Moses. Nevertheless, whenthey finally settled in Israel, they were divided into twelve tribes.Each ethnic group had its capital, and Babylon was the capital ofJudah (Mychasuk & Terazono, 2011).
Theseoracles were relevant to the challenges that Judah faced in manyways. First, God punished the whole of the tribe because of theBabylon. This happened when the mantle of leadership was taken fromthem after the fall of Babylon (Mychasuk, 2011). Second, other tribeslooked down upon the clan of Judah due to its grievances with God. No tribe wanted to associate itself with it because they could alsoface the wrath of God. Third, in general, Babylon was a disgrace tothe tribe of Israel, particularly because they were the chosen peopleof God (Mychasuk & Terazono, 2011).
Significanceof how Isaiah`s Insights Are Relevant Today
Theoracles in the Book of Isaiah are pertinent in the modern society asthey emphasize the importance of righteousness, holiness to God,having faith, and the forgiving nature of the Supreme Being. Forexample, God forgave the Israelites under no condition when they wereexiled to the Babylon. It is noteworthy that the Babyloniansworshiped false gods, unlike the Israelites who worshiped the realDeity at the temples. However, God delivered the Israelites fromcaptivity, which proved that he was forgiving and answered prayersthrough King Cyrus who allowed the Israelites to return to thePromised Land unconditionally. The theme of forgiveness is applicablein the contemporary society that is full of inequities that couldoffend both the humans and God. Homosexuality, for instance, is acontroversial topic that faces both criticism and support in equalmeasure. However, the oracles in book emphasizes on the significanceof tolerance and treating everyone justly (Goldingay, 2012).
However,the oracles also caution humans on the importance of obeying God’scommandments. Failure to follow the spiritual concepts taught in theBible could result in severe suffering. The Israelites were exiled tothe Babylon because God wanted to punish them for going against thecommandments in the Bible (Goldingay, 2012). The people elected inleadership positions should learn from this book. Isaiah cautionedthe individuals to live a just life, and God would hear them.
Thechapters are also essential in the contemporary society because itstresses on the significance of leaders to exercise honesty and justjudgment. It is noteworthy that God allowed the Babylonians toconquer Israel because their leaders were exploiting the poor andamassing wealth unscrupulously (Spiro, n.d). Similarly, corruptleaders in the modern world should also expect to suffer because oftheir actions. Fortunately, Isaiah also claims that God readilyforgives everyone who repents, just as He forgave the Israelites.
Finally,Isaiah brings out the significance of remaining faithful all thetime. Each time the Israelites veered away from the commandments ofYahweh, they landed in slavery and extreme suffering in captivity.Similarly, people suffer because of straying from the establishedcode of ethics. Employees are supposed to follow the administrationguidelines of an organization while the managers need to ensure thattheir enterprises meet the existing business laws (Spiro, n.d).Failure to reach compliance goals resulted in collapse or failure ofthe organization.
Inconclusion, the Oracles of Isaiah explores the relationship betweenGod and humans. Overall, it portrays God as merciful to repentantsinners. Nonetheless, He punishes the people who disobey theestablished moral codes. For instance, He allowed Babylon to conquerthe Israelites after they stopped worshipping Him. However, God alsosaved the nation from captivity in Babylon after they repented theirsins.
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