Focus: Isaiah 47:1-3, “Fall down! Sit in the dirt, O virgin daughter Babylon! Sit on the ground, not on a throne, O daughter of the Babylonians! Indeed, you will no longer be called delicate and pampered. Pick up millstones and grind flour! Remove your veil, strip off your skirt, expose your legs, cross the streams! Let your private parts be exposed! Your genitals will be on display! I will get revenge; I will not have pity on anyone.” (NET)
There are times in life when I have wondered if God cares about justice. I have often wondered if God will ever do something about the wickedness that plagues our planet. The problem of evil is not new, but it is still difficult to address. While I know that Scripture deals with the problem of evil, I am shocked at just how graphic it is as it deals with God’s plan for evil and injustice.
Isaiah 47:1-3 is a prophecy against the wicked nation of Babylon. The charge against Babylon was that she tried to appropriate the throne of God. God’s judgment against her was severe. His plan was for the ultimate humiliation and destruction of Babylon. Babylon, a propagator of evil and injustice, was going to be stripped of all the things that she gloried in. Her rebellion would be crushed.
Truly, this passage gives a glimpse of one of God’s passions. God is passionate about justice. Micah 6:8 says, “He has show you man what the Lord requires, but to do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Even while God has a special love towards His people, and when God disciplined them for their sin, His plan still was to restore Israel. God was vindicating His people who were thwarted by the wickedness of Babylon. God was bringing justice to Israel through His judgment and ultimate shaming of Babylon.
Babylon was stripped and humiliated because of her sin. She was charged with making a mockery of Yahweh and trying to assume His throne. This passage should give us significant pause. Are our hearts in rebellion against God? Do we have an independent spirit that has no regard for the King? Have we submitted to his authority and Lordship in our life? How are we fighting for justice on behalf of the weak and vulnerable?
God is passionate about justice. If Babylon had her day in court, so will we. If Babylon was completely exposed, stripped and utterly humbled, what will God make of those who do not turn away from their rebellion and continue to commit evil? The glory of mutiny against God’s throne will no longer be so glorious in the Day of Judgment. It will be a dreadful day for propagators of evil. It is clear and there is no question that God is passionate about justice. Are you? How are you a part of God’s mission against evil?