Isaiah 24-27: The Isaiah Apocalypse?

This set of chapters were written as the “Isaiah Apocalypse” or sometimes the “little apocalypse” on some sites, but that seemed a little extreme to me at first. The thing is, there is destruction first and peace later. But only for Israel, everyone else is just gone I think.


Chapter twenty four does have a fire and brimstone kind of vibe to it, but only mentions women specifically once. It’s in the second verse and in conjunction with some other comparisons between types of servants and masters. On the whole, it infers that the judgement of the rich and powerful will be judged as if they were not rich and powerful, as if they were the servants they had likely been mistreating and judging poorly as part of a system that garnered God’s wrath in the first place. The maid/mistress comparison is made alongside several other dichotomies where one is in a position of power and the other subject to that power.


Chapter twenty five makes no specific mention of women in it and mostly praises God for protecting the poor and needy while passing some form of judgement on the oppressors. My study bible puts it that God overthrows the human domination of the earth. It mostly mentions having been saved but it doesn’t necessarily mean saved from the events of the last chapter. Remember that these are separate oracles or prophecies.


Chapter twenty six, however, does go with chapter twenty five with a specific note that this is the song the people of Judah will sing when God comes and overthrows the government. It parallels much of the sentiment of the previous chapter as well. It also adds a reference to pregnancy pains in the same way we saw in chapters thirteen and twenty one. This is in verses 17 and 18 and suggests that their struggles to redeem themselves gave birth to nothing and that God was on His way to save them from it anyhow. Its followed by advice to get indoors and stay there while God is taking care of the oppressors in the manner of the last chapter.


Chapter twenty seven is again about redemption, this time of all Israel. God will have finished destroying what He was going to destroy and the people will come back to Jerusalem and worship Him. There’s also a part that says “Jacob will take root” and I”m not really sure what that means. The people of Israel are a nation with a specific heritage, could they evangelize? Is that what it even means?

Anyway, this chapter does also have a brief mention of women, but only as gathers of sticks in the eleventh verse while talking about how destroyed everything is going to be. As in, every structure will be reduced to firewood and the women who collect firewood will come and gather it up for that because it’s no good for anything else. I suppose the assumption here is that gathering firewood is women’s work at this time.


Chapter links go to the ESV translations at Biblehub.com but I’m reading from the ESV Global Study Bible, which is available for free on the Kindle Reading App.

 

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