Dave Burnette's Commentary

Isaiah Chapter 34

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Isaiah
Date Penned: (700-681 BC)
Overview: To Tell of God's Salvation through the Messiah (c 1-66)
Theme: Words of Judgment (c 1-39)
Message: God Will Destroy His Enemies (v 1-17)

Isaiah 34 Commentary 

(34:5) An End to God's Enemies -  Idumea was the home of the Edomites, who shared a common ancestry with Israel. The Israelites were descended from Jacob, and the Edomites from Jacob's twin brother, Esau. Edom was always Israel's bitter enemy. The destruction of Idumea mentioned here pictures the ultimate end for all who oppose God and his people. 

(34:8) Vengeance - The word vengeance almost always carries a negative connotation. We use it to describe the act of getting even with those who have hurt us. But the vengeance referred to in this verse is an act of God's justice, like when a sentence is pronounced against the guilty party in a courtroom trial. All evil deeds will one day be punished and God's justice served. 

(34:16) The Book of the Lord -  Isaiah referred to the prophecies that God commanded him to write down as the "book of the LORD." God's Holy Spirit would make them happen, and God's creatures would be witnesses to these events. Whoever lived to see the time of Edom's destruction would need only to look to these prophecies to find agreement between what had been foretold and what happened. Prophecy predicts and history reveals what has been in God's mind for all time. (See Romans 8:19-22 for more on creation anticipating God's redemption.)

Dave Burnette's Life Application

God will Destroy His Enemies

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Isaiah with Chapter 34. In our text today, we see how God will destroy his enemies. From the beginning of human existence till the end, we are given examples of how our God is Lord. Today, we live in the Church age in a time of grace. Many confuse God's grace with a weakness or lack of judgment, but God will wipe out his enemies. In making application, we, too, tend to mistake God's Grace for weakness, but make no mistake that God will destroy his enemies. How about you? Do you mistake God's Grace for weakness? Let us learn from our text today and the prophecy of Isaiah to remember that God will destroy His enemies.  


Isaiah 34

Isaiah 34

 1Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it.

 2For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.

 3Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood.

 4And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

 5For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

 6The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

 7And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

 8For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

 9And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

 10It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.

 11But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.

 12They shall call the nobles thereof to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all her princes shall be nothing.

 13And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.

 14The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.

 15There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.

 16Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

 17And he hath cast the lot for them, and his hand hath divided it unto them by line: they shall possess it for ever, from generation to generation shall they dwell therein.