10 Enter into the cave and hide yourself in the dirt from the presence of the terror of Yahveh and from the glory of his greatness. 11 The eyes of the pride of Adam will be brought low, and the pride of humanity will be humbled, and Yahveh alone will be exalted on that day. 12 Because it will be a day for Yahveh of armies against all proud and lofty and against all that is lifted up and humbled. 13 and against all the lofty and lifted up cedars of Lebanon, and against all the tall trees of Bashan, 14 and against all the mega mountains, and against all the high hills, 15 and against every kind of tall tower, and against every kind of fortified fence, 16 and against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the desirable images.
The terrorists who destroyed the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York had been taught that they were doing God’s work. The picture of God destroying the high and haughty work of prideful man goes back to passages like this – in fact, back to Babel itself. But Isaiah was not depicting the work of brainwashed religious zealots. He was warning the religious and secular alike that every nation has built mega mountains and tall towers, and he, himself, will tear them down. In the day of God’s vengeance, the high and lofty will look for caves and holes to hide in. Only God will be exalted in that day.
LORD, we humble ourselves before you now, seeking the safety of your will, knowing that no other form of safety is truly safe from your wrath.