1 The oracle of Babylon that Isaiah son of Amoz saw: 2 Raise a flag on a bare hill, lift up a voice to them; wave a hand and allow them to enter noblemen’s doorways. 3 I myself have commanded my consecrated ones, I have also summoned my mighty warriors to demonstrate my anger, the ones who will show how great my majesty is. 4 A sound, a noise on the mountains, sounding like many people! It sounds like kingdoms roaring, of nations gathering! Yahveh of armies mustering an army for battle. 5 They are coming from a distant land, from the end of the sky, Yahveh and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy all of the land. 6 Wail, because the day of Yahveh is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. 7 This is why all hands will grow slack, and every human heart will melt, 8 and they will be dismayed. Pangs and labor pains will irrupt; they will tremble like a woman giving birth. A man will stare at his neighbor, their faces flaming with shame.
MARCH FORTH, my consecrated ones
If you had asked the Medo Persian soldiers about Yahveh, they would have said Yah-who? Nevertheless, they would be consecrated by the LORD to do his will – to demonstrate his anger against the oppressive and violent Babylonians. All around us today there are nations filled with mighty warriors who are consecrated by the LORD to do his will. He is the LORD of armies, and they answer to him as their true commander-in-chief. Our God is sovereign, and he can use anything or anyone in his creation to accomplish his purpose.
Of what value is it for us to know that? Well, if we are being oppressed of violated by an enemy, it is comforting to know that our God has control of the situation. He has armies at his disposal to change our situation. He is not helpless. When we pray to God for help, we know that he is able to overthrow our oppressors. He is not even limited to working in the hearts of only those who believe in or are aware of him. Like those Medo Persian soldiers, he can use armies to do his will who are totally oblivious of the fact.
LORD, we believe in you, and we have consecrated ourselves to do your will. But we are also confident that when we pray, your resources you have consecrated to help us are not limited. You can use armies who do not know your name to exalt your name.