Reading Isaiah 30-39

Remember the battle of Iwo Jima (2/19/45) flag raising photo and statue? It became a symbol of the sacrifice, courage, and victory of the United States’ combatants in the Pacific.

Isaiah wanted us to remember Jerusalem’s protection from the Assyrians like that. A striped pole placed on Mt. Zion with a flag waving in triumph:

“….Til you are left as a pole on top of a mountain And as a banner on a hill. Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 30:17-18)

They didn’t deserve to be saved from this huge world power. Everyone else was overpowered by the Assyrians. Judah had not listened; they had not leaned on their LORD’s saving of them but on horses and alliances. God allowed them to suffer the consequences as a disciplinary action, (they were like a pole stripped bare of all bark) but, in the end, He showered them with unmerited favor. That grace and justice is what the waving banner is to remind us of today. It also put fear in the heart of the Assyrian leaders who scurried home to their own waiting destruction (Isaiah 31:8-9). Later, Babylon rose up out of nowhere and destroyed their power and world domination.

“By the way that he came, By the same shall he return; And he shall not come into this city,’ Says the LORD; For I will defend this city, to save it For My own sake and for My servant David’s sake'” (Isaiah 37:34-5).

When you see a flag waving somewhere, let it be a reminder to you and to your children. You could say something like, “In 701 BC, God saved His people by His action alone. It was all of His sovereignty and grace. He protects His people now and works all things out for their good. At the same time, He has a collar of restraint on the nations and will One Day hold all evildoers to an exacting account.”

“If we trust in Jesus, our salvation will also be like a banner waving in the breeze to remind us of His unmerited favor.”

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before “retiring” to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies.

My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years.

Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, “Warm-hearted Calvinists.”

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