SPECIAL TOPIC: THE TWO "CITIES" OF ISAIAH
A. Isaiah chapters 24-27 are a literary unit positioned at the conclusion of a series of judgment oracles against the surrounding nations found in Isaiah 13-23. Judgment is not the last word! The God of grace and mercy has an eternal, inclusive, redemptive plan!
B. This entire section is a play on two cities.
1. the cities formed by the fallen human children of Cain, who try to meet their needs completely in their own resources (i.e., Genesis 10-11).
2. the city of Zion, where God dwells (i.e., above the wings of the two Cherubim over the Ark of the covenant in the holiest inner shrine of the temple in Jerusalem) and where His people (Jew and Gentile) come to Him and worship Him (cf. 2:2-4; 19:18-25; Heb. 11:10; 12:22; 13:14; Rev. 21:1-2).
C. Cities represent people groups/nations.
|Human Cities||God's City|
|1:7,8, burned Judean cities||1:26, the city of righteousness, a faithful city|
|1:21, the faithful city has become
6:11, Judean cities devastated
14:17,21, all cities devastated
14:31 cities of Philistia
17:1-3,9, cities of Syria ruined
|19:2, cities of Egypt destroy each other||19:18-22, Egyptian cities worship
19:23-25, all Egypt and Assyria included in God's people
|22:2,9, the exultant city,
23, Tyre destroyed
24:1-25:5, universal destruction of cities
|25:10-12, Moab and her palace, fortified||25:6-9, banquet on God's mountain (i.e., cities trampled Jerusalem)|
|26:5, the unassailable city, probably Moab||26:1, a strong city, Jerusalem, restored|
|27:10, fortified cities fall
29:1, "Ariel" (Jerusalem)
33:2,19, the jubilant city (Jerusalem)
|45:13, My city (cf. 44:23)|
|48:2, the holy city, but in name only|
|52:1-6, the holy city
60:14, the city of the Lord
62:12, a city not forsaken
|66:6, a voice of uproar from the city, a voice from the temple|
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