Isaiah 47

“Now therefore hear this, you lover of pleasures, who sit securely … (v8). Isaiah prophesied that Babylon (v1), symbol of wealth, success, and power, would come to ruin. They had mistreated Gods people (who were vulnerable because of their own sin), and Isaiah said that their “sorceries” and “enchantments” could not save them (v9). They felt “secure in their wickedness” and didn’t believe that God saw or cared what they did (v10). But God declared that judgment was coming.

“Our Redeemer … is the Holy One of Israel” (v4). God sees our failures, yet He doesn’t turn away. Our Redeemer calls us, Israel and Babylon both, to give up our desire for control, to repent, and to receive mercy.