Judgments Against the Nations
Isaiah’s prophecies includes judgments against many of the neighboring cities and nations including Assyria, Moab, Damascus, Edom, Arabia, and Tyre. The peoples that were dispossessed when Israel entered the Promised Land worshiped false gods and offered their own children in the fire to them. Here we see that God’s judgment will ultimately bring some to the point of turning to the one and only true God, not their lifeless idols. Even in judgment, God is turning hearts to Him, and as we have seen over and over again, is willing to forgive those with repentant hearts.
In that day people will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel. They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands, and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles and the incense altars their fingers have made. In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation. Isaiah 17:7-9