Isaiah 33 – Covenant Comparisons
This is a back and forth directed between the remnant, the destroyer, and those being judged. We see a repeat of the reasons for judgment which is very important. It can’t be said often enough, because God doesn’t do something for no reason. When there is judgment He always says why. God never has to defend Himself. The truth is the truth. The covenant is absolute. He keeps His covenant promises and will do what He says He will and must do to keep His word. We can’t blame God for judgment. We can repent though.
Vs. 1 The woes are to the destroyer and to the betrayer. The destroyer is used for judgment, but God has covenant obligations to deal with the destroyer even to the ones who betray Him.
Vs. 2-6 These are the cries and observations of the remnant. Remember, they see the judgment taking place and for them it is clear that God is keeping His word. They don’t have to like it, but they understand what it is. Because God is so precisely keeping His covenant promises it actually increases their faith. They trust Him even more.
5 The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness. 6 He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.
The words justice and righteousness are the blood covenant parameters and God fills Zion with them. We can count on God to be consistent with the covenant that we are in with Him at all times, including shelter in place.
Vs. 7-9 When the covenant we have with the Lord breaks down, all treaties break down. The word for treaty in verse 8 is Berit (behreet). It means covenant. This is saying that the person that person that breaks their covenant with God has no regard for any living person.
Vs. 10-12 The Lord rises up to eliminate the betrayal of the covenant because His desire is not to have to perpetuate the woes, but to give us His blessings.
Vs. 13-16 The plea here is to realize how powerful God really is. They mocked Him and argued that there was no god but their idols. They turned to their drunken leaders and occult practices. But for those who walked in the parameters of the covenant, justice and righteousness, God provides for them, even in the season of judgment.
Vs. 17-19 When those who survive see the beauty of the King they will wonder how they could have ever trusted in drunks, idols, and occult practices.
Vs 20-24 This is a picture of the kingdom of God with the Messiah as King. It is un-sinking, unflappable, and un-failable. The remnant will be saved and those who honor the covenant will be cared for. The lame will become strong to carry the plunder. There will be no ill. It is reminiscent of when the Israelites left Egypt. They plundered the Egyptians, carried off their treasures. And wherever God’s glory overshadowed them there were no sick among them, not even their sandals wore out.