Isaiah 17:12 (ESV):
Ah, the thunder of many peoples;
they thunder like the thundering of the sea!
Ah, the roar of nations;
they roar like the roaring of mighty waters!
Isaiah 18:1-2 (ESV):
1Ah, land of whirring wings
that is beyond the rivers of Cush,
2 which sends ambassadors by the sea,
in vessels of papyrus on the waters!
Go, you swift messengers,
to a nation tall and smooth,
to a people feared near and far,
a nation mighty and conquering,
whose land the rivers divide.
You are going to see this blog post backdated to post on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Why? As an intern with Hillside Missions, we are responsible for blogging Monday-Friday throughout the internship. Hence, all of my sudden blogs! I realized yesterday that I had somehow missed a day. So, for this day, I want to talk about “Ah!”
I’ve been reading through the book of Isaiah because it the most quoted book of the Old Testament by New Testament authors. I can see why. There are so many promises of God in these pages, along with fulfilled prophecy. God’s plan of redemption and salvation pours out despite His righteous and just judgements at play.
Back to “Ah.” You see it in the above verses in Isaiah 17 & 18. I want to copy below what my ESV Study Bible has to say about this simple word in its notes:
Isaiah 17: 12-14: Ah draws the attention to the nations-mighty, restless, and destructive, but scattered by the mere rebuke of the sovereign God (cf. chs 36-37).
Isaiah 18:1-7: Another Ah urges the world to acknowledge the Lord of hosts in Zion.
Our God is mighty to save and deliver. He is working among the nations to draw worshippers to Him despite the horrific events being played out in the world. Ah!