A day of humbling ourselves off the mountain. (Isaiah 14:13)

A day of humbling ourselves off the mountain. (Isaiah 14:13)
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Welcome to the Odd Verse of the Day series.

You said in your heart,
    “I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
    above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
    on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. Isaiah 14:13

This is a brutal chapter in Isaiah, full of maggots and woodchoppers. 

Let's start with the context.

In this chapter, Isaiah follows the oracle against Babylon from Chapter 13 with a brief explanation. He explains what this downfall will mean for the people of Judah and the house of Jacob. 

He then records a taunting song that future Israelites will sing to mock the fallen king of Babylon.

  • "maggots are spread out beneath you."
  • "you are brought down to the realm of the dead."
  • "Like a corpse trampled underfoot."

It's intense imagery, not the eulogy you want to read at your funeral. These are oppressed people looking for redemption and justice.

Kings are like gods.

Ancient kings, especially those of conjuring empires like Babylon and Assyria, were considered manifested gods. They had the power to destroy entire nations with a word (through their army), they lived off the wealth of the land (luxury), and they dictated how people would live (through laws and standards). 

That's what makes our verse so interesting. It's mocking this mentality of the ascension of a god to the level of God

"You thought. Oh, but were you wrong."

Today's takeaway

I tend to do the same thing. 

Not through kingdoms or royalty. In my own little "kingdom," I do the same things. I elevate myself as the ultimate power on social media or in my job, family, and mind. 

But it's God who rules. And He will humble those who elevate themselves over God.

How do I know? 

Because the king of Babylon is dead, so is the king of Assyria. So is Hitler. So will too be the "great" men and women of our age. All dead. 

There are ultimate powers that rule over every single human being: death, nature, and circumstances over which we have no control. God has operations in the world over which we have no control. 

So today is a day of humbling ourselves off the mountain as we stand in awe and wonder of our God. We just watched the eclipse (moon and sun dance) happen. Without our say in things, a portion of the world went black. When the light returned, people closed shop in their Airbnbs and went back indoors. They returned to their kingdoms of control (remotes, car, iPhone, etc.)

I hope you stayed out a little longer past them, standing in amazement at just how big our God really is.

Let's pray about that!

God, you are in control. I am not in control. I praise you as God and Ruler over all things. I am your servant today. Use me. Amen. 


Today's verse comes from my video series, Roll For Verse. In this series, I roll dice to pick a random Bible verse each day. Then, I spend a few minutes sharing devotional thoughts on the verse. If you'd like to join the fun and study the Bible in a new way, check it out on TikTok or YouTube.

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