Isaiah 47 has the prophet painting a picture of the defeated Babylon. They are a world power, but no match for God. He will strip their power and their things and reveal exactly who they are. God will not be mocked, nor will He be defeated. “Our Redeemer—the Lord of hosts is his name— is the Holy One of Israel”. God will take vengeance on this enemy of God’s people, he praises God and boasts in his redeemer. God is protector, He is Savior, He is our refuge and our strength.
God is clear how His people were taken into captivity. “I was angry with my people; I profaned my heritage; I gave them into your hand; you showed them no mercy; on the aged you made your yoke exceedingly heavy”. Obedience still matters to God. When we disobey and choose to live in opposition to God’s standards, He will deal with us. It’s called sin, and we’re all guilty. God will not just tolerate it. He can’t just look the other way. His nature and character require Him to deal with it. Sometimes it is individually, sometimes He addresses it with an entire nation. That’s what happens here. Babylon is a tool God used to punish His people for their sin.
Then God moves on to tell Babylon what their future will be. They may be on top for a time, but it will be short lived. “These two things shall come to you in a moment, in one day; the loss of children and widowhood shall come upon you in full measure”. The conquerors will be brought down – their losses will be personal and severe. God will not be mocked. He will overcome. “Evil shall come upon you, which you will not know how to charm away; disaster shall fall upon you, for which you will not be able to atone; and ruin shall come upon you suddenly, of which you know nothing”.
God challenges the sorcerers of Babylon to save their people from His judgment. After all, if they have real spiritual power, they should be able to. But their weakness in the face of the Lord’s judgment will be exposed. Today we have false teachers that preach and teach things that are not lined up with God’s Word. It too will fall and fail to produce lasting outcome. “Behold, they are like stubble; the fire consumes them; they cannot deliver themselves from the power of the flame….there is no one to save you”. God will reveal those who are imposters of truth. He will not stand idly by, just as He dealt with the Babylonians and their pride and lies.