Isaiah 22: why is everyone running to the rooftops?

Another morning watch: Why is everyone running to the rooftops?  Where is our personal rooftop?

Summary notes:

  1. Everyone is running away from danger. They cannot run out as the enemies are coming in from outside. They cannot stay put as the enemies can break down the walls, and enter the house. They cannot fight the enemies as the enemies are too strong for them. So they run to the rooftops. They seem to believe there is a security there for them. (They worship and sacrifice to other gods at the rooftops. See below Jeremiah 19:13; 32:29)
  2. The enemies are: famine and disease.
  3. Even their leaders surrender without resistance.
  4. The people who try to flee are captured too.

Isaiah 22

This message came to me concerning Jerusalem—the Valley of Vision[a]:

What is happening?
    Why is everyone running to the rooftops?
The whole city is in a terrible uproar.
    What do I see in this reveling city?
Bodies are lying everywhere,
    killed not in battle but by famine and disease.
All your leaders have fled.
    They surrendered without resistance.
The people tried to slip away,
    but they were captured, too.

_____________What do they do at the rooftops?

Yes, all the houses in Jerusalem, including the palace of Judah’s kings, will become like Topheth—all the houses where you burned incense on the rooftops to your star gods, and where liquid offerings were poured out to your idols.’”

The Babylonians outside the walls will come in and set fire to the city. They will burn down all these houses where the people provoked my anger by burning incense to Baal on the rooftops and by pouring out liquid offerings to other gods.

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